by Celeste Bradley

August 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93967-1
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Mass Market Paperback

The final book in The Royal Four series is now available, and author Celeste Bradley does not disappoint her readers. Seducing the Spy is filled with action, a devilishly-handsome hero and a heroine that is like no other.

Branded a liar and scorned by society, Lady Alicia Lawrence is an outcast. She is living in a very poor section of London, attended by her former nursemaid. When she overhears men discussing a plot to kidnap the Prince Regent, she knows that she must tell someone. But who will believe her?

Stanton Horne, Lord Wyndham, has a reputation of his own. Said to possess a devilish temper and dark passions, his servants tremble in his wake. While he really isn’t all that bad, he does find that his stern countenance and intolerance for fools comes in very handy as he fights to protect England. As the final member of the Royal Four – the Falcon also has another important skill. He can tell when someone is lying.

Wyndham has no time for Lady Alicia’s feather-brained notions, and is relieved when his butler shows her the door. He did not reckon with her determination, however, and comes face-to-face with the disgraced young woman. Her appearance is appalling and her fashions clearly out of date. When she tells him about the plot, however, all of his instincts go on alert. She has heard things that may allow them to capture the elusive Chimera once and for all. But is she telling the truth?

Seducing the Spy is a wonderful ending to this delightful series. Author Celeste Bradley presented each of the Royal Four with women of unusual intelligence, bravery and sheer stubbornness. Making powerful men realize that they are not always right can be a challenge, and these women are more than capable. Alicia fits right in to this category and proves she is the perfect woman for someone like Wyndham. Readers will enjoy the vast array of verbal sparring, often followed by smoldering seduction.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Paula.

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