Friday, April 24, 2015

ARC Review: Sebastian's Lady Spy by Sharon Cullen

Title: Sebastian's Lady Spay (Secrets & Seduction #5)
Author: Sharon Cullen
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Fiction - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 3
Sexual - 3

Sebastian Addison has a powerful secret. To society he is the Earl of Claybrook, the
patriarch who raised his siblings after the death of their parents. But to the king, Sebastian is Britain’s top spy—a position that has taken an emotional toll on him. Contessa Gabrielle Marciano has also been living a lie, her title a cover devised by the Office of Intelligence. The femme fatale was plucked from a life of crime and prostitution and trained to restrain her passionate nature. Until she meets the earl.

For three deeply sensual days and nights, Sebastian and Gabrielle drop their masks, indulging in pleasures that seem too good to be true. Then the lovers go their separate ways. Seven months later they reunite when inside sources report that an English aristocrat has been aiding France in a plot to topple the Crown. Their objective: to find the turncoat. Their greatest challenge: to keep their wild, wounded hearts from derailing a mission of life and death.
 I like a good mash-up of genres.  Sebastian's Lady Spy did a great job of putting together a historical with a really nice suspenseful element mixed right in.  We have two spies being "forced" to work together.  The problem is that they have very strong feelings towards each other, and that seems to be getting in Sebastian's way.  It was nice to see a guy getting all emotional and the girl keep their head and get the job done for a change.

I really liked Gabrielle.  The more I found out about her, the more I liked her.  The only exception to this was that she thought she wasn't "good enough" for Sebastian as more than a passing fancy.  I wish she had been as confident her herself as she was in her syping skills.  Sebastian is a bit of a jerk for a little too long.  He refuses to let Gabrielle do her job and he refuses to really have anything to do with her - all because he cares.  *eye roll*

OK - once Sebasian gets his head out of his butt, the story really takes off with quite a good mystery spy chase theme.  Our characters find out that they each have a piece of the puzzle and really learn to trust each other to get the job done right.  There was an incredible ending where I thought everyone was going get snuffed, but whew - thank goodness I was reading a romance.  A great HEA to wrap it all up.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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