In the first in an adventurous new series, USA Today Bestselling Author Erica Monroe introduces the Covert Heiresses: four women who by day are the talk of the ton, and by night England’s top spies.
She wants revenge…
When bluestocking Vivian Loren becomes the governess for the wealthy Spencer family, she’s searching for clues about the murder of her brother, not a husband. But Vivian didn’t count on James Spencer, the infuriatingly handsome Duke of Abermont.
He needs a wife…
As head of Britain’s elite intelligence agency, James has no time to woo a wife. When he discovers Vivian’s quest for answers has made her a pawn in a treacherous plot, James realizes they can help each other. She’ll become his duchess, and he’ll keep her safe from one of Napoleon’s deadliest spies.
What begins as a marriage of convenience quickly becomes anything but, as they find out love is the most dangerous mission of all.
I Spy a Duke (Covert Heiresses #1) by Erica Monroe
It’s almost impossible for me to review this book. Why? Because it’s a combination of an author whose books I REALLY enjoy and a trope that makes me want to scream with frustration.
There is nothing wrong with Erica Monroe’s writing. In fact, I prefer it to most historical romance writers at the moment, and I appreciate the little details of day-to-day life she works into her books.
I would highly recommend her other series I’ve read.
It’s just I’ve reached my limit with Bond, Duke Bond.
I can’t do James Bond aristocrats, and I especially can’t do Jane Bond aristocrats, which this book also has. This current fad is not for me, and so many historical romance authors have jumped on board. Why don’t these powerful dukes go off and do powerful work in parliament and take care of their powerful estates? Where do they find the time for a whole lot of espionage?
The duke-who-is-a-spy is the historical romance equivalent of the contemporary romance hero who is not only a billionaire (never just a millionaire!), but also a prize-winning athlete, a Special Forces soldier, and gorgeous. It’s overkill. It’s mixing too many idealistic men up and making one.
You can have an alpha historical hero without a title. The historical spy books that have really worked for me are those where the hero isn’t highly-ranked enough to have a title.
In fact, the reason I became a fan of this author was because she wrote historical romantic suspense about people lower down the social ladder.
I will say again: the author writes well. Her characterisation and research are excellent.
My problem with this series is that not only is our duke risking his noble neck doing his spy thing, but his siblings are too – the women included (about the same time Jane Austen was a young lady!). So much for protecting the family bloodlines by not getting the heirs killed…
So, look. This is not for me. I wanted to try it because I really wanted to like the series, but I couldn’t do it. I’ve read one Duke Bond too many, I suppose.
However, if you like this trope, definitely give it a go.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.