Title: Lost to a Spy
Author: Sharon Cullen
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Page Count: 222
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
A refined Scottish courtier. A rugged British spy. And an affair that will change the course of history. Everything changes when the shocking deception is revealed in this seductive novel from USA Today bestselling author Sharon Cullen.
Ladies in waiting can’t help noticing more than they let on. After so many years at the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, Emma Howard sees quite plainly that the royal couple is anything but happy. Reeling from a failed marriage herself, Emma sympathizes with her beloved queen. But the last thing she wants is for the king to be murdered, let alone to witness the shocking act herself. With her whole world turned upside-down, Emma is saved by the quick thinking of a lowly printer . . . who, unbeknownst to her, is one of England’s most daring spies.
At Queen Elizabeth’s behest, Tristan has been stirring discontent against the Scottish nobility. Now that the king is dead, his mission is even more critical. There’s only one complication: the exquisite courtier who’s unexpectedly fallen under Tristan’s protection. Emma rouses his body and his soul. But after she learns that he’s a traitor, the fate of two nations hangs on her response. Tristan’s prepared to risk his life in exchange for hers. Will Emma do the same for the man she’s come to love?
Don’t miss these novels in the All the Queen’s Spies series:
WED TO A SPY | BOUND TO A SPY
And look for all of Sharon Cullen’s delightful historical romances:
THE NOTORIOUS LADY ANNE | LOVING THE EARL | PLEASING THE PIRATE | HIS SAVING GRACE | SEBASTIAN’S LADY SPY | THE RELUCTANT DUCHESS
The Highland Pride series: SUTHERLAND’S SECRET | MACLEAN’S PASSION | CAMPBELL’S REDEMPTION
This ebook includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
Lost to a Spy by Sharon Cullen is the third book in the All the Queen’s Spies historical romance series. While these tales are fiction they are based around the real life happenings back when Queen Mary was on the throne in Scotland and the events that did take place during that time. Each book in the series is a completely separate fictional couple that meet during the real events of that time.
In this installment of the series on of Queen Mary’s ladies, Lady Emma Howard, is walking from a friend’s when she spies some men that look to be doing something to a man on the ground. Before Emma can figure out what is going on though there is a huge explosion and she’s thrown knocking her unconscious.
Tristan who is in Scotland at the request of Queen Elizabeth, sent to spy on Queen Mary, is masquerading as a lowly printer and happens to see Emma lying unconscious. Scooping her up he takes he back to his shop as the rumors fly in the village that Lord Darnley had been murdered by Bothwell, a close confidant of the queen herself.
Having read all of the books in this series I am once again impressed at how well the author has woven her characters into the events that took place during this time in history. This real setting and events made the series just immediately grab my attention each time I picked up the books to read as I’m moderately familiar with the events of this time period so it made the stories that much more exciting.
Emma and Tristan were a wonderful couple to get to know with each having been married previously with their own stories to share. With the background of the story being a time when Scotland was in turmoil it was easy to see how the dangerous events could bring this couple close together relatively quickly.
At the end of Emma and Tristan’s story there was a brief glimpse at the characters from the previous books of the series with a bit of an update on them for those that have followed all three installments. I’m not sure if this means the series is coming to a close or not but if it is it was nice to wrap it up with that update and if not I’ll be sure to grab the next myself.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
USA Today bestselling author, mom, wife, taxi driver, chef, mediator, housekeeper, friend and dog lover.
At the age of nine my lifelong ambition was to own a horse and write a book. I’ve published 19 books but have yet to own a horse. Three kids, one dog and one husband are enough for me right now.
My dream is to retire to St. Maarten, or some equivalent place with white sand and turquoise water. Hopefully that dream won’t go the way of the horse.
If you want to talk about books, beaches or even horses, you can find me on Facebook as Sharon Cullen – Author, Instagram as SharonCullen, Twitter as @SharonCullen or contact me through my website, sharoncullen.net.