A Lady’s Secret Weapon
Author: Tracey Devlyn
Rating: B, 3 Stars
What I’m Talking About:
A Lady’s Secret Weapon is the third title in the Nexus series, and I wish I had realized that going into the book. That knowledge would have saved me chapters of frustration because I could have either found the previous two books and caught up on the story line. OR known going in that a variety of relationships and other questions were going to be left unanswered, and I could have accept that and enjoyed what was in my hands.
Tracey Devlyn gives us a well-written book with strong characters whose chemistry is tangible right out of the gate, and whose back stories are as interesting as the current story. She uses the similarities and differences between the characters to bring flavor and spice to a story that could easily be stiff or so far fetched it lacked plausibility. She delivers a storyline with interesting twists without going too far or playing it too safe, which is a nice change from the other books I’ve read of late. All of which were wonderful additions to world of historical fiction.
Then the end happened, and although the final twist was interesting, it almost felt like a cop out, and it was one of many issues with the book’s conclusion.
I read romance novels for the escape, which this book definitely gave me, but I also read it for the happily ever after, and I’m not sure I got that with this book. The side characters we follow and get to know through this book get no resolution. Giles and Latameyer disappear, Amelia and Mac what happens to them? Do they find their happily ever after together? apart? Does Mac find healing?
What of the Nexus? As I was reading this book I was given no indication that this book is part of series and even as it ended I was not given any hint that another book would be coming to offer answers.
Although the main characters Ethan and Sydney get their happily ever after, but I felt that there wasn’t enough story to give me the complete picture. Overall, I felt that despite its many assets, there were far too many unanswered questions for me to give this book an A.
Was it fun? Certainly. Could many of my questions be answered by reading the other books? Possibly. Will I ever find out? Probably not. If you have read the first two books in the series, you will likely enjoy this one. If you are looking a fun escape into a Victorian world of espionage filled with interesting characters, dramatic twist and turns, and steamy chemistry between the main couple, then pick this up. Just know going in that some of your questions may not be resolved by the time you close the book.
3 stars: Liked it, but I had some issues – recommend (B)
About the Book:
Seduction is His Duty to King and Country
Ethan deBeau has charmed his way into the beds of countless women, enticing them to whisper their husbands’ and lovers’ state secrets in his ear. But his latest assignment is completely different: find a missing young boy. It’s practically child’s play for a master spy such as Ethan. Until Miss Sydney Hunt threatens to unravel all his carefully laid plans. Who is the world is this woman?
But Tempting Her is All for Pleasure
Sydney has worked hard to maintain a facade of respectability—all while keeping a network of contacts among London’s underground world. When she hears of strange activities at a local home for orphans, she’s determined to find out what’s really going on. Until she runs headlong into a notorious rake eager to expose every inch of her…
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Series: Nexus Series #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (384 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
A Lady’s Secret Weapon (Nexus #3)