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Jul 16 2017 10:00am

The Only Way You Can Reread Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster Series: In Order

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Anticipation is building for the last book in Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series, Beauty Like the Night. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) It’s the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series, in order of publication, right? But hold on, the author has proposed a different approach. Bourne’s simple advice, read in order of discovery—that is, when the characters first appear on the scene. A word of warning, there are spoilers ahead.

"If you read the books in the order in which they were written, you're going to see the characters develop as they did in my own mind. You'll find out about them in the way I found out about them.

If you read the books in chronological order, everything is going to fit together neatly with the ongoing historical events. And you should — I hope — get some sense of the growth and developing relationships between my folks.

—From Joanna Bourne on reading in chronological order.

Who would argue with Joanna Bourne?  Using her method, the characters reveal themselves and their relationships with others in a pattern of concentric yet overlapping circles. Here’s the chronological reading order.

1. The Forbidden Rose

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Heroine Marguerite de Fleurignac, “once a glittering aristocrat in a world of privilege” is now “on the run, disguised as Maggie Duncan, British governess.” Hero William Doyle, “England’s top spy,” is a man on a mission with “a score to settle with the de Fleurignacs.”

Marguerite is indomitable and brave, a spirited woman who gives as good as she gets to William Doyle, a seemingly placid, preternaturally observant man. They are the backbone of Joanna Bourne’s “Spymaster series.” Their first conversation inexorably draws in the reader. Marguerite hides from two strangers who are striding around the ruins of her family’s ruined châteaux. When the older of the two finds and attempts to restrain her, she asks him to stand back.

[Read more...]

Mar 23 2016 10:15am

Each Other’s Weakness: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x13 Huntingbird Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 13, “Parting Shot”
Ship: Lance Hunter/Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Huntingbird)

Huntingbird Captain's Log for Agents of SHIELD 3x13!

I’ll admit it; I ship Bobbi and Hunter; I love the combination of her hard-assness and his sarcastic wise-cracking. Wasn’t it great when they hooked up last season? And the heroism, the romance, of last may’s finale, when Hunter vowed to save Bobbi, who was Bobbitrapped and in turn nearly died to save him. Hunter kept vigil by her side in the hospital, but what did it mean when he said, “I can’t do this anymore?” Was this going to blow to hell my fantasy that Hunter and Bobbi were to be Marvel’s version of Hart to Hart's Jonathan and Jennifer Hart?

I wasn’t quite sure when this season began. Bobbi and Hunter came off like an old married couple. They were relaxed with and full of care for each other, but their sexual tension felt like it had died and gone to TV heaven, where chemistry between couples generally goes once a couple commits. Jonathan and Jennifer Hart are the exception to the rule; we all remember Maddison, don’t we?


Jun 2 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Katie Reus’s Shattered Duty (June 2, 2015)

Shattered Duty by Katie Reus

Katie Reus
Shattered Duty (Deadly-Ops #3)
Signet / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

A new novel from the author of Bound to Danger who “has the amazing ability of pulling the reader onto the front lines of the action and drama.” (The Reading Café)

When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he's finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he's ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.

As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?

I love a tale of retribution and angst and vengeance … particularly when it’s all wrapped up in a sexy romantic thriller with a hopeful ending. Katie Reus has it down to a science, and her latest installment in the Deadly Ops series, Shattered Duty,is sure to make your heart race.

[Let's get the adrenaline pumping then!]

Jan 19 2015 3:00pm

Plans Go Awry in Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan A Wedding for a Royal Spy

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.

[Oh, this is gonna be good...]

Dec 11 2014 12:30pm

Top 5 Romantic Thriller Movie Heroes: Wolverine, Bond, and More!

Today we welcome author Susannah Sandlin to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The second in Susannah's Collectors series, Deadly, Calm and Cold, has all the elements of delicious romantic suspense: lost treasure, secrets, a ruthless secret agency, and two characters caught in the middle. Susannah is here to share her picks for the top romantic thriller movie heroes. Thanks, Susannah!

Face it, most of our romantic book boyfriends are action kinds of guys. Try telling Wrath or Zsadist of the Black Dagger Brotherhood they aren’t action heroes—but let me move out of the way first so I don’t get hurt. (And, granted, Phury’s kind of a wimp…don’t tell him I said that.)

Even our favorite gentrified historical romance heroes can aim a mean dueling pistol or horsewhip. The modern heroes? The ones who aren’t former paramilitary dudes might as well be.

“Thrillers” and “romance” don’t often go hand-in-hand in fiction; we usually turn to the big screen for that. When we want our hard-core action fix with a touch of romance, who do we turn to?

[Let's hear your choices...]

Dec 9 2014 2:15pm

Intrigue and Romance Blend in Alyssa Alexander’s In Bed with a Spy

In Bed with a Spy by Alyssa AlexanderIn Alyssa Alexander's In Bed with a Spy, the second book in Alexander's Spy in the Ton series, both of the protagonists are fighting in the Napoleonic Wars—the heroine, interestingly, wields a sword in battle whereas the hero is a spy, code name Angel.

At first, Angel, aka Alastair Whitmore, Marquess of Angelstone, feels happy when he spots the lovely Lilias Fairchild in the ballroom, remembering her from Waterloo, a warrior woman seeking to avenge the death of her soldier husband by taking the field herself. Now, two years later, Lilias also recognizes Alastair, though their eyes met only briefly on the battlefield. The two manage to escape the unwanted attentions of hopeful suitors and debutantes to go outside to the balcony, enjoying each other’s company, flirting and using a double entendre that amuses them both.

However, when Lilias leaves, Angel discovers a coin on the ground, realizing it remained after the spilled contents of Lilias’s purse had been picked up. To his shock, Angel recognizes a medallion with the symbol of the Death Adders, a group of assassins. As a spy, Angel has a direct interest in bringing the Death Adders to justice, but the desire goes deeper for him, as his former lover and fellow spy was murdered by one of them. Intent on discovering Lilias’s involvement with the organization, Angel devises a plan to find out.

[Plans, we like plans...]

Dec 5 2014 2:45pm

Serious as a Hart Attack: Cristin Harber’s Titan Group

Hart Attack by Cristin HarberHart Attack is the seventh installment in Cristin Harber’s Titan series, a military romantic-suspense series about an elite group of operatives.

Roman Hart is a member of the Titan Group, haunted by a mistake he made that cost someone's life. The heroine, CIA operative Beth Tourne, is also suffering from her past, wishing she could go back and correct her own mistake, one that meant she failed her husband when he needed her most.

Beth’s inner turmoil over her husband’s death keeps her from being able to move on and enjoy a physical or emotional connection with another man, too afraid to risk it when, for all her love for her husband, she missed clues to his ultimate unhappiness. Lately, the most stimulation she’s gotten has been baiting and poking at Roman safe in the confidence that it can never go anywhere real.

Beth is also stuck in her professional life where she’s so successful in her role as party girl monitoring the social elite of Washington D.C. that the CIA has no desire to fulfill her request for more challenging field work. Until Beth is given a new assignment: woo an international money-launderer and keep his attentions and affections by any means necessary. Yeah, like that. Now the personal and professional walls she’s constructed to survive her heartache are crumbling down at Roman is right at the center of the eruption.

[Uh oh...]

Nov 12 2014 12:00pm

Twice Tempted: Exclusive Excerpt

Eileen Dreyer

Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer

Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss...

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom...and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way...

Get a sneak peek of Eileen Dreyer's Twice Tempted (available November 25, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

It was Alex Knight. Oh, dear God it was. Fiona squeezed her eyes shut. She swore her stomach did a complete flip inside her chest. The last time she'd felt like this was four years earlier, in a cow pasture on a rainy spring day, as a man sliced off her hair with a knife. As he bent to kiss her. She swore she could almost smell the fresh-mown hay in that damp field, could feel the sure clasp of a man’s hand and the skittering of unrecognized arousal. She had been sixteen, and he had come to take her back to school. He had been kind. She had fallen head over heels in love, a girl too new to anticipation to understand its peril.

The only other time she had seen him, he had come to deliver the news that her brother was dead. He had still been so kind. But it was only now that she noticed.

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Nov 8 2014 2:00pm

A Spy Unmasked: Exclusive Excerpt


A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle

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.

Get a sneak peek of Tina Gabrielle's A Spy Unmasked (available November 10, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sophia’s chest tightened uncomfortably. It was one thing to tell her cousin she was engaged in the privacy of her workshop, but another entirely to have it announced in Lady Cameron’s ballroom. There would be no going back; she was agreeing to a betrothal with Robert Ware, the Earl of Kirkland, however long, to aid in investigating the Inventors’ Society.

“Good,” Robert said. “We will waltz at the ball and convince everyone of our story. Shall we practice?”

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Nov 6 2014 4:30pm

Spies, Hitmen, and SEALS Do It Best: Sexy Romantic Suspense, Part 1

Blamed by Edie HarrisRomantic suspense novels are usually action packed with great danger at every turn, and with seriously creepy villains. Such pumped up, adrenaline fueled situations often give rise to dramatic sexual tension. There is something extremely sexy about people finding love while fighting for their lives. Some authors use the dramatic tension to ramp up the heat adding an erotic punch to their stories. Here are some very sexy romantic suspense books that are sure to help turn up the heat as the weather turns cooler up here in the northern hemisphere.

Blamed is the first book in a new series about the Faraday family by Edie Harris. Beth Faraday is a retired hitwoman, attempting to make a new life for herself. But someone has put a hit out on her, bringing fellow spy Raleigh Vick to her doorstep. The two have a long history, of crossing paths for work—and for romance. But everything may not be what it seems with Vick;  Harris takes readers on an intense journey with several twists and turn with this one. And it is not short on sexy moments.

[We like sexy moments...]

Nov 4 2014 1:15pm

First Look: Joanna Bourne’s Rogue Spy (November 4, 2014)

Rogue Spy by Joanna BourneJoanna Bourne
Rogue Spy (Spymaster)
Berkley / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty.

Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim he’s holding—only to find an old colleague already on the case. Pax.

Old friendship turns to new love, and as Pax and Camille’s dark secrets loom up from the past, Pax is left with a choice—go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forever…

At the crux of every Joanna Bourne book is the tension between love and loyalty, a tension that can sweep into a character’s life on an instant. The ancillary benefits of reading Bourne are almost as precious as being caught up in a compelling romance. Like the language—or should I say the languages? French, German, Latin, Greek…to name a few. Jostling for preeminence in Rogue Spy are the sayings of the Baldonis, the family of origin of the heroine—who goes by Sara, Vérité, or Cami at different points in the story—and the pithy pronouncements of Camille Leyland’s “aunts.” Cami overhears,

[Are you eavesdropping, Camille?]

Nov 1 2014 9:00am

First Look: Edie Harris’s Blamed (November 3, 2014)

Edie Harris
Blamed (Blood Money #1)
Carina Press / November 3, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgivable. She's worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business.

But someone, somewhere, hasn't forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies-MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she's ever loved. And the one she thought she'd killed in the desert.


In Blamed, the first book in the Blood Money series, author Edie Harris introduces us to the Faraday family, who has a long history with America, even reaching back to the United State’s origins. A true family of spies, the Faraday empire is known very well around the world today. The heroine of Blamed is  Beth, the youngest Faraday. As a young teen, she became the most talented sniper in the spy game. 10 years later, she is retired and living off the grid in Chicago with a great job and a not so great dating life. Things were quiet until she discovered there was a spy living next door to her; that the spy living next door to her was the spy she has been in love with since she was a teenager; and that he was alive instead of dead by her actions a year ago in Afghanistan. Edie Harris gives us the best of the spy game in Blamed.

[The best, you say...]

Oct 14 2014 9:45am

In My Next Life I Want to be a Femme Fatale

Crazy, Sexy Revenge by J.D. Mason

Today we're joined by author J.D. Mason, whose Crazy Sexy Revenge is out today! Crazy Sexy Revenge is the final book in the Beautiful Dirty Rich trilogy, and includes Desi, a woman who is strong and determined to do what she wants to do, no matter what the consequences. J.D. is here to talk about femmes fatales, those cigarette-smoking, man-chewing ladies from noir fiction. Thanks, J.D.! 

So, I recently took one of those online quizzes to find out which badass woman I was in a previous life. And based upon the answers I provided to questions as pertinent as whether or not I would vote for Hillary Clinton for President and about my views on sex, the answer surprisingly came back as Mata Hari. You know, the Danish born, World War I stripper turned spy turned spy again who was eventually shot, not for stripping, but for—you got it, spying. Great test! And I won’t argue with the results. Mata Hari, was what you would call a “femme fatale,” one of the most famous in history, as a matter of fact.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes femme fatale as “a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations” and finally, “as a woman who attracts men by an aura of charm and mystery.”

Basically, she’s a bad girl, a sexy, intelligent, manipulative, and fearless bad girl. Am I a bad girl? Alas, no! But I’m going to cross my fingers and hope that in my next life that I will come back as a tree or as a femme fatale.

[Sexy, intelligent...that doesn't sound so bad!]

Oct 7 2014 1:45pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal for Sharon Cullen!

James Bond officially made spies sexy, but we're going back even further in time to find another sexy spy! Today, we're thrilled to share an exclusive reveal of Sharon Cullen's latest book in her Secrets and Seduction series, Sebastian's Lady Spy.

[Learn more about the book and see the cover...]

Sep 1 2014 12:30pm

First Look: Victoria Roberts’s My Highland Spy (September 2, 2014)

My Highland Spy by Victoria RobertsVictoria Roberts 
My Highland Spy
Sourcebooks / September 2, 2014 / $5.31 print, $6.49 digital

This Highland Laird won't bow to the Crown

Laird Ruairi Sutherland refuses to send his only son away to be educated by the English. And he most definitely will not appear in Edinburgh to pay homage to a liege who has no respect for Scotland. So he does what any laird would do—he lies to the king. The last thing Ruairi expects is a beautiful English governess to appear on his doorstep.

But this lady spy might make him...

Lady Ravenna Walsingham is a seasoned spy who is sent to the savage Highlands to uncover a nefarious plot against the Crown. Playing the part of an English governess—a job easier said than done—she infiltrates the home of Laird Sutherland, a suspected conspirator.

If she doesn't betray him first

Ravenna soon discovers that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her heart. But will the proud Highland laird ever forgive her when he discovers the woman he loves in an English spy?

In Victoria Roberts's My Highland Spy, Lady Ravenna Walsingham is following the family tradition of being a spy for the crown and has made herself very useful to King James in the years following Queen Elizabeth I's death. Her latest assignment is to go to the Highlands of Scotland in the guise of a governess.

[As you do...]

Aug 22 2014 11:00am

Not Quite a Wife: Exclusive Excerpt

Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

Get a sneak peek of Mary Jo Putney's Not Quite a Wife (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Laurel.  Kirkland gradually rose from darkness to awareness, drifting in a sea of well-being.  He’d dreamed of his wife, which wasn’t unusual, but most of the time, she vanished when he took her in his arms, leaving him aching with loneliness and frustration.  This time he’d had one of his rare dreams of satisfaction, and with a degree of realism that was searing.

But consciousness would not be denied.  He had a large inventory of aches and pains, including a throbbing head.  What had happened?  And where was he? 

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Aug 5 2014 1:30pm

Like Peanut Butter and Jelly: Spies and Romance

Love and Let Spy by Shana GalenToday we're joined by author Shana Galen, whose Love and Let Spy is out today! Love and Let Spy is the latest book in the Lord and Lady Spy series, historical romances with a lot of humor and plenty of intrigue. Shana is here to discuss the perfect pairing of spies and romance. Thanks, Shana!

As every veteran romance reader knows, spies and romance go together like…well, like love and marriage, peanut butter and jelly, James Bond and a shaken martini. It’s no surprise that spies are some of our favorite romance heroes, and more recently our favorite heroines too. I mean, who doesn’t love a guy or girl who’s out there saving the world, fighting the bad guys, and looking debonair while doing so?

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[Doesn't get more debonair than James Bond...]

Jul 24 2014 3:30pm

I Spy the Prince Regent: Historical Spies from Bradley, Galen, Quinn, and More!

Surrender to a Wicked Spy by Celeste BradleyLike many readers, historical romances were among the first romances I read, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that among my favorite tropes of the subgenre (marriage of convenience, the wallflower or bluestocking) was another—the historical romantic suspense. But even more specifically: the historical spy.

Celeste Bradley is among the first romance authors I read as a teenager. Unlike many, I didn’t find romances through my mother’s shelves, but through the shelves at my local library, as I was supposed to be putting the books away. Among those first books, Bradley’s Royal Four series has always been one of my favorite. There was intrigue, suspense, love, arranged marriages, and so many other things that fulfilled my young heart.

One of Bradley’s heroes, Dane Caldwell, Lord Greenleigh has always been one of my favorite heroes. In Surrender to a Wicked Spy we meet Dane, not as he’s engaging in dangerous business in the name of the crown, but as he is fishing his future wife out of the Thames—and ends up being saved himself in the process. Dane is a big man—imagine Chris Hemsworth in period clothing (I know I do). He’s smart, capable, and crafty. Olivia, his new wife, is all of those things too—including big (I featured her in my Tall Heroines post).

[Sounds like they're perfectly matched...]

Jun 11 2014 10:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal!: Paige Tyler’s Her Lone Wolf

 Her Lone Wolf by Paige TylerToday we're pleased to reveal the cover for Lone Wolf, the latest in Paige Tyler's X-Ops series, with a seriously sexy wolf shifter and the FBI Special Agent who just can't forget him, even though she knows she should. Here's the official description:

Leaving him was Impossible…

It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing  these former lovers into an uneasy alliance…whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse

The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he’s tried to bury comes roaring back—and there’s no way this wolf shifter is going to take no for an answer this time.

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Feb 19 2014 4:30pm

Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend: Exclusive Excerpt

Shana Galen

Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen

She Wants Him...
She Wants Him Not...

Lily Dawson, dubbed the Countess of Charm by the Prince Regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the Crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, Earl of Darlington—the duke's son.

Andrew is furious when he finds himself rivaling his father for Lily's attention. When he uncovers Lily's mission, Andrew is faced with impossible choices. It seems he is destined to betray either his family, his country, or the longings of his own heart...

Get a sneak peek of Shana Galen's Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend (available March 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In this scene Lily is drawn to Andrew and gives in their attraction, against her better judgment.

She was in his arms, and no matter how many times her mind screamed that this was a mistake, she could not seem to step away. His mouth covered hers hungrily, and she devoured him just as eagerly. When she touched him, everything inside her came alive. Every sensation was heightened—she felt the fine weave of his linen shirt, the hard muscles of his chest, the stubble on his jaw as his mouth met hers. The lamps flickered weakly; his face had been in shadow from the moment she entered his room. She touched it now with one hand, learning its planes and ridges, its slopes and edges. Her fingers raked through his thick, dark hair. It was soft and naturally curly.

She moved to kiss his neck and nip at his ear catching his scent—a mixture of brandy and leather. She flicked out her tongue, teasing him just below the ear, and he inhaled sharply. Lily couldn’t have said why she did such a thing. She had wanted to taste him, to lick his skin and see if it tasted as delicious as he looked.

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