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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publication Date: September 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071XDS8PF
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- Lending: Enabled
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"Danger, intrigue, and passionate love--what more could a Regency romance lover want? The first in Trentham's (Slow and Steady Rush) "Spies and Lovers" series is a well-written, engaging, and very steamy delight.--J. Harris, Library Journal
"Witty, compelling, and sensuous, Laura Trentham's is a fabulous new voice in historical romance." -- Valerie Bowman, bestselling Regency author
"This book had SO many things about it that I loved!" -- 5 stars from Kilts and Swords blog --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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The story itself was interesting enough and it was generally well written but the heroine, Lily annoyed me so much, I felt the story was dragging as we bounced from one to the another of Lily's antics and I had a hard time dealing with them. By the time I got to 50% of the book, I was rather fed up of what else she could get herself into and whether she'd continue to give Gray hairs the color of his namesake from trying to protect her and make certain she doesn't ruin her reputation.
How do I describe Lily? Lily is wild, rash, reckless and impetuous. She never kept her promises and she definitely did not do as she was told. She constantly put herself in harm's way, which fortunately for her was not too dangerous and she was able to extricate herself from them. One of them was even quite clever while the other was definitely touch and go as to whether she would have pulled it off if Gray had not showed up. There was one rather harrowing situation where she definitely needed rescuing and fortunately, Gray came to her rescue, though she managed to fend for herself quite well there too.
I really felt for Gray. Between his attraction for Lily and trying to keep her out of trouble, he had his work cut out for him. Especially considering Lily was prone to jump to conclusions, do without thinking and broke promises she made at the drop of a hat.
Don't get me wrong, I think a lot of people would like Lily. She's also strong minded, opinionated, independent and definitely unconventional for the time. She's definitely no simpering Regency miss. While I'm not saying I want or like a simpering Regency miss, I thought Lily's unconventional qualities were a little too at odds with the time period and that, coupled with her qualities which I did not like as much, made me a lot less of a fan of her.
Gray on the other hand, was precisely what I love about a Regency spy, even if he didn't have a title. He was handsome, fit and resourceful, and his attraction to Lily was something to behold, especially with him losing focus on the job at hand because he was distracted by her. Probably not a good thing for a spy and it was rather unprofessional of him, but I forgave him since he fell in love. :-)
Despite the inauspicious start to the story with Lily driving me bonkers, it did pick up after the 50% mark and after they got frisky withe each other. I think the second half of the story really improved it overall. I don't think I would have continued had the story not improved at that point since I was wondering after all that had happened in the first half, what else could occur. Between the copious amount of sexy times between Lily and Gray (thank goodness for it, actually!!) and the increased pace of the unfolding mystery, it got a lot more interesting. Certainly interesting enough for me to read to the very end.
I enjoyed the banter of the h/H. I felt a connection to this couple from the start. I didn't find the antics of the h to be off putting. I liked that she was smart and used the skills her brother taught her.
There is passionate lovemaking outside of marriage and mildly descriptive. I enjoyed the party scene where our h learned all kinds of stuff. I didn't find the lovemaking to be erotic or vulgar, but that is really a personal taste. Maybe heat level 4 out of 5.
I can't wait to read the next book in the series about the h's brother and her best friend. I have it on my wish list because I need for it to go on sale - hint hint.
There is no cheating, no cliffhanger, romance that builds slowly, passionate lovemaking, mystery and suspense, well worth your time and money.
I am not going into the premise, as many have explained it better than I, just what you may discover reading it. (ljb)
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The plot itself was a bit predictable but the circumstances around the plot ensures that that wasn't boring.
Aunt Edie always had to involved somehow and Penny most certainly had a story.
Penhaven was spotted as a tyrant early on but again The reason for his dastardliness is interesting.
The leading thread for the next book is , what happened to Rafe? And what will happen to Rafe. Cool names for the gents by the way.
I'll give the next one a read too.
A new author for me, and I wasn't disappointed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book Gray was just adorable Lilly is so feisty. I loved all the characters It was a very different storyline very enjoyable I read it within four hours couldn’t put the book down I wanted to see what happened but here I sit at 6 o’clock in the morning and I haven’t been to bed yet but at least I read a fantastic book.