Book Review | The Gentleman Spy

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The Gentleman Spy by Erica Vetsch.

Book Blurb

When Marcus Haverly’s father and older brother unexpectedly pass away, the new Duke of Haverly is saddled with a title he never expected to bear—and more eyes suddenly turned toward his life than a secret agent for the Crown can afford.

To thwart the plans of the rest of his scheming family, the duke impulsively marries one of the Season’s young debutantes. After all, a properly raised noblewoman is meek and mild. Sequestering Lady Charlotte in the country and getting on with his work as a spy should be easy.

His new bride has other ideas. No shrinking violet, she’s determined to take her place as his wife, front and center—no hiding in rustication. As a duchess, she can use her position to follow her call from God and help the lowest of society: the women forced into prostitution because they have no skills or hope. But these philanthropic, reforming endeavors are not met favorably in society, nor by her husband who wishes she’d remain in the background as he ordered.

Can the duke succeed in relegating her to the sidelines of his life? When his secrets are threatened with exposure, will his new wife be an asset or a liability?

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Author Information

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at where she spends way too much time!

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Danielle’s Review

The Gentleman Spy is the second book in Erica Vetsch’s Serendipity and Secrets. Marcus Haverly is a secret agent for the Crown, but when his father and brother die in an accident, he also becomes the Duke of Haverly, a position that requires a wife.

Lady Charlotte Tiptree wants a husband who is more substance than the titled men her parents have in mind for her. A woman of strong opinions, she chafes against the idea of being relegated to the sidelines. When the new duke proposes an arrangement that suits them both, she hopes she’s found her heart’s desire, only to discover the duke keeps secrets, too.

I’ve been looking forward to this book since reading The Lost Lieutenant, the first book in the series. Marcus is one of my favorite characters. In The Gentleman Spy, we see his less-than-perfect side. His closest friends try to show him where his thinking is wrong… before it costs him everything that matters most. As much as his flaws make me shake my head at him, it also makes him more endearing and real. Charlotte is a great character. I love her opinionated personality and strength.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Gentleman Spy. If you enjoy Regency Romance with a touch of suspense and intrigue, definitely pick up a copy. You will want to read The Lost Lieutenant first since The Gentleman Spy has spoilers for the first story. It’s also a great introduction to Marcus. Then finish the series with Marcus’ sister in The Indebted Earl.

I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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