I Spy A Duke

I Spy A Duke

by Erica Monroe

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I Spy A Duke by Erica Monroe

In the first in an adventurous new series, USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe introduces the Covert Heiresses: women who by day are the talk of the ton, and by night England's top spies.

When bluestocking Vivian Loren becomes the governess for the wealthy Spencer family, she's hunting for clues about the murder of her brother, not romance. But Vivian didn't count on one thing: James Spencer, the intrepid Duke of Abermont, who has a tortured past of his own.

As head of Britain's elite intelligence agency, James can't afford the scrutiny the Marriage Mart would bring to his family once the Season starts. After discovering Vivian's quest for vengeance has made her a pawn in a treacherous plot of one of Napoleon's most deadly spies, James realizes they can help each other. She'll become his duchess, and he'll keep her safe.

What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes anything but as the enemy spy closes in on them. When both husband and wife have dark secrets, love may be the most dangerous mission of all.
I Spy a Duke is a dark, sexy Regency romance with suspense elements. While it is book one of the Covert Heiresses series, it can be read as a standalone full-length historical romance.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150930872
Publisher: Quillfire Publishing
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Series: Covert Heiresses , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 11,697
File size: 482 KB

About the Author

Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of dark, suspenseful historical romance. She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, SBTB, and All About Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, and comic book fanatic. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. Visit Erica online at ericamonroe.com and sign up for her new release newsletter at: bit.ly/mlem4.

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I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses, #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised! This story was very good!
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Erica Monroe does it again with her unique blend of intrigue, danger and romance! Bringing two people together on different missions, yet in the end on the same. Vivian Loren is grieving from the loss of her brother and is determined to revenge his death. Obtaining information that she needs to ingrain herself in the Spencer family's home to find out who killed her brother, she lands a job as a governess. James Spenser is who she is to spy on and as the days go by, she realizes he is not the brigand he is suppose to be. James, the Duke of Abermont is grieving the loss of his sister who died as the result as one of his missions. You see James is a spy and is working to find out information of his own. In the end the two begin working together and as Vivian comes into danger, James will do what he has to to protect her from harm. A definite page turner to find out what will happen and you become enthralled as the characters are masterfully developed. What a great story and cannot wait until more of this series comes out!! This book was gifted to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Erica Monroe book I've read but won't be my last. Enjoyed it greatly.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Miss Vivian Loren wants to find her brothers killer. She will do whatever it takes to do so! Even spy on an unsuspecting family, in the guise of a governess. Her circumstances over the years have dwindled to very little consequence. So her and her brother lived together is a small home. After his death, she vowed to have her revenge. She is contacted by a man who claims to know who murdered her brother. James Spencer is the target she is "spying" on. Her contact sets tasks for her to complete in regards to the family. She does this thinking that the Duke, James Spencer, is a spy for the french and also that he knows or is the person who killed her brother! She comes to realize, he is a good man and she does not find any evidence that he is anything but a gentleman, but can she trust that? Throughout her time in this household, Vivian comes to have some feelings for the Duke. When they speak of loss, they both realize that they share the same struggles with the pain. This is a connection he can not avoid. And really does not want to. Until he suspects she has been spying on his family. The writing in this story was very good! It caught me immediately and I did not want to put it down. The heartfelt scenes between Vivian and James were wonderfully done. They made me feel for them as though I knew them. Filled with lies, spies, intrigue, and danger, our hero takes his job very seriously. His job is to protect those around him and he feels he needs to protect Vivian. He feels a very strong connection to her because of their shared grief. I loved the Hero and Heroine. Both strong, intelligent, thoughtful people, who put others interests before themselves. This is a very wonderful start to a new series that I will not be missing! I think anyone who enjoys a romance sprinkled with some witty banter and a bit of intrigue will love this book! I can not wait for the next book in the series!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Covert Heiresses series. Vivian Loren wants revenge for the death of her brother. Knowing that it was not a robbery gone wrong like she was told, she will do anything to find out the truth. When told to spy on the Duke of Abermont in exchange for answers, she jumps at the chance. Now in the employee of the duke, Vivian searches for evidence of him betraying the country. James Spencer, the Duke of Abermont, is the head of Britain's elite intelligence agency. When he finally gets the truth from Vivian, after her life is threatened, he sees an answer to both of their problems. He needs a wife and she needs protection. Vivian will become his duchess and he will do everything in his and the agency's power to protect her. Can a marriage of convenience turn into the love of a lifetime? I loved this story and can't wait for the rest of the series! Monroe is masterful at weaving in a convincing mystery within the love story. I just love when you have some straight-laced or never-do-good lord that ends up being a spy and is just hiding his true personality! It is rarer to have the spy be the heroine of the story, but I think the other stories in this series will have a few and I can't wait! Thanks go out to Quillfire Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
The start to her new series The Covert Heiresses, I Spy a Duke, launches Erica Monroe to the forefront of the historical romance suspense genre! This author's work keeps getting better, and that is no mean feat based on the quality of her previous works. In her latest book she portrays her hero and heroine as kindred spirits drawn together by their common quest in coming to terms with their despair and grief over the loss of a sibling. Ms. Monroe relates her characters feelings so clearly and adeptly that every emotion she describes is carried through to her readers in a sympathetic connection via her words. A quick moving espionage subplot coupled with liberally peppered humor, introspection, kindness and simmering attraction adds to the momentum of this novel. Showcasing this author’s writing talent and marvelous imagination I Spy a Duke could easily be called I Spy a Great Read!
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
In this brand new series from author Erica Monroe, love blossoms in unexpected places as spymaster James uncovers the secrets of his brother's governess Vivian. Suspicious of her behaviour in his family's home, it doesn't take long for her to share with James that she's on a mission to track down her brother's killer, a mission that it turns out is in vain when she discovers that she's been coerced into spying on her employer for the perpetrator himself. With her life in danger, James' solution is simple - a marriage of convenience in which she'll get his protection and he'll have an excuse to attend London soirees on the arm of his wife, thus giving him a chance to tune his spymaster ears into the latest news while avoiding society matrons wanting them to wed their daughters. But with a killer after them, will the newlyweds find wedded bliss only to see it disappear? This is a new style of historical romance story for this author, who has previously published the Rookery Rogues series (not yet finished) which showcased heroes and heroines from the poorer sides of London. That series is one of my favourites in the historical romance genre so I was eager to see what she could do with the spy theme, definitely a popular subgenre. I found that this story was less intense than the other series but still an entertaining read. James and Vivian were both likable characters who've experienced the death of a family member under horrible circumstances. James' entire family is in the spy business, working for England to undermine Napoleon's rule and his sister Louisa met an untimely death on one of her forays. James' guilt over sending her out into the field has never left him, despite knowing that she was aware of the risks in her ventures, as any good spy is. As a result, when he first discovers that Vivian is being duplicitous and the reasons for it, his instinct is to come to her aid and the best way to do that, and solve his own marital problem is to offer her marriage. There is no doubt that they are attracted to each other (though they had both taken pains not to reveal this due to their positions) so they will be compatible that way. Their romance is a slow burn, and it's not until the second half of the story, once they are married that the scenes between them get steamy. Vivian comes across as an empathetic character, a woman who deeply feels the loss of her brother and is desperate to find his killer. When she's offered the chance to spy on James family in order to learn more about what happened to him, she feels caught between a rock and a hard place, but ultimately chooses her brother over any other loyalty. But when she is unable to discover the information that the man who first approached her wants, the threats turn ugly and turning to James is the only answer for her. Luckily, she finds in him the man who is the answer to her prayers - someone who will not only help her find her brother's killer, but also teach her how to defend herself, as now that she's marrying into a spy family, she is going to need to have those skills. And on top of that, she'll have a strong, supportive man in her life, one who quickly becomes dear to her. The second half of the story has most of the action and intensity, and builds up to the final conflict, but never fear, James and Vivian get their happy ending. This story moves along smoothly at a good pace, and contained interesting characters. 3.5 stars
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
GREAT introduction to the new “Covert Heiresses” series! Erica Monroe is going onto my list of “must read” authors after having read this book! I know she is a prolific writer but so far have only read a few of her books and each one has been an absolutely wonderful well written story! What a GREAT introduction to the new “Covert Heiresses” series! The Spencer family has been involved in secretly keeping their country safe for over a century. James and his sisters put country before anything else. Vivian Loren grew up in the home of a Viscount but was turned out with her brother when her cousin came into the title. When her brother was murdered she went into service as governess for the youngest son of the Spencer family and her life has been quiet and rewarding but also stressful due to the reason she is actually working there. Both Vivian and James have lost siblings and begin to bond after discussing their losses one evening. There is an ease and companionship between them but also chemistry waiting to be explored. Vivian needs protection and James has offered his to her. Little does she know that there is more under his expensive clothes and pleasant demeanor than a the wealthy Duke he appears to be. I loved Vivian’s strength of will, clarity of mind and determination. I loved James for his ability to realize his strengths and weaknesses as well as sensitive and tender side. Both characters were well written and the growth of their relationship was a joy to read about as it unfolded. A number of characters were introduced in this book that will no doubt have stories in this series later and I look forward to reading each and every one of them! Thank you to NetGalley and Quillfire Publishing for the copy of this book to read and review.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
What a way to launch a new series! Erica Monroe’s I SPY A DUKE is the brilliant first instalment in Erica Monroe’s The Covert Heiresses series. The author crafts a world very different from her famous Rookery Rogues series, but just as captivating and suspenseful. The characters, whether James and Vivian, or the secondary players are simply wonderful. Vivian and James are a perfectly matched couple, they have great chemistry, and the romance is simply to die for. The issues they have are handled masterfully by Ms. Monroe; the story is very solid, and the numerous plot twists never convoluted. As expected, I SPY A DUKE is thoroughly researched, and the story is rich in period details, and the dialogues are witty and sound totally natural. Ms. Monroe is a splendid writer, and she is getting even better! What a fabulous series this is going to be! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Vivian’s brother has been murdered and the police have given up but Vivian hasn’t. She receives a letter from Sauveterre saying he knew who the killer was of her brother. Viviane agrees to spy on the Duke of Abermont in return for the information. After a while Vivian had found no evidence that the Duke was behind a revolution in France.Then the letters to Vivian became more crazy and Vivian is scared for her life. Vivian is the governess to the Duke,s- James- brother. James is attracted to Vivian but he is the head of the Clocktower -England’s main intelligence agency. They are brought together but are also being torn apart by lies and danger. But James needs a wife and has no time to really find one and Vivian needs protection from a deadly spy. Easy answer marry right ? Well i liked this story but it didn’t wow me . It dragged quite a bit then also in the second half it was brought up too many times how James was guilt ridden for his sister’s death. I was a little disappointed with this story. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.