This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Too Hot For A Spy
Date of Review: 09/06/09
Lady Olivia Fairchild wants to be a spy. Of course there are limitations on what a lady is allowed to do in the Regency period but this is not going to stop Olivia from becoming what she thinks is the world’s first woman spy. Her application is accepted and with much reluctance Sebastian Brooks oversees her training. He thinks she will give in after the first hour but her determination sees her win the admiration of all those at the academy. He falls for her and has a struggle to retain her love.
Olivia is strong and wilful sometimes to the point of obnoxiousness and boorishness (often the domain of those so-called rakes and rogues before they are reformed) when her wishes are not met. This is further than the normal stubbornness which is usually the dominant characteristic of such heroines. Obnoxiousness is very unattractive trait in anyone. Olivia has not grasped the concept that being a spy means you follow orders and she is unable to follow orders when it doesn’t suit her or her wants. I was a little disappointed to think that Olivia felt she could only trust, and never doubt Sebastian’s love again when he was able to obtain an overseas spying position for her.
Sir Sebastian Brooks is a public servant and bored nobleman. He was a hero from Waterloo and has done his service to the nation. He would rather be in the middle of the spy action rather than telling others where they should go and what they should do. His initial view of Lady Olivia is pleasing to his eye but when he finds her very distracted by something else he vows to punish her. And he does with a kiss and seduction. When he meets her again at the academy, all he wants to do is to ensure she leaves, until he sees a different side to her.
Many aspects of the story have modern ideas and thoughts superimposed into an historical setting but this does not detract from the story or the antagonistic relationship that is between Olivia and Sebastian as they try to find some common ground. Olivia seems to be more of a modern character in the way she thinks and trains and it would be easy to transfer her characteristics and personality to a more modern time. Even though this is the case, she is an entertaining character within this time period. Again, at times, I did find her boorishness off-putting.
I sometimes struggled with the idea that Sebastian had to beg for Olivia’s love when it was her ego that had been injured. It also seemed unpalatable that Sebastian had to beg and lower himself so many times to try and convince her that he loved her. It makes it difficult to see him as the tough hero and strong willed man on these occasions.
Interestingly, I really enjoyed reading this story even if elements did not ring true for the time period and the times I struggled with the characters personality traits.