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Lord and Lady Spy (Lord and Lady Spy #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  2,035 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
Let the games begin...

No Man Can Outsmart Him...

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn't the only one with secrets...

She's Been Outsmarting Him For Years...

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, darin
Mass Market Paperback, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 378 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Sourcebooks (first published September 1st 2011)
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I don't even know how to begin with this one. The stupidity made my brain seep out of my ears. The characters' immaturity made me seriously consider throwing my ereader at the field stone chimney in my living room. I wish I had a bottomless pit in my backyard to chuck this badly-conceived, idiotic, repetitive, anti-climactic, boring piece of crap.

Pitch A Bad Regency. Save a Persian.

I wasn't too keen on the Mr. & Mrs. Smith premise tease because, well, it seemed cheap and tricksy.

But then ima
4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

I’d never read anything by this author previously, but the premise and racy cover had me very intrigued indeed. I mean a Regency Mr. and Mrs. Smith?! I couldn’t wait!

I’m happy to report that this lived up to my expectations. It’s an entertaining, sexy, adventurous spy romp with a dynamic H/H and an energetic mix of fun, action, drama, snappy dialogue, witty banter, and emotional, steamy romance.

Lord and Lady Smythe might be married, but years of secrets, lie
Aug 12, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Well, when I saw the premise of this book months ago I was really excited about it. A Regency Mr and Mrs Smith? Sign me up! Now, did Ms Galen deliver a smart, snappy, sexy adventure? Yes, yes and yes!

Lord Adrian Smythe is devastated when he is told he is to retire from his spy life in the Barbican group. After all, he has just delivered one of their most sought after criminals but he grudgingly accepts his new life--that of being a true husband and leading a normal, boring life. When just a few
Sep 15, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it

Adrian Galloway, Lord Smythe, and Sophia, Lady Smythe have been married for five years. Their marriage has been one of convenience between two titled families. Since the first day as husband and wife they've been working for the government. As spies. Without the other's knowledge. Adrian, agent Wolf and Sophia, agent Saint. With Bonaparte's surrender their services as spies for the Foreign Office are no longer needed. But when the prime minister, Lord Liverpool's half-brother is murdered, he ask
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No man can outsmart him...

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England's most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn't the only one with secrets...

She's been outsmarting him for years...

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come
This has taken me over a week to read, which perhaps speaks volumes. It was all a bit of a chore. Not enough to hold my attention, not bad enough for me to give up without knowing what was going to happen. This book is not aimed at me. I much prefer my romances true to the time in which they are set with a nicely developed couple at their centre and minimum dramaz. This was not like that [how did it end up on my 'Want To Read' shelf? she wonders]. Two Regency spies with secret identities who use ...more
See my review here: Sam,E and R's Awesomness! =D

Oh, wow, wow, WOW!
I pacing back and forth to give this 4, 4 1/2 or 5 stars. But, because I really enjoy it 'till the end, I decide to give Lord and Lady Spy a lovely 5 stars! =)

Lord and Lady Spy is story about 2 retired agent who don't want retire at all! Agent Saint and Agent Wolf, both are capable agents of Barbican Group (maybe its like English Secret Service?). Then, they must accept the fact when their leader told them to retire and back to
Sep 26, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I have never seen the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", because I don't care for the actors, so I don't know how closely the book follows the movie. But I did get a kick out of the similarities in the book cover and movie poster, and the fact that their last name was Smythe. Lord and Lady Smythe would have been a cute title, too.

I really liked the characters and their background. I wouldn't have minded if they hadn't discovered each other's identity for a longer period of time. I think there
Oct 27, 2011 Dls rated it did not like it
This book was such a disappointment to me. The plot could have been really wonderful--I would love to read a good book about a couple driven apart by multiple miscarriages and her unwillingness to put herself through that again. I'm sure that was something that happened a lot (and still does) and should have created a powerful emotional plot without any farfetched story line.
And while a bit too cute, the idea of a husband and wife discovering they were both being spies for the same group withou
***Original review can be found at Romancing Rakes***

Holy Mr. and Mrs. Smith Regency style! Move aside Mr. and Mrs. Smith and make room for Lord and Lady Smythe. Brad and Angelina, you've got nothing on Adrian and Sophia.

1. The cover is pink! Only, my most favoritest color ever.
2. Mr. & Mrs. Smith Regency style? Sign me up!
3. Spies, intrigue, danger? Bring on the adrenaline rush!
4. Second chance romance? Absolutely!
5. Fabulous book trailer? A must w
Lauren Fidler
the sheer joy of winning this goodreads giveaway can not be expressed in mere words. imagine the childlike glee with which i checked the mailbox every afternoon - like ralphie and his little orphan annie secret decoder ring! also, imagine my immense displeasure when it finally arrived and i sliced my finger open tearing into the impressively sealed envelope.

after the bleeding stopped, i was appeased by the fact that it came with a free romance sampler. it's so cheestastic looking - i'm all a-qu
An Odd1
Jul 03, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, fan, xrate
Lord Adrian and Lady Sophia Smythe appear staid, bookish, quiet, and have kept a big secret from even each other before their marriage. The Wolf, organized planner, ruthless interrogator, crack shot, and the Saint, intuitive (when her nose itches, everyone ducks, cutesy gimmick), manipulative, persuasive, and skilled with a knife, are Britain's best secret agents, daring, expert. Now that Napoleon is caught, their chief Melbourne retires both.

Hot. Hot. Hot. My favorite perfume smells like choco
Oct 02, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed this novel for Romance Reader At Heart website:


There are some authors that do ‘angst’ romance well (i.e. Laura Kinsale); some that do ‘humor’ well (i.e. Julia Quinn); and then there’s Shana Galen, who, in my humble opinion, is so, so, very good and can do both so very, very well.

Lord Adrian Smythe is a very good spy, employed by the Barbican group, which is a branch of Home Office; but after a successful job, he’s forced to take an early retirement, and
Christy B
Aug 30, 2011 Christy B rated it really liked it
A very entertaining book full of romance, action, suspense and mystery.

Lord and Lady Smythe are both spies, but neither knows the other one is! Once Napoleon is captured, their services are no longer needed and they both reluctantly go back to 'normal' life. Problem is, the two are practically strangers, even after being married for a few years.

The two discover the secret identity of the other after being summoned by the prime minister to help discover who murdered his half-brother. The reward
Tara Chevrestt
I thought this was a delightful read. Yes, I'm aware it was inspired by a movie about a husband and wife assassin team (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), but except for the fact that the husband and wife are named Smythe, that's where the similarities end. In the movie, the setting was contemporary and the husband and wife were supposed to kill each other. In this, the book, it's regency London and Sophia and Adrian are on the same side.. sort of.

They both need to solve the same crime. They choose to work to
Jan 18, 2016 Keri rated it really liked it
Built along the lines of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, we have two spys, married to one another, 1800's style. Andrian and Sophia have been married for years, but have both been spys even longer, only problem is neither one of them know that about the other. But due to old Bony being captured and sent off to exile...sorta...England needs to downsize their spies. Don't let the door hit you on your way out, Lord and Lady Smythe, that's right, they are now both unemployed what do they do? Well not ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
A very fun, fast pace adventure. This was the historical romance version of the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The premise matched and even the names are similar. I even imagined the main characters as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (the descriptions even matched). I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and engaging and the romance (or rekindling of a relationship) was believable. This book was almost a blatant retelling of that movie, with a different setting and in a different time and that was alway ...more
Susan (susayq ~)
Sep 12, 2012 Susan (susayq ~) rated it really liked it
This was great! Imagine, if you will, a Regency era Mr and Mrs Smith. Complete with gun and knife fights and a daring rescue!

This was face paced, I never felt like the story dragged. and the romance parts were just as great as the adventure part. My heart went out to both Adrian and Sophia for the losses they suffered that caused them to hide their true feelings. When they finally realized they could give into those feelings and be themselves, it was amazing.

This was my first book by Shana Gale
Aug 08, 2011 May rated it it was amazing
Husband & wife are both top spies... Neither knows about the other one's secret identity. They find out, have to work together, and find out how much they like the real person that they each married.

Great fun read- full review to come @

Cosa sarebbe accaduto se la coppia di coniugi-spie più famosa di tutti i tempi, ovvero Mr and Mrs Smith, fossero vissuti in epoca Regency?

Qualcosa di molto simile alla trama di Lord and Lady Spy, naturalmente!

Lady Sophia, Viscontessa Smythe, è una dama raffinata ed elegante del Ton, una moglie placida, gentile, quieta. All’apparenza, dunque, una signora aristocratica come tante, se non per un piccolo e non proprio trascurabile particolare: Sophia è anche un’abilissima spia, nota col nome in codi
Dec 10, 2011 nurmawati rated it it was amazing

lupa bikin ripiu nya dan bacanya juga udah agak lama...
kira2 ceritanya ttg suami istri yang kawin karena di jodohkan....
selama beberapa saat mereka berdua menjalani kehidupan suami istri seperti biasanya....tapi tetap gak tau siapakah sebenernya pasangan mereka masing2..
karena di balik sifat tertutup dan proper ce nya, dia adalah agen rahasia inggris.....
dibalik sifat kalem dan pendiam co nya, dia juga agen rahasia inggris...nah loh ;p

jadi pernikahan yang mereka jalani di selubungi rahasaia..dan
Aug 22, 2011 Bookaholics rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen
Historical Romance- Sept. 1st, 2011
5 stars

Lord Adrian Smythe is a gentleman and a spy. He works in the clandestine Barbican group for the Foreign Office. But after the capture of Napoleon, he suddenly finds himself out of work! Adrian lives for the excitement and the knowledge that he is helping his country especially since his father was branded a traitor. He dreads returning to boring England and his estranged wife Sophia

Lady Sophia Smythe is known simply as the
May 31, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I can't even begin to formulate into words how much I loved this book. This is definitely hands-down my favorite historical that I've read this year. I just couldn't put this book down. From page one to the last page, it's packed with action, romance, and lots of steamy smex scenes.

I experienced so many different emotions reading this book. Not only did it get me all hot and bothered, but it also brought tears to my eyes more than once. It isn
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Bad enough she gets stuck in a closet for hours waiting for the right man to visit the courtesan, especially since the current client thinks he’s a horse. Now another spy has grabbed the man she was waiting to collect!

I really liked the premise of this story. Ms. Galen spins a good yarn with an action packed story, lots of intrigue and flames between the husband and wife who star in this story. Lord Smythe is extremely good looking,
SOS Aloha
Aug 17, 2011 SOS Aloha rated it really liked it
This summer, I challenged myself to sample genres outside my comfort reading – Regency romances. My experiment generated mixed results. I dove back into the Regency Era with Shana Galen’s LORD AND LADY SPY. An easy tagline would be “Mr. and Mrs. Smith in a Regency Romance.” But this book is more than an aristocratic couple who use their marriage to cover their secret identities. The opening chapter gave us a glimpse of their talents as Lord and Lady Smythe hunted the same villain on separate mis ...more
Sep 06, 2011 Leagh rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Exciting, emotional, funny read that kept me sucked in the whole way through.

Lord and Lady Smythe are retired spies who have had their identities kept secret even from each other. Their marriage is a lie and is falling apart. Now they have been forced to join in Society functions with the Ton. They are both going stir crazy and will do anything to get back into the game. Along comes an opportunity. The Prime Minister needs a job completed and whoever solves the case will get their job back. One
Nov 08, 2014 Andree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was delightful. One of my favourite straight up romance novels I've read in a long time. It features:

-A heroine and a hero who experienced conflict that made sense, and was not just there to create confict. Said conflict also went away when it made no sense. I'm not kidding, there was actually chronological, sensible, relationship growth (revolutionary, I know).
-There were legitimate intimacy issues, again, stemming from a place that made sense. And the novel allowed actual trust to develop
Bookish Michelle
May 04, 2014 Bookish Michelle rated it liked it
Got to know about this book from one of the book blog (I can't remember which one) and thought the situation of Lord and Lady Smythe to be amusing. Somehow, the premise reminds me of Mr and Mrs Smith (I always wanted to watch this movie but I always missed it on TV).

The story started with their last assignment, which happened to be the same one. While Sophia failed hers due to a locked cupboard, her prey was captured by another cloaked person! That person turned out to be her husband, Adrian, b
Sep 03, 2011 Gayle rated it it was amazing
Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen is a wonderfully sizzling action adventure with a delightful pair of characters Lord Adrian Smythe and Lady Sophia Smythe. As, you may guess the lead characters are married, and from the title you might have gathered that they are involved in espionage, but all is not as it seems.

One of my favorite things about the book were the beautifully choreographed action scenes which transport the reader right into the midst of the adventure. I also enjoyed the relationshi
Krista D
Aug 14, 2012 Krista D rated it did not like it
I knew I was going to have to read this book with a grain of salt. The Mr. & Mrs. Smith plot actually sounded really cute to me, but it wasn't executed very well. Lots of details about how they kept their identities a secret from each were kind of glossed over.

The main thing that I didn't like about the book was that it was like repeatedly reading the same scenes. Scene 1: Compete against each other to investigate the new clue. Scene 2: Glaringly obviously scene showing that A & S would
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 28, 2015 05:57PM  
  • Sins of a Wicked Princess (Sinners Trio, #3)
  • From London With Love (Lady Spies, #1)
  • An Affair with Mr. Kennedy (The Gentlemen of Scotland Yard, #1)
  • Danger's Kiss
  • Always a Temptress (Drake's Rakes #3)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)
  • The Devil in Disguise (Regency Rogues, #1)
  • Beauty and the Spy (Holt Sisters Trilogy #1)
  • Pride & Passion (The Brethren Guardians, #2)
  • A Lady's Lesson in Scandal
  • The Other Guy's Bride (Braxton, #2)
  • Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
  • To Wed a Scandalous Spy (Royal Four, #1)
  • Proof by Seduction (Carhart, #1)
  • Scandal in the Night (The Reckless Brides, #3)
  • Secrets of an Accidental Duchess (Donovan Sisters, #2)
  • A View to a Kiss (The Bow St. Agents: Spies in Love, #1)
  • A Winter Scandal (Legend of St. Dwynwen, #1)
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven ye ...more
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