I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey
Published by Swoon Reads on April 19, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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In Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey's hilarious homage to Jane Austen, a lady with a penchant for trouble finds a handsome spy much more than merely tolerable.
Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She's much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she's determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish her research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana's traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
Full of humor and English Regency Period charm, and starring a whip-smart strong female heroine, this young adult novel is the perfect mix of romance, action, and adventure.
A young man and woman, each with their own ambitions, discover love may have more in store for them than they ever bargained for in this young adult historical romance. Let’s review, shall we?
I really and truly wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. The start of the novel was promising. It introduced a sweet romance between two wonderful characters in one of the most memorable meet-cute scenes ever. However, the reason this book interested me was the two characters each had their own drive and ambitions outside of the developing romance. And yet halfway through the novel the romance seemed to eclipse their individual ambitions. Their goals became a plot device instead of integral to their characterization, which disappointed me greatly.
Granted, I’m not the target audience for this book. I rarely read historical novels as they tend to either bore me (the etiquette! the fashion! the ton!) or infuriate me (the customs! the snobbery! the ton!). Perhaps readers of historical fiction would enjoy this book far more than me.
tl;dr While the book did have some wonderful moments and characters, the romance ended up taking over the narrative.