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The Secrets of A Lady (The Jordans #1)

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Audrey Jordan isn't your typical Regency lady. To escape unrequited feelings for her brother's best friend Griffin Berenger, she entered a life of a spy. But her current case has brought her back to the man she once loved and lost, a man who is now a broken widower. Audrey and her brother are stalking his neighbor, a man who may be plotting to kill the Prince. Staying in G ...more
ebook, ARC, 182 pages
Published September 2011 (first published June 12th 2011)
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Lynde Shaw
Aug 24, 2014 Lynde Shaw rated it liked it
I really dislike not being able to give a favorite author at least a four star review. While Jess/Jenna put a spin on the time old scenario of "young woman is supposed to marry a man she doesn't love because she can't have the one she does and she does something outrageous to get out of it" by having the heroine run off to the Continent with her brother and begin training as a spy, I just couldn't love this book. Audrey has loved Griffin almost her entire life and drunkenly confesses her love on ...more
Nikita
Aug 19, 2014 Nikita rated it really liked it
Audrey Jordan has loved her brother’s best friend Griffin Berenger since she was a little girl. Once, she even kissed him. Too bad it was at his wedding to another woman! Five years later, Audrey works with her brother, Noah, as a spy for the War Department. Their latest assignment brings them back to Griffin’s townhouse in London which happens to be right next door to their latest target. Audrey has spent the last five years trying to forget her girlhood infatuation with Griffin Berenger and he ...more
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Intrigue and tension galore.
This book was a delightful and refreshing departure from the usual spy regencies I’m used to reading. Yes, there might have been some unrealistic scenarios, but I found myself immediately drawn to the conflict, and sensual tension between Audrey Jordon and Griffin Berenger. Ms. Petersen does a wonderful job of playing up one of my favorite tropes: forbidden love.
Audrey places a drunken kiss on her brother’s best chum on his wedding day. She’s been in love with him fo
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Lynde Shaw
I really dislike not being able to give a favorite author at least a four star review. While Jess/Jenna put a spin on the time old scenario of "young woman is supposed to marry a man she doesn't love because she can't have the one she does and she does something outrageous to get out of it" by having the heroine run off to the Continent with her brother and begin training as a spy, I just couldn't love this book. Audrey has loved Griffin almost her entire life and drunkenly confesses her love on ...more
Nikita
Aug 19, 2014 Nikita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audrey Jordan has loved her brother’s best friend Griffin Berenger since she was a little girl. Once, she even kissed him. Too bad it was at his wedding to another woman! Five years later, Audrey works with her brother, Noah, as a spy for the War Department. Their latest assignment brings them back to Griffin’s townhouse in London which happens to be right next door to their latest target. Audrey has spent the last five years trying to forget her girlhood infatuation with Griffin Berenger and he ...more
MaggieReadsRom
3.75 stars!


Memorable Scenes:
- The first kiss between Griffin and Audrey (not the one in the prologue) > this gave a perfect little taste of what to expect from the love scenes.
- The scene where Griffin explains to Audrey about his marriage > emotionally gripping


Audrey Jordan is a spy. She helps her brother solve cases for the War Department. Though circumstances forced her into this line of duty she does love the thrill and challenge of it. She’s impulsive, stubborn and wears her hea
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Danielle
Jun 05, 2012 Danielle rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I have always been a big fan of Jenna Petersen's work and The Secrets of a Lady does not disappoint. This book was very reminiscent of Jenna's previous Lady Spy series which I just adored.

Audrey Jordan has always been in love with her brothers best friend Griffin Berenger. In attempt to forget her feelings for Griffin who has just married, Audrey decides to leave London and become a spy for the Crown with her brother. Now five years later, bot
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Traxy Thornfield
Jun 26, 2012 Traxy Thornfield rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started reading this, but I presumed it to be a romance novel, and when starting, the time period was listed as the Jane Austen era, basically. What came next was more of a surprise. A spy story!

The novel begins with Audrey Jordan getting drunk at the wedding of her childhood crush, Griffin Berenger. She kisses him, and his newly wedded wife swears vengeance. Some years later, the wife is a late wife and Griffin is alone. Meanwhile, Audrey has been with
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Amy Alvis
Feb 05, 2014 Amy Alvis rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed for: Historical Romance Lover blog

The story opens with Audrey Jordan getting drunk because the man she loves, Griffin Berenger, is getting married to someone else. Shortly after the I dos, Audrey finds Griffin in his study and kisses him. Unfortunately, Griffin's new wife catches them and vows vengeance against Audrey.

Audrey tries to go on with her life, but Griffin's wife makes her life miserable during the season and Audrey decides to join her brother as a spy for the Crown
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Amanda
Jul 08, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
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Jen
Aug 06, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
With the exciting backdrop of post-Napoleonic Wars England, Audrey and Griffin come together and sparks fly as Audrey tries desperately to prove herself in her brother Noah's world of espionage.

Sometimes, I've found, the whole spy aspect of these romances can become too much for me. They can draw attention away from the love story unfolding. This didn't happen at all in the story Petersen shares. The romance is full of heated kisses and a push and pull that leaves you on edge, hoping they just
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W.
May 09, 2012 W. rated it it was ok
Good writing but way too melodramatic. Both the hero and heroine were stubborn to the point of idiocy. For spies (at least the heorine), they were not all that intelligent (or even appear to possess common sense). They made rash and irrational decisions at every turn, and didn't seem to have think through their decisions at all. Audrey, the heroine, was trying to glean information out of a suspected traitor and yet she was blasse about it, believing that she can handle him and frequently allowin ...more
Lesley
Nov 02, 2015 Lesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2015 reading challenge - a trilogy (book 1)
Sandra R
Mar 21, 2014 Sandra R rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Jean
Jun 16, 2013 Jean rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the action of this novel but thought the relationship part was just too melodramatic and underdeveloped for my taste. My other problem with the book is that I didn't get a sense of the seasoned trained spy that Audrey was supposed to be. Otherwise, I did enjoy the dynamic between Audrey and her brother, Noah as well as Griffin.
Barbara
Feb 20, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
For $2.99 this was a good book! Enjoyed the "dance" of Griffin and Audrey. A five year growing/unrequited love period. Spy story wasn't very good but I could overlook in favor of the romance.
Emma
Oct 20, 2011 Emma rated it it was ok
I liked the overall plot. The writting style is very soap-opera-like I felt, and not really to my liking. I had some real issues with the dialogues.
April Brookshire
Nov 19, 2014 April Brookshire rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Decent book with an interesting plot, but I didn't fall in love with the characters and Griffin, the hero, was kind of a dumbass.
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Jenna Petersen now writes historical romance exclusively as Jess Michaels. Please check out her self-published and Samhain publishing books here:

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