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The Secrets of a Lady
     

The Secrets of a Lady

4.4 14
by Jenna Petersen
 
Audrey Jordan isn't your typical Regency lady. To escape unrequited feelings for her brother's best friend Griffin Berenger, she entered a life of a spy. But her current case has brought her back to the man she once loved and lost, a man who is now a broken widower. Audrey and her brother are stalking his neighbor, a man who may be plotting to kill the Prince. Staying

Overview

Audrey Jordan isn't your typical Regency lady. To escape unrequited feelings for her brother's best friend Griffin Berenger, she entered a life of a spy. But her current case has brought her back to the man she once loved and lost, a man who is now a broken widower. Audrey and her brother are stalking his neighbor, a man who may be plotting to kill the Prince. Staying in Griffin's home, Audrey is reminded of all the desires and feelings he once stirred in her. As for Griffin, he finds himself obsessed with Audrey, and driven to protect her even if it threatens her case.

But as their desire for each other grows, the case Audrey and her brother are investigating heats up. And if she cannot arrest the blackguard in her sights, she may not live, let alone get to live happily ever after with the man of her dreams.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013052017
Publisher:
Jenna Petersen
Publication date:
06/12/2011
Series:
The Jordans , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
415,899
File size:
277 KB

Meet the Author

Jess Michaels has written several historical romance novels under the pen name Jenna Petersen. She began writing full-time in 1999 after being encouraged by her husband to follow her dream. In 2003, she sold her first novella to Red Sage Press, an erotic historical romance about an Egyptian tomb and a very sexy curse. Since then she has published (or has contracted to publish) nearly 50 novels, novellas and short stories under three different pen names with several major publishers, small presses and via self-publishing. Her erotic historical romances have been national bestsellers and won awards from booksellers and readers.

She and her husband live in Tucson, AZ. There she enjoys hiking in the beautiful desert, spending time with her nephews, designing jewelry, reading and spending time with her awesome husband and cats.

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The Secrets of a Lady 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Masterful story telling! Strong characters, espionage and intrigue. Couldn't put the book down until I finished it.
Hawt-Reads More than 1 year ago
Intrigue and tension galore. This book was a delightful and refreshing departure from the usual spy regencies I’m used to reading. Yes, there might have been some unrealistic scenarios, but I found myself immediately drawn to the conflict, and sensual tension between Audrey Jordon and Griffin Berenger. Ms. Petersen does a wonderful job of playing up one of my favorite tropes: forbidden love.  Audrey places a drunken kiss on her brother’s best chum on his wedding day. She’s been in love with him for some time, and has a great deal of difficulty accepting the fact that he’s no longer available. Griffin’s new wife who is hussy and a half, catches the kiss, and drags the scandal on, until she passes on five years later while pregnant. Griffin and Audrey meet again, while her brother Noah is doing some investigative work for the crown. Much to Audrey’s surprise, her affection to Griffin is rekindled, and when admits his own attraction to her things go awry. Be prepared to develop a huge disdain for this books protagonist. He’s such pompous arse it isn’t funny.  Overall this book was a great read, and if you haven’t read any of Jenna Petersen’s/Jess Michaels books, consider this my endorsement on the matter. I look forward to reading the rest of this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really dislike not being able to give a favorite author at least a four star review. While Jess/Jenna put a spin on the time old scenario of "young woman is supposed to marry a man she doesn't love because she can't have the one she does and she does something outrageous to get out of it" by having the heroine run off to the Continent with her brother and begin training as a spy, I just couldn't love this book. Audrey has loved Griffin almost her entire life and drunkenly confesses her love on his wedding day and gets caught kissing him by his new wife. Scandal is barely avoided. Flash forward 5 years and Griffin in now a widower who's gun shy about love. Audrey has trained to be a spy and needs Griffin's help to catch a treasonous neighbor. Conflict ensues about her being capable as well as her tactics used to bringing the traitor to justice. The back and forth arguments about her tactics were drawn out and became tiresome. I tried liking both characters who have good qualities, like Audrey's determination and Griffin's need to protect Audrey, but I felt they could have worked more together toward the goal of arresting the neighbor, who is conveniently courting Audrey. Instead, it felt like all they did was argue and work against each other. I did like Audrey's brother, Noah, and fellow spy, Hannah, and would have liked to see more of her character. I plan on reading the remaining books in the series and hope I can connect better with the characters in those books more so than I did with Audrey and Griffin.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
Audrey Jordan has loved her brother's best friend Griffin Berenger since she was a little girl. Once, she even kissed him. Too bad it was at his wedding to another woman! Five years later, Audrey works with her brother, Noah, as a spy for the War Department. Their latest assignment brings them back to Griffin's townhouse in London which happens to be right next door to their latest target. Audrey has spent the last five years trying to forget her girlhood infatuation with Griffin Berenger and he has spent the last five years trying to hide the feelings stirred by Audrey Jordan's kiss. Now that they are living under the same roof, will they be able to resist their mutual attraction? Audrey is intelligent, determined, and sensible. As a spy, she's learned to adapt well to new and difficult situations which serves her well in juggling the affections of her latest assignment (Mr. Ellison), her lingering and growing attraction to Griffin, and how best to succeed in her mission. When she's thrust back into Griffin's life, all of those traits she held as a child come bubbling to the surface - her stubborn streak comes out in full force and she makes some impulsive decisions which land her in trouble both physically and with Griffin. Despite her impulsiveness, she is also sensible enough to attempt creating a barrier between herself and Griffin in order to protect her fragile heart. She is open about her thoughts and feelings, but understands the many reasons why Griffin will never be interested in her and why she maintain a professional demeanor around him. Audrey is also confident enough in herself to know that she deserves love and refuses to settle for anything less. Griffin was a little on the broody side, but this stems from a deep betrayal by his now-dead wife. As a result, he is distrustful of many of the people around him, unsure who did or did not know of his wife's deceit. Griffin is decisive, sometimes forceful, and very protective of Audrey. He doesn't like her dangerous involvement with the War Department, but also recognizes her desire for independence and respects those boundaries as best he can. Audrey and Griffin's love story is a complicated one, which makes for an interesting story. Not only do the spy story elements create dramatic situations, but the deep emotion Audrey and Griffin feel for one another in those situations adds an extra layer to the narrative. I would have liked to see Audrey and Griffin's relationship develop a little more. I also felt as if Audrey was under-utilized as a spy (a sentiment shared by Audrey a few times in the book). For this assignment, Audrey was essentially just bait - there to flirt and act the "pretty Miss," but no real 'spy' work done; or at least not explained that way. The role seemed to work for this assignment, which is fine, but I would have appreciated references to other assignments that show off Audrey's real abilities as a successful spy. I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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