Monday, December 15, 2014

All I Want for Christmas is Blue by Shana Galen

The thrilling follow-up to Shana Galen's popular LORD AND LADY SPY novella THE SPY WORE BLUE! This Christmas, retired spy Blue and his wife, Helena, have more to worry about than a holiday ball with his frosty parents. Months ago Blue promised Helena to put her first in his life and retire from spying. But when operatives from his past suddenly reappear, Blue will have to choose between the love of his life and the mission that could prove too enticing to refuse.

Published & Release Date: Self-published, December 10, 2014

Time and setting: Regency period, London, England

Genre: Historical Romance/Christmas/Regency

Heat Level: 1.5

Reviewer rating: 4.5 Gold Crowns

Vikki’s Musings

I can always count on Shana Galen to bring me a tale of adventure and humor. All I Want for Christmas is Blue is another delightful story of daring and mischief. I just love these characters and it was so nice to have a chance to visit with them again.

Blue and Helena have settled into wedded bliss. While Helena pursues her operatic career, Blue spends his evenings watching his wife perform. Then the baron shows up wanting him to decipher a missive that had been intercepted. He is so tempted, but he has promised Helena he is done with the Barbican group for good. He refuses to help, but after the baron leaves, he feels the crackle of paper in his pocket.

Helena steps out of her dressing room, ready to go to the Christmas Eve ball at the Ely mansion, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Ely, Blue’s parents. Even though they are estranged, they have sent him an invitation, and he hopes that it means they are willing to finally accept his wife into the fold.

When they arrive at the ball, the duchess ignores Helena and pulls him away on the pretense of introducing him to an acquaintance.  She pawns his wife off on one of his brothers, and proceeds to put him in a situation where he has to dance with one of the debutantes his mother had gathered around them.

Later in the evening, the duke and duchess corner Blue as he is having a disagreement with Helena over the missive. Helena rushes out of the library, leaving him with his parents. They present him with a document that would grant him an annulment, along with an ultimatum. Either he signs it, renouncing his marriage to Helena, or they will disown him, parting him from all his brother and sisters forever. Will Blue place family above his love for Helena, or will he turn his back on them for that love?

I thoroughly enjoyed this brief glimpse into Blue and Helena’s life. I feel like I got to know them well in The Spy Wore Blue. If you have not read it by the way, you really will want to read it first. As always, Ms. Galen gives me another emotionally charged tale that has high stakes for both characters. For such a short book, her character development is superb and her story line fulfilling. And of course, she gives me a great “Happily Ever After”, which I can always count on.

I also enjoyed getting a touch of the other amazing characters from the other books in this fun series. If have not read the other stories in Lord and Lady Spy series you are missing out! If you enjoy a story of adventure and a lot of action, yet portrays a tender story of enduring love, then you will enjoy this new offering by Shana Galen. I know I certainly did. Happy reading!

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