About the book: Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world's most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.
Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he's been granted special permission for one more mission... to obtain justice for his murdered brother.
Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza's tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?
My review: I love the whole premise of this book! It's a regency romance novel, but I really love the extra kick that the spy part of the book gives to the plot. Wow! This is not your mom's regency romance!
I loved Eliza in this book! She's a young woman, she is in society and should be enjoying all of the events she gets to attend, but to her, they're just a means to find out who is kidnapping young ladies and what they're doing with them. I loved that part of this stems from what happened to her maid, Martha, and that she cared a great deal about her, it just seems like you don't see that in a lot of regency's I love that she is so independent and determined to make a difference in the world. But at the same time, she feels so guilty because of the things she's had to do as a spy. The way she was a bit conflicted made her seem very human and I really loved that!
Then there's Lord Sinclair, Benedict. I love the way he has to stick the proverbial foot into his mouth many times in regard to what he says about Lady Eliza. But he is able to grow to value her for what she is, not just her pretty face. And I think that says a lot about his character. I love the way he wants to protect her and goes out of his way to do things for her. I thought it was fun in this one, the way that propriety is pushed aside a little bit for these two. And how that plays into the plot.
This book has great characters, a great plot, and a great love story, it really does have it all!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Labels: clean regency romance, Laura Beers, Phase Publishing