Sep 27, 2017

The Spy Who Seduced Her by Christi Caldwell Review

The Spy Who Seduced Her
Brethren #1
By Christi Caldwell
Release Date: September 8th, 2017
Source: Book I purchased

In this spellbinding new Regency series by Christi Caldwell, The Heart of a Duke meets the Brethren of the Lords. The stakes are high and passions flare hot in Regency England! 

A widow with a past… The last thing Victoria Barrett, the Viscountess Waters, has any interest in is romance. When the only man she’s ever loved was killed she endured an arranged marriage to a cruel man in order to survive. Now widowed, her only focus is on clearing her son’s name from the charge of murder. That is until the love of her life returns from the grave. 

A leader of a once great agency… Nathaniel Archer, the Earl of Exeter head of the Crown’s elite organization, The Brethren, is back on British soil. Captured and tortured 20 years ago, he clung to memories of his first love until he could escape. Discovering she has married whilst he was captive, Nathaniel sets aside the distractions of love...until an unexpected case is thrust upon him-- to solve the murder of the Viscount Waters. There is just one complication: the prime suspect's mother is none other than Victoria, the woman he once loved with his very soul. 

Secrets will be uncovered and passions rekindled. Victoria and Nathaniel must trust one another if they hope to start anew—in love and life. But will duty destroy their last chance?

I'm not one for historical spy romances, in fact I normally wholeheartedly avoid them, even if one my favorite authors writes one, I would normally just skip that book. But there was something about The Spy Who Seduced Her, that I just had to read! I don't know if it was the fact that the main characters were older? Or if it was because of the second chance love story, all I know is that I had to read it.

The story of Nathaniel and Victoria, is a true love story, with heartless fathers, abusive spouses, evil villains, kidnappings and secret society's! But it all come to a head with the murder of Viscount Waters, and the heir becoming a suspect in the crowns investigation,  which brings Nathaniel back in to Victoria's life! Which comes as a bit of a shock....because she thinks he has been dead for the past 25 years!!! Now I could go further into the story, but that would totally spoil it for you all.

I truly loved the character's in this book, Nathaniel, with his PTSD flashbacks and his aloof investigators persona. And Victoria, with her motherly determination to protect her children. It was so nice to read a story about a couple in their 40's getting a second chance at love.

So another superb story from Christi Caldwell, and yet again, she has made me push past my book boundaries, and has "forced" me to fall in love with another one of her stories.

I give The Spy Who Seduced Her 5 stars!

USA Today Bestselling author, Christi Caldwell blames Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love," for luring her into the world of historical romance. While sitting in her graduate school apartment at the University of Connecticut, Christi decided to set aside her notes and try her hand at writing romance. She believes the most perfect heroes and heroines have imperfections and she rather enjoys tormenting them before crafting a well-deserved happily ever after! 

Christi makes her home in Southern Connecticut where she spends her time writing, chasing around her feisty six-year old son and caring for her twin princesses in training!

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