Friday, November 10, 2017

Book Review: Saving Shadow by Laura Beers

Saving Shadow, by Laura Beers
2017, 250p, Regency Suspense/Romance
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the author, which did not affect my review in any way

Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world's most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.

Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he's been granted special permission for one more mission... to obtain justice for his murdered brother.

Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza's tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?

I love Regency, especially when the author puts a new spin on it. Lady Elizabeth Beckett ("Eliza") is a spy who has the code name of Shadow. She is currently working to stop human trafficking and is assigned a new partner, Lord Sinclair. I enjoyed how they worked together to take down the evil villain.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book. I liked the balance the author struck since it wasn't light but also didn't end up being super heavy. I liked getting to know all of these characters. Eliza's backstory on her family life and how she became a spy was interesting. Her brother, Jonathon, and her protector, Mr. Larson, were two of my favorite characters. There was an evil, heinous man, who gave me the creeps.

This book has a satisfying ending, but there are still some loose ends so there is definitely more story to be told. It's the author's debut novel and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future! If you enjoy clean Regency suspense/romance/spy novels, this is a book you will want to read!

Laura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management.

Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina.


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