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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: True Spies by Shana Galen

 True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)
 Publication date: September 3, 2013
Series: Lord and Lady Spy #2 

Lady Elinor dearly loves playing with her daughters, but she has decided it's time to seek some more excitement in her life. Her husband, Baron Winslow (Winn) Keating, hardly ever comes home on time, and she is tired of waiting for him. Elinor's first act of defiance was to attend a ball alone, and second in a scandalous dress. Seeing her husband's enraged reaction to her gown only served to fuel her desire for a dalliance; maybe if she makes him jealous, it could possibly rekindle the flames of their frozen relationship.

Believed by all to be an inattentive husband, Winn is actually an elite spy for the Barbican group, and his secretive missions have prevented him from spending time with his family. Just when Winn decided to leave the group, he is given one last mission against a dangerous French enemy, one who could very well jeopardize his family's safety.

Elinor had always been in love with Winn, and they both knew it. Elinor never felt herself worthy of Winn, but after years of a cold marriage, she finally sought more. A liaison with the young and rakish Rafe Trollope -- who is supposedly a spy for the Babylon Group -- seems just the thing, except Winn overheard her and decided to prevent another man from seducing his wife. Together with Agent Wolf and Saint from the first book, Lord and Lady Spy, Winn sought to not only uncover the truth of Rafe Trollope and save his marriage, but also stop Foncé, the continuing antagonist from the first book of the series.

The issue with Trollope was dealt with quickly, which left the rest of story to be filled with Elinor's adventures (or misadventures, as they really are), and Winn's attempts at heroism. Elinor finally got a taste of the grand adventures she's always wanted, only to realize her family and home are what she misses most. Similarly, bereft of Elinor, Winn finally realized his love for her, and through daring actions and dangerous escapades, he melted the frozen state of his marriage and rekindled not only his love and desire for Elinor, but also an intimacy with his daughters.

True Spies is the second book in Shana Galen's acclaimed Lord and Lady Spy series. Naturally, the villain's escape makes way for his apprehension in forthcoming novels. Filled with highly humorous dialogue interspersed with daring intrigue and tender passion, Shana Galen has penned yet another sexy romp with just the right touch of fun and excitement. It is unlike Joanna Bourne's books with its dark undertones; this is humor and suspense crafted in a light-hearted and amusing way, and sure to delight readers who welcome an exciting read without some dreadful angst in the mix.

*ARC courtesy of the publisher via Netgalley 

Rating: 4 tulips 

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