Sunday, September 1, 2013

A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn + Featured Freebie

A Lady’s Secret Weapon (Nexus, #3)
Release date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Nexus #3

Despite his cynical view toward love, a boudoir spy falls for an underworld informant whose lack of faith in the tender emotion rivals his own.

Boudoir spy Ethan deBeau, Lord Danforth, has charmed his way into the beds of wives and mistresses of powerful men across England and Europe. Because of his rogue attempt to save a loved one, he is sent to London to locate a missing child, an assignment any junior intelligence officer could accomplish. Who knew a proprietress, with a penchant for fixing things, would swoop in to complicate his mission? He soon learns she harbors more secrets than the Foreign Office and sets about uncovering each one, kiss by kiss.

For years, Sydney Hunt, proprietress of the Hunt Agency, has worked to improve the lives of those in service by negotiating better employment terms for them and ensuring they are not sent to abusive households. When word reaches her of strange activities occurring at a local home for orphans, she begins to investigate, using her extensive system of spies. Little did she realize that she would soon join forces with a notorious rake, who represents everything she despises in a man.

The closer they come to locating the missing child, the more they realize they have stumbled into the middle of a dangerous and intricate web, pitting one powerful country against another. Entrenched in London’s underworld, with his beautiful proprietress, Ethan soon realizes everything he ever wanted was trembling with honor and righteous anger at his side. Does his realization come to late? Will his enemy make him choose between his beloved country and his newfound love?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Thrills and romance come together to make this book a fantastic read! I really liked this historical romance. A Lady's Secret Weapon was a wonderful read. Heart-stopping danger, steamy romance, and a dark mystery. What's not to like?

The mystery and danger was undoubtedly the best part of the book. It had me completely on the edge of my seat. The underground network of French spies and traitors that was revealed in the previous Nexus books makes a big appearance as the characters venture right into the heart of it all. Wow, was it an adrenaline rush.

Sydney was a really wonderful heroine. She was one strong woman who was determined to clean up as much of London as she could, one corrupt scheme at a time. Her work has even brought her into the secrets of the Nexus. She's clever, a real force to be reckoned with, and not a lady you want to mess with. In other words, I really liked her.

I adored Ethan in the previous books in the series and I loved him all the more in this book. He's just amazing. Intensely loyal to his country, even more loyal to his loved ones, extremely intelligent, noble and gentlemanly, and adorably sweet when he wants to be. He was perfect.

The romance was lovely. A perfect blend of sweet and spicy. It was a romance to both make you smile and fan your face. Brilliantly done.

The plot was fine. Despite how much I liked everything about the book, I never became completely engaged. I was absorbed in the story but I just wasn't riveted. Regardless, I still really enjoyed the story. I was on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out how the danger played out. And the ending was a perfect tie up to the romance and cliffhanger for the political intrigue. Can't wait to see what happens next!

A Lady's Secret Weapon was a wonderful historical romance. With the thrills of danger and heat of romance, it's a book you don't want to miss. Romance lovers, you should definitely give this book, and the entire wonderful series, a read.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for a copy!
Featured Freebie:
Today, I have a medieval romance that sounds good: A Knight's Temptation by Catherine Kean. Go forth and get it for free!

When Lady Leona Ransley sets eyes upon the bold warrior who enters the tavern room, she recognizes him: Aldwin Treynarde, the earl’s son who almost caused her death twelve years ago--and the only man who has ever kissed her. Shocked, she fights her emotions, determined to hand him the stolen ruby pendant, take the reward, and vanish.

Aldwin senses the husky-voiced beauty is more than she seems. She may know the whereabouts of his lord's enemies. She also might be his means to earn what he wants most: knighthood.

Taking Leona hostage, he spirits her away. She fights him at every chance. Aldwin desires his captive more than any woman he’s ever met, and when he discovers who she really is, he has one last chance to protect her life. Only by resolving what happened between them years ago and by fighting side by side can Aldwin and Leona defeat the traitors and surrender to their greatest temptation: love.

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