The Spy Who Loved Her by Melissa Schroeder (Once Upon An Accident #3)
March 8, 2011
Reviewed by Mandi
Favorite Quote: There was something so…wrong, discussing your love life with your mother – especially while naked.
Lady Anna has lived in relative seclusion the past three years after the man she thought she was in love with tried to murder her cousin. Feeling guilt for being involved with such a man, she has shunned society and taken refuge in working for an orphanage, something very important to her. But her mother and brother Sebastian are now insisting she make appearance at balls and Anna living with them, really has no choice.
Daniel, the Earl of Bridgerton has known Anna for most of his life. Being childhood playmates, they have grown apart in recent years. Now they just get on the other’s nerves and fight constantly. Being a good friend of Sebastian’s, Daniel dances with Anna as a favor to him. They both have been attracted to the other for quite some time. However, Daniel is too afraid to make a move because he is best friends with her brother and Anna is still too shamed over past events with her cousin.
A secret from most everyone, Daniel is a spy, and he soon discovers the person that murdered his father, is back and threatening Daniel himself. When Anna is seen out with Daniel, she becomes a target as well.
I very much enjoyed The Spy Who Loved Her. Although book three, this is the first I have read. There were a few times things were mentioned that I am sure relate to a previous book, but overall it ready pretty well as a stand alone. This is a story of two people who excel at tormenting the other, but deep down that torment is the result of affection and love. They are both just too hard headed to let that side show. Daniel is very over-protective of Anna. He likes to try to tell her how to behave – don’t wear this dress. Don’t go to this part of town. Don’t flirt with this person. This could have become annoying, but what really makes Daniel work in this story is Anna. He tries to steer her life, and she puts him in his place – repeatedly. Yay Anna! She doesn’t take any of his crap and I loved it. Melissa Schroeder does such a nice job building these characters and describing their actions, I could almost see Anna’s horrified reaction when Daniel acts like a worrywart.
Not to put Daniel down, because he really is a sexy hero.
“Say it.” His tone dripped with desire.
She shifted on his lap as her most secret of places dampened, throbbed.
My name, say it again. Just like you did.”
She drew in a deep breath. “Danny”
His eyes grew more intense, the rigid lines in his face more distinct. He practically growled as he…..
As he what? Oh don’t worry – it gets very good at that part. Actually there is a scene right after the above moment that made me have a little sniffle. There really are some wonderful moments between Daniel and Anna in this book.
Daniel is a spy – although honestly, I never knew exactly what that means. Or what is job really is? His father was a spy, so it passed to him – but other than that I think that is the weakest part of the story. I adored Daniel’s relationship to his mother and other friends. His married friends just shook their heads as they watched him try his best at wooing, and his mother constantly played matchmaker.
This is the first historical I have read by Melissa Schroeder. I’ve read her other series which is BDSM contemporary (which I really like!) This was a lovely change of pace and I definitely will be reading more from this series.