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The Spy Who Seduced Her

The Brethren, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
Series: The Brethren, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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In this spellbinding new Regency series by Christi Caldwell, The Heart of a Duke meets the Brethren of the Lords. The stakes are high and passions flare hot in Regency England!

A widow with a past...The last thing Victoria Barrett, the Viscountess Waters, has any interest in is romance. When the only man she's ever loved was killed, she endured an arranged marriage to a cruel man in order to survive. Now widowed, her only focus is on clearing her son's name from the charge of murder. That is until the love of her life returns from the grave.

A leader of a once great agency...Nathaniel Archer, the Earl of Exeter head of the Crown's elite organization, The Brethren, is back on British soil. Captured and tortured 20 years ago, he clung to memories of his first love until he could escape. Discovering she has married whilst he was captive, Nathaniel sets aside the distractions of love...until an unexpected case is thrust upon him - to solve the murder of the Viscount Waters. There is just one complication: the prime suspect's mother is none other than Victoria, the woman he once loved with his very soul.

Secrets will be uncovered and passions rekindled. Victoria and Nathaniel must trust one another if they hope to start anew - in love and life. But will duty destroy their last chance?

©2017 Christi Caldwell Incorporated (P)2017 Christi Caldwell
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Extremely repetitive

It’s a shame this is so repetitive, particularly when what’s being repeated is regret and misery. There is so much exposition it sounds like an essay

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Great spy novel.

It was a very well informed story of spy networks. I would have liked to see more romance between the hero and heroine.

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  • Tracy T
  • 17-10-2017

Okay story and good narration.

This was an 8 hour long audible book that seemed like it was 15 hours. The miscommunication between these two seemed to drag out forever. The internal dialogue was becoming annoying. Just freaking talk to each other already! It really seems like Christy Calwell books are all like that. Full of internal dialogue.

The story line and plot was decent. I liked that the ages of the main characters Victoria and Malcolm were older, she was 43 he was 45. I don't know if I would like all HR romance to be with older couples because I like the HEA ending with having babies with younger couples. I liked the murder mystery portion. It did get better when they finally told each other the truth and got it together. I like spy books, and this one could have been better, IMO.

As for the narration Time Campbell does a good job narrating just about ALL CC's books. He does really well making the women sound like women. A total plus there. He has a nice reading voice and the men sound sexy.

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  • Joyce Reece
  • 23-10-2017

Beautiful Story

Christi Caldwell has written one of the most emotional and well characterized stories in her career as an author. The second chance story of a middle aged couple uses previously written stories to advantage in creating the story line but it reads well on its own. Tim Campbell narration is spot on as usual breathing life into the world Christi has pulled us into with her charming words.

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  • mks
  • 11-01-2019

best book in a long time

though plot not unique, loved having older characters with past and present conflict nice character development showing insecurities.

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  • Michaela B.
  • 14-12-2019

Repetition at nauseum

This book repeated itself over and over. You could have put the whole story line in 3 chapters.

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  • Thor
  • 01-04-2020

Parallel Universe

If you want real Historical Romantic stories, then don't read Christi Caldwell.
I read a comment that she produced so many books a year, that she didn't care about accuracy, this is a generous comment. I believe she doesn't think about it at all.
I have never worked out exactly why she chose a period of history that was quite so regimented in it's rules.
However, this doesn't deter her, there are Dukes galore, marrying person bred and bought up in the worse kind of slums, she can invent.
Goodness know what would have happened to the English Peerage, downing in so many Dukes, who bred with dregs of society. These dregs are somehow accepted and fit into the TON, (top one hundred of the English Peerage).
Slums enter most of her stories, maybe she has a soft spot for them Wishes to portray what it was like and writing a romance is her only way.
Again we enter the Parallel Universe, the master spy of the Brethren takes an inexperienced woman of the Peerage, into such a slum.
There she miraculously manages to sound and look like the denizens, she even saves the day.
As a young spy, he had met his true love, bedded her and continued with his job. He gets captured, when he returns (2 years later) she is married.
Conveniently forgetting that unprotected sex produces babies, he accuses her of betrayal and disappears for 24 years. Even being a so called spy/intelligent man, he can't work out her marriage and birth of first child all had a short time line.
She decides for the sake of her unborn child to marry a brute of a man she hates.
As I said Parallel Universe; why a brute, surely there were plenty of reprobates, if she was forced understandable.
He returns to solve a crime against the peerage; she has three children, is a grandmother, her husband is dead and her son is suspected of killing his father..
English Peers could be hanged by there own, but usually left the country, never thrown in a common gaol.
Naturally what he has suffered is more that what she has had to endure.
Though she hates him at first she can't fight the pull he has over her. Her husband had a bigamous marriage, I was worried for a minute that she was the second wife.
In English law, that would have made her children bastards and disinherited her son for the other son. Narrow escape.
If you wish to enter this Parallel Universe, then the book is predictable, easy to listen to, sprinkled with losers, reprobate and tough guys.