So I personally do not know Kung fu, I wish I did though. However that was an iconic moment in one of my favorite TV shows. Chuck premiered in 2007 and I became an instant fan, there was just something about the nerdy spy premise that I loved. It was because of Chuck that I became fascinated with stories of the life of a spy. So when I’m presented with regency spy novels, it’s like the marriage of my two favorite things, win-win.
“Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world’s most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.
Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he’s been granted special permission for one more mission… to obtain justice for his murdered brother.
Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza’s tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?”
The story line Laura Beers created was intriguing and kept me interested through to the end. However there were a few plot details that seemed incongruous with the characters she had so well created.
The author had well built chemistry between Eliza and Benedict and blended their characters really well. I loved that she showed, that even kick butt heroines need someone to trust and even sometimes someone to save them. I feel like there could have been a little bit more balance between the romance and the adventure. At times there was a little bit too much talk and not enough action, but I did appreciate how well she built the characters back stories.
The spy portions of the novel were what kept the story moving and exciting. Her adventure scenes were filled with just the right amount of tension and mystery. As this was the authors first novel I’m excited to see where she goes with the next two Beckett siblings. You can read Jonathan’s story in A Peculiar Courtship, and Kate’s story in To Love a Spy.