February 27, 2018
While you Were Spying by Shana Galen
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Pearls
Series: Regency Spys #0
Publication Date: January 29, 2017
Francesca Dashing would like to forget that Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, exists. He humiliated her in front of all of London Society—and he doesn’t even remember it! But when Ethan shows up in her sleepy Hampshire town, he’s hard to overlook, and his presence stirs up long-buried feelings. Francesca tries to keep her distance…until her life is threatened and the mysterious and handsome marquess comes to her rescue, in more ways than she ever thought possible.
Winterbourne has traveled to Hampshire on orders from the Foreign Office—he’s investigating an arms smuggling ring and is determined to find its leader. Miss Dashing stumbles into his way—literally—and derails both Ethan’s assignment and his ordered country life. Ethan knows he needs to ignore the distraction, but when Francesca is the victim of a vicious attack, he’s compelled to put aside his mission to protect her. Guarding the viscount’s daughter is work, nothing more, and Ethan has no plans to let down his guard…until Francesca’s chocolate-brown eyes and endless compassion melt the ice in his heart and lay siege to his defenses.
The Marquess of Winterbourne ,Ethan Gaxton is a Spy for The Foreign Office, during the time of Madame Guillotine! He has returned from France, to spy out a traitor from England, a peer, who is exchanging weapons for money! The traitor is ruthless, will murder anyone who gets in his way. Ethan is staying with his younger half brother, the Earl of Sillbourne, Alex, who also works for the Forgein Office. While trying to locate the smugglers , he comes across a beautiful young woman, whom he mistakes for a maid! Even though he has danced with her, during her come out Season, during a Ton ball! She is the Honorable Miss Francesca Brigham, whose father, is only a Viscount, yet he is very active in Parliament.
The sad thing is, she has been in love with the Marquess, since she first laid eyes on him, he cannot remember who she is, and when he does, he is angry with himself for not behaving like a gentleman. Now, he has assumed that she is a maid! He finds her in the stables of a man that he is spying on. When he does realize who she is, he is determined to take her home, tell her father, that she is wondering around, unchaperoned, and unprotected. This has so much going on, spying, a budding romance, some of the funniest lines since Pride and Predjudice! In fact , I would take Mrs Bennett over her Mother, well, actually, I don’t know who is the worse, Mrs. Bennett, or Lady Bringham? There are very humourous lines in this book! Very Shana Galen!
The scary part, believe it or not, is not the Spying, it’s the attacks on Francesca! She has someone determined to rape her, and to murder her! I love this book! It will make my top 25 this year!
I highly Recommend! Thanks! Enjoy!