Lord and Lady Spy [NOOK Book]

Overview

No man can outsmart him, but she's been outsmarting him for years

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn't the only one with secrets.

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady ...

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Lord and Lady Spy

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Overview

No man can outsmart him, but she's been outsmarting him for years

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn't the only one with secrets.

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he's not who she thinks he is after all.

Lord and Lady Spy Trilogy:

Lord and Lady Spy (Book 1)
True Spies (Book 2)
Love and Let Spy (Book 3)

Praise for Shana Galen:
"FANTASTIC! Ms. Galen really knows how to wrench our hearts." -History Undressed
"Galen sets a quick pace that enthralls the reader from the first page." -The Romance Studio
"Vividly intense and totally absorbing...Shana Galen brings her characters to life through the expertise of her writing." -A Romance Review

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An unhappily married couple—not Mr. and Mrs. Smith but Lord and Lady Smythe—discover that they're both secretly secret agents in this enjoyably overblown Regency adventure. Sophia Galloway is the daughter of one of Britain's most legendary spies and a spy in her own right. Her husband, Adrian, is also a spy, trying desperately to make up for his father's traitorous misdeeds. When the Napoleonic War ends, both are left jobless. Each leaps at the chance to tackle a top-secret mission, but when they recognize each other at the midnight meeting, a heated game of intrigue and one-upmanship begins. The James Bond–esque heroics alternate with a surprisingly sensitive take on a young couple trying to cope with infertility, arranged marriage, and years of secrecy. Galen makes it all work with plenty of action on the street and in the bedroom. (Sept.)
RT Book Reviews
Lively, utterly delightful adventure romance... 4 Stars
Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Lively, action-packed fun with two clever and highly engaging main characters.
Aisle B
One of those rare reads that captures a certain energy that captivates the reader from the opening moment.
Readin' and Dreamin
A very entertaining book full of romance, action, suspense and mystery.
The Romance Reviews
Exciting, emotional, funny... You can feel the sexual tension...
Romantic Crush Junkies
A high octane emotional explosive read all wrapped in a saucy and spicy Regency...
Smexy Books
The author's writing style, how this story is built and all of the delicious scenes, and the characters themselves are just so rich, so enjoyable I found myself smiling and absolutely enjoying every single page.
BookLoons.com
An excellent book, full of great witty conversation, hot passionate scenes, and tons of action.
Romance Novel News
Galen crafts a wonderfully tender romance filled with emotional angst and lots of spy-type action and adventure.
Romance Reader at Heart
A story full of mystery, adventure, and passionate and tender romance...
Rom Fan Reviews
Full of suspense but still romantic... a real page turner...
Debbie's Book Bag
Seamlessly blends romance with mystery and intrigue... Sexy and full of danger.
Love Romance Passion
A wild ride...
Dark Divas Reviews
Another fantastic historical romance from Shana Galen!
Books and Quilts
A refreshing scenario.
Historical Novels Review
A fast-paced, blithe, and charming tale.
From the Publisher
"Lively, utterly delightful adventure romance... 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Lively, action-packed fun with two clever and highly engaging main characters." - Bookaholics Romance Book Club

"One of those rare reads that captures a certain energy that captivates the reader from the opening moment." - Aisle B

"A very entertaining book full of romance, action, suspense and mystery." - Readin' and Dreamin'

"Exciting, emotional, funny... You can feel the sexual tension..." - The Romance Reviews

"A high octane emotional explosive read all wrapped in a saucy and spicy Regency..." - Romantic Crush Junkies

"I loved every minute of this book... one of the best romance stories that I have read this year." - The Book Reading Gals

"The author's writing style, how this story is built and all of the delicious scenes, and the characters themselves are just so rich, so enjoyable I found myself smiling and absolutely enjoying every single page." - Smexy Books

"An excellent book, full of great witty conversation, hot passionate scenes, and tons of action." - BookLoons.com

"Galen crafts a wonderfully tender romance filled with emotional angst and lots of spy-type action and adventure." - Romance Novel News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402259081
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Lord and Lady Spy, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 61,801
  • File size: 915 KB

Meet the Author

Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals. Her
books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and
featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former
English teacher, Shana now writes full time. She lives with her
husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.


Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Her books are published all over the world and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.
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Read an Excerpt

"Damn it!"
"Such language. Tsk-tsk," someone said in English.
She spun around, lowering her pistol when she recognized the face. "Agent Blue. I should have known. What in bl-?" She cleared her throat. "What is going on?"
Blue, so called because of his startling azure eyes, frowned. "As fond as I am of standing about on street corners discussing covert operations, I believe my carriage would be more apropos." He unfurled his fingers, indicating a coach waiting at the corner. Then he crooked one finger and beckoned her to follow.
When they were inside, she settled back on the squabs and closed her eyes. Her mind was racing, thoughts and questions piling one on top of another. How had she lost the man in the gray cloak? Should she have gone right instead of left? No, her instincts had been correct, but-She opened her eyes and stared at Blue. Her nose itched... something was wrong.
Blue's expression offered no answers. He had a face easily forgotten. It was nondescript, except for those amazing blue eyes. And even that worked to his advantage. People remembered the eyes and little else.
Blue had known she was after Ducos. He had given her the orders to apprehend Bonaparte's advisor-orders straight from the top echelons of the Barbican group. Who else knew she was here? And who but an agent of the Barbican group could act with such efficiency, such calm in the midst of chaos, as the man in the gray cloak had shown?
"That man in the gray cloak," she said, finally piecing the events of the evening together. "He was one of ours."
It was a calculated guess. Her ears had been ringing so loudly she hadn't been able to detect anything about the man's voice or accent, let alone his affiliation.
Blue inclined his head, proving her supposition correct.
"Is that... all you noticed?" Blue asked smoothly.
Saint narrowed her eyes. There had been something else. Something familiar about the gray-cloaked man. The way he moved perhaps. Or the way he stood.
She shook her head. She'd been peering through a bullet hole and had seen no more than mere snatches of the intruder.
"Ducos was my target," she said. "If I was pulled from the mission, why wasn't I notified?"
Blue gave her a dubious look. "You disobeyed a direct order to leave for France."
"Because I knew Ducos would stay here."
"You took a guess, and while I will admit your instincts are unsurpassed, they are no excuse for disobeying orders."
"My orders were to apprehend Ducos."
"Your orders were to follow the plan-and your part of the plan was to leave for France."
"Plans," she scoffed. "A good agent thinks on her feet."
"A good agent does as she's told."
She rolled her eyes. "Who was he?" Saint asked, returning to her original subject. "The man in the gray cloak? Ducos was mine, and I want-"
Blue shook his head. "It doesn't matter."
"It doesn't matter? I've been tracking Ducos for weeks."
"And now we have him. Ironically, we don't need him anymore."
"But of course we need him! Ducos might be the key to finding Bonaparte. He..." Saint stared at Blue, comprehension dawning. "You have him-Bonaparte."
"Yes. Bonaparte surrendered two days ago. He's on a ship, bound for exile."
Saint blinked. It was good news. And yet...
Blue was watching her, his expression one she'd never seen before. "I've been sent to tell you the King appreciates your services, but they're no longer needed."
Saint started. "What do you mean?"
Blue gave her an impatient look. "You know what I mean. It's the same for most of us agents. The war is over."
"But there are other conflicts-other missions. I could-"
Blue shook his head, and Saint suppressed an exasperated scream. No point in venting her anger on Blue. He was only the messenger, and the group's message was final.
She was no longer needed.
She sighed, resigned for the moment. "So that's it. Thank you and good-bye." She tried to imagine her life without missions and targets and felt her stomach roil uneasily. She'd been an agent, in one capacity or another, practically all her life. Without her work, what did she have?
Nothing but failure-empty dreams, an empty house, an empty cradle. And now-now she was being summarily dismissed, back to that barren life. To be reminded, daily, of her domestic failures.
"It's a shock, I know," Blue said, "but look on the bright side. You can go home to your-who are you going home to?"
Under normal circumstances, such a personal question would never have been asked, much less answered, but she was out of a job. Her life's work ripped out from under her. Saint didn't see the point of concealment anymore. "I have a husband."
"Ah, well, go home to him. No doubt he misses you terribly."
Saint raised a brow. "No doubt."
No doubt he never even noticed she was gone. Their wedding had been nothing more than a union between two noble families, their marriage a failure from the start. And five years later, Adrian was a stranger to her. And she to him-a necessary circumstance in her line of work. There was a palpable distance between them. She knew, because she had fostered and nurtured it.
It kept her safe.
And lonely.
She shook off her self-pity. Loneliness wasn't important. It quickly dispersed when she embarked on another mission. And surely the Foreign Office would find something consequential for her to do.
Wouldn't it?
She glanced at Blue, noted that unfamiliar expression again. Except now she placed it: pity.
Saint stared out the window at the lights of the alien city, at the residents' energetic hustle and bustle, at her glorious career for the Foreign Office fading away.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great read

    this was a book I enjoyed reading and would recommend to everyone. will buy more.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    Slow Read

    The plot tends to drag on. Not really believable storyline. Okay to read if you're stuck in an airport. Money better spent on a different book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Good... but gaps

    I really enjoyed the plot, but the storyline leaves a bit to be desired. I wasn't satified by the ending either. I loved the characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Could have been very good

    A good story but too much repeating of fears and passion. As though the reader is assumed to be unable to understand having been told once or twice, but must be reminded at every turn of the page. I like the premise of the story. This could have been very good,

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Step aside Mr.&Mrs. Smith, Make room for Lord & Lady Smythe...

    Who really is Sophia Galloway? Is she the super spy that goes by Agent Saint or the mousy, bespeckled, drab looking Lady Smythe? Who really is Adrian Galloway? Is he the Barbican group's greatest spy or the never at home, always on the go Lord Smythe? The answers to these questions can be found in Shana Galen's LORD AND LADY SPY.

    Once again, Ms. Galen has captured me from the first chapter until the last with her captivating mix of intrigue, sexiness (if you don't consider doing the sexy against an open window then I don't know what is) and fast paced storytelling. She made me care for the hero and heroine, although at times I wanted to shake each of them and scream "fall in love already!", and loudly boo the villains trying to kill Adrian and Sophia. My adrenaline spiked, my heart raced, my shoulders shook with laughter and my eyes glinted with unshed tears for Sophia and Adrian's loss (I couldn't just fall apart in front of random strangers at Starbucks now, could I?). If this had been made into a movie, it would have gotten a rousing stand of ovation at the end. Well done, Ms. Galen.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2015

    A fun and captivating read about two spies married to each other

    A fun and captivating read about two spies married to each other and don't know it. After being brought together to figure out who murdered a high ranking official's brother, they're told the truth about each other. (The fight scene was superb) They're thrown together and told the one who figures it out first will be allowed back into the spy group. (They both were forced into retirement due to "downsizing") Both being desperate to get back into the game, decide to work together up to a point, to figure out the murder. In the process they learn more about themselves and what's really important. They fall in love then face and overcome their own demons together while working the case. I loved the ending and can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
    Well done Shana Galen!

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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    This could have been a real disaster. The premise of a husband

    This could have been a real disaster. The premise of a husband and wife both being spies without the other knowing has been played a lot.
    By setting it in an historical time and writing it with wit, it works, and works well.
    Both main characters are engaging and I could believe their misgivings about each other.
    Their expertise are quite impressive.
    I won't say any more for fear of spoiling some of the twists.
    Do read it for an enjoyable time.

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

    Good read!

    This little tall tale of two spies intercepting each other is like the movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith. (with a bit less sex) As such, the plot is exciting and believable which keeps the reader engaged in what else can go wrong or who is going to win this tug of war, literally!

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    I wanted to like this title, since I enjoyed other titles in the

    I wanted to like this title, since I enjoyed other titles in the series. There is nothing really wrong with the story. However, I never could bring myself to like or care about the characters. The protagonists start off not wanting to be wed. They change their minds but there doesn’t seem to be any reason why they should. The author deserves credit for dealing with the issue of childhood sexual abuse but it is not enough to make the characters interesting. The title is worth reading to complete the series. Readers new to the author or series would be better served by starting with another title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Mediocre

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    Recommend

    I usually do not read this type of books because I am more into present day mysteries and romances but I really enjoyed this book. Funny & romantic! Wished the author would write another book with this couple in it because they were very likeable. Will be buying more of her spy books. JudyE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Sharp and sexy,

    This was worth the time and effort to read.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Written as a combined review, posted at The Reading Cafe 21 Sep

    Written as a combined review, posted at The Reading Cafe 21 Sep 13

    5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

    WOW .. now this is a fun series.  The Lord and Lady Spy series by Shana Galen has it all.  Mystery, suspense, romance, humour and lots of action.  An absolute refreshing read that offers a different spin on historical romance.  If you can, try to think along the lines of Mr and Mrs Smith set in the 1800's ... LOL  Well .. that is what I was picturing anyways!  Brangelina anyone??  LOL


    BOOK 1 - Lord and Lady Spy

    REVIEW

    We are introduced right away to our leading gal, Lady Sophia Smythe who is hiding in a closet in the midst of a mission.  Just when she thinks she about to capture her target, in swoops a mystery man and takes her target away.  She is FURIOUS seeing all her hard work literally walking out the door.  Oh .. BTW ... Sophia is spy working for an elite spy agency in England.

    Of course, our mystery man just so happens to be a fellow spy (and her husband, although she isn't privy to this yet), Lord Adrain Smythe.  Both are ignorant to the others true occupation, each living a lie for the others benefit.  Sophie plays the frumpy, charity driven proper wife and Adrian plays the boring proper gentleman who frequents his club and lives a normal life.  I tell you when these two find out who the other really is ... well ... GAME ON!  LOL

    Our Lady and Lord have been offered a chance to solve a murder of a very important man.  But there is a catch!  They are told that whoever solves this murder will be given the position of permanent spy which is enticing to both of them seeing as they refuse to life a boring existence.  After some head butting, these two decide to pair up, understanding that they each bring something different in regards to strategy to the table.  

    Throughout this investigation they are quite the pair.  They engage in dangerous activities, often being hunted themselves as they grow closer to the truth. They are completely smitten with the other, especially when they realize that they are both eager to live this lifestyle, but realize that there can be only one winner.  Will love or ambition win??


    BOOK 1.5 - The Spy Wore Blue

    REVIEW

    The Spy Wore Blue is a novella based on a spy we met in the first book.  Agent Blue. 

    Blue and Helena are married, although they have been estranged for quite some time.  Blue was overly dedicated to his work as a spy and had little time for a wife, and Helena performed in the opera house when she wasn't drowning her sorrows in a bottle of gin.  

    Blue has a new assignment that takes him back to his wife.  Much to the others desire (or lack there of), they need to endure each others company for the time being as an assassin is out there waiting to strike.  Soon enough, these two are falling in love once again, sharing some steamy moments between the sheets, bantering back and forth and ultimately providing an emotional roller coaster for the reader.

    I have to say, this was a amazing novella.  It is very hard for an author to develop characters, provide a love story packed with action and make it all believable in such a short amount of pages.  Let me tell you, Shana Galen mastered this! ;)


    BOOK 3 - True Spies

    REVIEW

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book.  Once again we are swept away in another action packed book by Shana Galen.  This amazing author can sure write a great book .. great SERIES!

    Lady Elinor is fed up living in a frozen marriage and has vowed to do something about it.  While she loves her daughters and all they bring to her life, she craves more.  Elinor craves adventure.  Slowly, she begins to break the rules of polite society by attending balls on her own and conspiring to have an affair with a rakish man and just generally stirring the pot.

    Baron Winslow Keating (Winn) is a spy who has to do one more mission.  He realizes that his family has suffered with his current occupation and if he doesn't make amends soon he risks losing then.  When he overhears his wife's desire to have an affair he sees red.  Determined not to lose his family, Winn turns on the charm and begins to seduce his wife.  In the midst of seduction, Elinor is receiving the adventure she so desperately craves (apparently spy life is exciting) and opens her heart once more.  In turn, Winn is coming to fall in love with his wife, gain trust and love with his daughters and ultimately living the life he now wants.

    We see a return of the antagonist Fonce (he was the bad guy in the first book), and an appearance by Lord and Lady Smythe (loved that) in this book.  As with the first one, there is never a dull moment and these two really make an interesting couple.  Will Winn put spy life on the mantle and finally make his family his priority, or will he lose all???  Get reading! 

    This is my first experience with Shana Galen and I want MORE!  Her writing is absolutely right up my alley and she always keeps it fresh, making me want to flip through quickly so I can enjoy the next hurdle our couples face.  She writes hot scenes, ensures that her leading lady and man have serious chemistry, jams in all kind of action, provides witty dialogue, draws you in with mystery and suspense and creates believable characters that you can't help but fall in love with!  I will ABSOLUTELY be reading more of her work!

    HAPPY READING! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2013

    Love it

    New to this genre of reads. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Recommend

    Galen keeps you guessing to the very end of this novel.

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  • Posted August 5, 2013

    Thrilling I read this book last June, but had forgotten to publ

    Thrilling
    I read this book last June, but had forgotten to publish my review!
    I really loved reading LORD & LADY SPY by Shana Galen.
    It's a wonderful historical romance packed into a thrilling adventure!
    I loved her two characters Adrian & Sophia! I could not put it down.
    This story is fast paced, filled with intrigue and hot sexy scenes that
    kept my interest until the end. I highly recommend this book.
    Ms. Galen is a great author and I am never disappointed.
    I am looking forward to read TRUE SPIES & THE SPY WORE BLUE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Boring

    If you enjoy constant bickering, this is the book for you. I couldn't even finish it. Won't be reading any more by this author.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    love it

    will read more of this authors books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Not for me

    The story was good but if you are one of those people like me, who prefer not to read page after page of sexual content, it may not be for you either• too bad because i liked the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Excellent answer to regency overload!

    If like me you love regency but they all tend to run together, you will love this. Refreshing, engaging, and fast paced. I got this on a sale deal but would have happily paid more for this much fun!

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