Publication: May 23rd 2017 by Loveswept ASIN: B01M6ATB84
Series: All the Queen’s Spies #1 Rating: 4*
I’m beginning to think that there was more spying done during the middle ages than what goes on today. Not only spying but assassination plots and betrayals abounded during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary which happens to be the setting of WED TO A SPY.
Aimee de Verris was just a young maiden in love with a charming French courtier but she was banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici. Aimee was told to join the court of Queen Mary and report back to Catherine any information that would be useful.
Simon Marcheford has been a spy for Queen Elizabeth for many years and wants nothing but to settle down and swears that this is his last mission before he retires. He is sent to Queen Mary’s court and while he is trying to discover a diabolical plot against Mary she orders him to marry her cousin Aimee de Verris and asks that he discover if Aimee is a spy from the French court.
*** Lots of threads to spin in this mystery of spies, betrayals and planned murders. Having been watching the TV series of REIGN I had some knowledge of the different characters and historical significance of what was going on. However the romance between Aimee and Simon was fresh and appealing in it’s innocence and eventual passion. After a murder occurred in front of Aimee who happened to be standing close to Queen Mary, Aimee was immediately put in a dangerous spot that pointed to Aimee’s involvement (which obviously was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time). Here was where Aimee began to see Simon for the wonderful husband, man and protector he became after he rescued and helped Aimee escape Scotland to England.
Bottom line: The character development was skillfully done, and the slow and sensual attraction between Simon and Aimee was slowly built and cleverly worked to perfection as Aimee discovered the difference between infatuation and true love. Actually, this was a quite enjoyable read where history and fiction blended beautifully together.