The first in a series from Sheridan Jeane, this Victorian era story is complete with romance and intrigue and a solid addition to your to-read list. Please read on for my review of the first book in the Secrets and Seduction series, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where you could win a copy of GAMBLING ON A SCOUNDREL by Sheridan Jeane.
It Takes a Spy
As most historic romances are set in the Regency era, it was nice to find one that was nearly a half-century later, in the Victorian Era. A time of great advancement in England, everything was changing and women were starting to develop a sense of their lives outside the home. With a touch of mystery and intrigue added to the romance storyline, Sheridan Jeane brings the story of It Takes a Spy.
Cecilia is engaged to a rather proper and slightly uptight Devon, a childhood friend now barrister with his own lofty career goals. She’s not quite ready to reel in her approach to life, and unsure that she can (or will) be the proper wife that Devon wants and needs. These two are, despite Cecilia’s reservations, well suited: she’s got that spark of life and spontaneity that Devon needs.
But a theft during a ball has Devon eyed as the suspect, and only Cecilia and her young sister have a plan to discover the true culprit. And the game is on – and what a fun game. Taking place over the span of one evening, the action is fast and furious from suspicion to gathering facts to the confrontation with the culprit. A tiny bit of sexual tension and a few stolen kisses do play into the connection with our couple, but truly, this was a story that highlighted the mystery and the gradual development of Devon’s appreciation for Cecilia. Oh sure, he liked her well enough, but had reservations about her being a fitting wife of a barrister with ambitions for more. But Cecilia, so wonderfully herself: clever, kind and above all a touch daring soon showed him that their life wouldn’t be boring or staid, and all the better for that.
A bit less steamy than many of this genre, the story is built to highlight the differences in the two, and the interest these differences fuel in their connection. Both are honest enough to realize their curiosity and desire for the wedding night, and can discuss these desires. A single scene brings their passions to the forefront, a fitting end to the story.
Well written to show the character’s development in their own perceptions of one another, and just what they worried would cause strife in their upcoming marriage. A twist, some turns and some fast and furious subterfuge added intrigue and interest to this lovely story.
Title: It Takes a Spy
Author: Sheridan Jeane
Series: Secrets and Seduction #1
Published on: 1 November 2015
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1851 – For Cecilia, romance and mystery collide at her family’s glittering London ball on the eve of their jewelry auction
Cecilia Paring has serious reservations about marrying her fiancé, Devin Montlake. Gone is the boy who could capture her heart with a word or a glance and in his place is a man who has made it clear that to be a proper barrister’s wife, the exciting and impulsive Cecilia must change as well.
Devin Montlake has his life planned out…
Although Devin Montlake loves his orderly life as a barrister, he’s determined to follow his roadmap to achieve his goal of becoming a judge. His biggest obstacle seems to be convincing his headstrong fiancée to fulfill her social obligations with a modicum of propriety.
And then everything goes wrong…
When Cecilia's mother's jewelry collection is stolen the night before it is to be auctioned off and Devin is framed for the crime, he discovers that following his much-loved rules won’t solve this particular problem. He’ll need the inventiveness of his irrepressible fiancée to catch the thief.
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A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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