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Secrets, Spies & Sweet Little Lies (Secrets & Spies Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tara Kingston
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A heart's destiny cannot be denied when a daring Union spy abducts a beautiful runaway bride he suspects of being a traitor.

A Runaway Bride...

Emma Davenport was a model senator’s daughter: prim, proper, but hell-bent on escaping the dreaded fate of spinsterhood that awaited her under wartime Washington’s all-too watchful eye. She was going to be a bride, and no one was going to stop her. Not even the daring renegade who steals her from a train transporting her to a forbidden marriage. Her heart tells her this mysterious captor is a dangerous man, but the pleasure of his touch is a more potent threat than any weapon.

A Man on a Mission...

Union Army Major Cole Travis is a highly trained secret agent, as skilled with deception as he is with a gun. Keeping a beautiful traitor from her rendezvous with a treacherous scoundrel shouldn’t be a challenge for the battle-seasoned spy—but he’s not the only one after his tempting prisoner. Emma Davenport must be kept out of enemy hands at all costs. Drawn to this woman whose innocent allure may be just another weapon in her arsenal, Cole risks his neck to shield her. Soon, however, protecting her from his own heart’s desire becomes another story entirely.

Book 1 in The Secrets & Spies series ~ Love stories infused with danger and adventure during the tumultuous days of the American Civil War

Previously published as Destiny (writing as Victoria Gray), 2010. This edition has been revised with new scenes added.

Editorial Reviews


"A winning combination of spies, intrigue and breathtaking passion. Readers won't want to put this book down." ~ Tracey Devlyn, author of A Lady's Secret Weapon

Product Details

  • File Size: 1810 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494289776
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tara Kingston (November 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GK677PY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, intriguing and full of adventure! December 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
From the moment Cole sweeps Emma off the train, knew they were destined for a tumultuous, passionate courtship. Ms. Kingston doesn't disappoint! The story is sensual, intriguing and full of adventure. And just wait until the twist *rubs hands together* its a good one :-) Can't wait for more in this series!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spies and Lies 4.5 December 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Spies and Lies 4.5
This is the first book that I read written by Tara Kingston. I really enjoyed the story of Emma and Cole. Beautiful chemistry between the two, sparks flare and ignite a passion. It was very well written and a fun read. It was filled with intrigues, and secrets. I recommend SECRETS, SPIRES & SWEET LITTLE LIES
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Civil War Love Story, you just can't miss ! January 17, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Tara Kingston does an amazing job of writing about Cole, a Union Army Secret Agent and Emma a Senator's Daughter. This story is full of passion, intrigue, and a wonderful story that begins with Cole kidnapping Emma from a train. Is she a traitor, or being set up ? Is he a Desperado, or her Prince ? You will have to grab a copy of this tug of war romance and find out !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! November 19, 2013
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The cover drew me in and the writing swept me away. This was one of those books that makes you read well into the night because you find it hard to put it down. It contained everything that makes a romance perfect for me. Great chemistry, adventure, and a really nasty villain. I also like my romances with twists and turns and this book did not disappoint. A quick and satisfying read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, fast read November 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I fell in love with the cover of this book. Then I read the blurb and knew I had to read the story. I wasn't disappointed.

Here is a story that captivates from the first page and doesn't let up until the last. Not a word is wasted in this Civil War era novel that is filled with humor, wit and colorful secondary characters.

Emma Davenport, a senator's daughter, and Cole Travis, a Union Army secret agent, seem to be complete opposites. He appears to be a ruthless kidnapper. A handsome one, but nonetheless, a desperado in Emma's eyes. Both want their time together to end, and quickly -- Emma so she can run off to wed the man she thinks she wants to spend the rest of her life with, Cole so he can return Emma to her father, complete his assignment, and get on with his life.

Miss Kingston's obvious research in the time period add to the story. Enjoy a good read with intrigue, passion, and scenes that are laugh out loud funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book. February 20, 2014
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A very interesting book that combines action, love, and adventure in an excellent way.The author got the historic times right too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, sensual read I couldn't put down February 17, 2014
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Tara Kingston’s first book in her Secrets and Spies series—Secret, Spies, and Sweet Little Lies—was a delight to read. Set during the Civil War era, the book is filled with action, humor and a magnificent love story. I was hooked from page one. The author’s command of language, beautiful story-telling, tension building, and steamy romance all combined to make this book a fast-paced read I couldn’t put down. Definitely a good buy. Can’t wait to read the next book in this series—Pistols, Parasols, and Passionate Little Lies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous February 8, 2014
By Tracy
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From the moment this story started I was hooked.There was never a dull moment and I loved every minute of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Read it a while ago.. It was good since I can still remember the plot. Maybe the civil war setting sets it apart. A good read. Will look for the next books
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really liked this book. Enough intrigue, but wished that the two main character has better conversation in the beginning of the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by maryanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series of books
I loved the writing in this book. Excellent. I can't wait for the next book to come out - looking forward to reading it!
Published 4 months ago by uk1fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!
I've loved every minute of reading this book. It was so good.
Strong characters, slow burn and snarky comments :)
Published 4 months ago by Jess
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost three stars
Another one I didn't hate, but I wouldn't recommend it. I found the interaction between Emma and Cole amusing at first but then when it kept going and going with nothing else... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story.
I found this book enjoyable, not as captivating as some, but enjoyable. It draws you in right from the beginning but lagged about 3/4 through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Annie Bee
4.0 out of 5 stars book review
i gave this book four stars, what do i need to say other than i enjoyed it! good job Tara
Published 4 months ago by Suzette
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it!
Just finished reading Tara's latest and I loved it. Don't think about it, just download it and enjoy every moment of this read. I can't wait to see what is coming next.
Published 5 months ago by Turtlz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Winner of Civil War Spy Story!
What a delightful couple Ms. Kingston has created in Cole and Emma. We know the moment the spy-disguised-as-scruffy outlaw kidnaps the beautiful senator's daughter that they're... Read more
Published 5 months ago by lovestoread
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what it is made out to be judging by the stars.
Lots of body heat and tension that has less to do with lies or spies - comes more accross as crazed attraction building up. 55% through and getting nowhere. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Wallen
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Tara Kingston writes smart, sexy adventures of the heart. A Southern Navy brat transplanted to a quaint Pennsylvania town, she lives her own love story with her real-life hero in a cozy Victorian. The mother of two sons, Tara's a former librarian whose love of books is evident in her popping-at-the-seams bookcases and collection of unusual bookmarks. It goes without saying that Tara's husband is deeply thankful for the invention of digital books, thereby eliminating the need for yet another bookcase.

When she's not writing, reading, or burning dinner, Tara can be found cycling, hiking, and cheering on her favorite football team. Visit Tara at


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