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, on the outer surface, is the Earl of Claybrook, but works for the british government as a spy, and is considered one of the best. Over the years it has taken a toll on him emotionally, but when he is asked to work in partnership with the one woman who is his weakness, The Contessa Gabrielle Marciano. Gabrielle, came from the worst, only to be taken by the government, to be trained to be a spy, and when she sees Sebastian again, she can’t deny her feelings for him, but he is not the same man who she shared her bed with years previous, a man that was full of laughter but now is serious and stern and refuses to work with her on the mission they are supposes to do together. Their enemy, is a Scot out for revenge for the death of his wife, and his target is Sebastian and Gabrielle. But will Sebastian and Gabrielle find a common ground before their enemy closes in and destroys them.
Plot and Story Line
Sebastian’s Lady Spy is the fifth book in the series, and it has been a while since I have read this author, but whew after reading this, I wonder why I haven’t read more of her. I see I need to get back to this series, I love regency espionage stories, but Cullen did a beautiful job with this story. It was enticing, full of intrigue and plot twists, and intense character development. There are so many different aspects that made this story a winner for me. The first was the plot, it has been quite a while since a story has gotten me so twisted up in knots at times, the villain of the story is quite secretive, and you see the danger to Sebastian and Gabrielle increasing with each day, we also see their relationship progress slowly. I loved both Sebastian and Gabrielle, but I found I liked the heroine a bit more than the hero (shocker??? I know) but really she is just fabulous in this story. I love how she goes after what she wants, that she follows through with her duty, and won’t let Sebastian run over her with his cool reactions to her. And I love what she does with knifes. This is a perfect spy romance, with both the main characters as the most sought after spies….there were bound to be fireworks and some clashing. But what a fun ride it was seeing these two finally come together, and resolve past issues and work together to find their enemy and bring him down.
This cover is quite delicious, I love the purple background, and the lazy back pose, with those sexy breeches, and that lovely body…sexy as all get out!!
Sebastian’s Lady Spy is a thrilling romance that has plenty of adventure, poignant romance, a dangerous villain and a compelling voice that enthralls its readers and leaves you aching for more from this author. EXHILIARATING!!
The Notorious Lady Anne (1)
Loving The Earl (2)
Pleasing The Pirate (3)
His Saving Grace (4)
Sebastian’s Lady Spy (5)
His partner, who had yet to step around the door, said something to the footman, then laughed. The sound sliced through him as precisely and painfully as a saber. He’d had that feeling only one other time. Seven months ago, to be precise.
She stepped into his line of sight, and Sebastian’s stomach twisted into a knot.
Her smile was wide, her dark, dark eyes sparkling. All that black hair was piled atop her head with tendrils escaping and curling around her face and down her neck. Sebastian’s entire body clenched in memory as his gaze swept over her, cataloging everything from the tops of her creamy breasts to her waist, which he could span with his hand, to her navy blue shoes that peeked out from the hem of her navy blue gown. She executed a quick, almost impertinent curtsy. Just the way he remembered.
For a long moment Sebastian couldn’t breathe, couldn’t speak. All he could do was withstand the tidal wave of emotions and memories breaking over him. Emotions he’d fought so hard to overcome.
Sebastian spun on his heel and pierced Atwater with a glare. “What is the meaning of this?”
“I would like to introduce—”
Sebastian slashed his hand through the air, cutting off Atwater’s words before they formed. He didn’t want to hear her name. He didn’t want to hear her voice, and he certainly was not going to work with her. It had taken him seven months—seven months—to get her out of his system. He would not allow Atwater to ruin his hard work. What were the chances that when they finally decided he should partner, it would be with her? Why her? She wasn’t even an operative, damn it.
“If for some reason I did decide to partner with someone—which I would never do—that person would be an operative.” And never a woman. The words were left unsaid but resonated through the room.
“Yes, well.” Atwater darted a quick glance at her. “As I was saying, Lord Claybrook, may I introduce Contessa Gabrielle Marciano. The contessa is an operative for the crown.”
It took all of Sebastian’s effort not to reveal his shock. She didn’t appear to be nearly as surprised as he felt, which led him to believe that she’d known he was an operative and played him for a fool all those months ago. Or maybe she was just as good as he was at hiding thoughts.
“As I said”—he infused his voice with disdain, refusing to reveal either the shock of this revelation or the tumultuous excitement and regret and even fear upon seeing her again—“find someone else.” He headed toward the door.
She was blocking his way, and he advanced on her, silently challenging her. She should have stepped out of his way. Any other woman would have. Hell, any man would have. But as he had learned in Venice, this was no ordinary woman. She stood her ground and met his furious growl with a cool look. Her insolent chin tilted up, and God help him, he wanted to take that chin in his hands and kiss her senseless.
He jerked his head in a poor semblance of a nod. “Good day, my lady.”
Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.