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The Spy (Liar's Club #3)

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By day, he is a gentleman with a notorious fondness for games of seduction. By night, he is one of the most skilled saboteurs in the Liar's Club --- a secret group of renegades dedicated to serving the Crow. And while he is willing to risks his life for the good of England, he vows never to put his heart in harm's way ...


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Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2004)
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BJ Rose
The books in The Liar's Club series are enjoyable reads with humor and light intrigue. They have strong heroes who are intelligent and patriotic, and strong heroines who are intelligent and resourceful, but the men seem to bungle their jobs until the women set them on the right track. There are some really great secondary characters, such as Feebles the pickpocket, Button the very sartorial valet, and Robbie the chimneysweep. The books had only a few 'suspend-disbelief' moments, (such as a suppo...more
Fleeing Napoleon's spies that kidnapped, and possibly murdered, her father, Phillipa Atwater doesn't know where to turn. Almost destitute and with nowhere to go, she finally gets a break when she spots an add for a tutor.

The only problem is, the tutor is supposed to be a man.

So she cuts and dies her hair, "borrow" some man's clothing and presents herself as Phillip A. Walters in the house of Mr. James Cunnington, the man whose name is scrawled in the margin of her father's mysterious notebook.

This one uses the old heroine-dressed-as-man thing, but it's really enjoyable and not stale. I particularly like the hero's efforts to make a man of the reluctant heroine. The story moves fast, with several twists and the hero and heroine are both very likeable and interesting. Some parts are less than believable, although not in an irritating, "oh, pl-eeze" kind of way, the love scenes are lovely and the heroine is suitably reckless and determined. I would suggest that you need to read the prec...more
Hmmm... ok, I didn't like this one quite as well as the others. I got that James had issues due to what happened before the beginning of book 1 in the series. I just found it a bit... Well, it's like this; he didn't recognize that the h was a female and encouragingly told "him" that he could keep whatever secrets he had to be safe. The second he started suspecting the h was indeed a female, he was all "that bitch!" Dude, I get that you were thinking with your little head while engaging in procli...more
Elis Madison
James Cunnington is not a happy man.

A couple books ago, he had a beautiful mistress who was six kinds of inventive in the sack, and he was wildly happy. But the beyotch talked him into trying drugs (that were supposed to make "the experience" that much more amazing). Then she'd ask questions about his colleagues in the Liar's Club (a secret fraternity of spies, saboteurs, assassins, etc., for the Crown). Eventually he was mugged and taken captive, kept drugged and questioned unmercifully. Then,...more
Erin H
Mar 09, 2013 Erin H rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I really enjoyed this book in the series better than the last one. I loved the idea of a disguise plot-an unintentional spy spying on “the” spy. I thought Phillipa was a great character. She was strong and determined to find out the secrets of her father, all the while dressed as a man pretending to be a tutor. I really enjoyed James in the first book but I was disappointed with him in this one. I couldn’t believe how blind he really was and I hated that he was so obsessed with Lavinia. I didn’t...more
I enjoyed the story and the characters in this gender-bender tale of intrigue. However, there are a few glaring details that you need to be able to overlook in order to enjoy the story.

One, that our hero, the main character who is supposed to be a seasoned spy, doesn't notice that Flip is a a woman but Robbie his 9 year old ward and everyone else wasn't fooled. It's really hard to swallow especially since he's also the spymaster of the Liar's Club. It just seemed like he's too dumb and unhinged...more
Phillipa is dressed as a guy in disguise to find out what the handsome James Cunngington know about her father who was kidnapped by the Napoleons. There is action, there is lust and there is romance. Now that's a book. James is quite a tough guy. His also a father of a kid called Simon he took from the streets. He takes Phillipa or Flip in to tutor his son Simon. Simon is quite a clever fella. He knew straight away that Phillipa was a girl. He was going to use that against Phillipa but in the en...more
Deborah Vespo
Loved this book, went out and grabbed the rest of the series off of the library shelf as well as the series the Royal Four which continued off of this one. I really like Celeste - I love her characters and her story lines. Her female characters are strong and interesting, but not so strong that I have to put the book down. And her male characters are wonderful and truly likable. And I love the adventure, the romance, the drama - she provides what I like in a story and drives my hunger for more!...more

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Witty dialogue and intriguing characters... another good contribution to this series.
The brother of the heroine in the first book—he got himself kidnaped by an evil spy woman in that book and has felt guilty for his betrayals ever since. In this one, he’s the hero. He hires a young tutor for his adopted son, never noticing that Philip is really Philippa—the daughter of one of his spy company’s best cryptographers. Lots of complications—lots and lots—very well done. Each feels betrayed by the other—good stuff.
while i liked this, i could not help but compare it to Duchess By Night by Eloisa James which was much better. in the spy the hero has no clue the heroine is a woman while in James's book the hero finds himself strangely attracted to the beautiful man visiting his estate and there is chemistry and humor between them. Kind of ruined this book for me because it just wasn't nearly as good duchess by night.
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was a good read, better than some of the drivel I've ever read. But I don't know if I'm sold on the whole girl being a boy, boy being completely unable to see that he's really a she, when everyone else can, plot technique. I'll give that plot another go, but after that, these books might be auto-no's.
Whenever I read a story where a young women is posing as a young man, I always have to suspend belief, especially when the hero is a James Bond type of guy. This one was written very well where you could actually imagine Phillipa pulling it off. As always, Celeste Bradley has some great ending. All in all I enjoyed James and Phillipa's story.
Michele Lacroix
I really enjoyed The Spy. I really liked all the characters especially the main characters of Phillipa and James, I've always enjoyed the books where the heroine disguises herself as a boy. The tension between Phillipa and James and I can't wait for Rose's story in the Charmer.
Phillpa Atwater is hoping to get information out of the one person who last see her father, James Cunnington. Agatha's Brither shuffered from PSTD from Lavina from the first novel. Somehow Phillpa manages to get James to trust his heart again.
I shouldn't have read a negative review on this book. The reader made James sound pure evil and ignorant. True, he has been quite blind, but I found his reaction to be expected.

A fun read with a happy ending, of course!
Good story, I love how strong the women are in this series. All accomplished spies, though this story was more of a continuation from the first in this series. Regency spies are excellent, no tech all brains and brawn.
This book just never drew me in. It was slow, nearly to the point of boring and the story line just never seemed even remotely believable. More romance might have salvaged it, but the emotional aspect was also missing.
Really enjoyed this after the action started. Still can't understand how James didn't realise Phillip was a women but most others did. What a great he was. Lol. Great action and mystery towards end and fantastic HEA.
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I liked it OK.'s a romance novel, so I don't expect much - just a little bit of light reading; a distraction. That it was, so I was happy.
Pretty good spy romance, 3rd in the series - I recommend it!
Mar 07, 2008 Vicky added it
Woman can be everywhere and not what they seem
A really great read.
Cheryl Tollestrup
Very entertaining!
May 28, 2011 Mina added it
Loved it!
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Celeste Bradley is the author of Fallen, which was nominated for a RITA in 2002, and The Pretender, the first book in the Liars series. According to Bradley, the best thing about writing is that she finally gets to use the brain full of trivia she's collected over a lifetime of living in eight states, residing in over twenty homes, and changing her major five times. "It was research for my writing...more
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