Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him and his wife has given up on him…
She wants to try a little intrigue…
Elinor has had enough of domestic boredom. She contemplates an affair with a rakish spy, only to discover a world of intrigue and treachery that she never knew existed. Even more shocking, her neglectful husband is suddenly very attentive – quite the jealous type – and apparently there is much more to him than she ever knew…
I know lots of people have mentioned the storyline of this brings to mind True Lies. That’s sort of what drew me to pick it up – that was one of my late dad’s favourite movies and as I am a real fan of Shana Galen’s other work, I was really keen to see her take on it.
I’d love to see this on the screen. Throughout the course of the story, with all its action, humour and romance, I found myself seeing the book playing out in my head like a movie. And not once did I see Arnie as Winn…the Terminator in period costume is not something I’ve ever wished to visualise.
Elinor is desperately in love with her husband Winn, but is at the end of her rope. He spends all his time away inspecting his estates, leading her to feel as if she and their daughters are no longer important to him. Her life is all about raising children and running their household – and she is sick of it.
Winn does spend much time away from his family, but not for the reasons he has always told them. He is not a landowner, but a spy for the Barbican group. For Winn, the danger and action of his work has always taken first place in his life, even ahead of his family.
When Elinor’s frustrations and Winn’s secret life collide, we get taken on a fantastic ride, full of heart-stopping action and wonderfully written bad guys, and are never left wanting.
I think it was wonderfully brave to have Winn admit that it hadn’t initially been a love match for him. You don’t often see that in historical romance or even in contemporary. Watching them fall in love again (and really with Winn, for the first time) was just gorgeous. There was such an electric and vibrant connection between them.
I have Lord and Lady Spy, the first in this series at home. However, for some unknown reason, I read this one first. I will go straight back and read the other one though, because I am super keen to find out more about Agents Wolf and Saint.
After reading True Spies, I really hope there are more in this series. It was such fun to read, and some parts of the book left me crying with laughter (I’m talking about you, Prince). Most of all, I just loved watching Elinor and Winn learn things about each other and grow, and fall back in love.
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release Date: 3 September 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy by Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in return for an honest review.