Thursday, April 14, 2016

Book Review: "A Spy's Devotion" by Melanie Dickerson


A Spy's Devotion
Melanie Dickerson

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?


In a battlefield infirmary in Regency England, Nicholas Langdon receives a book as a last request from a dying man. At first, he thought it was just a journal to take to a family member, but he soon realizes it contains secret codes that could devastate the British army if put into the wrong hands. He is soon embroiled in spying on the uncle and guardian of Julia Grey, who he has been attracted to for some time. Will she help him or hinder him in his mission? And how will Julia balance her attraction with him and her agreement to help her cousin’s infatuation with Langdon?

Wow. I quite loved A Spy’s Devotion. Melanie Dickerson has broken her chain of historical, fairytale retellings to start a new series in a different time period. It did not addict me quite as much as some of the others, but it was still awesome. A spy romance in Regency England is certainly a great premise, and it is just the beginning!

The only way to describe Langdon and Julia’s relationship with each other is complicated, as annoying as that word can be. The spying on Julia’s uncle, Phoebe’s infatuation with Langdon, Julia’s desperation to marry, and so much more adds to the danger and misunderstandings of their relationship. The characters were not focused on the romance developing between each other, but it was a major part of the story, developed very well.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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