by Gayle Callen

October 2004
ISBN: 0-06-054395-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

We are treated to an entertaining read in the second book of Gayle Callen’s “Spies and Lovers” trilogy. With adventure and love, we are taken on a race across England to catch a traitor.

Nicholas Wright has always enjoyed being a spy. His loyalty to his country motivates him to find the traitor. He doesn’t realize the extent of the trouble he’s in when he has to kidnap Charlotte Sinclair in order to keep her safe. He finds himself fascinated by the spirited beauty and must fight the attraction he feels.

Charlotte Sinclair has made it through an unfulfilling marriage to a man she could find no reason to mourn. At her first ball since his death, she eavesdrops on a conversation and finds herself being kidnapped by a handsome stranger. Nick swears he’s taking her for her own safety, but can she trust a man whom she thinks is a traitor?

As they travel one step behind the traitor, Charlotte and Nick begin to find that trusting each other might be easier than they thought. The tension builds as they become more and more attracted to each other. Will they manage to keep their eye on the goal of capturing the traitor or will their passion ignite? Will the one thing Nick has always believed to be most important to him, be the one thing that drives Charlotte away?

The Beauty and The Spy is a fast-paced story which starts the moment the couple meets and doesn’t let up until the traitor is caught. Both characters are haunted by things in their past which affect their present lives. Charlotte does overcome her memories quickly leading the reader to assume they weren’t that bad. Nick’s persistent inability to see his weaknesses as strengths drag out longer than was needed. The secondary characters help keep the story on track. It was good to see Will and Jane from No Ordinary Groom make a few appearances. Callen sets the stage nicely for the third book in the trilogy.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Jenni.

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