The consummate spy understands the life they’ve chosen will undoubtedly be a lonely one. The secrets, constant travelling, and undercover work leaves no room for companionship beyond the brothels available in 1815 London. And love? That’s definitely out of the question.
William Endicott, the hero of Vanessa Kelly’s third Renegade Royals book How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, finds himself resigned to this idea as he looks to his future. He’s recently returned from the battlefield at Waterloo and was part of the successful effort in defeating Napoleon with his exceptional skills as an intelligence agent. Now, he’s hoping to find a way to put the spying game behind him, setting his sights on “a respectable life and career.” The biggest wrinkle in his plan stems from his status as the illegitimate son of the Duke of York, a position in society that doesn’t necessarily equal wealth or decent prospects in marriage when not publicly acknowledged by his father.
Back home in London, he isn’t given a whole lot of time to dwell on this though. His superior, Sir Dominic Hunter, already has another assignment for Will and his partner/cousin, Alec Gilbride. Information has been gathered that points to an attempted assassination of a figure high in the government or royal rankings. A group of extremists, originating in Ireland, are unhappy with the situation involving delicate religious matters of the time. It seems like a fairly simple thing for Will and Alec, considering their high success rate as a team, to look into until they learn of the real reason they’ve been chosen for this particular job: Will’s history with one of the potential suspects, Evelyn Whitney.