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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Great Story The Smuggler Wore Silk is a great story of spy and s

    Great Story
    The Smuggler Wore Silk is a great story of spy and smuggler. Julian the Earl of Langford known as the wandering Earl is a charming and flirt hero with the secret in his childhood.Grace Hanna is a courageous, quick witted and compassionate heroine whom is living with her mean uncle as a servant. When Julian cover as a spy revealed, he suspect that Grace is the traitor and he is forced to return to his childhood home to hunt the traitor. Mrs. Alyssa Alexander Debut is great story with danger, romance, secret and mystery. I am looking forward to read her next book in this amazing series. Thank you Mrs. Alyssa Alexander

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

    Julian Travers could care less about his title or his duty as th

    Julian Travers could care less about his title or his duty as the Earl of Langford. He’s a spy on a supposedly last mission that takes him reluctantly home to Devon to flush out a traitor. He has been gone twenty-three years after a painful event made him flee and never want to return. Known as “the Wandering Earl," he vows to be nothing like the unfaithful men in his family, especially his philandering father, even though he feels he must resort to seducing information out of his quarry, Grace Hannah, in the name of the Crown.
    Julian is a wonderful hero, one of the best I’ve ever read. He does not hesitate to do the honorable thing when he finds himself in a compromising liaison with Grace. He grows to admire and love her, even though she is sharp-tongued, smart, and knowledgeable, an unusual combination for a woman in her day. His beautiful and heartfelt wedding gift to her only makes him even more attractive and his defense of her honor throughout the book is memorable.
    Grace Hannah is sensible, efficient, and self-sufficient. A ward of her abusive uncle, she’s also the village apothecary and physician. She was jilted by her fiancé, Michael, who decided to marry someone else. Because of this, she is considered ruined in the eyes of village society.  She feels most comfortable keeping to herself and doing her own thing, herbalism and smuggling. There are some lovely descriptions of landscape, plants, and herbs throughout the book, especially in Grace’s domain, the stillroom.
    This independence and resourcefulness both fascinates and frustrates Julian and captures his interest beyond his carefully laid plans. She reminds me of Anne Elliot, the heroine from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, with her practicality and her consistent and unwavering kindness to others. Then again, she doesn’t exactly act like a lady because she doesn’t consider herself one. She rides astride a gorgeous black stallion named Demon, wears breeches, and is in close contact with smugglers in the village when she comes across suspicious papers in a delivery.
    The compromise scene is one of the best scenes in the book and really drives home the terrible and precarious situation of women. In our twenty-first century era, we have NO idea what it was like. A vulnerable young woman was open to any unscrupulous man to take advantage, merely by being alone with her. “Would she have to leave Devon? Would she be required to live in London? On the Continent? In the end, she would be at the mercy of a man she knew nothing about." (p100)
    From the very beginning, there is an exciting and sizzling attraction between Grace and Julian. He is handsome, kind, and honorable and she can’t help but be drawn to him. After they’re forced to marry, his love and affection are unwavering, something that amazes her since she feels free to finally be herself instead of what others expect her to be, and Julian likes her this way. And yet she doesn’t fully trust him—she doesn’t completely trust anybody—as his mysterious reputation precedes him and she, too, has secrets to hide.
    Julian’s protectiveness of Grace is a joy to read; he feels her loneliness and it angers him when he discovers how cruelly her uncle treats her and how society shuns her for her broken engagement. This disturbs him as he’s supposed to be investigating her, not falling in love with her.
    Secondary characters are strongly portrayed, especially Jack Blackbourn, a former smuggler accused of treason based on an actual person; Mrs. Wargell, Michael’s spiteful wife—she reminded me of Augusta Elton from Jane Austen’s Emma; Grace’s bully of an uncle, the kind of relative who takes in a poor relation and then never lets her forget it; and Grace’s sad and disillusioned friend, Marie, Lady Elliott.
    This solid debut is filled with several memorable and poignant scenes: Grace’s palpable fears upon arrival at the church; the compromise scene in which Julian is ever the gentleman; the intrigues of the wedding breakfast; and Julian’s banishment and exorcism of his past in his father’s bed chamber.
     Memorable moments:
    “'I'm going to be a dreadful countess,' she said. 'You'll be marrying a smuggler.' 'And you'll be marrying a spy. I'd say we're a perfect match.'” (p132)
    “It wasn’t lies driving a wedge between them. It was half-truths and omissions and secrets.” (p190)
    “‘The circumstances of a person’s birth are an accident. Only character can be chosen.’” (p202)
    A wonderful and exciting story filled with tender emotion, suspense, action, and a vivid sense of time and place in history. I very much look forward to reading more from this author.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    The perfect combination of espionage, secrets, chemistry and act

    The perfect combination of espionage, secrets, chemistry and action! If you’re looking for a new author, then look no further because Alyssa Alexander’s debut novel has it all! As soon as I finished reading this one, I searched her page to find out when the next in the series is set to come out!

    When Julian Travers sets off to his estate in Beer, it certainly wasn’t with the intention of finding a wife. All Julian wanted to do was find the traitor who was forcing him into retirement so he could continue with the job he loved. But his only connection with this traitor is the beautiful, alluring, Miss Grace Hannah, and the more he gets to know her, the harder it is to focus on his assignment and finish this mission. Julian knows he’s not husband material. After all, he’s a Travers, but when he and Grace get caught in a compromising situation, he does the only thing he knows to do and offers for her hand. But Grace has secrets. She’s a smuggler. And she’s the ruined poor relation of a heartless uncle. Thrust into a marriage, Julian and Grace must learn to trust each other in order to catch the traitor and save their marriage. But how exactly does a smuggler and a spy for the British Army bridge the gap between two? And is Julian willing to let old secrets destroy the love his new wife has for him?

    If you’re looking for an amazing female character who has wit, courage, compassion and a strong backbone, then you’ve definitely found her in Grace Hannah! Even though life has handed her a large basket of lemons, she’s making lemonade. Grace helps out around her uncle’s house, tends to the locals medical needs, and is the leader of the local smuggling ring. This girl is awesome! Julian’s character is exceptionally written as well. He’s your typical spy– driven, protecting, loyal, and completely untrusting. These two make for a great love story. Toss in the smuggling and unknown traitor and you’re turning page after page trying to figure out who it is! The story line is awesome, the characters are well developed (even the supporting ones), and the setting is so well described you can picture yourself there! Well Done Alyssa Alexander! I can’t wait to read more!

    Rating: 4.5

    Heat Rating: Mild

    Reviewed by AprilP

    Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    Alyssa Alexander's debut novel, The Smuggler Wore Silk is the fi

    Alyssa Alexander's debut novel, The Smuggler Wore Silk is the first book in the Spy in the Ton series. Readers are given a tale of action, adventure, mystery and intrigue, with a dose of romance to cap it off. Alexander has a way with dialogue that is exceptional. The witty banter she gives her hero was both entertaining and sexy. With a resourceful heroine, a few spies, a traitor and a smuggling ring led by a woman, what more could readers ask for in a historical romance?

    What I liked:

    First of all, one of the intriguing things about The Smuggler Wore Silk was the fact that it was a debut novel. It certainly didn't read like one. Often times the debut novel of most authors is not always their best work. If that's the case with this book, readers are in for one very good series. Alexander surprised me with her writing. She writes like a seasoned pro.

    Julian, the hero of the story is a wayward earl who doesn't take the responsibilities of his title very seriously. He has spent an inordinate amount of time working as a spy for the British court. Known as Shadow, Julian's work has successful kept him from home for a very long time, keeping his secrets and pain at bay. I thought Julian was an excellent brooding hero. He has issues and flaws, but that was part of what made him so interesting. I loved the way Alexander wrote the way he talked and interacted with Grace, the heroine. 

    For me one of the best parts of this novel was the banter between Grace and Julian. He has a way with words that is very enjoyable. Not only does Alexander allow him to use a lot of humor, but she always gives Julian a sexiness that is unmistakable. It was a joy to read. Grace also has quite a bit of dialogue that is fun and keeps the reader guessing as to what she's really up to. Alexander's dialogue skills were excellent.

    I loved Grace, she was so fun to read about. She is basically a servant by day, smuggler by night and now she's being accused of being a traitor. Julian believes she is the person who has jeopardized his work as a spy and who is trading in secrets. I loved the fact that Alexander shows Grace as a very good hearted person who would help anyone she could. The fact that she resorts to smuggling for that reason did not seem like a stretch at all. She was resourceful character and her relationship with Julian was very complicated and very hot. 

    The chemistry between these two main characters was simply sizzling. It is obvious though they are leery of each other, something else is at work, their own longings for someone to care about them. I loved how they worked together to draw out the real traitor and how Alexander kept readers guessing with some well placed clues. 

    What I didn't like:

    The only thing I could mention here is that Grace allowed her Uncle to treat her in such a terrible manner. She is a strong woman, but even she takes a beating from the other women in her circle. I just thought she should have stood up for herself a little more. I mean she's a smuggler by night, why take the crap from the ton by daylight? Not a deal breaker, just a pet peeve.

    Bottom Line:

    This was an excellent debut novel. I look forward to seeing where Alexander will take this series next. She introduced several characters including, Angel, another spy who will probably be featured in the next book in the series. An a very choice for readers who like some extra pizazz to their historical romances.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Loved it

    I really enjoyed this book. Great characters, intrigue, and romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2015


    This story was so wonderfully written that I could not put the book down until I finished the last page! This book will go on my keeper shelf, bravo, Ms. Alexander, this book was exceptional!

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