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5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW - Lord and Lady Spy,
Written as a combined review, posted at The Reading Cafe 21 Sep 13
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!
WOW .. now this is a fun series. The Lord and Lady Spy series by Shana Galen has it all. Mystery, suspense, romance, humour and lots of action. An absolute refreshing read that offers a different spin on historical romance. If you can, try to think along the lines of Mr and Mrs Smith set in the 1800's ... LOL Well .. that is what I was picturing anyways! Brangelina anyone?? LOL
BOOK 1 - Lord and Lady Spy
We are introduced right away to our leading gal, Lady Sophia Smythe who is hiding in a closet in the midst of a mission. Just when she thinks she about to capture her target, in swoops a mystery man and takes her target away. She is FURIOUS seeing all her hard work literally walking out the door. Oh .. BTW ... Sophia is spy working for an elite spy agency in England.
Of course, our mystery man just so happens to be a fellow spy (and her husband, although she isn't privy to this yet), Lord Adrain Smythe. Both are ignorant to the others true occupation, each living a lie for the others benefit. Sophie plays the frumpy, charity driven proper wife and Adrian plays the boring proper gentleman who frequents his club and lives a normal life. I tell you when these two find out who the other really is ... well ... GAME ON! LOL
Our Lady and Lord have been offered a chance to solve a murder of a very important man. But there is a catch! They are told that whoever solves this murder will be given the position of permanent spy which is enticing to both of them seeing as they refuse to life a boring existence. After some head butting, these two decide to pair up, understanding that they each bring something different in regards to strategy to the table.
Throughout this investigation they are quite the pair. They engage in dangerous activities, often being hunted themselves as they grow closer to the truth. They are completely smitten with the other, especially when they realize that they are both eager to live this lifestyle, but realize that there can be only one winner. Will love or ambition win??
BOOK 1.5 - The Spy Wore Blue
The Spy Wore Blue is a novella based on a spy we met in the first book. Agent Blue.
Blue and Helena are married, although they have been estranged for quite some time. Blue was overly dedicated to his work as a spy and had little time for a wife, and Helena performed in the opera house when she wasn't drowning her sorrows in a bottle of gin.
Blue has a new assignment that takes him back to his wife. Much to the others desire (or lack there of), they need to endure each others company for the time being as an assassin is out there waiting to strike. Soon enough, these two are falling in love once again, sharing some steamy moments between the sheets, bantering back and forth and ultimately providing an emotional roller coaster for the reader.
I have to say, this was a amazing novella. It is very hard for an author to develop characters, provide a love story packed with action and make it all believable in such a short amount of pages. Let me tell you, Shana Galen mastered this! ;)
BOOK 3 - True Spies
LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. Once again we are swept away in another action packed book by Shana Galen. This amazing author can sure write a great book .. great SERIES!
Lady Elinor is fed up living in a frozen marriage and has vowed to do something about it. While she loves her daughters and all they bring to her life, she craves more. Elinor craves adventure. Slowly, she begins to break the rules of polite society by attending balls on her own and conspiring to have an affair with a rakish man and just generally stirring the pot.
Baron Winslow Keating (Winn) is a spy who has to do one more mission. He realizes that his family has suffered with his current occupation and if he doesn't make amends soon he risks losing then. When he overhears his wife's desire to have an affair he sees red. Determined not to lose his family, Winn turns on the charm and begins to seduce his wife. In the midst of seduction, Elinor is receiving the adventure she so desperately craves (apparently spy life is exciting) and opens her heart once more. In turn, Winn is coming to fall in love with his wife, gain trust and love with his daughters and ultimately living the life he now wants.
We see a return of the antagonist Fonce (he was the bad guy in the first book), and an appearance by Lord and Lady Smythe (loved that) in this book. As with the first one, there is never a dull moment and these two really make an interesting couple. Will Winn put spy life on the mantle and finally make his family his priority, or will he lose all??? Get reading!
This is my first experience with Shana Galen and I want MORE! Her writing is absolutely right up my alley and she always keeps it fresh, making me want to flip through quickly so I can enjoy the next hurdle our couples face. She writes hot scenes, ensures that her leading lady and man have serious chemistry, jams in all kind of action, provides witty dialogue, draws you in with mystery and suspense and creates believable characters that you can't help but fall in love with! I will ABSOLUTELY be reading more of her work!
HAPPY READING! :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good fun,
This was a fun romp with engaging characters. The basic premise is undoubtedly far-fetched and I did struggle to see how the lead characters managed to remain oblivious to the actions of the other, especially given their professions! But actually that did not spoil my enjoyment of the story: sometimes it is better to just suspend disbelief! This was helped by the good standard of the writing and the fact that this author clearly knows about the period and is quite careful to use language appropriate to the period and country.
While it was a lot of fun, as another reviewer mentions, there is a serious side. Miscarriage is not a topic I have though much about, but this book has given me an insight into some of the emotional consequences for those unfortunate enough to experience it. Not something that I was seeking to read about, but nevertheless, something that was good for me to learn. Having said that, I must emphasise that this is NOT the key theme of the book, just one of the underlying motivators that stimulates some of the protagonists' actions.
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different,
This is a fun one off regency romance - it's got all the best elements of a romance and action-packed mystery. What sets this particular story apart from the others is the way in which it deals with the delicate issue of conceiving and the consequences of miscarrying.
Definitely an enjoyable read and one I would recommend to others.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord and lady spy,
Brilliant book... I read this book within 36 hours and 8 hours of that I was asleep. I couldn't put the book down. Excellent.
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Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen (Mass Market Paperback - 1 Oct 2011)