For Her Spy Only
by Robyn DeHart
Pub Date Jul 21 2014
When Winifred is rescued from her snow-stranded carriage by the notorious and reclusive Alistair, Marquess of Coventry, she is instantly drawn to him. Jilted by her betrothed and socially ruined by untrue rumors, Winifred is tired of paying for crimes she didn't commit and decides to play the seductress London society claims she is. Thinking a night of passion shouldn't leave any lasting effects, she instead finds her heart marked forever.
Six years later, Alistair is working for the Regent as a spy. A search for Napoleon's English supporters leads him to the beguiling Winifred, recently widowed with a young son. He hasn't forgotten how the unconventional beauty warmed his bed, and the heat between them rekindles immediately. The spymaster is determined to uncover all of plucky Winifred's secrets. Especially the one regarding her son...
For Her Spy Only is only 83 pages long. While it seemed a bit bare in places, it was still a very good read this afternoon. It's book two in the Masquerading Mistresses series by Robyn DeHart. The couple from the first book is mentioned here, but the book itself can stand alone.
Alistair is part of the Seven, a group of spies who work for the crown. He's...different. He's anti-social, thinks outside the box, didn't speak until he was like eight. His fellow spies know his value, and they don't believe the rumors about how he killed his first wife. Armchair analysis, he's on the autism spectrum. He's incredibly brilliant at breaking codes.
On a snowy winter's eve, he comes across Winifred in her broken carriage. He brings her and her maid (who she's sacked three times this week) into his home. Winifred has been jilted, at the altar no less. She's been scorned as a wanton and figures Alistair is hot, and why not live the life she's been labelled. At least until the carriage is fixed.
There's a time jump and Alistair needs some maps. He's shocked and surprised to find Winifred is the widow of the map maker...and she has a young son. Mystery and adventure ensue. And seduction, too.
I took a rating off for the modern language that was sprinkled throughout the novella. It was rather jarring to read modern words in this very Regency story.
Yes, a short story, but very readable with a very fast flow. I suggest it for those times when you want to read an entire story, but don't have a lot of free time. This one will satisfy. Also, I hope there are more in this series.
*Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled, for the opportunity to read For Her Spy Only
National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart's novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader's Crown and a Reviewer's Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras. Known for her "strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page" (RT Bookclub) and her "sizzling romance" (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others. When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where it's hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it. Sign up for Robyn's newsletter www.robyndehart.com/newsletter/
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