by Celeste Bradley

April 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93966-3
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Mass Market Paperback

Since William the Conqueror, there have always been four secret advisors to the King. Men of rank and power, men whose loyalty is unquestioned…”to act as the shield of deceit and the sword of truth in the name of the King.”

Courageous as the Lion

Deadly as the Cobra

Vigilant as the Falcon

Clever as the Fox

The Royal Four are three. The elderly Fox has done the unthinkable and died without naming his successor. The remaining members, along with Prime Minister Lord Liverpool have traveled to Barrowby Hall to try to determine if anyone had been trained for the position. When they learn the truth, they are shocked.

Lady Julia Barrowby has been acting as the Fox for the past three years, ever since her husband’s collapse left him incapable of the slightest communication. She had been his confidante for all the years they were married, and her recommendations have been sound. She hopes to retain the honor, as her husband wished.

Theoretically, there is nothing in the history of the group to deny her, simply because she is a woman, but she must be thoroughly investigated. Who better to handle the assignment than Marcus Ramsay, Lord Dryden, who thought his tenure as protegee was finally at an end. He wants the position so badly that he will be driven to discover the truth.

One Night With a Spy is the third book in the Royal Four series, and each one seems to get better. Author Celeste Bradley deftly weaves a tale of treachery amidst overwhelming attraction. Starting out in almost farcical fashion, the story plummets headlong down a path of passion and danger. Julia’s journal entries offer a glimpse of her inner woman, trapped in a sterile marriage and widowhood, longing to experience ecstasy.

I was enthralled with this book from page one, caught up in the lush eroticism of the journal vignettes, and swept away by the layers of adventure. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Bradley has planned for the final book.

Reviewed in March 2006 by Paula.

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