Wed to a Spy
Book 1, All the Queen's Spies - An All the Queen's Spies Novel
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Blistering seduction meets international intrigue in the Highlands as a veteran spy infiltrates the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. There he matches wits against a tantalizing enemy: his new wife.
Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.
Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.
Praise for Wed to a Spy
“The characters in this book were interesting and intriguing. The story was well written and sucked me in from the first page.”—Book Binge
“A captivating launch to the series.”—Publishers Weekly
“The character development was skillfully done, and the slow and sensual attraction between Simon and Aimee was slowly built and cleverly worked to perfection as Aimee discovered the difference between infatuation and true love.”—Color Me Read
Don’t miss Sharon Cullen’s scintillating Highland Pride series:
SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION
“Fans who crave a bit of mystery mixed with their romantic historical fiction will be drawn to this story of love, loyalty, and honor.”—Library Journal, on Sutherland’s Secret
And look for more of her delightful historical romances:
THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
A Story Well-Told
Aimee de Verris hated to leave France but her Aunt, the powerful Catherine de Medici, had given her no choice in the matter. Her task was to spy on Mary, the Queen of Scotland. Aimee’s Aunt told her that if she spied on the Queen successfully, she could return to France and to her beloved, Pierre. Although Aimee and the Queen had known each other as children, Aimee doubted that Mary would spill Scotland's secrets to her. She despised every moment that she spent spying, in the cold, wet climate of Scotland, until she met Simon Marcheford.
Simon Marcheford had expressed to the Queen several times, his desire to retire. But, Queen Elizabeth was not ready to give up her most valuable spy. “One more mission,” she told him. Could Simon trust her words, this time? Did he, have a choice? Simon's last assignment, however, would utterly change his life. When he landed in Scotland, to his complete surprise, Queen Mary forced him to marry Aimee de Verris. Even though Aimee was a beautiful woman, she was a complete stranger. She was also in love with another man. Being the good spy that Simon Marcheford was, he hid his secrets well. And, he was not above using blackmail, even to a Queen, to get what he wanted.
I thoroughly enjoyed taking a peek into the inner workings of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth’s courts. Wed to a Spy is a captivating and well-written story. Fans of historical fiction and romance will not be disappointed.
Thank you, Random House Publishing Group- Loveswept and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Another Winning Romance by Cullen!
The title of this story was an eye-catcher for me because it has a hint of humor about it. Lady Aimee is sent to Scotland to spy on Queen Mary by her aunt, Catherine de Medici, in a diabolical plot to get Aimee away from a love interest in France. Queen Mary is suspicious about Aimee’s purpose in coming to Scotland so she diabolically weds Simon, her spymaster, to Aimee so he can keep an eye on her and report to the Queen. I will not go further with this tale here and give all away, but it is a tale full of history, intrigue and romance and Cullen’s best so far, in my humble opinion.
5 Stars! I fell in love with this book!! I love this story & all the true & somewhat unbelievable, historical information that came with it! This book has tons of mystery, a few surprises & just the right amount of 'love' scenes! I 100% recommend this book! The author did a great job on keeping my attention & keeping me entertained!! It really was a great story & has all that interesting historical information, so you feel like you learned a bit of history while reading a romance book! That's a win/win!!
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*
- Category: Historical
- Published: May 23, 2017
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
- Print Length: 273 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 1, All the Queen's Spies