Friday, March 27, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Sebastian's Lady Spy by @SharonCullen #Giveaway #Historical @readloveswept

Sebastian’s Lady Spy
Secrets & Seduction # 5
By: Sharon Cullen
Releasing March 31st, 2015


Seduction abounds in Sharon Cullen’s steamy historical romance! For the Crown’s top agents, love is a hazard best avoided—until an unforgettable affair exposes their undercover hearts.

Sebastian Addison has a powerful secret. To society he is the Earl of Claybrook, the patriarch who raised his siblings after the death of their parents. But to the king, Sebastian is Britain’s top spy—a position that has taken an emotional toll on him. Contessa Gabrielle Marciano has also been living a lie, her title a cover devised by the Office of Intelligence. The femme fatale was plucked from a life of crime and prostitution and trained to restrain her passionate nature. Until she meets the earl.

For three deeply sensual days and nights, Sebastian and Gabrielle drop their masks, indulging in pleasures that seem too good to be true. Then the lovers go their separate ways. Seven months later they reunite when inside sources report that an English aristocrat has been aiding France in a plot to topple the Crown. Their objective: to find the turncoat. Their greatest challenge: to keep their wild, wounded hearts from derailing a mission of life and death.

Excerpt: This is work that a fresh operative can do,” he said, far more weakly than he’d intended. She was already softening him. Making him weak. “Let someone else make his mark on this case and use it to rise in the ranks. I hardly see what I can do that someone else can’t.”
“His Majesty wants you,” Atwater said.
“I am unable. I’m leaving for the country, so the contessa will have to work with someone else.”
Once again he headed toward the door, but a whizzing noise stopped him short as a dagger flew past his nose and imbedded itself in the doorframe. He stared at the quivering hilt for a long moment before slowly turning his head toward Gabrielle. “Impressive.”
She tilted her head in acknowledgment.
“But unwise. You could have hit me.”
“If I had wanted to hit you, my lord, I would have.”
He raked his gaze up and down her slight form. Memories assailed him, stealing his breath and causing him to question every decision he’d made since leaving her in Venice. It would be so easy to let himself slip back to those few days.
“You have no choice, Lord Claybrook,” Atwood said apologetically. “The two of you will be introduced tonight at Lord and Lady Eastman’s ball, to make your courtship more realistic and to forge an easier path for the contessa. Lord and Lady Eastman work peripherally for the Office of Intelligence. They are aware of your mission, to some extent.”
“Courtship?” Sebastian raised his brows, ignoring the rest.
Atwater cleared his throat. “Yes, well, there are some functions for which the contessa will need an escort—”
“What he is trying to say,” Gabrielle said, “is that due to my tarnished reputation, I will not be invited to certain balls. However, if you and I attend together, you will lend me credibility. There is hardly anything the hostesses can say when the earl of Claybrook arrives with me on his arm.”
Gabrielle sauntered over and reached across Sebastian to yank her dagger out of the wall. Her scent drifted to him, dark and exotic. He remembered it all too well, and so did his body, for he was half hard. He shifted away, wishing her silent. Her voice was everything he’d tried to forget but couldn’t. Sultry, with a tinge of an accent that made her seem all the more exotic.
She ambled away, her amazing hips swaying with each step and making his erection more painful. Those hips. He could easily picture his hands on them, guiding her toward him. He spun on his heel and closed his eyes, breathing through clenched teeth. He fought his attraction with every bit of strength he had. The same attraction he’d battled and lost seven months ago, when he fell into her bed. As much as he wanted to, he could not regret his weakness, but he was damned if he would repeat it.

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Author Info
Sharon Cullen is the author of the historical romances The Notorious Lady Anne, Loving the Earl, and Pleasing the Pirate, as well as many novels of romantic suspense, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance. If you’d like to find out more about the author and her books, you can visit her blog or her website. She is addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion: books.

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