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?
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.
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