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28 July 2013

Book Review: Unmasking the Spy by Janet Kent

Even after finishing Unmasking the Spy by Janet Kent, I wasn't sure what to think. On the one hand it was a passionate story set in one of my favourite periods of history. On the other, it fell a tiny bit flat.

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Alicia Kinsey is the only child of an antiquities-collecting baron living in trendy London. She tends her live-in aunt and dreams of making a love match. But while her father plots to marry her off to a social-climbing wretch, a masked gentleman emerges from the shadows to steal a kiss... and her heart. 

Ian Morrissey, an ex-government spy, is stuck in London against his will as a favor for a friend. All he wants is to return to his country home and live a low-profile life of bachelor solitude. Instead he finds himself on the hunt for a thief... And in bed with the thief's daughter! 

Source: NetGalley

5 Words: Romance, attraction, subterfuge, secrets, new-adult.

This was a good enough read, which did entertain me. A few years ago it's exactly what I would have loved to read, in fact I went through a whole Regency romance period where that's all I would read.

There were some things that bugged me, like "honey" and too-tight pantaloons, but the capers of Alicia and Ian kind of made up for that. I loved reading about Alicia's balls and soirées and the passion between "Elizabeth" and "Rouge" was excellent, if a little steamy. I did feel like screaming at Alicia and Ian to just be bloody honest with each other though. I mean, seriously? HOW could they not know who was who, regardless of how dark it was?

But boy does Unmasking the Spy have some thrills. Although I'd pretty much guessed the who-dunnit, the twist at the end was marvellous any brought the rating up a little. But the ending itself was a bit of a let down. SHE HAD A CONCUSSION!

The worst part of this book is that Ian even said himself that he couldn't control himself. Things like that make me feel sick and bring out the angry feminist inside of me.

I'd probably call this a Young-New-Adult Regency Romance if I had to try to categorise it.


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