Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen
Date Read: May 23rd 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Blistering seduction meets international intrigue in the Highlands as a veteran spy infiltrates the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. There he matches wits against a tantalizing enemy: his new wife.
Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.
Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.
Series: An All the Queen's Spies #1
Received for Review (NetGalley)
I enjoy stories set in the Elizabethan era and this one did not disappoint. Sir Simon Marcheford is a spy for Queen Elizabeth who would like to retire to his estate with his younger sister, Judith, who is residing at Elizabeth’s court. But the queen has one last mission for her best spies, Simon, Viscount William Sheffield and Tristan Fitzherbert. William and Tristan are sent to Scotland and Simon to Spain, though he ends up in Scotland.
Lady Aimee de Verris has been sent to Scotland from France by her aunt, Catherine de Medici, to spy on Queen Mary. Aimee is furious as she believes herself in love with Pierre and fears she will never see him again. Mary is not sure of Aimee and introduces her to Simon, direct from Philip’s Spanish court, to neutralize her spying. Mary insists they wed.
When Rizzio is murdered before Aimee’s eyes, Simon pulls her away and they hide in the castle until they can escape. They meet up with Will and Tristan and plan an escape back to England. No spoilers from me, but of course there is a HEA.
Sharon Cullen writes excellent Scottish stories and I look forward to Will and Tristan’s HEA. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me this ARC.
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