This is a third story of secret agents of Nexus series, and personally, my favorite.Before I give you my thoughts on it, let me make it clear that in order for you to get the greatest enjoyment of this story, you need to read the other two, #1 is 'A Lady's Revenge' and #2 is 'Checkmate, My Lord'. The reason behind it is the back-story and the dynamic of the Nexus group and who they are.In this third installment, we're in for a treat as we find out more about Ethan as he falls for Sydney Hunt, who runs the Hunt Employment Agency, and is 'under his foot' as they both are working separately, on the same case. Soon, it becomes obvious that they should change that fact, but trusting one another isn't that easy.What I liked best was the tension and the chemistry these two had when together. Unlike the first book, which was a bit too dark for me, and the second a tad predictable, this one had just the right amount of everything I love in my romance: filled with action, adventure and spies. And finally the bad guy Specter is reveled.I also liked the plot, pace and complexity of this story. All of those have contributed greatly to the authenticity of the journey our couple had taken to their happily ever after. I like it when the story throws you a few surprises, never lagging and feeling predictable.Bottom line: If Napoleonic wars, spies, adventure and mystery filled romance is your thing, this one will be a book not to be missed, but be warned, read the other two first.Melanie for b2b*Book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.
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This is a third story ...
gentlemen such as he.....
gentlemen such as he...discarded women like they discarded a spent cheroot. English nobleman, Ethan deBeau, Lord Danforth, notorious rake and Nexus spy has been set upon. Badly beaten he is rescued by a mysterious figure, The Spectre. His wounds are attended to by a maid. Charged with finding a young boy, an English traitor Lord Latymer, and a French spymaster LaRouche, Danforth's search places him within the orbit of one Sydney Hunt. The puzzling thing is that he comes across her posing as an empty headed do-gooder at a place of interest, Abbingale Home, an orphanage for boys. Nexus it seems is a secret spy organization hidden in the bowels of the English Foreign Office dedicated to protecting English shores from forays by Bonaparte's agents tasked to prepare England for a successful French invasion. Sydney Hunt, is in actuality a benefactor and reformer who heads up an employment agency as part of her cover to help those who find themselves in need due to the extreme, careless and often cruel actions, of some members of high society towards their servants. She helps those in need, hurt and often destitute to find new situations. She also compiles information about the employers themselves and their treatment of their often powerless dependants. Obviously there are dark and tragic secrets in Sydney's background. Hints of such are constantly implied from the beginning. Sydney's stress about being alone with a man and the devoted loyalty and protection of her loyal twin footmen confirm that there lurks a greater cause for her anxiety. In fact there are dark secrets surrounding many of the characters. No one seems exempt. Well except perhaps for Tanner, Danforth's much put upon butler. I do like him. The thing is Sydney's attraction to Ethan deBeau, Lord Danforth, the transition from prim agency owner to woman deeply appreciative of and tantalized by Danforth's obvious good looks seems extreme. I'm still trying to figure out where this wanton woman act comes from. Her inner fantasies seem to jar and I'm not sure why. They come out of left field when I and Sydney least expect them. What they do tell us is that despite her inclinations towards the opposite, Sydney is a passionate and aware woman, alive to the attractions of the opposite sex. Somewhere she has been betrayed and deeply hurt. It is when Sydney declares, 'No Ethan, you did not upset me...you've begun to heal my soul, ' that we at last begin to make headway into the enigma that is Sydney Hunt and the dark secret she harbours. I am unsure as to why a minor character I enjoyed was killed off. I am hoping this is a hook to be resolved in future novels. This is not the only secondary character whose story left me wondering. I must admit that I kept feeling that I was constantly missing something with this story. That there was a background that was important. When I realized that 'Secret Weapon' is the third in a series (the Nexus series) things began to make more sense. Unfortunately the ARC hadn't included that piece of information. As things hinted at, and left unsaid, kept niggling at me I was able to see that these previous stories linked the characters and were the 'raison d'être' for their off screen interplay. I did purchase the rest of the series to read at a later date as I am now curious about the other members of Nexus and how the pieces of the puzzle come together. Despite my misgivings, I obviously enjoyed 'Secret Weapons' enough to want to read more. A NetGalley ARC
This book picks up rig...
This book picks up right after Checkmate, My Lord leaves off so if you haven't read the prior books you might be a little lost on the ongoing plot. Ethan and Sydney were a great match with loads of chemistry. They're working together just cemented the fact that they were made to compliment each other. Though this book is listed as historical romance there was a bit of suspense in there and a little heart break too. Looking forward to more books in this series. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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