In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary. At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?
Sissy: First of all, take a close-up look at the dress that the girl on the cover is wearing and tell me that you do not love it like I love it. I probably am too boobalicious for that dress but still. I want it.
Bubby: Definitely too much going on upstairs with you for that dress, Sissy, but the fabric is what makes it so pretty anyway. Lower the waistline by two inches and you’ll be a glamazon!
Sissy: Also, I’m feeling an unreasonable need to defend us for doing another Regency romance, as if the Constables of Literary Taste are going to knock on the door and revoke our reviewing license any moment now. But take note that right below the title on the cover you see that this Regency novel is part of a sub-genre – Regency Spy, as if Jane Austen and Ian Fleming had a baby!
Bubby: No one is going to revoke our Fiction Reviewers Card. We can do what we want! Besides, your analogy is right on point. We’ve got a strong young woman who is fiercely loyal to her family and her own convictions and she’s willing to risk everything to defend her country from traitors. Just call her “Bond. Julia Bond.”
Sissy: And that’s the thing I enjoyed most about A Spy’s Devotion. Miss Julia Grey takes a lot of misogynist, snobbish crap yet still remains calm, cool, collected and is willing to do dangerous stuff for king and country.
Bubby: I love how she’s so fiercely protective of her vapid cousin Phoebe, even when she has zero reason to be. I must admit that Phoebe reminded me a great deal of a roommate I had back in college – she was sure that any guy she saw was hers for the taking and couldn’t understand when the decent and intelligent ones never asked for a second date. Let’s just say that having a conversation with her was like having a conversation with the toaster, only slightly less interesting. I’m so glad that our heroine Julia is both beautiful AND smart.
Sissy: Too bad Miss Brains-Like-A-Toaster didn’t have a $20,000 dowry. Maybe she would have gotten more second dates! Turns out that our heroine Julia doesn’t need a dowry or a man to be cool but she gets a happy ending anyway.
Bubby: Hooray for her! And hooray that her stinky family gets what they deserve too… If you like your Regencies with a side of spy thriller and suspense, A Spy’s Devotion is the novel for you.
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