Review: A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn

A Lady’s Revenge by Tracey Devlyn
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 434
Source: Netgalley

Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford, works as a decoder for the British government during the Napoleonic wars. He soon discovers that one of his deciphered messages unintentionally drove British secret agent Cora deBeau into the arms of England’s most ruthless enemy. Guy finally rescues her from torture and deprivation, but will he ever be able to earn her forgiveness for his role in her captivity?

Review:  A Lady’s Revenge starts off with a bang when Guy Trevelyan and Viscount Danforth, two British secret agents, are sent to France to rescue fellow secret agent Raven from the enemy’s stronghold.

In the beginning, I was captivated with the plot and turned each page eagerly. Unfortunately, that eagerness waned a bit in the middle as the story slowed down and my attention started to drift. The pace of the last third of the story did pick up again which allowed me to easily finish the book.

One detail that confused me a bit was how inept Cora seemed to be. She is touted as being a highly revered spy but she couldn’t keep herself from being kidnapped. Not just once but multiple times.

Guy seemed to be a really all-around great guy. No pun intended I swear! He was strong and fierce with the enemy and loving and patient with Cora. He didn’t back down from a challenge when he worked hard to decipher the coded message, rescued Cora from being kidnapped each time and didn’t give up on Cora when she was determined to put distance between them.

With regard to the traitor sharing secrets and housing Valere, I feel if we had gotten to actually meet and know the traitor personally I would have had more of a “no way it can’t be” reaction when the identity was revealed.

There were also several questions left unanswered. Was Cora’s father a traitor? What’s the truth behind Specter’s identity and what’s his relationship with Somerton? Hopefully this book is the start of a multi-book series and we get to learn the answers to these burning questions.

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