When her husband is killed at Waterloo, Lilias Fairchild takes up his cavalry sword and boldly storms the front, earning herself the nickname Angel of Vengeance. But there is another angel on the battlefield who is just as single-minded, and just as ruthless…
Alistair Whitmore, the Marquess of Angelford, is a British spy. Code name: Angel. Still haunted by a first love felled by assassins, his mission draws him to Waterloo, where he is captivated by a beautiful and mysterious woman fighting amongst the men—a woman who becomes his most intoxicating memory of war.
Two years later, Lilias and Angelford lock eyes in a crowded ballroom and the memory returns in an exhilarating rush. The history they share, and hide from the world, is as impossible to ignore as the heat of their attraction. But it’s that very connection that spells doom for their scandalous affair. When someone from the shadows of their past proves a dire threat to their lives, passion might not be enough to save them.
Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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You...need to buy...this...book. #ThatIsAll
Hrm. That's probably not quite enough for a review, huh? Alright, alright.
The quick of it is that Angelford (Angel) is a spy and he's hunting a group of assassins who are carrying out political hits and who murdered the woman he loved. And in his endeavors he runs into a woman he locked eyes with years earlier. Not in a ballroom but in the bloody battlefields of Waterloo as she avenged the death of her husband and took down her enemies. A woman he's never forgotten and that he simply can't resist now that he's met her once again. Especially after discovering a connection between her and the assassins he's hunting. Eeps and squees! I mean seriously. Did I mention you need to... Buy. This. Book?!
Everything about In Bed with a Spy was just incredibly well done. Angel and Lilias were stunning characters and absolutely lovely. Seasoned and slightly jaded but passionate, charming and full of crackly fire that just brought them to life in a glorious way.
So Lilias (still not sure quite how to say that) was a freaking Bad. Ass. Heroine. You don't hear that too often in historicals but this woman. She was a force to be reconed with. She was smart, thinks quick on her toes and wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She's literally fought in battles wielding a sword, doesn't fret about being a proper Lady and does what needs to done. I freaking loved her. She's also incredibly caring and gentle when need be and had a great sense of self.
And Angel was the perfect male for her. Loving her fierceness. Her passion and all the things that make her...her. He's sexy and a little broken from all he's been through as a spy but he has a gentleness about him as well as he plays with his niece which just *melts* He can be dangerous and mysterious and lordy what he can do in the bedroom!
The secondary characters were just as fabulous and had me craving more. From her mother-in-law to his mum and sisters-in-law and niece to their friends. They just brought a wonderful warmth and touch of humor to the page that was delightful to read and so very charming--as Lilias put it--with their just shy of perfectly polite ways."Mama! I've learned my sums! It was ever so hard until Uncle Angel helped me." A little girl tumbled in, all knobbly elbows and flying braids. Dirt edged the hem of her pretty dress and a streak was smeared across her flushed cheek."Maggie," her mother said sharply. "We have a guest. You will kindly make your cursy and then go wash."
"Yes, ma'am." The girl's face sobered into a polite little mask. But her eyes danced with mirth and mischief. "I am delighted to make your acquaintance, Mrs..." Her voice trailed off. "What is your name?"
"Maggie!" Her mother hissed as she started to push up from her chair.
"I'm Mrs. Fairchild," Lilias interrupted, amused. "And you must be Margaret Whitmore. I am most pleased to make your acquaintance. Your uncle has told me about you.""Oh." A vertical line formed between her brows. "Are you trying to warm his bed, too? Grandmamma says--""Oh, dear God." Mrs Whitmore rushed toward the door, scooping up her young daughter along the way. "I'm so sorry Mrs. Fairchild. Forgive us." She started to push the girl out the door, embarrassed color flushing her cheeks.
Lilias slid her gaze toward the dowager, who didn't appear the least bit repentant. The older woman continued to sip her tea, a brow raised as she waited for Lilias to react.She could only laugh. Despite the fact that the dowager was sitting beside her and Lilias had, indeed, warmed Angel's bed, she could only laugh at the awkward tableau and the truth of a child's tongue.
The suspense and espionage...excellent. It moved the plot along, kept things on the edge of your seat, held a few surprises and was just an exciting backdrop to the romance as they hunted down the assassins and tried to make sense of both of their pasts and the heartbreak the assassins had caused both of them over the years.
All together I was just blown away by Alexander and loved everything about In Bed with a Spy. The writing was beautiful and the story full of intrigue, heart and a lovely romance. If you love historicals and suspense Alexander is one that you simply cannot miss.
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