Seduced By A Spy: Number 2 in series (Merlin's Maidens) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Apr 2008
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The follow-up to The Spy Wore Silk tells the story of a lovely orphan-turned-spy who must catch the deadly French assassin D'Etienne!
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When not writing romantic novels, Andrea Pickes runs The Golfer magazine!
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Mrs. Merlin's Academy for Select Young Ladies is not what it appears to be. Rather than being a respectable school for young women, it's an academy that helps young orphan girls by removing them from the slums of London and giving them a career-a career as a spy.
Shannon is one of these orphans, and as the tale begins, she is sent out on a mission to take out D'Etienne, one of Napoleon's agents. Unbeknownst to her, Russian spy Orlov, is sent out on the exact same mission-and they meet up at a very inopportune moment. Their mission failed, they travel back to England, only to discover that their respective employers have decided to join forces and use Orlov and Shannon as a team, sending them to Scotland where D'Etienne is likely to show up next.
Shannon and Orlov decide on a temporary truce, but disguised as governess and tutor they find more than they bargained for in the wild moors of Scotland. Love for both their charges and each other threatens to break through their cold and cynical facades. Will they ever be able to go back to being cold and disengaged again?
Seduced by a Spy is a wonderful action novel with an atmosphere typical to that of regency novels, and lovers of Georgette Heyer's work will be delighted to find this modern-day alternative. Slow to start, it quickly picks up pace and captivates you completely, and I found it difficult to put down before the last page was turned.
Combining action and romance with a good sense of humor and you end up with "a ripping good tale," as Orlov's pupil would put it.
Armchair Interviews agrees.
I love the premise behind this series. An English nobleman has set up a school for girls - where in addition to the usual skills of the time (reading, writing, art, music, languages, dancing, horseback riding, etc) they learn how to be assassins, spies, and courtesans. The girls who gain this education are orphaned girls whom he finds in the most vile slums of London, living on the streets. He literally gives them a chance to not only live but to serve their country as "Merlin's Maidens" - members of a top secret and elite highly trained spy corps.
This particular book follows the adventures of Shannon (all of the girls are named for cities around the world, so they have names like Sienna, Shannon, Seville, and Sophia) as she faces off with one of Napoleon's top assassin spies in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands. With the help of a handsome Russian agent, she is assigned to prtoect the children in the family of a top military scientist, as they are the apparent target of the French assassin.
While Shannon has a bottomless well of courage and physical fighting ability, she always has to watch her temper and her passions. And having to work so closely with the handsome womanizing Russian spy Alexandr Orlov will prove to be as great a challenge for her as protecting two innocent young children (whom she learns to love) from a stone cold assassin...