Series: Secrets & Seduction #5
Published by Loveswept
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Seduction abounds in Sharon Cullen’s steamy historical romance! For the Crown’s top agents, love is a hazard best avoided—until an unforgettable affair exposes their undercover hearts.
Sebastian Addison has a powerful secret. To society he is the Earl of Claybrook, the patriarch who raised his siblings after the death of their parents. But to the king, Sebastian is Britain’s top spy—a position that has taken an emotional toll on him. Contessa Gabrielle Marciano has also been living a lie, her title a cover devised by the Office of Intelligence. The femme fatale was plucked from a life of crime and prostitution and trained to restrain her passionate nature. Until she meets the earl.
For three deeply sensual days and nights, Sebastian and Gabrielle drop their masks, indulging in pleasures that seem too good to be true. Then the lovers go their separate ways. Seven months later they reunite when inside sources report that an English aristocrat has been aiding France in a plot to topple the Crown. Their objective: to find the turncoat. Their greatest challenge: to keep their wild, wounded hearts from derailing a mission of life and death.
Sebastian Addison, the the Earl of Claybrook lives a life dedicated to duty – duty to the Crown, his family and those under his care and has never wanted anything more than short affairs. Until he meets Contessa Gabrielle Marciano. After an intense three days together, both Sebastian and Gabrielle walk away because of their obligations and unaware that they are both agents of the Crown. Seven months later, Sebastian is tasked with finding a traitor believed to be a member of the ton and partnered with none other than Contessa Gabrielle Marciano to go undercover in the ton as a courting couple. For a man who has dedicated his life to his work as an operative for the Crown, he had done the unthinkable and fallen for Gabrielle and walking away from Gabrielle seven months earlier had been very difficult. Seeing her again awakens the attraction he had fought so hard to forget.
Contessa Gabrielle Marciano is no Contessa. Born into a very terrible background and faced with a life of prostitution at a very young age, she was recruited and trained by the Crown and her cover created to allow her move freely between worlds and among countries. Walking away from Sebastian seven months earlier had been heartbreaking and being forced to work with him is hard for her, but she has a duty as an operative.
Forced to assume the title at a young age, Sebastian never had time to be a young man sowing his wild oats and only lives to carry out his obligations until he meets the one woman who tempts him to want more. He is not used to the emotions that she provokes in him and struggles to contain them, to no avail. Gabrielle’s cover as the Contessa includes a tarnished reputation as an easy woman and even though she has fallen for Sebastian, she knows the futility of wanting more from him. As they search for the traitor, they struggle to keep focus on their mission and not on their feelings.
SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY is an easy and enjoyable story of two people who have dedicated their lives to duty, who discover that love is a more powerful and compelling force than duty. Gabrielle rose above her beginnings to become a formidable operative – one who is smart, tough and not to be underestimated. Sebastian is also a legendary spy – tough and lethal. Sebastian craves order in his world and what he feels for Gabrielle is far from orderly. The relationship between Sebastian and Gabrielle is a very passionate one, but also very distracting from the job at hand. This distraction actually affects the mission in a big way. The suspense was okay for me but left me with an unanswered question that I hope will be answered in the next book- how did the traitor know their identities? Also, they are some plot lines that were left hanging, with no actual resolution, that I would have loved to see closed off. However, it was still an enjoyable read.
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