Author: Shana Galen

Book Spotlight, Excerpt & #Giveaway: Love and Let Spy by Shana Galen

Posted July 24, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 30 Comments

Love and Let Spy
by Shana Galen
Series: Lord and Lady Spy #3
Genre: Historical Romance, Espionage
Published: August 5th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: Paperback/eBook, 352 pages

Book Description:

Her name is Bonde, Jane Bonde . . .

A beautiful and eligible member of the ton, Jane has more than a few secrets: she’s one of the Crown’s most elite agents. She may be deadly, but she doesn’t know a thing about fashion, flirtation, or love . . . until Dominic Griffyn shakes up her carefully stirred world and asks her to be his bride. He’s exactly the kind of man she’s not looking for. And he’s dangerous, because falling into his arms is so much more satisfying than saving England from her enemies.

He’s an improper gentleman who needs a wife. . .

Tall, dark, and tortured, Dominic Griffyn is haunted by demons from his past. When his stepfather insists that he marry, Dominic allows himself to hope that the beautiful but mysterious Miss Bonde might help him forget his troubles. As they grow closer, it’s clear that there’s more to Jane than danger. She might be just what his neglected heart needs.

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Excerpt #4

“Tell me again why we must attempt this,” Butterfly said.

“Because,” Bonde answered, trying to secure a handhold and floundering slightly. Show no fear. Show no fear. Her glove slipped, and she flailed, but she managed to regain her balance by grasping a hole in the limestone with her other hand. “At some crucial juncture you might need to make a quick exit, and there are times when a window is more accessible than a door.” She glanced down at the ground, still a good distance below her. Baron stood in the shadows under them, keeping watch and occasionally glancing up and frowning. “Baron, do I have the right of it?”

“Of course,” he called up. “Talk later. Concentrate now.”

Bonde did not think chitchat much of a distraction. Having someone shoot a pistol in one’s general direction or dump a pot of hot water down the side of a building, those were credible distractions. But, she reminded herself, Butterfly was still learning. Bonde descended the next few feet in silence, listening instead to the sounds of the orchestra playing at the ball taking place inside the Grosvenor Square mansion. The low rumble of voices and the clink of champagne glasses rose above the music at times, as did the tittering laugh of some woman or other. She decided that for all the exertion of the climb down, she much preferred it here than inside.

“What is taking so long?”

Bonde knew that voice and sighed. She glanced at Butterfly above her. The other spy was still proceeding slowly but surely. Bonde could have drunk a glass of ratafia by now if she’d not moved slowly to make certain Butterfly did not need her. And now here was her uncle, expressing his usual impatience.

“We are trying to concentrate, Uncle,” she called down.

“Everyone is asking for you,” he answered. “Your aunt, in particular.”

That news was rather worrisome. What could her aunt possibly want with her? She’d worn the gown her aunt had chosen, allowed her hair to be styled by her aunt’s lady’s maid, and promised to dance with no fewer than six eligible gentlemen, none of them more than once, of course.

About Shana Galen

Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

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Review: The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

Posted February 24, 2012 by Sherri in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen
The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen
Series: The Sons of the Revolution #3
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on February 7, 2012
Format: Ebook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher

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Book Description:

Passionate, action-packed Regency romance by RT Reviewer’s Choice award-winning author Shana Galen features the swashbuckling Sebastien Harcourt, marquis de Valere, and the nautical genius heroine destined to best him. After escaping France on a privateer’s ship, Sebastian becomes the notorious privateer Captain Cutlass. His reputation as a rogue precedes him and he’s undefeated in battle, until he crosses swords with the beautiful daughter of a British admiral. Raeven Russell is out for revenge, but now she’s not so sure she wants the dashing captain to change his wicked ways.

Lynn’s Thoughts:

France, 1802

Raeven Russell has disguised herself as a young man before leaving her father’s ship. She’s a very resourceful young lady. She wishes to speak with a certain Captain. Sébastien Harcourt owns a ship called the Shadow. He is the marquis de Valere to his family and the privateer Captain Cutlass to his enemies and crew.

Raeven has come to talk to him about an altercation between him and her fiancé. Since meeting up with Captain Cutlass, she has become something of a handful – to say the least. I love their interaction right from the start. Raeven is such a little hellion. Will Sébastien be able to tame her?

While Raeven is aboard the Shadow, there is a mystery that must be solved. We also get to meet Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell. He’s not at all happy with what Raeven has been doing. Time has passed and she gets reacquainted with Bastien.

Bastien has gone to Gibraltar looking for someone. At a ball, he is reacquainted with Raeven and he gets to meet her father for the first time. Raeven can’t seem to stay away from him. They will also have you laughing.

Bastien certainly knows how to disarm a woman and all without using any type of force. He knows how to seduce both Raeven and the reader. I was fascinated with the scene where the Shadow was under attack. It had me wondering as to the amount of research that Shana would have done to get all the historical facts correct.

We see that Raeven can hold her own when the situation requires it. She would be a good person to have around, should you get into trouble. There is one scene that reminds me of the swashbuckling films I used to love to watch. I could see Errol Flynn as Sébastien (he was the Johnny Depp of his generation).

Shana could have made it easy and ended her book at a point where Bastien and Raeven were happy. But in true pirate fashion, the book continued and I’m glad that it did. The rest of their story needed to be told. This book is definitely a buy. If you can’t go out and buy your copy, please make sure to borrow a copy from your local library – you will not be disappointed. And don’t forget to read the other two books in the “Sons of the Revolution” series. You don’t need them to understand this book but if you want to learn more about the other two Harcourt brothers you’ll want to. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)