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BOOK BY: Erica Vetsch
If you loved book one and couldn’t put it down, book two won’t disappoint you. Erica Vetsch turns out another fantastic regency romance full of secrets and intrigue. I blame the author for keeping me up at night so I could finish the book in two sittings.
The Gentleman Spy picks up where book one left off. Agents to the Crown are on the case of the recent assassination attempt on the Prince Regent’s life and keep turning up dead leads.
Lady Charlotte Tiptree is nearing spinsterhood at the ripe age of 21. Her father is a penny pincher and her mother insists that she hold her tongue in order to catch a husband. With an intelligent mind and a quick wit, Lady Charlotte finds it difficult to appease her parents until one day a deeply buried family secret comes to light. Resolving to accept the first offer of marriage to a man who will allow her to read books, Charlotte puts her best foot forward.
Marcus Haverly is thrust into the highest of social positions when his father and brother are killed in an accident. It doesn’t bode well for a secret agent to the Crown to be thrust in the limelight. So when his superior and mother both take issue with his bachelorhood, Marcus impulsively marries the plain and frumpy Lady Charlotte. What follows is a beautifully woven story of secrets, trust, and falling in love with a complete stranger.
I just love everything about this story.
Charlotte is my kind of heroine – she’s smart, witty, compassionate and doesn’t follow the societal expectations, but rather is focused on following God’s will and putting the Word of God into practice. She’s bold in her faith and becomes the voice for the poor, abused and oppressed. She has the means to help after her speedy marriage, but she’s not too proud to work the front lines.
Marcus is a lovable character. He is kind and sweet to Charlotte and I just adore the way he falls in love with her. He thinks he can compartmentalize his life and that a wife won’t complicate his secret mission, his standing in society or any other area of his life. He rescues her on so many different levels, I enjoyed watching it play out.
The secondary cast lends a colourful subtext to the main story-line. Our couple from book one makes several appearances and the bond of friendship deepens between the couples. A hard-nosed mother-in-law makes for interesting interactions and cold familial relationships with Charlotte’s family lends delightful tension to several scenes. The women in Charlotte’s mission tug at the heart while the relationship between one particular girl and our heroine is a beautiful picture of long-suffering and compassion.
The secret mission of the agents of the Crown is resolved in an intense action sequence and leaves readers satisfied with the ending.
This was a fantastic read and I’m anxiously waiting for the release of book three, The Indebted Earl.
A BIT ABOUT THE BOOK
He only wanted a duchess for a day–but she’s determined to make it a marriage for life
When his father and older brother suddenly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear. To thwart the plans of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries a wallflower. After all, she’s meek and mild; it should be easy to sequester her in the country and get on with his life–as a secret agent for the Crown.
But his bride has other ideas. She’s determined to take her place not only as his duchess but as his wife. As a duchess, she can use her position to help the lowest of society–the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. Her endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.
Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?
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