This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Lady's Revenge, A
Date of Review: 04/13/12
Valere, a close compadre to Napoleon, is a threat to England. He is also a threat to Cora and is determined to make her pay for escaping him in France before he was finished with her. Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford, is part of a spy group called Nexus. Their main objective is to stop Napoleon and defend England from threats. The group is a small and secretive group run from the office of Aliens. Their guardian (from when they were young) is the man who runs the group. There are many other members but the three wards also became part of the group. Guy is the main person who cracks the codes. From time to time, he does work in the field but one incident makes him doubt himself. He is sent to France to rescue an English spy known as the Raven. Instead he finds Cora. Guy has secrets and which involve Cora but wants to tell her but is afraid of her reaction.
Cora de Beau is a spy for England. She is also known as the Raven (no spoiler as the reader works this one out pretty quickly). Cora is in the dungeon of a mansion in France being tortured. She is rescued and returns to England where it is only the start of her torment. She has liked Guy since they were children but since her time in France does not believe she would be an appropriate wife for Guy.
Guy rescues Cora and finds that he needs to be gentle with her when he realizes how tortured she is and the impact of events piled one upon the other might just be too much for her. He wants to share the burden with her but she will not allow it.
I have to say I absolutely loved this book. It is certainly a page turner. It is different to many Regency spy books. Why you might ask? There have been many stories that the hero returns as the tortured soul and the love of good and understanding woman helps him to find piece. In this story, one of the few I have read, it is the heroine, Cora, who is the spy and is a tortured soul both physically and mentally. She has the physical scars, bruising and broken ribs to show for it, both in France and in England, when she uses herself as bait to find out information about her brother and the young sister of her servant. It is Guy’s patience and love that finally frees her. All the time she doesn’t believe she can be lovable and loved because of her exploits in France and that the news will eventually reach England’s shores.
Cora’s servants provide some lighter moments. Her lady’s maid who has an interesting past is enamoured with the coachman and the verbal sparring is interesting. Everyone tells them to admit how much they are attracted to each other. They certainly add color to the story.
This was a wonderful debut form Ms Devlyn and I look forward to many more stories by this author.