by Nita Abrams

March 2005
ISBN: 0-8217-7853-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Serena Allen doubts that Julien Clermont is truly a scholar interested in the butterfly collection housed at her uncle's country estate. Serena is beholden to her uncle who took her in after her reputation was destroyed in a scandalous incident. Despite all the past, her aunt seems ever vigilant to make a suitable match for Serena and is almost ecstatic when handsome Julien arrives. Serena has her doubts about Julien's true intentions and is on her guard.

Julien is on a mission, but it is a highly personal one that has him making hard choices that may put his life on the line. Serena's intelligence and wit win his heart, but even she cannot know his secret.

The Spy's Kiss might best be deemed historical romantic suspense. The plot is full of the twists and turns of any good thriller. It is also rich in historical details presented from a more personal perspective. The element of romance is there in a charming way, but not in the forefront of the typical historical romance genre novel.

Serena is an appealing,strong, intelligent woman who shows more bravery than many men. Julien is someone who seems deceitful at first, but is revealed as a man of true decency and integrity as his story proceeds. Simon, Serena's younger cousin, provides some comic relief as well as being pivotal in the plot. All the characters are well drawn and intriguing.

The Spy's Kiss is sure to appeal to all who love historical novels and will entertain as well as educate on an important era in history.

Reviewed in August 2005 by Roberta.

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