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One Night with a Spy (Royal Four #3)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  798 ratings  ·  27 reviews
For years, Lady Julia Barrowby has acted the part of an old man’s ornamental bride, never revealing that she has secretly helped the ailing Lord Barrowby in his work with the Royal Four. Now that her husband has died, Julia believes his place in the Four is hers by right. But convincing the remaining members will not be easy, especially with Marcus Ramsay, Lord Dryden, dis...more
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Published April 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2006)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
One Night with a Spy is the third book in the Royal Four series, which is an offshoot of the Liars Club series. It's been years since I last read any books by Celeste Bradley. I glommed her big-time, and then I decided to take a break so that I wouldn't get tired of her and Regency historicals (I don't like to get burned out on different genres). Now I am reminded why I am a fan of her writing.

Normally I have a low saturation point for witty, lighter Regency historical romances. Not that they ar...more
TJ
Ms. Bradley is back on her game. This story is rich in romance, mystery and suspense. Her writing has a depth that draws the reader into the emotions of each character then takes them on a ride you can't put down.
Ruth
The premise for this one was great. A female super-spy wannabe with an intriguing background and an ambitious and attractive rival. Unfortunately, the book just didn't live up to the outline and, frustratingly, it was only for want of a few tweaks. The heroine was clearly super-smart, but I really struggled to think that she wouldn't see through the hero's "disguise". It could have been really entertaining if she had and then strung him along. Also, why make her The World's Most Beautiful? Why n...more
Sara ♥
This book was fun, since it deals with this idea of a woman being a member of the Royal Four. And there were all those fun circus performers! And I was excited to see what Marcus was up to in this book, after his supporting role in the last book... And it was pretty cute, overall... I just think that if anyone did to me what Marcus did to Julia... HOLY COW! But she just falls right back into his arms...

I dunno... I feel like there's a pattern developing in Celeste Bradley's books: characters who...more
Brandy *Ahviel*
For years, Lady Julia Barrowby has acted the part of an old man's ornamental bride, never revealing that she has secretly helped the ailing Lord Barrowby in his work with the Royal Four. Now that her husband has died, Julia believes his place in the Four is hers by right. But convincing the remaining members will not be easy, especially with Marcus Ramsay, Lord Dryden, distracting her at every turn. Somehow, the mysterious Marcus seems to see into her very soul, effortlessly satisfying all her s...more
jenjn79
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Mojca
Marcus Ramsay’s day has finally come. With the death of Lord Barrowby, the former “Fox”, member of the elite (and mysterious) Royal Four, it’s Marcus’ turn to take the coveted seat.

Unfortunately, he didn’t count with the competition. There is someone else “applying” for the position of the most cunning of the Four. To add insult to injury, the upstart is a woman.

Lady Julia Barrowby has been acting as the Fox for the past three years, ever since her elderly husband’s collapse. She knows full well...more
The UHQ Nasanta
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Elis Madison
We met Marcus Ramsay, Dane’s protégé, in Surrender to a Wicked Spy. He’s been preparing to become the next Lion in the Royal Four, but Dane isn’t much older than he is, and by the time Dane is ready to call it quits, Marcus might be past his prime as well. So when Marcus learns that The Fox, old man Barrowby, died without naming his successor, he is champing at the bit.



Except, well, it turns out that Julia Barrowby, Lord B’s much-younger wife, thinks it's her turn. In fact, her husband trained...more
Deborah Vespo
There is an order to these books I guess and one that I am paying no mind to. This is the third book in the series, The Royal Four. The Royal Four are an extremely group of four men that serve the British Crown, they would do anything to protect the interests of England. They are known as the Lion, the Cobra, the Falcon, and the Fox. Lord Barrowby or the Fox, has been ailing for some time, unbeknownst to the other three. He had taken under his a very smart, and brave woman who also happened to b...more
Abby
Two things kept me from loving this book as much as I could have.

1) I started this series with book 3 and didn't realize it until half way through. It totally explained why I felt so disconnected from the storyline and why I felt like I was playing catch-up. Totally my fault.

2) The concept of a French aristocrat run out of town, raised as a trick rider in a carnival troupe, who then marries an aristocrat is preposterous. It made an otherwise interesting heroine who owns her passion (and writes...more
Jess Schira
My least favorite of the Royal Four series, though I loved the heroines backstory
Deborah Sullivan
The plot was good, but didn't really require a full sized novel. A novella without all the heroine's sexual fantasies, which I skipped, would have been fine. If the sex doesn't advance the plot, and it didn't, then it's really just porn. I've liked the Liars Club series and the first of the Royal Four specifically because the sex wasn't over the top or the whole point of the book. The second book of the Royal Four was a bit odd in the sex department. And this one just was over the top.

Still, I e...more
~Sara~
This book was much better than the last one in the series. Marcus is attractive, amusing, and sexy. Even when he's being a total jackass, he's a likeable one. The one part I really didn't like was in the lake where Marcus has an orgasm just from looking at Julia naked. That's so not hot!
I loved the character interactions and the Bohemian circus preformers were awesome. I didn't like the boss of the Royal Four, Liverpool. What a dickhead! I hope somebody takes him down a few notches in the last b...more
Michelle
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Sarah
I loved Julia being the Fox. My only problem with the royal 4 is their very snobby. They have to b higher breed and until Julia a man. I think I prefer the liars. They come from all walks of life and are both men and women. I did love Marcus getting a handing do in start by a women. This book reveals more about Denny/Chimera then any of the other. Great HEA once Marcus got his head out his ass.
Arriane
This book! This book! Damn! I can't even describe it by words. It's just simply wonderful. It will make you cry laugh mad and everything else every twist and turn. I so love Julia's wittiness. Someday i'll read it again :)
Srisurang
เล่มสองยังไม่ได้อ่านเลย อ่านเล่มหนึ่งแล้วโดดมาเล่มสาม ก็สนุกใช้ได้นะค่ะ ช่วงแรกๆ ชอบมากเลย (ชอบเกือบทั้งเล่ม) แต่ตอนจบรู้สึกงงๆ แปลกๆ นิดหน่อย เกี่ยวกับฐานะของนางเอก ถ้าไม่คิดมากก็โอเคน่ะ
Christy Quesenberry
I really wish I could find the other two books in this series. I loved this book. I always love Celeste Bradley's books. Marcus and Julia were awesome. Loved the ending.
Lauri
Thank you Celeste for going back to your original suspense with this 3 book in the Royal Four.
Andrea
Okay - I'll admit it! I want to find out how the Liar's Club/"The Four" finally catch "Chimera."
Haylie
Feb 07, 2008 Haylie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: romance
Really cool! I just didn't like how the writer dragged it out, but the ending was worth it!
Starcatcher
เรื่องไปได้ดีจนกลางๆ เล่ม หลังจากนั้นแย่ลงเรื่อยๆ
หวังว่าต่อไปจะมีตอนของเอเลียต
Rachel
Definitely an interesting plot, but it could have been much better done.
Carla
This was pretty good, glad I already have the rest of the series on hand!
Patricia
it was interesting-went on to read more Celeste Bradley...
Joan
A really great read.
Louisa
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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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