- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Avon; First Edition edition (January 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060799242
- ISBN-13: 978-0060799243
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,708,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Two Weeks With a Stranger Mass Market Paperback – January 30, 2007
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About the Author
Debra Mullins is the author of several historical romances for Avon Books. Her work has been nominated for the Golden Heart and RITA® Awards from Romance Writers of America and the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers. In 2003, she won the Golden Leaf Award from NJ Romance Writers for her book A Necessary Bride. A native of the east coast, she now lives in California.
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Earl of Devingham is in need of a wife. Lucy is the daughter
of a local squire and when Simon asked her to marry him she
agrees. After their sensual wedding night, while Lucy was
asleep, Simon was summoned by his superior back to London
leaving her in their country estate. He didn't tell Lucy he's
a British spy. The next morning when Lucy awakens to find
a note from Simon, announcing his return to London. After
several months Lucy decided to leave for London to be with
her husband. She thinks her husband is having an affair.
I liked the secondary characters. Gin an American and
Foxworth (spy) have a chance with their story. I thought,
they were a great match, even though, they were disagreeing
on everything. There were times, I thought, it was hilarious,
when Gin tells Foxworth she wanted to be a British spy.
Two Weeks With a Stranger was a delightful read. Full of
intrigue. Never a dull moment with Lucy and Gin.
I highly recommend..
Simon Severton, Earl of Devingham, is in need of a wife. He wants a simple, country miss who will remain at his country estate to raise his children and tend to his home. He picks Lucy because she is a simple country girl who will not want to engage in the gossip and balls of the ton, but will be content with life in the country. Meanwhile, he will continue to reside in London and carry on his work as a spy for the British government. What he does not expect, is that Lucy will not be content in the country and will instead follow him to London in an attempt to save their marriage.
Two Weeks With a Stranger started off strong. There was no long wait for the hero and heroine to get together, because when the book began they were already married and our first glimpse of them was on their wedding night. Lucy seemed a sweet enough heroine, if a bit innocent for my tastes, and she honestly believed that her marriage would be a happy one and that she and Simon would one day grow to love each other. Her surprise when he ran off and left her the next day was understandable. When she traveled to London win him back, I was all for it. Good for her for sticking up for herself. But shortly thereafter, I stopped caring. Simon was not a hero I could root for and fall in love with. He treated Lucy like a stubborn child, ordering her back to the country and refusing to give their marriage a chance. Throughout the book, his condescending tone and arrogant attitude made him difficult to like. As much as I liked Lucy, and enjoyed the beginning of the book, the fact that Simon's character never seemed to grow was a big drawback for me.
Similarly, the subplot with Simon's role as a spy and how his secrets affect their marriage was never fully developed. I understood Simon's sense of duty, and I sympathized with Lucy's sense of betrayal, but I never felt enough of a connection to the characters to care much beyond that. I've read so many other great romances lately, I'm not able to recommend this so-so one. Instead, I'd recommend you check out And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke or The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt.
The bookworm Simon married a country bumpkin as he assumed she would stay out of London where he works for the War Office. His current assignment is to seduce Isabella Montilucci to give him a list of names that in the wrong hands would expose British agents to Napoleon; Isabella's former lover, the late assassin Antoine LaRue is rumored to have given her the names. However, he cannot concentrate on his task when Lucy arrives in town and kisses him senseless.
This is a tongue in cheek Regency romance that exaggerates the dilemma between loyalty to the state vs. loyalty to your spouse as the lead male struggles between his assignment and his beloved courageous wife. The story line is fun because of Simon's internal skirmish though readers will get somewhat frustrated with him to "make up his mind, pick up on one and leave the other behind". A late twist and a hint of romance between two secondary characters augment the suspense though the climax is weak.