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A Lady's Revenge (Nexus #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  480 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
British agent Cora deBeau has spent the last three years seducing secrets from the most hardened of French spies while searching for her parents’ killer. When her latest assignment goes awry, she suffers at the hands of her French captor until Guy Trevelyan, the Earl of Helsford and master cryptographer, saves her during a daring rescue. Scarred and wary of men, Cora shies ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it

Cora deBeau has been captured, isolated and tortured for eleven days in a French dungeon by Valere, a French spy and supporter of Napoleon. Cora is an English spy, aka the Raven, working for the Nexus, a group of international spies working against the French. Sent on a mission to save the Raven, are two other Nexus spies, Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford and Ethan, Viscount Danforth.

For three years Cora has been working in France. Her mission given to her by Somerton, head of the Nexus, was to
May 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to rameau by: Alicia. More like begged me to find out if it's any good.
Try to remember that despite all of this, I didn't hate the book.

Mild spoilers ahead.

He's an idiot. She's an idiot. Everyone is an idiot. Despite the author's best intentions (I've read worse so I'm giving her some leeway), pretty much everyone in this book comes across an idiot at one point or another. Everything is explained to such a fine detail that the reader can't help but feel the hammering continue after the nail has been buried into the two-by-four. Not only does this foreshadowing hit
Wendy Marcus
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was like no other historical romance I've ever read. The beginning hooked me and the last third had me reading until 2:00 a.m. to get to The End. Highly recommended!
Lisa Jo
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Holy smokes! Suspense, intrigue, romance, drama...this novel has it all and then some! Clear your schedule before you start Tracy Devlyn's debut A LADY'S REVENGE because once you start reading it, you won't be able to stop until you've finished!

Guy Trevelyan, Earl of Helsford, has been sent to rescue the British spy known as Raven from the grips of an evil Frenchman. What he finds is his childhood friend Cora deBeau being brutally tortured and badly beaten. Though he easily rescues Cora and brin
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, just wonderful!
The stakes couldn't be higher in A Lady's Revenge and a mix of romance, suspense, and action create a magnificent story.

Cora is definitely a tormented character. She works as a spy for the British during the Napoleonic War and she is found out by the Valere, man she's spying on. He tortures her for information until Guy, her childhood friend and future lover, saves her from the prison. Cora is incredibly strong. Not only can she take down a man twice her size but she ha
Donna McBroom-Theriot
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I reached the acknowledgements and began to read that this is a debut novel, I was stunned. The novel read like the work of a seasoned author. I had completely forgotten that this was her first book. It was that well-written.

I loved everything about it. It had a great story line. One of the things I enjoyed the most was that the book not only encompassed a daring heroine, it included an intriguing cast of characters. There were Dinks and Bingham the Raven’s loyal servants, whose constant
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
An impressive debut. If I hadn't known that this was the author's first novel, I would never have guessed. It was very polished. The writing style was flowing and easy to read. The author obviously did her research, but there were no annoying info-dumps in this book. The historical backdrop was just that, a backdrop for the plot, not a textbook.

If you're looking for a "fluff" romance, then this is not the book for you. This is not a brain-candy novel. There are several scenes that might be distu
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for both childhood-friends-turn-lovers romances AND Regencies, so this book was a real treat for me. Cora is the most unconventional Regency heroine I've ever read. Not only is she a spy, she's one angry spy. But despite her almost obsessive anger, despite all the ass she kicks and gets kicked out of her, she's wonderfully warm and vulnerable and funny. Guy on the other hand is your typical Regency hero done to perfection. He's titled and handsome and principled, and entirely irrisi ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
OH there is only one person in this dungeon, damn! Oh well, I will rescue that person anyway, even though the only person in this dungeon was supposed to be the woman called raven. The awesome spy. But this woman can't be her. I almost changed my mind and left her there.
Great logic there Guy.

I will not tell Guy that I know this is a trap, I will rush headstrong into it, even though we could make a trap ourselves and save us a LOT of time. But I am just a headstrong young woman that do not listen
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on The Historical Romance Critic.

Thoughts After Reading:
As I started to give an introduction to the plot in this review, I realized I had one immediate concern: there are a number of unanswered questions I have about the backstory in A Lady's Revenge. The storyline that actually happens during the book is excellent, making it hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The writing and pacing is well done, crafting a romance immersed in suspense, intrigue, and ac
Book Binge
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think the general public has become so aware of the entire espionage issue in our present time that we forget that the "spy game" has gone way back, not only in our own country but in European military engagements as well. The Napoleonic Era was a hot-bed of spy activity and terrorism. Barbaric torture didn't cease when the Middle Ages was over. It was a significant part of the 19th century and in the hands of the bad guy in this novel it was developed to an art.

The rescue of Cora LeBeau was a
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I will be honest, I'm having the hardest time trying to formulate what I want to say about this book. It was very good and definitely not what I was expecting. This story is not for the faint of heart. It definitely isn't a light read, but a dark and intense tale. Watching Cora try to overcome everything that has happened to her was at times difficult, but I was so transfixed with the story I just kept turning the pages wanting more. More Cor
Kelsey Browning
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Why A Lady’s Revenge is a Red Hot Read: Tracey Devlyn has written a Regency romance unlike any I’ve read in the past. This book goes far beyond a standard drawing room Regency.

The heroine Cora is damaged, battling back from physical torture at her enemy’s hands. And now she’s more determined than ever to make her parents’ murderer pay. The hero Guy is a member of the same spy agency, the Nexus, as Cora. Together, they heal Cora’s physical and emotional wounds, take revenge on the French and fin
Sha Mslvoe ♥♥♥
The first book by this author and I truly enjoyed it. This book is definitely not a light read! I was captivated with the plot but in the middle, it's become slow and I have a hard time to continue. Then I came back, becoming more captivated each time I read it. For me, what makes me continue reading was due to the character development.

I'm looking forward her next book.

*** ARC provided by Netgally. Thank you Sourcebooks for giving me opportunity to read it.***
Vikki Vaught
Review to follow. Solid 5***** stars. Loved this book!
2.5 stars
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Historical spy books aren’t usually a go-to for me when I’m browsing the shelves, but this one by Tracey Devlyn really intrigued me. Guy goes to France to rescue the “Raven,” a renowned French spy. Only when he arrives, he discovers Cora, his childhood friend and romantic interest, instead. After getting her out of her French “prison” he must protect her from Valere (a man obsessed) and from herself and her misguided notions of protecting those she loves.

I found this story a bit unusual, in that
Amy R
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great story. I am a sucker for anything with secret agents in it and this one was different than I am used to because it was set back in the 1800’s before there was all the fancy spy gear that they use now. The story flows so well there aren’t really any spots where you feel you can put it down and come back later. The characters had a lot of depth to them and you really felt that you knew them and were experiencing the same things they were (even in the stuff Valere made Cora su ...more
Alexia Chantel
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do you have anything in your life you would sacrifice yourself for? Loved ones might be what comes to mind first. Cora certainly puts herself on the line multiple times in her attempts to keep her loved ones safe. But more than that she also puts herself directly in harms way for revenge.

Revenge is such a strong emotion, one that is strong enough to make this young Englishwoman give up her innocence and in return, her chance at having a normal life and family. The cunning and strength Cora shows
Romancing the Book
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed By~Sarah L.
Review Copy provided By~Netgalley

A Lady's Revenge starts off with a bang when Guy Trevelyan and Viscount Danforth, two British secret agents, are sent to France to rescue fellow secret agent Raven from the enemy's stronghold.

In the beginning, I was captivated with the plot and turned each page eagerly. Unfortunately, that eagerness waned a bit in the middle as the story slowed down and my attention started to drift. The pace of the last third of the story did pick up again wh
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great story of intrigue, love, torture and hate awaits the reader of this story. Cleverly written with descriptive details that will make your heart cringe and your toes curl.

Cora deBeau is a ravenous beauty whose skill would make the average woman of the ton get the vapors of fear just from the first few words. Cora has been trained as a spy and is damned good at what she does until one little slip of confidence gives her away and nearly costs her her life. Can she keep her beauty inside and
Jan 18, 2012 rated it liked it
3.75 out of 5. A complicated novel about several individuals who are active as cryptographers, undercover espionage, and information couriers during the Napoleonic War, it has lots going on and it is not a simple book to read. The heroine has been undercover in the French aristocracy for three years, knowing that she is sacrificing her innocence and her reputation for England's cause. She is discovered and only through the timely intervention of two of her colleagues is she saved from death. But ...more
Seriously Reviewed
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! No let me first say that I am not a die-hard fan of spy stories but this blurb just called out to me :) Way to sell it :) An amazingly fast paced, edge of your seat ride that held nothing back. Dangerouse and passionate, this tale had it all. Completed with characters that were very real and likeable, it had the whole package :)

Well worth the time it takes to read it even if spies aren't always your thing. I would recomend giving it a go simply because the romance will knock you off your f
Espionage. Revenge. Romance. There's a good deal of meaty goodness here for certain (but not so meaty that it's bogged down and hard to follow) and it's all wrapped in strong writing, vivid characters, and beautiful sensuality. A must-read for historical romance fans and definitely for those who want something different than the lighter Regency romances which focus more on courtliness and wooing. A Lady's Revenge is bittersweet, dark and raw.
Mar 02, 2012 marked it as didnt-finish
Couldn't get into this one. Part of it was that I wanted the romance and tension to be dragged out longer. I had a hard time believing that a woman who has been sexually abused would fall into a man's arms so easily (even if he is a lifelong friend). I think the author could have done a much better job of showing Cora's emotional scars and fear of being intimate.
Milena's Book Corner
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
A first in the Nexus series, filled with action, suspense, revenge, justice, a little torture and a kidnapping. A book about revenge which killed the romance a bit, probably the biggest drawback for me. I believe that character development may have suffered a little due to the intensity of this book, nonetheless still a great read.
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Tracey Devlyn Shows just what a woman will do for revenge perfectly in this book. She uses superb writing skills with an amazing plot That made it IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!! It's a great delve into the Past and a romance to kill...
Mary Jo Burke
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A dark debut of a dagger throwing heroine. Great twist on a spy thriller/romance.
Tara Kingston
Riveting suspense, a courageous heroine, and a hero to die for! A page-turning read!
Elise Rome
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very impressive debut.
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USA Today bestselling author Tracey Devlyn wanted to be the next Dian Fossey and explore the wilds of Africa, but that was before she met chemistry and calculus and realized a business major, rather than a science degree, might be more up her alley.

Tracey writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense, historical mysteries, and mainstream thrillers. An Illinois native, Tracey spends her even
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Nexus (5 books)
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