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Lord and Lady Spy #3

Love and Let Spy

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Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn't know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

352 pages, Mass Market Paperback

First published August 5, 2014

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Shana Galen

82 books1,461 followers
Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.

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Profile Image for Anne.
3,917 reviews69.3k followers
May 8, 2022
3.5 stars

Bonde. Jane Bonde.


Unlike the other books in this series, True Spies & Lord and Lady Spy, this one isn't based off a single movie, or at least I didn't see many similarities to Live and Let Die. It's just loosely based on the feel of all the Bond films. <--you probably didn't need me to tell you that, but I'm nothing if not a fount of repetitive and useless information.

Anyway. Our girl, Jane, is a spy. And a damn good one, having been trained by her uncle, who is the head of the elite Barbican group. As the blonde-haired, blue-eyed bombshell that leaves her fellow Englishmen falling over themselves at balls, no one would ever suspect this delicate beauty was one of the top agents in her country - which is exactly how Jane likes it! She's free to do things most women could only dream of, and she's content to keep it that way.
Her life is perfect.


Or it is until her uncle and aunt (who have been her guardians since childhood) inform her that she must marry. And not only that, but they have the man picked out for her! But not to worry, he doesn't want to marry her, either. Or does he?


So, Jane and Dominic grudgingly get to know each other, he finds out what she does, and then those two crazy kids get into all sorts of adventures (read: near death experiences) together.

Ok, I thought this was a nice end to this series, what with everyone getting their HEA and the Big Bad from the other books finally being taken down. There was even a cute side romance between a Moneypenny character and a Q character. <--Awww!

My only complaint was that the end kind of got a bit convoluted. There was too much...stuff. Between her uncle's secret shame, her sudden anger at being trained by her uncle from such a young age, and the over the top nuttiness in general with the villains towards the end - it just got overwhelming.
I would still say this one was super cute and well worth reading. Especially if you've read the other books because there are cameos from all the other characters, and you get to see how well everything is working out for them.
If you're looking for a fluffy historical spy romance, this is a really fun series!

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783 reviews167 followers
July 30, 2014
I've never read a historical by Shana Galen before, and after finishing Love and Let Spy I feel that I’ve been missing out on some great reads. This was delightful and campy without going too far into the ridiculous. It's a play on the spy thriller and it's awesome. One thing to be aware of is that this is the third book in a series. While I don’t feel that it lessened my enjoyment or understanding of this one, I definitely feel that I need to read the two previous books.

The premise of this series from Galen has been spy movies. The parallels are obvious. Love and Let Spy features James Bond a.k.a. Jane Bonde (if Bond ever actually settled down with a gal). The two previous books took on Mr. and Mrs. Smith and True Lies . This obvious comparison shouldn’t work, and it just does. I love the sense of fun and humour these types of books demonstrate. Katherine Ashe did it in My Lady, My Lord , and Shana Galen excels at it in Love and Let Spy. I certainly wont turn down more books in this vein.

Jane Bonde is on the verge of being on the shelf. Unlike other young women, she’s not a wallflower, Jane has a very good reason for being unmarried at her advanced age of twenty-four: she’s a spy. While her contemporaries were dancing, flirting and courting, Jane was foiling dangerous plots and saving the fate of a nation.
She was the best. She’d never yet failed a mission. She was the operative sent in when other agents could not complete missions. (p. 81)

That’s all come to an end. Jane can no longer pretend that she’s off “at school” and the potential for unfounded and salacious rumours is ripe; hence, her uncle (and boss) decrees that Jane marry post haste. Uncle M has even picked the groom.

Dominic Griffyn is the illegitimate son of an actress turned Countess. Before his mother married the Earl, Dominic was dragged along through his mother’s less than desirable lifestyle. As a result, Dominic’s has a past that he’d rather forget. Unfortunately, his mother feels extremely guilty for putting Dominic in harm’s way as a child and is determined to him wed to the best. Dominic’s mother and stepfather insist that he wed Jane Bonde. Alas, their first meeting is not love at first sight; neither want to marry and both are fiercely guarding their own secrets. Dominic in particular has some difficult issues to deal with. He's not a spy, but his past has scarred him none the less, and marriage is not going to "cure" him:
He didn't want a wife who was unconventional. He didn't want a wife at all - not from the beau monde at any rate - another prim and proper miss who would look down on him because he was the bastard son of an actress. He'd lived all his life with the taunts and jibes of others because of his mother's career. If he ever were to marry, he wanted a wife who stayed home and...did whatever it was women did. They did not carry pistols and suffer knife wounds. (p. 128)

The decision of both to remain unmarried is rather complicated when Dominic stumbles upon Jane when she's on mission. Intrigued despite his better judgement, Dominic soon finds out that his betrothed is much more than meets the eye. Dominic suddenly realizes that perhaps the conventional wife is not exactly what he wanted.

What I loved about Love and Let Spy was the fact that Galen made Bond a woman. This is especially intriguing given the historical setting. Jane Bonde kicks butt and saves England all while falling in love. I thought the author did a great job playing around with this spy concept. It was Jane that was saving the day and out running Dominic. It’s not often that you see this and I appreciate that the author changed the genders up in her re-imagining of James Bond. While there were times that I logically considered that Jane was not a realistic character, I was happy to suspend belief and go with in the case of this novel.

While I did enjoy the spy elements and how Galen plays with the genre, the romance in Love and Let Spy was solid. Both Jane and Dominic had their hang-ups leading them to avoid marriage. There was more here than a spy adventure, there was also a romance between two people that have to come to terms with the impending changes in their life. Jane had to recognize that she could have more than a career and Dominic especially had to deal with his past and recognize that he didn’t need a conventional wife and that his past was not one that he had to live with, continuing to feel ashamed. This romantic aspect is what made me enjoy Love and Let Spy so much. It was more than an obvious comparison, it was it’s own story as well, with unique characters.

If you’re looking for historical accuracy, you wont find it here, but you will find an adventurous and fast-paced book. Don’t take yourself too seriously with this one, expect to have fun and enjoy! I'm looking forward to checking out the previous books in the series, in fact, they're already sitting on my book shelf, and I can't wait to see what the other does with the spy genre.

For similar reads, see my blog.

*Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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386 reviews1 follower
July 30, 2014
Someone was after her. She could not be certain it was Fonce or the Maitriser group, but someone was looking for her. And someone knew where to look, which meant that her aunt and uncle were no longer safe And that made finding Fonce all the more pressing.

She reached for the latch on the cemetery gate, but instead of cold metal, she touched something warm and soft.

"Allow me."

The storyline of Love and Let Spy draws you into the Galen's world of spies and conspiracies and her well- crafted characters keep you invested in the novel's outcome.

Dominic Griffyn resonated with me because is a complex hero with many layers. He has suffered and is ashamed of his past. Dominic is also honorable and quiet. You can't help admire him as the story progresses. Dominic's wealthy society parents insist he marry and marry quickly. They have the perfect young lady in mind for him.

Our heroine is the independent and beautiful spy Jane Bonde. Most of the ton assumes that Jane is interested in marriage and children. But, she's not. Jane is a spy for the exclusive Barbican group. She's more comfortable chasing criminals then making small talk at social events. Dominic's Mother and Jane's uncle have decided that they would be perfect for each other. Jane has been tasked to find the elusive and deadly French spy Fonce. She doesn't have time or desire for romance or marriage--Jane's got a spy to catch!

Shana Galen has written a poignant sensual dark drama with intrigue and angst. The sexual chemistry between Dominic and Jane is undeniable. But, both characters have issues and secrets to overcome. This is a fast paced spy story with very sensuous love scenes which fit into the story line perfectly.

Loved the scenes where there were references to the original James Bond movies and the secondary characters of Eliza Qwillen and Pierce Moneypence . The cameo appearances from characters from the other books: Saint, Wolf, Blue, Baron and Butterfly were the perfect touch for the fans of Shana Galen's Spy series. The novel's well- written satisfying ending kept me reading the last few chapters in one sitting as there were several unexpected plot twists and surprises .


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1,249 reviews207 followers
May 21, 2014
With lovely romance and thrilling danger, Love and Let Spy was a wonderful read. I really liked this book. From the sweet and hot romance, to the dark secrets, and endless thrills, this book was fantastic.

Jane...First of all, I loved her name. When I first read 'Jane Bonde,' I was both amused and intrigued. The name fit her, though, because she was a totally badass spy. She was definitely not to be underestimated, taking down traitors and keeping her hair and dress perfect and the same time. But, I also liked that, when she let the spy fade into Jane, she was a kind and likable character. I thought she was great.

Dominic was also wonderful. He had some dark secrets in his past that still affected him. But, despite that, he was still a kind man who was the epitome of a gentleman. He was very sweet and endearing and I totally adored him.

The romance was lovely. Jane and Dominic were great together. They were both strong, and they had both seen darkness in their lives, so it was clear how they implicitly understood each other. And, the heat level was steamy between them. Sparks were always flying with these two.

The plot was well paced and, while I wasn't completely hooked, I was kept interested the entire way through. There were plenty of thrills to be had as Jane tried to take down a criminal. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

Love and Let Spy was a fantastic historical romance. I really liked this wonderful book. It had delightful romance, constant thrills, and I enjoyed all of it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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2,836 reviews813 followers
August 2, 2014
Dominic Griffyn, has some demons from his past that still haunt him, and the last thing he needs is to be forced to marry a woman he doesn't know. But when a near scandal came about because of him, he knows that eventually he will need to marry. Jane Bonde, lost her parents as a girl, and her uncle took her in, and trained her to be a spy for the government. When her aunt and uncle tell her she will be married to Dominic, she is shocked. All she wants in her life is to be a spy, how on earth could she be a wife too? But when a enemy of her uncle's, threatens everything they hold dear, Dominic and Jane may be the key to saving them all from a enemy that is determined to destroy them all at any cost...

Love and Let Spy is the third in the series and the first book from this series I have been able to read. I found that this story just flew for me, and by the end, I was like...how on earth did that happen? I found this story to be fun and full of charm and wit. Even though its part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone, but I do wish I had read the series in order, just by having more background information on the other characters involved in the story, but not necessary.

I loved the way that the plot came together, its a easy story to follow and adds some entertainment to keep you laughing for a while after the story is over. The chemistry between Kane and Dominic is electric and instantaneous, this author delivers a story that has similarities to James Bond, that will only entice you further into the story. A lovely romantic tale of sexy spies, dangerous missions, and a story that never stops!!! STIMULATING ON EVERY PAGE!!!
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740 reviews22 followers
January 12, 2019
Shana Galen's Love and Let Spy is an excellent addition to her Lord and Lady Spy series. A fun twist on the James Bond legend, Galen's Jane Bond is daring as an elite spy but she's equally vulnerable when it comes to simply being Lady Jane and all that means. A daring adventure that leads to some interesting romantic and spy twists along the way, Love and Let Spy is another example of Galen's talent for mixing romance, whit and humor, with just the right amount of suspense and danger. As an added bonus, anyone with even a remote knowledge of that male version of Bond will enjoy finding Galen's homages to the Bond world.
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864 reviews100 followers
September 21, 2014
***This book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***

Jane Bond has spent her entire adult life living as a spy. Having grown up the niece of an agent of the Crown and being trained from an early age, it never occurred to her that life could be different. Dominic Griffyn grew up in the shadow of his three younger 'legitimate' brothers and has never felt like he belonged.

LOVE AND LET SPY is the third in a series, but it can be read as a standalone. This is my first read from the author, and I didn't feel lost at all. Having loved all of the secondary characters in this one, however, I will be going back to devour the rest!

I loved both of the main characters in this book! Jane was spunky and determined, and Griffyn was curious and persistent. What I really admired about Jane was that while she was fiercely independent, it wasn't to the point where she thought she knew what was best for everyone. Griffyn was bound and determined he was going to insinuate his way into her life (and ultimately her mission for the Crown), and Jane decided that if he was going to be so hard-headed, she'd go head and utilize him. She just didn't realize how much of him she'd eventually want to utilize...

I thought the pacing of this book was perfect. The suspense/action parts were perfectly balanced with the romance, and the intensity was offset with humor at just the right moments. Jane and Griffyn had chemistry from the get-go, and it only increased with each page. Their reservations regarding marriage rang true to their characters, and they were very up front and honest with each other about their feelings.

"I trust you."

The words speared straight through him. No one had ever said that to him. No one had ever looked at him the way she did, like he was absolutely delicious. No one had ever trusted him enough to give up all power.

I loved that Jane, though she was tough and driven to complete her missions in an expedient manner, recognized that there were parts of Griffyn that were fragile. She was the perfect heroine for him; she never pushed and let him share his past in his own time. Her awareness of his situation made her even more likable. I had a hard time putting this book down!

Overall, this book was a huge win by me, and it's a huge bonus that Shana Galen has such a big back list! If you're a fan of historical romance with a determined heroine and her persistent hero, I think you will love this book!
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1,161 reviews4 followers
August 5, 2014
The third and final entertaining book in the Lord and Lady Spy series by Shana Galen, this story is a spoof on the popular James Bond series of by Ian Fleming but set in Regency London, 1816.

I really felt this romance was more about Jane Bonde, a strong and admirable heroine who is a spy. It’s fabulous to see a woman in Regency England kicking some spy ass while falling in love and being able to keep her position despite the conventions of the time. Realistic? Perhaps, perhaps not. But I’m sure there were unconventional marriages and relationships then just as there are now.

The allusions to the Ian Fleming James Bond stories are fun to read, especially since the spy is a woman. What’s unique about Jane is that she isn’t a girl-in-pants spy. She’s every inch a gorgeous and accomplished lady. She also happens to be unconventional, fearless, and smart.

For my full review on my historical romance and history blog: http://bit.ly/1zQo5u0
1,357 reviews32 followers
July 5, 2014
Romance lovers, this is the book you must read! A fantastic, fabulous, marvellous, magnificent book!!! As the previous books in the Lord and Lady Spy series, it’s an exciting spy story, and a romance. Shana does it so well: she remains faithful to the era, she never goes steampunk on us, and still she writes about spies.

It doesn’t matter if you haven’t read the previous books, it can easily be read as a stand-alone. The story is great, the characters wonderful as always, but the best thing about this book is the most wonderful love story ever, in my opinion. I seldom cry, maybe a tiny tear or two, but this book had me bawling like crazy! It’s so beautiful, your heart breaks; never have 3 little words, and not the ones you’re thinking of, have been so moving and heartbreaking. Do not miss it!
Profile Image for Lisa Hutson.
230 reviews3 followers
July 17, 2014

I always enjoy Shanas writing. There is
never a dull moment. Her stories are
fast moving with terrific dialogue.
Interesting, noble, surprising, daring
and fun characters. The stories don't
always go along as you imagine they will.
Love and Let Spy is easily my favorite
Shana Galen book, so far.

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2,005 reviews27 followers
January 16, 2016
This is the 3rd book in the series and it was in it self a stand alone read but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read the previous novels firsts. The plot was easy to follow and the main characters were very interesting. I liked the fun twist on the heroine Jane Bonde as the female spy (James Bond better watch out), she was great. And I just fell in love with her tortured betrothed Dominic Griffyn, he needed a strong woman.
I will be investigating book 1&2 in this series to get up to date as I enjoy #3 very much.
Profile Image for Maggie Hesseling.
1,350 reviews12 followers
July 14, 2016
I think I may have needed to read the previous novels in this series before reading this one. It isn't that the story line was in any way unreadable, but the novelty of a series (that you read about reoccurring characters) was a little lost, and with Shana Galen novels, that's one of the best parts. However, as a stand-alone novel it works really well. The characters are interesting (if a little stoic, which is on purpose) and the pacing is great. You're turning pages faster and faster as the end of the novel apporaches.
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347 reviews42 followers
August 5, 2014
Each book in the Lord and Lady Spy series has been such fun for me to read. Shana Galen does a great job of mixing the genres of Historical romance with Hollywood action films so that each story has layers of enjoyment. I get to revel in the love stories just as much as finding the small links to the original movies. In this third installment the ultimate movie spy James Bond gets the regency treatment with all the gadgets, action and romance one would expect.

I absolutely loved the switch-up of the sexes for Jane Bonde as well as the roles she and her hero Dominic Griffyn would normally play in a Bond story. Dominic was reluctant to get involved in all of the intrigues but found himself swept up in everything once he was with Jane (i.e. your traditional Bond girl). He was never a dude in distress but it was interesting to see that his skills in things like fighting were no match to Jane or the enemy agents they were up against. What made this change-up work so well is that Dominic doesn’t feel emasculated in being with Jane and in fact will defer to her knowledge when he knows he’s knee-deep in the situation. He picks up knowledge in watching Jane work, using it all to his advantage when necessary to save himself or the mission.

Jane too was an interesting mix of the traditional Agent 007 with a feminine flare. She is confident in her skills as a spy, understands the importance of her role within the Barbican group and calculates the best way to achieve her goals within any mission. Jane isn’t quite as Gamma as the movie James Bond since she still has a vulnerable side that craves a deeper connection with family and friends. I loved how Jane took the lead with Dominic, moving their relationship past his wariness and her own fears into a partnership on both a private and professional level.

For anyone who has followed this series since Lord and Lady Spy there is a fairly satisfying conclusion to the threat of Fonće against the Barbican group. We get to see all the agents return for the climax and each has their part to play in bringing the criminal to justice. For the avid James Bond fan there are more throwbacks to the movies with new characters and even some of Fonće’s motivations. I enjoyed finding the links to the films just as I did when reading the previous two books.

While I can’t say this book works 100% as a stand-alone I think there is enough new material introduced that a reader won’t lack for entertainment and will find themselves looking for all the earlier stories to fill in any gaps.

***Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley for providing a copy for an honest review***
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149 reviews2 followers
August 6, 2014
Lord and Lady Spy was my introduction to Shana Galen’s regency world of spies. It is a world that I am not ready to leave. Each book in the series has memorable characters that you want to invite in and keep. Yes, I am talking to you, Agent Blue. In this world there is intrigue, lies and deep undeniable passions. I always enjoy Shana Galen’s books. Some authors just click with me as a reader and she is definitely one of those. Her writing style is lively, and exciting with a touch of humor. The characters feel very real to me with their human faults, quirks and desires. The regency setting is glamorous, but also gritty, showing life outside the ballroom.

In Love and Let Spy, Jane is a heroine who does not need a man, but she gets one anyway. Jane wants to manage the hero out of her life, and focus on her mission, but things don’t always go as planned. Dominic wants to be left alone with his horses, and his nightmares. At first they seem like a couple who will never reach their happily ever after. But circumstances throw them together and their chemistry is explosive.

Very entertaining read, with great characters, interesting secondary characters, and some fabulous romantic encounters. You won’t want to miss this one, or the rest of the series
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21 reviews2 followers
August 8, 2014
"The games are about to begin." Shana Galen's latest book LOVE AND LET SPY is a funny and fast paced homage to the James Bond movies. However, our heroine is the elite spy for the Crown, Jane Bonde. Jane has one thing on her mind. Find and kill the infamous French spy, Fonce. The impediment getting in her way is Dominic Griffyn. Jane's uncle insists that it's time for her to marry, and he has chosen Dominic as her groom. Dominic is the bastard son of an actress with secrets of his own. He doesn't want to marry anyone. But Dominic is determined to find out why Jane is out alone at night on the streets of London running through a cemetery. And why does she carry a dagger tucked into her stays? The closer they come to danger the closer they come to falling in love. I highly recommend this exciting book.
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178 reviews6 followers
August 7, 2014
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

I haven't yet read the first two books, but after reading this one I am definitely going to be reading those two books. This book made em a fan of the author works. The characters in this book were wuite memorable. In the world you find yourself reading about in this book you will find intrigue, lies, and passion. A very entertaining read with amazing characters you just have to love.
3 reviews
August 6, 2014
This book is evidence of Galen's continuing enhancement of her extraordinary talent for dialogue and fine sense of pace and timing. A tribute and fitting end to this series . A winning trifecta for all of her readers
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413 reviews230 followers
January 24, 2015
didn't like this one as much as the first two.
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229 reviews29 followers
August 6, 2014
So I just re-read Lord and Lady Spy and totally forgot that this book was being released this week! This was such a fun read! I adore the premises of the author’s Spy series. The first being a take on Mr. and Mrs. Smith, then True Lies and now James Bond. It’s written with such cheekiness that I couldn’t help but smile as I read how Jane Bonde prefers her drink shaken, not stirred.
The story is a continuation of the Spy series Barbican group who are hunting down the master spy Fonce who has been trying to take out fellow spies and key members of the British aristocracy, royalty and government. Jane has been trained by her guardian known as M for this role since he took her in as an orphaned six year old. She is the best. She is cultured, worldly and deadly. However now the time has come for her to marry and a groom has been selected for her. Obviously for someone who is so independent and capable, this is not a welcome interference. She rebels at the idea, even though the handsome man chosen piques her interest.
Dominic has NO interest in marrying. AT ALL. He is suffering from what is described as post traumatic stress disorder from being abused as a child. He doesn’t form bonds, he doesn’t fit it with society and his family and he doesn’t want to be married. Of course he is interested in Jane, but expresses the futility of a match.
The two main characters dance around one another for most of the story. They come to the realization that escaping the marital plans their families have for them may be impossible. Dominic discovers pretty quickly that Jane is a spy and although he wants to be a caveman and save her, he does understand she is immensely capable and joins her on some missions. For a Regency male, he accepts Jane’s occupation and experience pretty well. It helps make the plot more believable that there seem to be just as many female spies in the Barbicon group as there are men. It was funny to read about M’s assistant Moneypence and Miss Qwillen, aka Q the weapons expert. This nod to the James Bond series was a lighthearted addition to the book.
The lust the two feel for each other is tempered by their desire to not be betrothed to each other and because of Dominic’s past abuse. For a moment I thought the book was about to take a page from Fifty Shades of Grey, but the author writes the sex scenes well and realistically for the nature of the couple. Jane is technically a virgin, but experienced enough to know what she wants. Dominic on the other hand, is very new at intimacy and sex. I liked how the author navigated the progression of their sexual encounters and it made it more exciting once they finally got down to it.
The spy plot is central to the book and it ties up the series well. Jane is a fierce agent and she has enjoyed her work as a spy, but through the book starts to question her role and what she wants for the future. It seemed inevitable that she would concede to a life with Dominic and you want to cheer when she does agree to be his wife.
Both characters are well developed. You learn about Dominic and his past. He breeds horses and cares deeply for the work that he does. This added depth and dimension to the character, especially since Jane is a more developed character. It was great to see the other characters from the series make appearance in the book – Wolf, Saint, Blue, Baron…I liked hearing what they were doing since their story was told. I especially liked reading about Adrian and Sophia’s pregnancy.
Overall this was a solid story with good plot developments. It was fun to have such an interesting heroine to read about and see a Regency woman so capable. This was not a typical historical romance per se as the hero had deep personal issues that made him weak and fearful, but it was handled well. He could still be alpha male, but he was her equal in many regards.
There is a new series on the horizon from Shana Galen to be explored. Stay tuned….

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Author 4 books77 followers
August 14, 2014
I was so excited to read this book. I mean, c'mon, you have Bonde...Jane Bonde.

What really thrilled me about this book was the fact that it was DEFINITELY the female who was involved in the intrigue. Dominic was there, but he definitely wasn't a spy, wasn't cut OUT to be spy, though he had his heroic moments. You don't get a chance to see that as often in historicals because of the traditional role of women in earlier ages, but I felt Ms. Galen really pulled it off believably (well, as far as fiction can go for realism).

Jane - they were trying to force her into marriage and she didn't wanna go. Good for her. I'm glad she fell for Dominic though. He was a great foil to her passion for her spycraft.

Dominic - Poor guy. Had to feel for him, ending up with Jane when he probably originally just wanted a sweet miss and instead got a kick-butt spy who's out to get the bad guys at all costs. Still, he proved his worth throughout the book and I was glad to see him get some resolution to his own ghosts.

Definitely a not-to-miss book. So glad I read it. I've eagerly devoured this entire series.

Book provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
378 reviews4 followers
August 8, 2014
Normally I hate it when characters are forced into relationships with each other by scheming and/or well-meaning relatives. So when Jane and Dominick face that very problem, I was not particularly impressed. What helped a lot was that they had fantastic chemistry, and that they soon focus on the various goings-on in their lives.

I loved that Jane's abilities as an agent were never a question. She's written as perfectly capable and is never reduced to a damsel in distress to make Dominick seem more manly. Because the James Bond connection is really played up, I think it was very important that we were never given reason to question why Jane was an agent. She was fully believable in the role.

There's also some fantastic love scenes in this book - one of the most realistic 'first-time' scenes that I've read in a while.

Definitely recommended.

See my complete review at To Each Their Own Reviews

Received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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451 reviews14 followers
October 7, 2015
I really wanted to love this book as much as I loved the first two, but I could not. I completely expected the James Bond/Jane Bonde connection, but for some reason, as much as the True Lies story line felt great, this story line felt forced. To top it off, the lead female was single and a virgin. After two books of established married characters, this pairing felt like a let down. Although together, the hero and heroine were a wonderful OTP, and their chemistry was amazing. Unfortunately, there were so many annoying JB references that felt out of place. (Suddenly we're calling Melbourne "M"? Also Moneypence? REALLY???) And I don't feel as if the situation was completely resolved with the couple -- will she continue as a spy? Will he continue by her side?

As an aside, I loved the way Galen handled the story of the hero's past. So tragic and awful, but the heroine never wavered in her trust and affection. Beautiful. I wish there had been more of that chemistry in the novel.
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204 reviews15 followers
August 12, 2014
I've loved the series and didn't think anything could top the first book, Lord and Lady Spy,but this book may do it.. or tie at least.

I absolutely love the characters of Jane and Dominic. Jane is a strong, confident female. Dominic is all adult male on the outside and battered little boy inside. My favorite theme in romance novels is when the two main characters help each other "heal". In this book that does happen. Dominic helps Jane realize that there is more to life than being a spy. She helps Dominic over come the emotional scars of his past.

Another nice perk to this book is that all of the characters from past books are in it. It was a wonderful ending to a great series.

Epilogue Whore Alert: No real epilogue, however, the last chapter was very, very close to being an epilogue..so I'm not complaining.
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1,958 reviews62 followers
August 7, 2014
LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. #3 and final in the "Lord and Lady Spy" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See "Lord and Lady Spy","The Spy Wore Blue (novella)" and "True Spies".

Another awesome tale of intrigue, romance, passion and the promise of true love. What a finale! Ms. Galen has once again given her readers something to hold on too, with her engaging, and enchanting characters. Her fast paced, action packed, thrill-seeking adventures that are filled with energy, passion, sensuality,romance and love. You do not want to miss one of Ms. Galen's stories! Never disappointed in one of this author's stories!! An awesome read! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
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118 reviews8 followers
August 15, 2014
I was really excited to get my hands on this book and wasn't disappointed! Jane Bonde is a spy for the Barbican group and plans on living the single life in order to pursue threats to the Crown and country. Her Uncle is blackmailed and insists that she marry Dominic Griffyn. Of course this is not what she or he wants so they decided to become betrothed with no plans of actually marrying. Dominic and Jane have several adventures and end up falling in love with one another much to their surprise, but Fonce has other plans for them. I absolutely loved this story. There is action, adventure, love, and pain in this novel. I highly recommend it!
341 reviews
August 13, 2014
What a good story..

Dominic and Jane's story really great. They both have a bit of baggage to deal with. Dominic 's baggage was a little hard to take for him to overcome but with Jane he does deal with it better and can deal with personal touch from her. Jane is Alpha Female but also a lady. Great book..
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