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Posted January 27, 2014
Funny and romantic. I've read it twice already. Good stuff.
Loved the concept. Loved the characters. I jumped in the book and didn't stop until it was finished. I went to Central Park so I was tickled to relate in that part of the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 20, 2013
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! There must be something about
5 out of 5 for this reader folks!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There must be something about spies and regency romance that really turns my crank because every book I have read with this mix I absolutely enjoy. Maybe it's the mystique, suppose to be proper but really bad ass under all the titles and manners .. I don't know .. but I sure love it! Lady's Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn is the third book in her Nexus series. I broke a huge reading rule of mine by reading the third book in a series before the first two. I am kind of obsessive about reading things in order and anticipating secondary characters future story lines. As I had just been introduced to the characters in this third book, I did feel a little like I missed something (I was going to give this book a 4.5 out of 5 for that feeling but it's not the authors fault I didn't read the first two), but that being said I am sure a non obsessive series reader may feel like they didn't miss anything. Again this is my own personal "reading rule" and I like to see past characters make an appearance and have that warm feeling that they found their happy.
So a brief setting ... London, early 1800's, the Nexus organization is a group of individuals who become spies to combat Napoleon's effort to take down England. Each spy brings something different to the table, and in this story our main man Ethan is the master of seduction for information. At the beginning of the book, we find Ethan seriously injured and a cloaked woman secretly attending to him. Months pass and Ethan is eager to find out who this woman was. Shortly after being given a mission to find a missing orphan boy, he comes across a woman who not only seems to have an invested interest in the young boys orphanage he is surveying, but is setting off bells of familiarity in his head.
Sydney runs a business that enables the ton to find employees that will suitably match their employer, while playing a part in the underground spy circuit. She uses her proper lady cover to infiltrate the orphanage and is shocked at what she discovers. Then there is this hot rogue that seeks her services and now she can't stop thinking about him (she is our cloaked lady and is fearful that Ethan will recognize her). Before they know it, Ethan and Sydney begin to work together in the joint effort to take down a French spymaster and an English traitor (I guess this traitor has reeked havoc in the beginning of this series as well). While fighting the bad guys, they also fight their passion for each other.
So these two are well matched. Both a little sassy and eager to fight the bad guys while figuring out a mystery that will unravel big secrets, I loved reading our naughty Ethan's troubles of seducing Sydney. I mean this is what he does! I loved reading Sydney play the cool cucumber in Ethan's presence while the blood was boiling just underneath the surface. When this tension breaks .... FANS MYSELF! LOL
Love a regency romance full of secrets, action, lust and love? Check out A Lady's Secret Weapon. I am going to rewind and read the first two books now. Maybe I'll enjoy the "know what has already happened" aspect of this series as opposed to what I am use to!
HAPPY READING! :)
Posted October 31, 2013
Ahh, Casablanca, you and Entangled are quickly becoming my favor
Ahh, Casablanca, you and Entangled are quickly becoming my favorite publishers for romance. And you, of course, top the duo in historicals because of your awesome stable of authors! Tracey Devlyn is now included in that number for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I loved the push and pull of all the secrets that both Sydney and Ethan have. Both have deep and compelling reasons to do what they do, and they’re both totally driven to continue doing them even as they try to keep their alternate identity/task (spying) a secret.
I loved Sydney because she comes from such a working-class background and never shies away from that fact. She’s a bastard, but doesn’t exactly advertise it, though in the gossip-filled world of London, it’s not a secret either. She’s turned her humble beginnings and appreciation/respect for the servant class into a somewhat profitable business for herself. Her parents support her and she’s an independent woman. She has little need or want for a man, but then Ethan comes along and finally helps her purge the dark wound from her childhood (and that’s all I’m going to say about that, other than said dark wound needs to be strung up by his unmentionables, covered in honey, and then have a jar of fire ants dropped on him).
Ethan’s only desire has been to lead the spying agency, ever since his father passed and it was expected that he would one day step into his father’s shoes. He’s utterly devoted to the spying agency, and is devastated when he learns he’ll be passed over for the promotion. But while there’s a heavy level of resentment toward his friend, who got the promotion, he doesn’t let that get in the way of any of his missions, nor finding out who saved his life (a cloaked figure and a maid, both of whom turn out to be Sydney of course – this isn’t a spoiler, it’s clear in the prologue).
Their current missions overlap surrounding an orphanage and these two strong characters, while growing closer, don’t let their emotions distract them from the path of discovery. They learn to work together and save one another, both from the monsters involved in the orphanage debacle and their haunted pasts. I can’t say enough positives about this book.
This is totally a 5-star review from me and I can’t wait to read more by Tracey Devlyn. Thank you Sourcebooks for letting me read this!
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted October 5, 2013
I enjoyed this book as much as the others. Love....intrigue...hi
I enjoyed this book as much as the others. Love....intrigue...historical drama all rolled into one. Tracey Devlyn is a new author for me but one I have come to appreciate. She sets the scenes...gives just the right amount of detail so you are not bored...and makes you thoroughly enjoy the characters. Catching up with past main characters is appreciated but the way it compliments the story is highly desired. This series is my frost recent historical favorites.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2013
Oh my gosh, where to start with this book? I was really looking
Oh my gosh, where to start with this book? I was really looking forward to A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn because the hero, Ethan, is the bad boy of the series and I have a thing for bad boys. They are usually more troubled than the good boys, so when they make the switch it is more raw and emotional. Pairing Ethan with the independent heroine Sydney was just explosive.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The third book in the Nexus Series is filled with several plot lines that are all wonderfully woven together to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have had to read each of these books carefully because there is so much going on I don’t want to miss a thing and they move quickly.
The character development is phenomenal. Ethan and Sydney are well developed characters with lots of internal conflict. There are some deep seeded issues they both reluctantly have to come to terms with before they can move on with their relationship. I was surprised at how some of the plot lines played out due to the way the characters matured over the story. Ethan and Sydney brought out the best in one another, even if it they provoked each other a lot with their bantering. They are a very entertaining pair and make each other stronger. I love seeing that in a romance. The major intimate scene in the book was done extremely well. It was very passionate, gentle and sweet and made me swoon at the end (and I don’t swoon easily).
Tracey does an awesome job with the mystery and intrigue in her Nexus stories. These books are true romantic mysteries and full of suspense. It is so fun to see how her spies worked back before they had all the modern day gadgets like bugs and cameras. They had to use a lot of creativity, whit and instinct.
A Lady’s Secret Weapon is very emotional. I don’t want to give all the examples because some are spoilers but the emotional ride went beyond just Ethan and Sydney’s relationship and internal struggles. I was completely surprised at the ending of the story which makes me want to read it again just to see the story in a different light. It is always fun to read more about characters from previous books, so I love that the other members of the Nexus were in this book a lot and 7 year old Sophie who has as much energy as all of the characters put together. If you like romantic mysteries (historical or contemporary) that are full of espionage and intrigue, I highly recommend A Lady’s Secret Weapon.