Published by Swoon Reads on April 19th 2016
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 their 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.
Why I’m Excited:
I always used to say that I didn’t like historical, but that isn’t really true. The truth is that I’m not tempted to pick up a historical novel as often because when I was a kid I read a lot of really slow old-fashioned stories where nothing happened. I need a really strong premise that promises tons of conflict and tension to make me pick up a historical novel and Love, Lies, and Spies promises just that.
Pretend to be in love to actually falling in love is one of my favorite tropes, which I hope plays out here. Add to that secret lives and the potential for betrayal? I’m sold.