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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Historical Romance Review: Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

This may be the BEST of Ms. Galen's books that I've read yet. I enjoyed this book immensely, so much so I'm going to give it a recommended read, like ASAP!


From the opening line... "The spy called Saint hunkered down in the bottom of the wardrobe she'd occupied for the last four hours and attempted to stifle a yawn."  ...I was hooked. Ms. Galen, you had me at "The spy called Saint..." There is nothing more enjoyable then opening a book and immediately being thrust into a tense scene.

I admit that when this book first graced my desk, I was intrigued. I loved the movie, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt--a married couple with no idea that each of them are assassins until, suddenly, one day they are hired to off each other.  This book reminded me of it in title, and a little bit in essence.

I enjoyed watching Lord and Lady Smythe battle it out. I loved the reveal of who they were to each other, and watching them not only grow as spies but as a couple. They'd been through a lot in the previous years before this tale begins, and much pain had been endured. Now they will learn to be a team, discover who they really are, not just that they are spies, but who they are inside. Watching them grow and change and fall in love was a treat in an of itself, besides the bad-ass action scenes!  LOVE Sophia and Adrian is hot as hell. The way the two of these converse is entertaining, witty and just downright fab!

I am also distinctly reminded while reading how much Ms. Galen is intune with the Regency era. The language, the clothes, the politics, the etiquette, the every day life. We are immersed in the setting, and it doesn't detract from the story--only heightens it. I WANT to list my favorite scenes because they are just too awesome, but I don't want to give anything away... soooo I will just say these few words and when you're reading you'll know what I mean... fighting in darkness, carriages--pretty much every carriage scene, naked jumping, gardens...

Ms. Galen has a tremendous talent of writing action packed, adventure filled, sensual romances, that leave a reader wishing the book went on forever. Well done! I highly recommend LORD AND LADY SPY!



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...

But one woman almost certainly can...
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...

Shana Galen's brilliant Regency world features two noble spies who cross swords and meet their match in a fast-paced, witty love story full of excitement and heart.

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