Review: True Spies by Shana Galen

True Spies by Shana Galen
Series:  Lord and Lady Spies (# 2)
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date:  September 3, 2013
Pages: 384
Source:  book provided by NetGalley for review

Winslow, an elite spy in Regency England, has managed to keep his identity secret from everyone, including his beloved wife Elinor. But his success with these covert affairs has taken a toll on their marriage, leaving Elinor to entertain the idea of a secret liaison with a rakish spy. She believes that she will finally have the danger and excitement that her marriage has never afforded her? Until things get too dangerous, and she ends up being kidnapped. In this Regency romance, no one is who they seem, not even her own husband.


Review: This is the second installment in the Lord and Lady Spy series.  I enjoyed it from the beginning.  Elinor to me was me or you or the neighbor down the street or next door.  She was a stay at home mom who is lonely and tired of making the appearances at all the parties by herself.  For all we knew her husband could have been home in his man cave watching sports.  Well okay maybe he didn’t have a man cave but he sure as heck made it convenient to be on a mission when he was needed at home.  Elinor was getting lonely because Winn was gone all the time.  She wanted attention.  What woman doesn’t need it once in a while?

Ms. Galen has a way of writing a really gripping tale that takes place in Regency England but if you stepped into a time machine it could be happening right now.  Her characters are real.  I could actually put myself in Elinor’s shoes at times.  After being married for a long time you take each other for granted at times.  You forget why you fell in love with this person in the first place or if you even did fall in love.  But, then one day it hits you that you do love this person that you are married to and you remember everything just as Elinor and Winn finally did.  You just need to change things up.   I guess what I am saying is that Ms. Galen make so likable you get caught up in the story and stay there right in the middle of things until the very end.

I could relate to not only the characters, but also I was able to visualize the people and places as the descriptions were very spot on.  I enjoyed reacquainting myself with Lord and Lady Smythe from the first book Lord and Lady Spy.  Just as in the first one it shows that husbands and wives can work together and it actually might prove to be fun.  The sex and seduction scenes were HOT!!!!   She wrote a sensuous story, without it being too erotic…just so sexy.

I highly recommend you run out and pick up True Spies along with Lord and Lady Spy and settle in for the week-end with a glass of wine and some enjoyable reading.  You will fall in love with the author Shana Galen just as I have.