Released: September 1, 2011
Title: Lord and Lady Spy
List Price: $6.99
Author: Shana Galen
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Description(her site because there isn’t one on any other site):
Meet Lord and Lady Smythe, England’s preeminent spies. Their identities are guarded even from each other. After years of secrets and lies, their marriage is little more than a crumbling façade. But even love isn’t as important as The Mission—to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte.
But what happens when the mission is complete?
Meet Lord and Lady Smythe, out of work spies. Lady Sophia Smythe will scream if she has to attend another tea party. Lord Adrian Smythe will hit someone if he’s forced to while away another evening in Parliament. What are secret agents to do when the war is over?
There’s one chance left to get back into the game. The prime minister needs a murder investigated. The problem? Two spies. One position.
All’s fair in love and war.
THOUGHTS: I still love Ms. Galen’s writing style. I was on page 60 before I realized I had started reading.
Two top spies gun for the same title. But, what’s that role?
Lord Adrian Smythe, member of the Barbican group – agents working for the Crown – is forced into retirement when the Napoleonic danger seemingly passes. Of course, he doesn’t accept this. The Barbican group is the only place he feel welcome, like a home. Yes, he’s married. But, the two don’t know each other – he doesn’t ask questions and she doesn’t ask questions – and he’s a tad afraid to rekindle their relationship. Yes, afraid. He says otherwise, but he’s a chicken. He’s been a rather neglectful husband.
Lady Sophia Smythe, member of the Barbican group, wife of Lord Smythe, is also forced into retirement. She doesn’t know much about her husband and although she doesn’t have the same need for Barbican that Adrian does, she has her own reasons. She’s not the perfect wife. But, being alone makes your thoughts your only companions and Sophia would rather not think. (Which totally explains her whole jump-first-think-later attitude….
….that clashes with Adrian’s plan-everything-then-act personality) When the two discover each others’ secret identities, they’re also given the opportunity to regain their position. Only ONE of them, of course.
The two have different methods, polar personalities, and both think they’re always right. It’s their job to solve the case (without killing each other first..) You get to see how they unconsciously adopt each others’ methods, see the advantages, and overcome personal difficulties in less than 400 pages.
Beneath the historical elements, the nobility trope, and the spy-fantasy, Sophia and Adrian deal with a very real and prevalent dilemma that plagues couples past, present, and future. (I can’t really tell you *whispers* It’s part of the plot.)
It’s a fast-paced, action-adventure, Regency Romance. If you’re a historical romance junkie looking for a bit of fun pick it up!
I’m suspicious of this agent Blue (a liaison between Sophia/Adrian, and the Barbican group)..hmm..
It’s Regency Mr. & Mrs. Smith =)
Can’t wait for The Making of a Rogue !
Rating: 4 stars