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review 2017-06-22 01:28
Well, that was excruciating.
I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses Book 1) - Erica Monroe

I've never had much luck with romance novels but I liked the idea of melding romance with the spy genre. A historical one to boot? Sounds like it could be fun!

 

Vivan Loren is a governess of one of the wealthiest families. But she's there to find out what happened to her brother and to get information for her mysterious boss. Enter James Spencer, the Duke and the head of British Intelligence. Their paths cross, they realize they can help each other...which involves getting married.

 

Cue shenanigans, danger, spy training, spying, romance, sex, etc. You know how it goes.

 

Unfortunately what could have been a grand fantastic romp was just terrible to read. The writing is just not very good. Neither character is interesting and quite frankly the entire cast is boring. The plot is somewhat predictable and I'm not really a fan of the romance being the thing that holds the book together. 

 

I thought this might be a good take for me to try but the romance genre remains elusive for me. I bought it and regret doing so.

 

 

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review 2017-06-18 21:01
The Paris Spy
The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal

I cannot get enough of this series so when I saw this latest installment on Netgalley I just had to request it. No matter what is happening in my life I am always up for reading about Maggie Hope. This time Maggie is in Paris trying to find a spy that she believes might have been compromised and also trying to find her half-sister Elise.

 

While this was was not as dark as some previous books in the series this is still pretty dark and filled with heartbreak for Maggie and readers. As with the other books in the series this follows not only Maggie but other characters. You really grow close to the agents in Paris the more that you read and can't help but feel despair at what happens to certain characters.

 

One of my favorite parts of this book was the growing relationship between Maggie and her sister. They were able to really bond in this book and I hope their relationship gets a chance to grow even further in the future.

 

I was not expecting the ending and it has left me dying to know what happens next.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

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review 2017-06-08 18:19
Good beginning to a series, wonderful characters
Wed to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen
This is going to be a good series. Aimee is inept as a spy but has the strength of character as a warrior. Simon is a great spy but wants out of the business. Sparks fly as danger and death surround them. This was a page turner for me. What would happen next? Would they get caught? I enjoyed the characters, the setting, and the story telling. I recommend this book as well as this author.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
 
 

 

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review 2017-05-24 21:13
Review of "Closer to the Chest" (Herald Spy, #3) Mercedes Lackey
Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey

Start to finish, this one stayed true to protagonist Mags and the Valdemar universe.

 

A solid storyline -- unlike parts of previous books that had a kajillion raised and dropped plot points, deluge of new characters taking away from our main ones, main characters acting out of character, ...

 

Another page-turner read for me.  The villainy that reared up in this one hardly as world-ending dire -- new sect encouraging misogyny and one misigynistic criminal -- and not that believable for Valdemar lost it a bit for me (I'm on the fence if "well done, hear, hear, pass the ammunition" or cheap plot point given the makeup of author's fanbase — possibly even response to objections by fans on how out-of-characteristically some women were treated/used in last volumes).

 

Not sure if this completes Mag's books or not.

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review 2017-05-23 10:02
Book Review For: Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen
Wed to a Spy: An All the Queen's Spies Novel - Sharon Cullen

'Wed to a Spy' by Sharon Cullen is book One in the New series "An All the Queen's Spies". This is the story of Aimee de Verris and Simon Marcheford.
Aimee is from France and is in love with a man her Aunt Catherine de Medici does not like. So when she is caught in a compromising position with him, her Aunt sends her to Scotland to spy on Queen Mary. Catherine has promised Aimee if she does this she will agree to her marriage to this man. But Aimee isn't spy material and hates it.
Simon is a spy for Queen Elizabeth and had hoped to retire but the Queen asked that him and his friends help her with one more mission. Simon is sent to Scotland to spy on Queen Marry.
Queen Mary has ordered Simon to marry Aimee...of which neither has a choice.
Simon and Aimee soon find themselves having to depend on each other and possibly fallen in love.
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