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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (380 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

No man can outsmart him...

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England’s most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn’t the only one with secrets...

She’s been outsmarting him for years...

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he’s not who she thinks he is after all...

Bad enough she gets stuck in a closet for hours waiting for the right man to visit the courtesan, especially since the current client thinks he’s a horse. Now another spy has grabbed the man she was waiting to collect!

I really liked the premise of this story. Ms. Galen spins a good yarn with an action packed story, lots of intrigue and flames between the husband and wife who star in this story. Lord Smythe is extremely good looking, smart, and travels a lot. Lady Smythe hides her beauty behind glasses and formless dresses and visits her clubs a lot. Both are spies, but they don’t know the other one is, too. When they are both invited to same location, they almost kill each other before they recognize the other spy. And both are astonished to find the other spouse has been a spy, too.

Adrian and Sophie married each other because it was convenient, not for love. Their various spying adventures kept them apart from each other. This sets up a highly amusing situation when they find they must work together on a murder case and whoever comes up with the solution first will get to continue in the spying game; the other one will not. Ms. Galen does an excellent job of making their adventure challenging and fretful. Neither one will cut the other any slack nor do they worry about snapping at each other constantly. Each one thinks they are the better agent.

Its set in England during the Regency years and the author draws you into a world of carriages, classes, and intrigue. It feels real. So does the danger the two spies and lovers are facing. It doesn’t take long before you start worrying about them; spying is a dangerous business.

The story reads well, holds your attention and I enjoyed the arguments between the two well-matched spouses and how they eventually find love in their relationship. This read was especially good for me because I love historical novels with a good plot and romance included. I’m keeping this book for my personal library so I can read it again another time. I know it will be just as much fun to read as the first reading. Why not get you a copy?