A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle – a Review
London, 1820 The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him… Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.
A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle is the first book in her In the Crown’s Secret Service series. Having never read anything by Ms. Gabrielle before, I was very happy that I had the chance to read this one. I quite enjoyed it and was pulled into the story from the very first chapter. A Spy Unmasked is filled with intrigue, suspense, danger, and a very hot romance. The characters are well developed, move the story along at a steady quick pace and leave the reader turning page after page waiting to see what will happen next. It would seem Tina Gabrielle has a special knack for allowing the reader to feel like they are part of the story, because I actually felt like I was watching one of those old Spy movies on my tv well I read this one. By the end of the book I was on pins and needles waiting to see if our hero and heroine would get out of the danger they find themselves in and make it to their HEA.
I think the biggest thing for me with A Spy Unmasked that really drew me in were the hero and heroine. Both are well written, developed and each brought a special flare to the development of the story and their romance. It was very refreshing to see that our heroine, Sophie Merrill isn’t your typical lady of the time. She’s feisty, independent, intelligent, not afraid of jumping into a tricky situation and also not afraid of going after her man even though he’s in a dangerous profession. I liked how she accepted him for who and what he is, no matter what he’s done on the job for his country. It was also fun to watch her fluster our ever dangerous and sexy spy Robert Ware. Robert Ware is the type of hero I enjoy reading about. He’s strong, intelligent, mysterious and cunning on the job, knows how to take control of a sticky situation when the need arises, sexy and charming as all get out, but for some unexplained reason, he can’t seem to keep his mind off his fake fiancée. When it comes to Sophia, Robert’s control and common sense fly right out the window. The sexual chemistry between Robert and Sophia is combustible and felt from their first meeting. How the pages didn’t catch on fire as Ms. Gabrielle wrote their romance is beyond me. Robert and Sophia’s romance is slow to build as he keeps trying to keep her at arms length, but the sexual chemistry between them is there simmering between them just waiting to break free in every scene they are in. Ms. Gabrielle does an exquisite job of writing this romance and weaving it into the danger and intrigue that follows our couple throughout the story.
After reading A Spy Unmasked I think it’s safe to say I’ve become a fan of Tina Gabrielle and her In the Crown’s Secret Service series. I’m anxiously awaiting the second book in this series and hope it’s about Robert’s friend Gareth and Sophia’s cousin Lady Jane. There’s definitely something there with those two. If you are a fan of historical romances, along with spies, espionage, intrigue, danger, suspense and a good old fashioned steamy romance, then this one’s for you. It won’t disappoint I promise.
Until next time, happy reading!!
Reviewed by Marcie
Copy provided by Publisher