Beauty and the Spy by Julie Anne Long {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 18 January, 2016 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Beauty and the Spy by Julie Anne Long {Amanda’s Review}Beauty and the Spy by Julie Anne Long
Series: Holt Sisters Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Ways to Be Wicked, The Secret to Seduction
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Romance
Pages: 377
Format: eBook
Source: Library


London's belle of the ball, Susannah Makepeace, is the last person who should suddenly be stuck in the sleepy village of Barnstable. In town, she would never have seen a man swimming naked in a pond. And she certainly would have resisted the urge to draw every single bit of him in astonishing detail!


Very few people know that Viscount Kit Whitelaw is the best spy in His Majesty's secret service. But his high-flying life has finally banished him from London. Not to worry --- if Susannah's erotic sketches are any indication of her nature, she'll be a delicious stand-in for the thrill of espionage.


When odd accidents follow in Susannah's wake, Kit's spy senses start tingling. For what better mystery is there for England's greatest spy than the secrets of the delectable puzzle that is Susannah?

More JAL is a good thing.

Thoughts on Beauty and the Spy

After finishing the Pennyroyal Green series, I needed more Julie Anne Long. NEEDED! And as soon as I finished Beauty and the Spy, I needed more Holt Sisters Trilogy, too.

Because that’s just how Julie Anne Long writes. It’s addictive and it’s awesome and I always want more. Always. ALWAYS.

The prologue sets us for some interesting back story that will no doubt stretch the entirety of the series. (I’ve already requested and downloaded the next book in the series from the library because NEED IT NOOOOOW.) I’m excited to see how this plays out over the next couple books, especially with how Beauty and the Spy sets this up.

Susannah has some really bad luck. That’s really the basis of this story. Except, you know, because this is a book, it’s not really bad luck, actually, but something much more sinister. And of course Kit (the spy, in case that wasn’t clear) is around to make sure Susannah doesn’t come to harm.

Fair warning: despite the regularity of my On a Book Bender reviews, it’s been weeks (perhaps even months) since I read a book, and this was a much needed escape back into the historical romance world. Into the book world, really, and it just hit all the right spots. I needed an escape, and Julie Anne Long provided it. Can it get any better than that?

It can. Its name is Beauty and the Spy. If, like me, you need more JAL after the Pennyroyal Green series, this book is definitely a good place to start. Now excuse me while I read the next book in the series…


Filed under: ESR: 8, Review: Amanda,


10 Responses to “Beauty and the Spy by Julie Anne Long {Amanda’s Review}”

    • ALL THE JULIE ANNE LONG! I juuuuuust got the third book in this series from the library last night and I’M EXCITED FOR IT. But I also requested Revenge and the Wild AND I AM ALSO EXCITED FOR THAT BOOK, TOO.

  1. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    This sounds so good! I have only read one JAL book, but I agree that her style is addicting. I am definitely putting this on my wishlist.

      • Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

        I read (and loved) What I Did for a Duke, one of the Pennyroyal Green books. The hero had some jerkish tendencies, but, for some reason, I couldn’t stop reading it.

        • lol. I’m laughing, only because I feel like I could say something similar about every JAL book. There’s always something that should bug me, but I can’t stop reading.

  2. oh so glad to hear you liked this one so much hun!! I haven’t read it yet, but it has been on my wishlist for the longest time. I think almost as long since I started my blog. *eek* boy am I behind. hehe Which I have no excuse, since this title is at my local library. So this is a good reminder to go and pick it up. Great review. I do agree…JAL she has great engaging writing, and I never have a issue with falling in love with her stories. It doesn’t matter the set up or the characaters, she makes me fall in love every time.

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