Title: A Lady’s Secret Weapon (Nexus, #3)
Author: Tracey Devlyn
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: ARC received from Publisher via NetGalley
Seduction is His Duty to King and Country
Ethan deBeau has charmed his way into the beds of countless women, enticing them to whisper all kinds of 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…
Oh my gosh, where to start with this book? I was really looking forward to A Lady’s Secret Weapon by Tracey Devlyn because the hero, Ethan, is the bad boy of the series and I have a thing for bad boys. They are usually more troubled than the good boys, so when they make the switch it is more raw and emotional. Pairing Ethan with the independent heroine Sydney was just explosive.
The third book in the Nexus Series is filled with several plot lines that are all wonderfully woven together to keep you on the edge of your seat. I have had to read each of these books carefully because there is so much going on I don’t want to miss a thing and they move quickly.
The character development is phenomenal. Ethan and Sydney are well developed characters with lots of internal conflict. There are some deep seeded issues they both reluctantly have to come to terms with before they can move on with their relationship. I was surprised at how some of the plot lines played out due to the way the characters matured over the story. Ethan and Sydney brought out the best in one another, even if it they provoked each other a lot with their bantering. They are a very entertaining pair and make each other stronger. I love seeing that in a romance. The major intimate scene in the book was done extremely well. It was very passionate, gentle and sweet and made me swoon at the end (and I don’t swoon easily).
Tracey does an awesome job with the mystery and intrigue in her Nexus stories. These books are true romantic mysteries and full of suspense. It is so fun to see how her spies worked back before they had all the modern day gadgets like bugs and cameras. They had to use a lot of creativity, whit and instinct.
A Lady’s Secret Weapon is very emotional. I don’t want to give all the examples because some are spoilers but the emotional ride went beyond just Ethan and Sydney’s relationship and internal struggles. I was completely surprised at the ending of the story which makes me want to read it again just to see the story in a different light. It is always fun to read more about characters from previous books, so I love that the other members of the Nexus were in this book a lot and 7 year old Sophie who has as much energy as all of the characters put together. If you like romantic mysteries (historical or contemporary) that are full of espionage and intrigue, I highly recommend A Lady’s Secret Weapon.
Reviewed by: Amy R.