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“Lovers of historical fiction could hardly do better than Diana Quincy’s Spy Fall,” proclaims Fresh Fiction. In this uniquely fresh and innovative Regency romance, a fearless French parachutist lands on top of a wicked rogue who endangers her mission—and her heart.
Mari Lamarre is gaining fame on both sides of the Channel for her daring aeronautic endeavors, but she hasn’t come to Dorset to showcase her talents. Rather, she’s been tasked with recovering sensitive information that may have fallen into the hands of the Marquess of Aldridge. It’s the riskiest adventure of her career—and it begins with a crash landing. Her fall is broken by the Marquess’s very own son, Cosmo, who’s clearly a rake and a drunk, not to mention a liability. So why does Mari find him so utterly alluring?
When he first spots the vision of loveliness in the sky, Lord Cosmo Dunsmore surmises he’s imbibed one drop too many, and an angel has come to fetch him. Little does he know that this female daredevil will make him feel more alive than ever before. But when their torrid affair takes a shocking turn, Cosmo must choose where his loyalties lie: with his respectable father—or with the captivating beauty whose fierce passion makes him feel like a new man.
Praise for Spy Fall
“There’s a gonzo style to this book that I just adore. Plus, I love the twist on the Regency romance. I’ve read an awful lot of Regency romances and I’ve yet to read one in which a pants-wearing female French spy parachutes onto a drunk duke who thinks she’s an angel. It takes ‘meet cute’ to a whole new level.”—Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
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A Clever, Delightful Regency!
This was a clever story in many ways. The title of the book was clever because the story begins with our French heroine parachutist (Mari Lamarre) falling from the sky on top of our drunken hero (Lord Cosmo). The story itself is clever because it is not your typical Regency romance. It involves our heroine’s unusual occupation called aerostation. And it is clever because she is also a spy, attempting to find a French spy that endangers the lives of her family back in France. What a romp of a romance this was! I can heartily endorse it to readers.
A love story with a twist
I loved this story. Mari has an unusual occupation and she is a spy on top of that. Her talents make her a formidable person. Her passion makes her endearing. It took me a while to warm up to Cosmo, but once I did, I fell in love along with Mari. They both have past pain that made them cautious, but together they healed. I highly recommend this story and look forward to reading more from Diana Quincy.
I just couldn’t see the romance as viable, and I didn’t see enough consistency to see it as such.
Mari Lamarre is growing in her notoriety as an aeronaut- piloting hot air balloons in the same fashion as her brothers before her. And like her brothers, Mari is also a spy working for the English. She’s been set to discover if the Marquess of Aldridge is passing vital information to Napoleon’s people, and sets her goal for a stealthy entry into the Marquess’ life.
Renowned rake concerned with his own whims of the moment, Cosmo Dunsmore, son of the Marquess is returning from a night of debauchery, reeking of whore’s perfume and other bodily odors when he is suddenly felled by a parachuting French lass who is attempting a stealthy landing on his family property.
Instantly intrigued, yet concerned, Cosmo and Mari have sparks that fly from attraction and mistrust, but he can’t help but want her. Assuming the best way to discover what she needs to, Mari is guarded, but intrigued. Things are only more confusing for Mari when she realizes that she does, in fact, like the Marquess, and perhaps even sympathize with his loss of a daughter in childbirth and the cooling of his relationship with Cosmo because of their shared guilt.
I’m left rather neutral in impressions of this story: I was intrigued by the premise, and one can’t help but be intrigued by a female of Mari’s day being so gung-ho about ballooning and parachuting. But I found she alternated dramatically between coarse and rude to something more expected – a bit uneven and I was not always convinced her character was particularly watchful, discerning or thoughtful. Cosmo was spoiled and more than frequently self-centered. I understood his grief, but his introduction with Mari’s instant reaction of him being ‘perfect’ just rubbed me wrong. Drunken men are rarely perfect, and those who smell of a whore’s boudoir and the goings-on therein are not perfection in any circle….except a bordello. I just couldn’t see the romance as viable, and I didn’t see enough consistency to see it as such.
For the mystery and proof of traitorous behaviors that Mari was determined to ferret out – I’m still on the fence. Personally I didn’t find her discerning or clever enough to put the pieces together. Other moments shone: her research into ballooning of the time with the advancements and failures were well documented. Unfortunately there were huge gaffes in her riding on horseback scenes, the overuse of a modern-feeling heroine in a late regency era time period and the inconsistency of the characters that left me a bit flat.
Intriguing for the differences, fast paced after the early introductions of the story and leaving me with some unanswered questions, this is a decent start to a new series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.