Review: It Takes a Spy by Sheridan Jeane

ABOUT THE BOOK: Glittering jewels. A sumptuous ball. A daring theft.

London, 1851 – Cecilia Paring is having second thoughts…

Cecilia Paring has serious reservations about marrying her fiancé, Devin Montlake. Gone is the boy who could capture her heart with a word or a glance and in his place is a man who has made it clear that to be a proper barrister’s wife, the exciting and impulsive Cecilia must change as well.

Devin Montlake has his life planned out…

Although Devin Montlake loves his orderly life as a barrister, he’s determined to follow his roadmap to achieve his goal of becoming a judge. His biggest obstacle seems to be convincing his headstrong fiancée to fulfill her social obligations with a modicum of propriety.

And then everything goes wrong…

When the jewelry collection belonging to Cecilia’s family is stolen the night before it is to be auctioned off and Devin is framed for the crime, he discovers that following his much-loved rules won’t solve this particular problem. He’ll need the inventiveness of his irrepressible fiancée to catch the thief.

Note from the author:
This novella offers you a taste of my writing style. My books aren’t edgy or stomach-churning. If you’re looking for something dark and twisty, go elsewhere. If you’re looking for something to take your mind off the world for a while and leave you feeling a bit better about life, then this is the novella for you!

+ This is not a cliffhanger. Each story’s hero and heroine have their own complete romance and HEA (happily ever after). Characters from the books will reappear throughout the series but in supplementary roles.

++ The romance scenes in this story are explicit, but not frequent.

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She sensed that dep within him, a small war was waging, and in an effort to soothe him, she placed her palm on his chest, feeling the steady rhythm of his heart beneath it. She could see that his need to control and direct the world around him, including his fiancée, was battling with her demand that he respect her right to make her own decisions. “You need to trust me,” Cecilia said, her voice soft and soothing as she looked deep into his eyes. “You need to believe that I know my own mind, that I have a right to make my own choices, and that I won’t put myself at risk on a whim. I need you to have faith in me, Devin, even when you don’t understand my reasons.”

REVIEW: It is always a risk that we take when we fall for someone. Having doubts about whether your personality really compliments theirs are whether it was doomed from the start is normal. There is something that first sparks our attention to that other person—and then, we ask ourselves…was that really there or am was I just caught up in wanting it to be there? Cecilia and Devin grew up together. They fell in love, but where Cecilia is outspoken, wild, and lets her intuition guide her—Devin is rational, logical, and quiet by nature. After their engagement, Cecilia begins to have doubts about whether they can make it to their wedding—being complete opposites in almost every way. Jeane has a truly heartwarming and mesmerizing tale about the lengths of learning to have faith in one another in order to really dive into the meaning of love.

Cecelia’s father has thrown together a night of entertainment, one day before the big auction. Cecelia becomes very nervous, especially seeing her fiancé in attendance. With her ongoing doubts about the wedding, she is scared that Devin may bow out if he knew that she did not have any money. The auction was meant to sustain her dowry and stabilize her reputation along with her sister, but while everyone is enjoying the festivities, the jewels go missing! The police come to investigate and identify Devin as the lead suspect behind the jewel theft, but that is absolutely preposterous. Devin has been with Cecilia nearly the entire time and she knows that he is not capable of such treachery, but they find one of the stolen necklaces in his pocket during their search. When everyone turns their back on Devin for his betrayal, Cecilia and her sister Evangeline step up and aide him in his escape. With a new resolve, Devin knows that he will not be cleared from this crime until he catches the true thief. Where does he start though? Who can he trust? With the clock counting down and Cecilia’s persistence on staying by his side, he has to figure out how to comingle his rational thinking along with Cecilia’s intuition in order to catch this thief before they get too far ahead.

Sheridan Jeane has a wonderfully written tale, which harbors creativity and terrific character development. Jeane almost has a poetic vibe to her words and the rhythm with which she carries the story. It is clear that she has a profound knowledge of history and a lot of research went into her story. Some of the long-time acquaintances were very quick to judge, given Devin’s title as Barrister and that was a bit disconcerting, especially as it was not explained well. The pace is very fluid and quick and in some instances, this could have hindered perception and understanding. This is the first installment in the Secrets and Seduction series. If you are a reader of historical romance, this may be an exciting read for you.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Loving the Book, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for It Takes A Spy by Sheridan Jeane.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: While growing up, Sheridan was an avid reader. She turned her hand to putting her own stories on paper, and when she it was time to choose a college she knew she wanted to be a writer. Despite naming their daughter Sheridan because they thought it would look great on the cover of a book someday, Sheridan’s parents convinced her to pursue a minor in English and a degree in something that would help her earn a living. Sheridan earned a Computer Science degree, but her heart was still with her books and her writing. Every single break between terms she’d plow thorough reading as many books as possible. Sheridan attended a number of writer’s conferences, and the night she met her husband they spent the evening talking about their love of writing and of books. When Sheridan’s first child was born she left the computer field to stay home. Her husband’s career meant that he traveled a great deal, so the bulk of the child-rearing fell upon Sheridan’s shoulders. After a while, she craved a creative outlet and returned to her first love…writing and storytelling. Each night at bedtime she’d make up a story for her sons. The rule was that they had to give her three elements to include in the story, and then she’d weave a tale just for them. Once she decided to devote her time to writing, her career began to take off. Her first book, Lady Catherine’s Secret won the “Where the Magic Begins” contest for best historical romance and also garnered the attention of her agent. Now, Sheridan Jeane writes exciting and emotion-packed historical romances set in the Victorian Era that confront issues of trust and conformity. With the advent of the industrial age, life was changing. Many people tried to hold on to the old ways of life while others embraced the new opportunities open to them. Join Sheridan as she explores the clash between the old and the new.

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