Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen

The Secret of the India Orchid (Proper Romance)The Secret of the India Orchid by Nancy Campbell Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Anthony Blake is in love with Sophia Elliot. But he's also a spy for the Crown and duty calls. In order to protect the ones he loves, he must lie and cut off all ties. 2 years later, he is once again in contact with heartbroken Sophia, when they meet in India. This just made my heart hurt. He can't tell her he is a spy, but he also does not want her to believe, any longer, the letter he had to write when he left her behind. It is all very complicated. To make matters worse, there is a mystery to solve and Sophia is being threatened.
This book had twists and turns, lost love, engaging characters, culture, and romance all wrapped into one.

Thank you to the publishers for the opportunity to read an advanced copy via Netgalley. :)This book will be released for all in August, 2017.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The Hidden Prince by Nadine Millard

The Hidden PrinceThe Hidden Prince by Nadine Millard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Nadine Millard! Your writing makes me happy. I know when I sit down with one of Nadine's books, I'm going to love it. This novella was no different.
Lydia- so full of spunk and really a spaz. I can't think of another word. lol She reminded me of Lady Rebecca in An Unlikely Duchess. She knows the expectations of society. She just has a hard time following them!
Alex- he is just yummy. I love how he looks at his life and actually cares whether he's made a difference or if he's been a good person. I also love his seductive flirting. Oh.my.
Once again, Nadine has made a story that sucked me in and allowed me to get lost for a while. When you can get lost in a book, you know it's a good one. :) It was only 9 chapters and I loved each one.
  A few favorite quotes:
"Lord, he was handsome. It was terribly distracting."

"Mr. Farago's laughter was delectable; raspy and deep. Dear heavens! She simply must get a hold of her wanton thoughts."

"It wasn't mere lust. It was more. It felt very much like his heart were being affected, along with more intimate parts of him."

"I lied about the holly..."
(SQUEEEE!! Y'all, this part... I can't even.)

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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

My Favorite Reads of 2016




As I looked through the 150+ books I read in 2016, I realized I had read oodles of books I positively enjoyed! I love it when that happens!! :) Needless to say, limiting them down to a few of my favorites for the year was hard. Extremely hard. But I did my best! Some were by my "go-to" authors, and others were complete surprises for me. :) I decided to limit it to books that were published between Nov. 2015 - the end of 2016. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my reads weren't all the same genre, as sometimes they tend to be. I've linked my Goodread's review for each one if you click on the title. 

So, here we go, in no particular order, I give you my top 12 books of 2016:




My Fair Gentleman
By Nancy Campbell Allen
Historical Regency Era
Anchor in the Storm
By Sarah Sundin
Historical Fiction World War 2

Highway Revenge
By Nadine Millard
Historical Regency Era

Painting Rain
By Annette K. Larsen
Historical Fiction/Fairytale

Change of Heart
By Jennifer Moore
Contemporary Romance

Chasing Fireflies
By Taylor Dean
Contemporary Romance

They're Your Kids
By Mrs. Sam Sorbo
Informational/Educational

Ranch Hand for Auction
By Kimberly Krey
Contemporary Romance

The Captain's Revenge
By Nadine Millard
Historical Regency Era

The Only Pirate at the Party
By Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey
Autobiography

The Regrets of Cyrus Dodd
By Bette Lee Crosby
Historical Fiction
The Husband Maneuver
By Karen Witemeyer
Historical Western


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Captain's Revenge by Nadine Millard

Title: The Captain’s Revenge
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: The Revenge Series
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing

Will his desire for revenge ruin his only chance for love?


Lucas Townsend learned long ago not to trust a woman with his heart; a lesson taught by the beautiful and aloof Anna Spencer.
Having had his heart broken by Anna for being nothing more than a merchant’s son, Lucas dedicates his life to becoming someone she couldn’t look down on.
Now, years later, he’s the toast of the ton and finally in a position to give Anna a taste of her own, bitter medicine…
Anna Grant has never stopped loving Lucas Townsend, contrary to what he believes about her.
Having lived her life mourning the loss of love and envying other people’s adventures, the opportunity arises for Anna to have an adventure on her own.
Does she have the courage to seize the day, and win back the heart of the brooding captain she used to know?

Can the sins of the past be forgiven, and can love find a way to conquer all?
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There had been quite a buzz round London about the contracts secured by The Western Shipping Company lately. He’d been careful to keep his name out of it as much as possible, but not much got past former agents of the Crown, he supposed.
Lucas inclined his head in confirmation, earning a low whistle from Andrew.
“I see you’ve been modest,” he said.
Lucas fielded more and more questions, all the while noticing that Anna asked not a single one.
And her silence began to grate on him.
Then, of course, his anger flared at himself for not getting it through his thick skull that she simply didn’t care, and at her for not caring.
As the evening wore on, Lucas became steadily more furious with the beauty sitting across the table from him.
Finally, as the footmen began to serve plum pudding and lemon posset, his control snapped.
“I am sorry, Mrs. Grant, if details of my new business venture bore you. I am sure it is not nearly as interesting to you as the latest on dit or salacious gossip so attractive to the less-than-intelligent ladies of quality.”
His words brought an immediate and shocked cessation to the chatter round the table, but Lucas’ sole focus was on the woman sitting across from him.
Her head whipped up at the comment, and her eyes narrowed.
She was clearly unhappy with him, and he felt a sick sort of satisfaction as he watched her cheeks flame. It was no more than she deserved.
Her amber eyes glittered in the candlelight, and for a moment, he thought she might cry.
But as he watched, her face transformed into a mask of snobbish disdain.
She became the Anna he knew her to be: a cold, uncaring snob.
“What the—”
Jonathan’s voice came from the top of the table, harsh and furious-sounding, but with a quick glance, Lucas saw Gabby place a hand on her husband’s arm and whisper something.
Whatever it was, it was enough to have Jon, who was half standing from his chair, sit back down. It did nothing, however, about the glower he had fixed on Lucas.
“The tales of your little business ventures do not bore me, Captain Townsend,” Anna responded now, contempt dripping from every word. “It is always nice to hear of a nobody doing well for himself.”
A gasp of shock sounded from one or both of the ladies, but Lucas didn’t even spare a glance this time.
He was glad, he told himself, even as his heart thundered with anger and humiliation. He was glad that she was showing her true colours.
“I am glad you approve,” Lucas countered, keeping his tone calm and even. “Thankfully in the West Indies, people aren’t as rigidly disapproving of birth and blood. Some of them are even crazy enough to make love matches, for example, instead of marrying monsters with the right connections.”
“That’s it.”
At the sound of a chair scraping, Lucas broke eye contact with his nemesis and watched Jonathan stand and fling his napkin on the table. But before the man could speak to throw Lucas from his home, presumably, another chair scraped back and Anna, too, was on her feet.
“How dare you?” she asked quietly.
Had she ranted and railed like any number of females would in such circumstances, Lucas would have been rather amused.
But she remained so cool, so wholly unmoved by emotion, that it just reiterated his point. She was incapable of feeling anything real. Anything raw.
“Hit a nerve, did I?”
Lucas came slowly to his feet.
He was about to be tossed out on his arse anyway, and he didn’t appreciate sitting there with her standing over him like a governess scolding her charge, even if there was a giant mahogany dining table between them.
“Hardly,” she scoffed. “To hit a nerve, your opinion would have to matter to me. And it doesn’t.”
“I am well aware of that, Anna.”
His softly spoken words seemed to bring her up short for a moment, and she blinked slowly as she stared at him.
But then her expression hardened once again.
“Good. Well, I hope you are also aware that you have no right to an opinion on my life, or my marriage, or anything else to do with me.”
She was gathering steam now. He could tell by the terribly distracting way her chest was heaving in that gown that would give him sleepless nights for weeks to come.
“You might have clawed your way to the top, Captain, and thrown everything real away for the chance of some money and notoriety, but stepping on people on your way there is the lowest of the low, and you are in no position to judge me or anyone else for that matter.”
Lucas felt as though he’d been slapped as her words hit him.
How dare she stand there and pontificate because he’d made the best of a situation he’d been thrown into?
His rage burned red hot until he had to clench his fists lest she see them trembling.
A quick look round the table told him that her family was not only shocked at his and Anna’s argument, but more than a little curious about it, too.
Well, let her deal with the explanations.
He was bound for the West Indies, and it would be years before he returned, if it all.
She obviously hadn’t made any of them privy to her history with Lucas, no doubt embarrassed by her lapse in judgement.
“Well…” He broke the tense silence. “…given how I am sailing on Friday and won’t be returning to these shores for quite some time, I will no longer be around to judge or offend you.”
Her face blanched at his words.
“You’re leaving?” she blurted, then clamped her mouth shut as though she hadn’t meant to ask.
“You knew I was leaving,” he bit out.
“Yes, but — well, for good?”
“It’s possible. Are you going to pretend you care?” he sneered.
Her mouth set in a mutinous line at his words.
As parting shots went, it wasn’t very good, but suddenly the fight went out of him.
She had humiliated him once again, called him a nobody, let him see in black and white what she thought of him, and the fury he felt, a fury which had no outlet because he could hardly rail at her in front of her family, was exhausting.
“I don’t make a habit of pretending to care about people, Lucas,” she said scornfully.
“Just once was enough?” he retorted.
He watched a riot of emotions race across her face before it became expressionless.
“I’m tired of this conversation,” she said as she sat primly back in her chair.
Lucas was so surprised at the sudden change in her that he stood stock still.
Anna fussed with the folds of her gown for a moment or two.
Nobody else moved.
He imagined they looked like players in a terribly awkward play.
It probably would have been amusing had he not been so furious.
After a moment, she looked up and raised a brow. “Are you still here? Weren’t you storming off to India or somewhere?”
Lucas told himself that the dull throb in his chest wasn’t hurt. Wasn’t disappointment.
He turned to address the others seated at the table. “Thank you for having me and for wishing me well,” he said formally, as though the last few minutes hadn’t happened. “I’m afraid I shall have to take my leave earlier than anticipated. There is much to be done before I sail to the West Indies.” He accentuated this last part for Anna’s benefit, but she was studiously avoiding any eye contact.
“I won’t pretend I’m going to miss England,” he continued pointedly. “It will be infinitely warmer in places new.”
Bowing to the ladies and not awaiting a response, Lucas swept from the room and out of the Mayfair townhouse as fast as his feet would carry him.
Friday could not come soon enough. He desperately needed an ocean between himself and that woman.


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Nadine Millard is a writer hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Having studied law then worked in the legal industry for years, Nadine revisited her passion for writing when she became a stay at home mom to her three children. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, coaching, running around after the children, the dog and the cat and drinking far more coffee than should be humanly possible.
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The Captain's RevengeMY REVIEW

I was already a huge Nadine Millard fan. I've read all her books and they've all been amazing. This one... y'all...this one was just fantastic. I mentioned in my review for The Spy's Revenge that I was pretty sure there would be a book with Anna and Captain Townsend's story. There had been hints of their history in that and Highway Revenge. Finally... (FINALLY!!!) we get to find out why there was all that tension and mystery and sadness surrounding Anna and Capt. Townsend in the other books. THIS was their story!
Anna has been through so much. She's been betrayed by her father. She has been abused by her murderous husband, who has now killed himself, leaving her a young, childless widow. All this, while nursing a broken heart from a lost love...
Enter Lucas Townsend... I knew he and Anna had something from their past. We finally learn what happened and why Anna went on to marry another, while Lucas worked his way up the ranks in the Navy.
Their story makes my heart hurt. Young love is hard enough. But throw in confusion, lies, misunderstandings, and betrayal... and it's almost impossible to keep a flame alive. Almost.
I absolutely adored this book. I adore Nadine's writing style. She has a talent for making you really care about her characters. I seriously laughed, cried, sighed, cringed, yelled out loud, felt immense frustration, desired to hit people, cried and laughed some more, and even blushed. (I LOVED the HEAT!!!) Definitely a favorite, and as with all her other books, I'll be adding the paperback to my personal library when it's available. And I am so grateful I was able to read an advanced reader's copy. #blessed;) ***The e-book version will be available on Dec. 15!!***

I'm always highlighting favorite quotes in Nadine's books. Here's a few of my favorite:

"...he was a weak fool who needed to find a way to move on without being haunted by a woman who looked like an angel but hurt like the devil."

"Lucas' mind immediately went somewhere it has no business going in front of her brother."

"GOOD LORD, HE'S HANDSOME, Anna's brain shouted. The hussy."

"He would need a swim in the icy Thames if she kept speaking in such a way."

"...but she had the power to hurt him with her tongue. Worse, he'd still infinitely prefer her do other things with it."


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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Into the Wild

Into the WildInto the Wild by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have mixed feelings about this book. I'm giving it 4.5 stars because I enjoyed reading it and it made me think. I learned a lot. But ugh.
I began reading it because I had heard so much about Chris McCandless being an inspiration to others. Nope- after reading this I don't feel that way towards him at all. His passion and ideas of being one with nature and going "into the wild" I can understand. I'm positive if I hadn't chosen the path I chose in my life, I could have easily chosen one similar to his. If I'd been born 20 years earlier, I would have been hitchhiking to San Francisco with flowers in my hair. So, I agree with his thinking in that money and things are important. I prefer experiences over material gifts. I love nature and the peace I feel when I am in it. I lived in the wilderness for an entire summer when I was 15 at a wilderness survival camp and I have never been able to duplicate how I felt. However, I felt like the way he went about his exploration just ended up hurting others and killing him.
Chris seemed like an arrogant brat who thought he knew more than everyone else. And I don't like to talk bad about people, especially a dead person, but still... He basically held a grudge against his dad for something he did 20 years ago, and was unforgiving and judged his parents cruelly. They seemed like good and involved parents who gave Chris experiences other kids dream about! But I guess having people care and give you life advice was an inconvenience to him. He didn't take ANY advice from people who actually understood what going "into the wild" meant. He didn't take a bigger gun, a compass, an ax, warm boots... He didn't wait until it was warmer. He didn't take a topographical map that could have ultimately saved his life. He would just smile and nod, and then ignore all advice. I think the author hit the nail on the head when he said regarding himself and a near-death adventure, "...like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic."
I, too, like to kind of "fly by the seat of my pants" and live and learn, and see what will happens without an air tight plan. But sometimes, a little planning is necessary. Going to live in the wild would be one of those times.
Honestly, if you're looking for inspiration, just read pages 56-58. This is a letter Chris wrote to an 80 year old friend he met on the road. IT was inspiring. He said "...I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future."
AGREE!!! I think you should try to live life to the fullest, have new adventures, don't conform and only live how society expects. I've had that attitude most of my life and I had that attitude as I read this book, because I honestly believe those mantras. But Chris... he had the passion and the drive. I'll give him that. But he left a trail of hurt behind him. The man he wrote the letter to renounced God after learning of his death. His parents were heartbroken and confused. Friends he met along the way were so sad because they tried to help him. I don't think that's what he wanted to do. Even HE realized deep into his "Alaskan Odyssey" that "HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED." He was attempting to leave, but couldn't get out because he didn't have a map. :( I'm all for not controlling people, no thought control, government not being in every aspect of our life... but man. A MAP, dude... a map.

**I realize other people got different things from this book and that's cool. Go live your life! (Just take a map...)

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Friday, September 09, 2016

How to Live a Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Life Well Lived by Jonathan Fields

How to Live a Good Life: A Practical Guide to a Life Well Lived
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I actually really, REALLY enjoyed this book for a few different reasons:
1) I like how the author set up the sections into "Good Life buckets." There are many aspects of life that can change your happiness. He addresses these different aspects.
2) The author knows it's not an overnight thing. He has you do things for 30 days to help changed your outlook.
3) The book had amazing quotes. I found myself highlighting inspiration on my Kindle throughout the entire book.
4) There were so many ideas. Some were more simpler than others. Like spending more time outside, for example. This is true! I meditate on my hammock almost daily and it seriously makes a difference. Being with nature has a relaxing and calming affect on your entire being.

This isn't a book to just read through and be done with it. It's more like a "plan". I will be referring back to it often.

*Thank you to the publishers via Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson
The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson 
Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?  

Publication Date: Monday, August 29th
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 Excerpt
 He stared at her incredulously, as though she had escaped Bedlam. “Are you in your right mind, woman?” Lucy leaned forward and planted her palms on his bed so that her eyes were level with his. “My name is Lucy Beresford. I have lived in Askern all my life. I’m the sole daughter of a vicar and a seamstress who lived most happily despite their differences in station. When my father passed away, I came here, to this dower house. So yes, I am in my right mind. It is you who are not.” The earl’s jaw clenched, and Lucy took some pleasure at the sight. Perhaps he would come down off his high horse and show at least a small amount of kindness or respect. “I may not know who I am or where I came from,” he finally said, “but at least I do not feel the need to tell tales.” “Tell tales?” Lucy gaped at him. Was he accusing her of telling untruths? Her, of all people? What untruths? How dare he! Lord Drayson glanced down at his fingers, frowning when he spotted grime under his nails. He began to scrape it out as he spoke. “Claiming to be the daughter of a vicar and seamstress is all very romantic, but it cannot possibly be the truth.” “And why not?” she asked. His gaze returned to hers. “In my experience, the daughter of a vicar would behave with more decorum, would know how to make a palatable broth, and would never allow herself to be alone in a room with a man who is not her relative. If there is one thing I know with absolute certainty, it is that you are no relation of mine.” Lucy’s jaw clenched as she fought to control the rage building inside her. Ever so slowly, she pushed herself up to standing and glared down at the earl. “You are correct in thinking I am no ordinary vicar’s daughter. I do not love unconditionally. I show decorum only when I wish to. And I despise those who care for no one but themselves. But I do not tell tales.” He actually chuckled, but it was more of a scoff than a show of humor. “Did you learn those traits from your father?” “Do not speak of my father.” “I would prefer to speak of myself, but you do not seem to share that preference, so perhaps we should speak of your father instead. Where is he, by the by? I would very much like to meet him.” Lucy’s fingers became fists while her conscience became a battleground between all that was good and evil inside her. It was a short battle, with evil making a quick triumph. Ever so slowly, her body still trembling with anger, she lifted her chin. If he was going to accuse her of telling tales, then tell them she would. “Very well, Collins. If you must know, I am your employer. And though you may not remember me, or this house, or your position in it, or the fact that you are perfectly susceptible to coming off a horse, just like any other human, I still expect some kindness and respect from you.” “What on earth are you talking about? What position?” There was not a hint of hesitation in her voice when she answered. “You are a servant in this house.”

My Review
If you've seen the movie "Overboard," with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, and loved it... then you'll love The Fall of Lord Drayson!! It's based in the regency era. The first time Lucy Beresford meets Lord Drayson, it is when he delivered the bad news that she and her mother will need to move out of the Dower house on his estate he is selling. Lucy is devastated and frustrated by Lord Drayson's haughty manner. When Lord Drayson is injured by a fall from his horse and suffers amnesia, Lucy sees her chance to get back at the arrogant earl. She saves him and then tells him he is her butler/coachman/servant. As he attempts to fulfill his "roles," Lucy begins to find herself to to be the one falling...FOR Lord Drayson. She wants to tell him the truth of who he is, but fears the repercussions. 
This was such a cute story. The characters are fun and the banter is witty. Apparently I was smiling as I read because my husband said, "I guess you're liking your book??" I've read a lot by Rachael Anderson, and I've never been disappointed. I believe this is her first regency era book and she did a wonderful job. I can't wait to read more!


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

No Way Up By Mary Connealy REVIEW


No Way Up by Mary Connealy
Book #1 in the Cimarron Legacy Series

Synopsis
When Cimarron ranch patriarch Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche, the quick actions of hired hand Heath Kincaid save him. Badly injured, Chance demands that his will be read and its conditions be enforced immediately.
Without anyone else to serve as a witness, Heath is pressed into reading the will. If Justin, Sadie, and Cole Boden don't live and work at home for the entire year, the ranch will go to their low-down cousin Mike.
Then Heath discovers the avalanche was a murder attempt, and more danger might follow. Deeply involved with the family, Heath's desire to protect Sadie goes far beyond friendship. The danger keeps them close together, and their feelings grow until being apart is the last thing on their minds.


My Review
3.5 stars
Chance Boden is desperate to bring his family together. After being severely injured in an avalanche, he informs his 3 adult children that unless the 3 move to the ranch and live there together for a year, than the ranch goes to a cousin they cannot stand. His children come together and attempt to please their father, and save the ranch.
Heath Kincaid is a ranch hand who saved Chance's life in the avalanche, is crushing on Chance's daughter, Sadie, and discovers the avalanche wasn't an accident.
I really enjoyed the novella prequel to this book, The Boden Birthright, but this book fell a little flat for me. Mary Connealy is known for her humor and witty banter in her writing, and I felt like this book lacked it. It focused more around the mystery of who wants Chance Boden dead, with a little romance between Sadie and Heath. I REALLY liked Heath, but Sadie frustrated me.
Overall, it was a good read. The mystery is intriguing. And even though I thought the premise of forcing your adult children to live together was somewhat silly, it was a cute book. I'll be reading the next in the series. :)


* Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. 

Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Spy's Revenge RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW


Title: The Spy’s Revenge
Author: Nadine Millard
Series: The Revenge Series
Genre: Regency Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing


HE’S LOST EVERYTHING, BUT WILL HE FIND LOVE AGAIN?


Jonathan Spencer has dedicated his life to working for the crown.
He loves the thrill of the chase, the sense of adventure, the lure of danger.
Most of all, he loves Gabrielle Dumas, the fellow spy who stole his heart.
Jonathan’s life is wonderful…until one fateful night in Paris, a night that brought his whole world crashing down.
Three years later, Jonathan hasn’t recovered from the events of that night.
And now he finds himself in the middle of a mystery that will rock his whole world.
Can Jonathan figure out who is trying to destroy his life, before his last chance of happiness is snatched away?
And will he get the chance to open his heart and love again?



“You told Evie?” he barked. “I knew you would go soft in retirement, Drew, but Christ! Even you must remember that we tend not to chat to our family and friends about what it is we do.”
“I understand you’re under a lot of stress,” Andrew answered casually, flicking a piece of lint from his superfine, “so I will allow that comment about my going soft pass.”
Jonathan snorted, but Andrew continued as though he had made no sound at all.
“And it seems to have escaped your memory that my wife was exposed to what it is we do, or did in my case, when we helped her all those years ago at Spencer Park.”
“Be that as it may, you have no right divulging secrets of the past, my past to my interfering little cousin,” Jonathan snapped.
Andrew looked at him then, fury flashing in his green eyes.
“Be careful, Jonathan,” he muttered quietly.
His quiet, cold ire served to heat Jonathan’s even more. It had always been thus. Andrew’s anger had always presented itself in icy, steely form while Jonathan’s raged with fire and heat.
“Or what?” he snarled in answer.
Jonathan wasn’t sure what was going on with him. He had never spoken to Andrew like this. He’d never really spoken to anyone like this. Unless it had been an enemy of sorts. And Andrew hadn’t really done anything wrong, Jonathan could admit to himself.
The truth was he felt furious, irritated, frustrated and even a little frightened. But it wasn’t Andrew’s fault, and he was well aware of that.
Andrew arched a brow, looking every inch the haughty aristocrat.
Jonathan huffed out a breath and ran a hand through his dark blond hair, mussing it enough to give his poor valet palpitations.
Damn it all.
Andrew must think he should be carted off to Bedlam, and, all things considered, he had no idea where to even start trying to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Gabby.
This day couldn’t possibly get any worse, he decided.
A discreet cough signalled the arrival of yet another person.
Bloody hell. It was like Piccadilly during the Season in here.
“What is it, Jeffries?”
“Captain Lucas Townsend to call,” the butler answered, holding out a silver tray with the captain’s calling card.
Jonathan felt his temper flare once more.
He’d been wrong. The day could get worse, it seemed. And it just had.

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of The Spy's Revenge and it DID NOT disappoint. I read it in one day- reading every chance I got. Nadine Millard has easily moved into my top 5 favorite authors list- I've read (& loved!) all her books. The first in this series, Highway Revenge, I fell in love with immediately! I ordered the paperback version to go in my personal library as soon as I finished the Kindle version. The Spy's Revenge was no different. We met Jonathan in the first book. So I was excited to see him again and to read his love story. He is charming, a brave, and totally broken as the book begins. He is just a shell of the man he used to be because 3 years prior he believes he saw his true love, Gabrielle Dumas, die at the hands of a murderer.  Gabrielle is, well, the word "badass" comes to mind. She can hang with the boy spies. Anything they can do, she can do better. ;) I thoroughly enjoyed her character.
I don't want to give anything away. So, I'll just say this: The characters are awesome. You can't help but like them. Nadine does a great job in letting us know what each character is thinking and feeling. She makes clean romantic scenes scald you with the steam. The witty banter and "lust-filled" thoughts of the characters are entertaining.

A few of my favorite lines that made me laugh out loud:
"Even if she could force her mind to forget about him, her heart would forever remember and forever crave his touch. Her heart was an idiot."

"How could her brain work properly when it was too busy urging her to do all sorts of improper things with the man at her side? Her brain, it turned out was a bit of a wanton." 

"Dear Lord, the man could make her combust with just a look, she was sure."
 
I also loved catching up with Andrew and Evelyn, from Highway Revenge. And I am pretty sure there will be a book 3 with Anna and Captain Townsend's story. Overall, I totally loved losing myself in The Spy's Revenge. It was a mystery throughout the book, that I was pretty sure I had solved, but wasn't sure what the whole story was until the end. I will definitely be adding the paperback to my library when it's available!


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Nadine is a writer hailing from Dublin, Ireland. Before writing historical romance, Nadine worked in law and has a degree in legal studies. She now divides her time between raising her three beautiful children, writing and hiding her online shopping addiction from her long suffering husband, Larry.
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