Monday, April 4, 2016

A Spy's Devotion

GIVEAWAY
DICKERSON, MELANIE
A SPY'S DEVOTION

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?


My Review:

Squeeeallll!!!! My Regency fan-girling heart is still in palpitations after reading this amazing story. And -- yay-- it's the first in a The Regency Spies of London series. I've been a fan of Melanie Dickerson's fairy tale retellings since reading The Healer's Apprentice but I admit to being positively giddy over her venture into Regency romance. And not just ordinary Regency romance, but one laced with intrigue.

I do so love a good spy story. The kind with a plucky heroine and a stoic wounded soldier -- both determined to save their country from the evil that lurks within. Add into the mix Julia's precarious circumstances and  Nicholas's desire to avoid romantic entanglements and this becomes a page-turner of a read.

Dickerson has captured the ambiance of the Regency era. It's in the drawing room dialogue and endless society rules of decorum. And the balls! The touch of a gloved hand at the beginning of a dance, the slanted glance across the room,  the whispered breath when the dancers draw close....sigh, I'm in full swoon mode.

But I can't stay in a puddle for long because a treasonous plan is afoot and dastardly traitors to expose. Not to mention the sweet stirrings of a romance to salvage. A perfect blend that held me captive and left me yearning for more.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Spy's Devotion please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April  10 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

43 comments:

  1. I love the cover! This book looks so alluring. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    KathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I know, isn't the cover awesome? And so is the story. Good luck, Kate.

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  2. Oh, this book sounds sooooo good! And I absolutely love the cover!


    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. It's soooooooooooooooo good. LOL Good luck, Tammi.

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  3. After reading the Lady Julia and Lady Emily series, I believe this would be just what the book doctor ordered. :) huletthouse at mchsi dot

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  4. Oh, I am really looking forward to reading this one! I've heard so many good things about it. I love that it combines intrigue with the regency period. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. Intrigue and Regency is a delicious blend for sure. Good luck, Loraine.

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  5. "I do so love a good spy story." Me, too, Kav! This one sounds great! I must add it to my want-to-read list. Thanks for offering a copy. Blessings, KM

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    1. You're welcome, Kay. It's a grand spy story. Good luck.

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  6. I love her books. cheetahthecat1986ATyahooDOTcom.

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  7. Always fun to pick up a good book and realize it's going to be a series!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes and this one is going to be so exciting! Good luck, Patty.

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  8. I am more of a modern day, contemporary reader but I know other people like this type of book. It would be a wonderful addition to the church library.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It would make an excellent edition to your library. Good luck, Janet.

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  9. The first time I saw this book, it grabbed my eye and attention. I LOVE the cover and it sounds sooo good....historical fiction filled with romance, suspense, a coded diary....I'm itching to read it!!! Thank for the opportunity of this giveaway!
    ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The cover is a grand representative of the book. Good luck, Alison.

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  10. Regency & Dickerson....yes please!!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. A woman of discerning tastes. Good luck, Trixi.

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  11. OH I'm SO glad it's good! I've been dying to read this! I love regency! :)

    Hugs, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  12. I'm a big fan of Melanie's fairy tale books and am thrilled to read your review of her foray into Regency. I assumed it would be a great book but it's reassuring to know you thought so since you are a reviewer I trust.
    Sorry if I sound too gushing but I do absolutely love Melanie's books, as does my daughter. I just ordered a couple of the newest books for my daughter's birthday. Thanks for the chance to win A Spy's Devotion.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Melanie's books deserve gushing. I've loved every one of them and I'm just tickled over this Regency. And thanks for trusting my reviews! :-) Good luck, Pam.

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  13. I love her fairytale retellings, and I do love a spy story so please enter me for this one. Thank you!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. You're entered, fredamans. Good luck.

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  14. I'm so excited to read this one! I love Regency and it sounds like a great story :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  15. Great review, Kav! Would surely love to read this one!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  16. Yay!! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time! Thank you so much for this giveaway!
    rosebudsinjuneATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Deborah. Good luck.

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  17. Beautiful cover and I enjoyed your review! Sounds like a book I would enjoy.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, rubynreba. I love that cover too. The whole package is delish. Good luck.

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  18. A Spy's Devotion is at the top of my MUST read list! Kav, thanks for the giveaway. psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. It belongs there, Caryl. Good luck.

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  19. I own all of Melanie Dickerson's books except this one and another of the newer ones! Definitely going to enter for this, it sounds good! :)

    lieniitte (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's amazing! Good luck, Lieniitte.

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  20. Wow, what a review. I must read this! truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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    1. Yes, you must, Eliza. Good luck.

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  21. Swoon mode on!

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- you've been forewarned. Good luck, Janka.

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