I mentioned in a previous review on Shana Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy series that after checking out book three (Love and Let Spy), I would definitely be going back to consume the books that I had missed thus far…and I definitely do not want to make myself out to be a liar. This is a combined review for both Lord and Lady Spy and The Spy Wore Blue, books one and one and a half in Galen’s Lord and Lady Spy series. Since I was not able to find a hard reading order for the series, I am including a short one below based on the publication dates. I want to come right out in the beginning by saying that I love historical romance, and this author brings something fresh with her spy activity – and female agents!
Lord and Lady Spy – 6 September 2011
The Spy Wore Blue: A Lord and Lady Spy Novella – 6 August 2013
True Spies – 3 September 2013
Love and Let Spy (Jane Bonde and Dominic Griffyn) – 5 August 2014
Lord and Lady Spy is the tale of Sophia and Adrian Smythe, also known as Wolf and Saint amongst their Barbican Group brethren. Bride and groom were both working in or toward spy activity when they married, and managed to keep their actual occupations under wraps for years before being forced into early retirement by the head of the Barbican Group. Sophia and Adrian have some serious issues to overcome as a couple, and just seem to be scratching the surface when an opportunity to re-enter the spy game is presented to both parties. The two spies realize they have been blind to the true activities of their spouse and practically absent partners in the relationship, but the lure of a renewed purpose and reinstatement to their spy life could ruin more than their marriage…it could cost them their lives.
The Spy Wore Blue introduces readers to the charming Blue and his wife, opera performer and vocalist Helena Giles. While a novella, the author manages to squeeze enough action and excitement into the pages to make it a fulfilling read. Follow Blue as he chases the enemy straight to the theater that is currently employing his estranged wife, and watch as the sparks erupt between the former lovers. Galen also offers a bit of a different locale with this historical piece, as the Teatro di San Carlo is nestled in Naples, Italy. Helena is not a trained spy, but that does not mean you should count her out before the fight has begun. As for the relationship between Blue and Helena, both of them have to survive multiple attempts on their lives before they can sort out those kind of details!
I really enjoyed both books, and I am trying to catch up on some pieces in another genre before leaping back to read True Spies.