Monday, June 24, 2013

Win a Copy of A Lady and a Spy

Back Cover Blurb:
Blanche Audley's old-fashioned grandfather cut off her mother after she married Thomas Audley and his millions of "new money," and for the last ten years since her parents' deaths, Blanche has lived under the gloom of his disappointment. So when she recklessly loses a thousand dollars to Etta Channing in a game of baccarat, she will do anything to keep her foolish actions from him. Except he oversees every penny she spends of the wealth her father left her, leaving her no way of paying the debt without his knowledge.

Until Etta offers her a deal. Alexander Whealdon, one of the most eligible bachelors in town, needs a companion to shepherd his younger sister through her first season. Etta wants Blanche to take the position and use it to infiltrate the household and pass along information that will help Etta get her hooks into the reserved Mr. Whealdon. It seems like an easy way to pay off the debt and save face at the same time. But the more Blanche sees of Mr. Whealdon's playful side, not to mention his surprising generosity, the less she wants to help Etta win him over.

Backing out means humiliating herself and disappointing both her grandfather and Mr. Whealdon, not to mention losing Miss Whealdon's trust and friendship, but if she goes through with her promise to Etta, she will lose what might be her last chance for love.

My Thoughts:
I have been SO MUCH in the mood for historical romance lately, so this weekend I pulled this novella up on my Kindle and read it for the second time. It's a really fun, well-written romance. I love Ranee's writing. She can be so funny--and I don't want to give too much away, but one of my favorite parts is this hilariously awkward moment involving Blanche and Alex and a garden hedge. The romance is so sweet and I can't wait to read what she has coming out next! If you're in the mood for a funny, light-hearted romance, I highly recommend this one.

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Ranee` and her personal superhero, her husband, live in Wyoming where they are raising three future super-villains. When she's not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in her living room or losing to one of her sons at Uno, she loves to read and write. She has a bachelor’s degree in history that is probably useless, but she had a lot of fun earning it. She blogs about writing, reading, and editing at


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  2. I read A LADY AND A SPY this weekend, too. Loved it! I tried to read another historical romance--that will go unnamed to protect the overwritten--and found that I just couldn't get past the difficult, er, um, how can I say this? Well, I pulled up the first page of that other book, like I always do before I buy a book, novella, or short story, and started reading, but I stumbled over the very unfamiliar, antiquated, and pretentious words, that I didn't enjoy the story from the get-go. I left the webpage, disappointed. Then I saw Ranee's A LADY AND A SPY advertised on Facebook, and repeated the steps. Right from the beginning I got caught up in Blanche's life. READ! LAUGH! LOVE!

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