A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson is the first regency romance book by this author, as she usually does fairytale retellings. I’ve read many, many reviews saying that Melanie Dickerson makes the transition well from fairytale to regency, but I personally have to disagree. The majority of the book seemed to just be ball this, fancy dress that. It was stereotypical to me, and not very romantic. The pace seemed slow and the time period and spy-intrigue part of the plot seemed too unoriginal.
Julia Grey is your average girl in England: if she doesn’t marry, and soon, she’ll be resigned to the place of a governess. Penniless. She’s getting older, after all, and lives with her aunt, uncle, and cousin. She also unfortunately has a crush on the same guy that her cousin does, and discovers a dangerous plot against the crown.
Nicolas Langdon is a spy for the crown, and has to enlist Julia’s help when she becomes tangled up in the plot. Can he keep himself from getting tangled up in a relationship with her meanwhile?
As stated previously, I just didn’t care for this book. I think Ms. Dickerson has done better in the past (The Golden Braid excluded) with fairytale retellings. I do enjoy Regency time-period stories, so I think it’s really just that this one seemed so predictable (numerous balls, spying from a nearby closet, tip-toeing, etc.) that it just didn’t keep my attention. I never really connected to the characters either. I do still plan to continue to read more by this author, I just would not recommend this book to fans of her previous works.
Thank you to Waterfall Press and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.