Willoughby Galloway was born to be an agent for the King and Country. His parents were two of the most celebrated agents of the Napoleonic Wars, but despite his illustrious parentage, Will hasn't yet distinguished himself in the service of the Crown. He sees the Royal Saboteurs as his chance to show his true abilities and prove he is more than a pale shadow of his parents. When Will is assigned a mission to sabotage an assassin's efforts to slay young Queen Victoria, the last thing he needs is a distraction. But then he meets the ethereal blond beauty, Lady Averley.
Emily Blythe-Coston, Lady Averley, accepted a position as lady-in-waiting for Queen Victoria after the death of her beloved husband. Emily agreed with the queen that serving in the royal household might alleviate her lingering sorrow and grief. She doesn't expect to develop feelings for the newest member of the court, a handsome young scamp who shares her interest in fossils. Emily's budding attraction to Willoughby Galloway is most unwanted. But when she becomes caught in the crossfire of an attempt to murder the queen, she's drawn into a world of secrets and lies, where Will might just be the only person she can trust. Trusting him with her life is easy. Trusting him with her heart is another matter entirely.
4 Stars!! Author Shana Galen always kills it! This is book 2 in ‘The Royal Saboteurs’ series and can be read as a standalone. I loved book one and recommend reading that first but this story can be read on it’s own. Will/Willoughby and Emily/Lady Averley are the two main characters and you really can’t help but root for them, though, as usual, the main male character had me itching to slap him at times. He seemed to have little evidence to base his judgement of Lady Averley’s guilt. And, especially since he is a spy, I must say, he made some rookie mistakes.
An extremist group trying to kill Queen Victoria, murder, mayhem, spying, danger, kidnapping, excitement, intrigue, action, adventure, a couple falling in love and an HEA ending! Highly recommend reading this series. I really can’t wait for the next book!
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