When weapons designer Eliza Qwillen (Q) is sent to the English countryside with Pierce Moneypence, clerk to the mysterious M, she’s worried the memory of their steamy encounter will interfere with the task at hand.
The operatives are intent upon capturing the highwayman styling himself as the New Sheriff of Nottingham. But with the Sheriff in their sights, secret rendezvous, mistaken identities, and cat-and-mouse games challenge these fledgling agents—and Q and Pierce will learn that rediscovering their passion for each other is the most rewarding mission of all.
***This novella was previously featured in the anthology CHRISTMAS IN THE DUKE'S ARMS.***
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.
I found this jewel of a story buried in my cloud. I can't believe I downloaded it but didn't read it ! I am glad I discovered it now. Great plot and loved both MCs. I always know I am in for a treat with one of Ms. Helen's amAzing romances. Happy ☺reading 📚!
Anyone who has read Shana Galen’s fantastic Lord and Lady Spy series will be thrilled with this novella, and those who haven’t will know what they’ve been missing. THE SPY BENEATH THE MISTLETOE features Eliza Qwillen and Pierce Moneypence, who work along spies, but are usually in the background. A highwayman who calls himself the New Sherriff of Nottingham is wreaking havoc in the countryside, and Eliza and Pierce have been dispatched to catch the villain. Eliza and Pierce, who have a lot of chemistry, but this is not the time to flirt, there is a job to be done, but one can always find a moment or two for romance, can one?
BENEATH THE MISTLETOE is absolutely delightful, as is the case for each instalment of the Lord and Lady Spy series. The characters are great, there’s a lot of action and romance, it’s fast-paced and fun, the dialogues are brilliant, and of course it’s beautifully written. Shana Galen never disappoints!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It was good, however, I just find it stupid that Pierce felt dizzy at the sound of blood and fainted at the sight of it. Even if he was not a real spy nor a soldier, he was still a man, not a swooning miss.
A good plot with well conceived characters. The gold formula an alpha male/heroe/spy and a damsel (somewhat strong but vulnerable craving adventure) in distress and the birth of a everlasting love story. A good historical, regency, ChicLit
This story follows Q and Moneypence out into the country where they have to capture a highwayman. After their disappointing love affair ceases (including a night of not-so-hot lost-their-virginity sex), Q is done and just wants to prove herself as an agent. Moneypence wants to rise up in the ranks, and this mission will help. For him, it's a side bonus to to find Q, and he wants a second chance to win her over -- he's read books to improve their sexual relations. Books. My kind of guy. I found the story to be charming and fun, although I am rather sick of characters that don't know if they're in love. We need a checklist for these people.
I really love the Lord & Lady Spy series, and the two main characters in this story, Pierce Moneypence and Eliza Qwillen, are on a mission to find the highwayman who has been terrorizing the countryside. It was quickly established that they had a history together, with some misunderstandings about what they wanted in a relationship. Seeing them work together to solve the case and resolve their differences was a treat. I was delighted that this couple was a bit older than the usual, I think they deserve to find love just as much as the young debutantes and it was refreshing to see.