I picked up this third book in Shana Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy series as soon as it was released. It rated fairly high on RT Book Reviews with 4.5 stars and was listed as a top pick for August 2014. RT ratings aside, though, the promise of a historical with a female spy at its core was a little too much to resist. At 384 pages, this book was the perfect length for a novel and the author did not cut corners on detail or plot. This story was so cute and fun to read!
Jane Bonde is a hardcore female. One might think that a “hard female” in 1816 might be one of the women who use societal status to smite her foes, but this lady likes to get down and dirty. Jane Bonde would be a hardcore lady in 2014! Working for the Barbican Group to complete missions that keep England safe, Jane is definitely not a quitter who balks at a little dirty work; she dives into danger repeatedly. The only problem that she is having some difficulty tackling is her age and the spinsterhood looming on the horizon – how will all this impact her spy status and ability to complete missions?
Dominic Griffyn is an unwilling groom who is being saddled with an unwilling bride. A known rake with the title of bastard looming over him, Dominic is being commanded by his titled stepfather to wed, and Jane is the female his mother has selected to be his partner. In addition to the difficulties already between them, Dominic has an even darker past that permeates his life and shadows his dreams. Every expectation he has of the beautiful society miss that his mother has selected is broken and realigned each time he meets with Jane – will his iron will hold up in time for them to find a way out of this forced marriage, or will they both succumb to the pressure of their families?
I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and Shana Galen’s style of writing. I will be purchasing the previous books in this series to catch up, and looking for more in the future!