Saturday, August 3, 2013

True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy #2) by Shana Galen + Featured Freebie

True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)

Winslow, an elite spy in Regency England, has managed to keep his identity secret from everyone, including his beloved wife Elinor. But his success with these covert affairs has taken a toll on their marriage, leaving Elinor to entertain the idea of a secret liaison with a rakish spy. She believes that she will finally have the danger and excitement that her marriage has never afforded her?until things get too dangerous, and she ends up being kidnapped. In this Regency romance, no one is who they seem, not even her own husband.

My Rating: 5 Roses

A thrilling, fast-paced historical romance that I absolutely loved! True Spies had spies, thrills, and a hot romance. In other words, what's not to like?

Elinor was a heroine who has finally decided to take a stand. Her husband has never paid much attention to her and she finally decided that she was done with it. Though she loves her husband, never having his attention has taken its toll and she won't be his doormat anymore. And that's exactly what finally gets his attention. I really liked Elinor. She was a meek woman for a long time, but, in this book, she finds her strength. And, once she does, there was no stopping her. She takes on spies and villains and doesn't back down for a second. I really liked her. I thought she was a lovely character.

Win has taken his family for granted for years. He wasn't neglectful or unloving. He just always assumed that they would be there and paid more attention to his spying. He chose to marry Elinor because he knew she would accept his excuses for being gone. Until she doesn't anymore. And, when he faces the possibility of losing her, he finally realizes how much he cares for his wife. He might have been distant in the past, but the Win that we see in this book throws all that away. He was sweet, very protective over his family, and very passionate about his wife. I absolutely adored him.

The romance was on fire. It was as if those years of distance between Elinor and Win resulted in a built up of unused passion and it all finally came out. But, these two were also genuinely sweet together. With Elinor's long held love for Win and Win's realization of his love for Elinor, this couple was so adorable. They were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced and full of thrills. I was completely hooked and the danger of the covert intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat. And the ending was just perfect.

True Spies was a wonderful historical romance. If you want an absolutely delightful HR to read, this is your book.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
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Due to his aristocratic family’s downfall, William Benton serves as steward on the land his brother should have inherited. His one weakness is for the daughter of the new owner. Josephine Lawton is beautiful, charming, and enamored of titles and all things aristocratic. So when she becomes engaged to a man he knows to be a wastrel and a fool, Will puts all his passion into restoring his family’s honor and winning the woman he loves. It’s going to be a hot summer on the estate.

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