Monday, March 30, 2015

Sebastian's Lady Spy Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway! @readloveswept @SharonCullen

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Welcome to my post for the Sebastian's Lady Spy book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway for a $25 gift card and a Loveswept mug and nail polish. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Sebastian's Lady Spy (Secrets & Seduction, #5)
Release date: March 31. 2015
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Secrets & Seduction #5


Seduction abounds in Sharon Cullen’s steamy historical romance! For the Crown’s top agents, love is a hazard best avoided—until an unforgettable affair exposes their undercover hearts.

Sebastian Addison has a powerful secret. To society he is the Earl of Claybrook, the patriarch who raised his siblings after the death of their parents. But to the king, Sebastian is Britain’s top spy—a position that has taken an emotional toll on him. Contessa Gabrielle Marciano has also been living a lie, her title a cover devised by the Office of Intelligence. The femme fatale was plucked from a life of crime and prostitution and trained to restrain her passionate nature. Until she meets the earl.

For three deeply sensual days and nights, Sebastian and Gabrielle drop their masks, indulging in pleasures that seem too good to be true. Then the lovers go their separate ways. Seven months later they reunite when inside sources report that an English aristocrat has been aiding France in a plot to topple the Crown. Their objective: to find the turncoat. Their greatest challenge: to keep their wild, wounded hearts from derailing a mission of life and death.



My Rating: 4 Roses

With both lovely romance and thrilling espionage, Sebastian's Lady Spy was an enjoyable historical romance. It had secrets that managed to surprise me and a great story and I really liked it.

Gabrielle was an interesting character. She had a shady past that she managed to rise above and she was definitely tough, clever, and not to be underestimated. I thought she was great.

Sebastian frustrated me at first. I understood that he wanted to protect himself from getting hurt when they parted ways again, but he was unnecessarily harsh with her sometimes. It took a while before we see the softer side of him and that's what I liked. So, I ended up okay with him.

The romance was not bad. I did like Gabrielle and Sebastian as a couple. They were well matched in strength and a hell of a team when they paired up. Not to mention the chemistry between them. However, I didn't get as much depth in their relationship as I wanted. In Sharon Cullen's other books, her portrayal of the romance was deep and engaging and I didn't quite get that with this one. But, I still thought they were good together.

The plot moved quickly and kept me hooked all the way through. There were plenty of thrills, secrets, and surprises along the way that kept me hooked. I really enjoyed the story and the ending had me curious about what will happen with the couple in the next book.

Sebastian's Lady Spy was a wonderful historical romance and I really liked it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. 

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Excerpt:

Gabrielle smoothed her skirts and drew in a fortifying breath. The Eastmans’ ball had started two hours ago, and Sebastian had yet to make an appearance. Damn the man.

After leaving Atwater’s residence, she’d ridden home in her carriage, refusing to shed the tears that pushed against her eyes. It had taken every bit of willpower to ignore the raging pain that Sebastian’s cutting words and looks had inflicted on her.

A fool. That’s what she was. So he didn’t fall at her feet, as she’d stupidly hoped. So what?

Lady Eastman appeared at her side, bustling with efficiency and purpose as she always did, dressed in a pink gown, a color that should have been reserved for debutantes. “Chin up. Don’t let him see you’re nervous.”

Automatically Gabrielle raised her chin. “He can’t see anything, because he’s not here.”

“Men like to believe they have the upper hand, and they don’t like to be told what to do. He’s biding his time because he’s angry.”

That was only part of why Sebastian was angry. However, Lady Eastman’s no-nonsense approach was exactly what Gabrielle needed to hear to shore up her courage.

Just then the crowd stirred. The orchestra continued to play, the conversations around them faltered.

Gabrielle glanced over her shoulder to find the earl of Claybrook parting the crowds, looking neither right nor left as he approached her. Her heart started thundering, and all the talks of courage that she’d given herself vanished. He could have been much more circumspect in his approach, but she supposed this would work as well.

He eschewed fashion and wore no wig. His black hair was cut short, falling over his forehead. There was white at the temples that hadn’t been there seven months ago. She found him even more desirable, if such a thing were possible.

A quick glance around showed that other females were having the same reaction: Whether they were new debutantes, firmly on the shelf, or married, they all watched him with the hunger that she knew was on her face as well. Seven months ago they’d had a torrid but all too short affair that had ended in a mutual understanding. She had not been able to walk away as easily as she had from her other lovers. She found herself thinking of him often. And now here he was. And they were working together.

And he was furious.
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs is a $25 gift card and a Loveswept mug and nail polish.
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About the Author:
Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting SEBASTIAN'S LADY SPY!

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  2. oh yay!! Glad you enjoyed this one, I am just about to start it.

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