The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks

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The Forbidden Lady by Kerrelyn Sparks
Publisher: Avon Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full length (464 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

Before New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks created a world of vampires, there was another world of spies and romance . . . Virginia Munro could not believe her ears. This bewigged, bejeweled, and bedeviling man was trying to buy her? As if she were some trollop on the Boston docks? Before she’s fully able to give in to her outrage, the fop moves on—and Virginia refuses to spare him another thought. But Quincy Stanton is not what he seems. By day, he poses as a carefree Loyalist with an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive collection of eighteenth-century spy gadgets. If anyone were to discover the truth, Quincy would hang, yet he can’t seem to stay away from the lovely and saucy Virginia. Will their attraction lead to love . . . or danger?

When his livelihood is threatened, the illegitimate son of a British Earl, Quincy Stanton will powder up his wig and become what he despises most to spy on the would be “protectors” sent to take over the colonies.

Set during the pre-Revolutionary War era of 1769, The Forbidden Lady is classic Kerrelyn Sparks storytelling. Fans of her Love at Stake series are already familiar with her terrific writing voice. This is a different side of a fantastic storyteller but no less entertaining. I think sometimes writers become known for a genre and then try to switch to something completely different and lose their initial fanbase. I don’t see this being the case for Ms. Sparks. Previously released under the title of For Love or Country, The Forbidden Lady is packed with action and suspense I didn’t want to see end.

The lady who catches Quin’s eye and sends his well placed plans into a tail spin is the lovely Virgina (Ginny) Munro. She’s nosy and inconvenient but Quin can’t seem to leave her alone. Their confrontations are full of sexual tension and just as often downright funny. I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

Ms. Spark’s story will grab the attention of James Bond enthusiast as well when they realize Quin comes ready to do some serious spy work with gadgetry that’s appropriate for the era. Nothing over the top or outrageous but no less clever in its design.

Without giving away the ending I will say not everyone will appreciate its subtleties. Ms. Sparks gives the reader plenty to think about and dwell on in regards to Quin and Ginny’s future. There’s no doubt that they’re together, it’s a romance after all, but the story continues on well after the last page. Read it and I think you’ll understand.

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