“ Genre: Romance / Author: Andrea Pickens / Mass Market Paperback / 358 Pages / Book is published 2008-04-03 by Warner Forever „
Seduced by a Spy was written by Andrea Pickens and is the second of a three book series set in Regency England about the students of Mrs Merlin's academy for Young Ladies.
Mrs Merlin's Academy for Young Ladies, is a very different sort of school, it's students are orphans rescued from London's slums and turned into England's secret weapon - lethal, female spies.
Shannon is the most daring of Merlin's maidens, and her mission will not be an easy one. She is to find an assassinate a dangerous French spy who is intent on kidnapping the family of a Scottish ballistics expert. Along the way she will join forces with the Russian spy Alexandr Orlov, who we first meet in 'The Spy Wore Silk,' and the two must work together to protect the children they have come to love and stop the French spy from carrying out his plans.
I'd already read the first and last books in this series, so although these books are a series, I don't feel you have to necessarily read them in order, they work fine as a standalone novel.
The plot of this series is quite unique and I love that! I've read so many regency period romances and it does take something special to come up with a unique and enjoyable storyline - Andrea Pickens has managed this perfectly.
The story is well balanced with just the right mixture of suspense and romance, it's very easy to read and the sort of book you would love to read all in one sitting.
The plot is fast moving with lots of twists and turns, however I did feel that the French spy who plays the 'baddie' was a bit of an abstract character and never really entered the story properly, he seemed to just be a shadowy figure whose reputation loomed over the book and was then killed in a faceless manner without ever really featuring properly.
I did enjoy this novel very much and I wish there was more than three books in the series, however I don't think this was the best book in the series. I would still recommend it though!