Happy Saturday, Reader Friends!
I have an extra blog post for you this week. Today I’m sharing my review of Laura Beers’ Saving Shadow. This is book number 1 in the Beckett Files. Book 2 just released and you’ll find all that information below.
*FYI, this book is not under the Christian fiction genre but it is a clean read. I remember one instance of language and there is kissing (lots).
Let’s get started!
About the Book
The Blurb: “Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world’s most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.
Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he’s been granted special permission for one more mission… to obtain justice for his murdered brother.
Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza’s tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?”
I love Regency books. Add spies and danger and I’m all in. I enjoyed Saving Shadow because of it’s unique premise: a female spy who needs saving. I actually didn’t read the blurb when I agreed to read this. I didn’t want anything to be given away and I’m so glad I didn’t.
I felt intrigue from the first page and it only continued as I continued to read. Eliza had such an unusual childhood and one that has its heartbreaking moments. However, it shaped her into the woman (and spy) she became. What interested me the most about this book was trying to figure out how they would stop that bad guy. The who dunnit part completely caught me off guard.
The romance seemed like a given but Ms. Beers did weave in conflict and mistrust (on Eliza’s part) pretty well. I would have liked a little slow burn before the fireworks between them ensued.
All in all, it was an entertaining read and I look forward to book 2.
*I received a free copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
About A Peculiar Courtship
The Blurb: “Lord Jonathon Beckett’s mission is simple: retrieve Lady Hannah and place her under the protection of the Crown. But he isn’t prepared for the havoc she inflicts on his world, making him question whether his duty as an agent of the Crown should always come before his heart.
Lady Hannah’s father has uncovered evidence exposing a French traitor to the Crown. Willing to do anything to silence him, the traitor’s primary target has become Lady Hannah. Keeping her safe means locking her away from Society, but she refuses to stand idly by, letting others put their lives on the line to protect her. Instead, she will stop at nothing to learn to defend herself, even at the risk of losing Lord Jonathon’s protection, or his affections.
With a sinister scheme in play to collapse the English government from within, Lord Jonathon must protect Lady Hannah from the French spies intending to use her as a pawn in their game of treachery. But can he protect her from herself?”
About the Author
Laura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.
Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina.