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Checkmate, My Lord

(Nexus #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she’s sent to betray.

Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton, has spent the last decade protecting England’s shores against a French invasion. Known for his cold logic and ability to sacrifice anything for the greater good, few can outwit him, and even fewer dare challenge him. Until now.

After being exiled to his count
Mass Market Paperback, 394 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it

Catherine Ashcroft has come to London from her country residence to see Sebastian, Earl of Somerton, a friend of her late husband, and her neighbour. She brings with her letters that she received from her husband in the last month of his life. Catherine believes there is more to his murder by street thugs, and that important clues lie in his letters.

Sebastian Danvers is the head of Nexus, an elite group of spies working for the British government against Bonaparte. Known for his cool head and co
I gave this an A- at AAR, so 4.5 stars

Checkmate, My Lord is a truly enthralling romantic thriller set in the year before Trafalgar, and while it’s the second book to feature the secret organisation of the Nexus it’s not necessary to have read the first (A Lady's Revenge) in order to be able to follow the story.

At the beginning of the book, the recently widowed Catherine Ashcroft has made her way to the London residence of Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, to see if he is able to shed any ligh
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

Checkmate, My Lord was a lovely romance, as good as the first in the Nexus series. It was full of the same combination of delightful romance and thrilling intrigue.

Catherine was a worthy heroine, which is saying much after seeing the heroine of book 1, Cora (who does show up with her fiance in this one). She is a devoted mother, willing to do anything to protect her child, even though in involved betraying the man she
Janet Robel
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really good! I love a good spy/romance novel with well-written protagonists.
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I think I have stopped gushing over this book long enough to write a review!

When Catherine Ashcroft loses her husband, she turns to Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton for help deciphering her late husbands letter and Lord Somerton seems to be the man for the job. Unaware that Sebastian is a spymaster and a Chief of an organization called Nexus that have spent protecting the English Shores from the French invasion and a man of quiet a few e
Cocktails and Books
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnb-reviewers
Catherine, receives a bunch of strange letters from her estranged husband after his death. She starts trying to find answers of what really happened to him.

Sebastian is one Catherine goes to for help. He agrees to help her, hoping that while he does that he will find more info on who is trying to bring Nexus down.

Catherine just wants answers for her daughter and herself hoping it will help them understand why he left them. To stay busy while Sebastian looks into the letters her husband wrote, s
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, romance-regency
Yet another contemporary-in-regency-clothes, but I couldn't manage to finish it. The heroine's husband worked for the hero's secret service agency (which is known as "the Nexus," which makes me think of Android products rather than the early nineteenth century) and, in consequence, didn't see his wife for several years straight... which I guess is supposed to make us okay with the fact that his boss almost immediately starts romancing his wife (and his wife is interested), but really just makes ...more
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I read this book because of its silly title and I never really got any clarification as to why it’s called that, but it turned out to be surprisingly enjoyable. It’s a cliche romance with problematic tropes and gender roles and plot contrivances bla bla bla but it was a fairly fun light read.
Sandy S
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it
CHECKMATE, MY LORD (Nexus #2) by Tracey Devlyn

ABOUT THE BOOK: Released February 1, 2013

A desperate mother falls in love with the spymaster she’s sent to betray.

Spymaster Sebastian Danvers, Lord Somerton, has spent the last decade protecting England’s shores against a French invasion. Known for his cold logic and ability to sacrifice anything for the greater good, few can outwit him, and even fewer dare challenge him. Until now.

After being exiled to his country estate, Sebastian is surprised when
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Spymaster Sebastian Danvers’ life is not his own. Catherine Ashcroft’s life is too much her own.

Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton, left his much-loved home, Bellamere Park, to head up Nexus a secret group of spies that work unceasingly to protect England from its enemies. His endurance, intellect, and long-held beliefs have been tested to the limit. On leave as per his superior’s request, Sebastian returns to Bellamere Park to find
Amy R
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this second book of the Nexus series, we find the Chief of Nexus, Sebastian/Lord Somerton dealing with an investigation in which he is told to give up the names of his secret agents. While he is dealing with that, Catherine Ashcroft has asked him to look into the death of her husband, one of the Chief’s agents (but Catherine is unaware of this at the time). Catherine will stop at nothing to get answers and finds herself involved in a very evil world of secrets and lies where her life and the ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book of the spies of Nexus series and I liked it better than the first.

If you decide to read it, please do so in order, so that you’ll get the greatest enjoyment out of this story, and the entire series. Here’s the order of the series: #1 is ‘A Lady’s Revenge’ followed by #2 here ‘Checkmate, My Lord’ and ending with #3 ‘Lady’s Secret Weapon’. The reason behind it is the back-story and the dynamic of the Nexus group and who they are and what their mission is.

And now let me tell
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Available February 2013.

A spy is murdered and his wife and child are left to pick up the pieces of their lives–-of course, after being recruited as a spy, he’s spent the last 4 years of their lives together secretive, missing important dates and events, and emotionally unreachable. Lovely, then, that he died a hero’s death. Catherine, our heroine, is angry that the man she married should have turned out just like her father, putting the affairs of the nation before care for his family, and vows
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I could not resist the title of this book, but in the end, we judge books by their content, and not what is on the cover. This romance was just ok. the story of the Nexus is continued from A Lady's Revenge, which I enjoyed. The Nexus is a group of spies in England who's mission is to keep Napoleon from taking over all of Europe. I like some adventure and history with my romance, but the romance is at the forefront here, and it really goes no further.

The characters from the first book are back,
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
eckmate My Lord is set England in the time of Napoleon. The two main characters, Catherine Ashcroft and Sebastian Danvers, Earl of Somerton are neighbors. Catherine is newly widowed. Her husband, Jeffery, had not been home for years and her marriage had been over for a long time. Just before his death he wrote her a series of strange letters and Catherine goes to Sebastian asking for help in finding out what the letters really meant and how Jeffery really died. That action sets up the story.

I ha
My Book Addiction and More MBA
CHECKMATE,MY LORD by Tracey Devlyn is another intriguing Regency Historical Romance. Book 2 in the "Nexus"series,but can be read as a stand alone. See, "A Lady's Revenge". Faced paced and filled with spies,secrets,danger,passion,betrayal,treason,scandal,seduction,romance and love.Follow, Widow, Catherine Ashcroft and Sebastian Danvers,Earl of Somerton, spymaster, as they navigate danger and possible treason. Mrs. Ashcroft is determined to found what really happened to her deceased husband. She f ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
To read my full review, visit: Love Saves the World

Disclosure: I received the ARC through Netgalley. (Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca for accepting my request.) Yes, this is an honest review.

There are a lot of questions that the author poses in the story -- but she answers them all nicely in the end. Devlyn has given dimension to her characters -- showing us multiple aspects of their lives and how they come to play in the decisions that they make. Catherine is woman, mother, lover and friend
Bookish Michelle
Feb 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I would say Checkmate, My Lord is a highly unusual historical romance read. What sets this apart from other historical romance is that the main character, Catherine Ashcroft, sets out to uncover the truth behind her husband's death by trying to decipher his letters. She sought the help of Lord Somerton, whose name appeared on her husband's letters numerous times.

The plot was interesting, though I still cannot understand why Catherine would easily trust the guy who sent her to betray Sebastian.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Checkmate, My Lord was quite the adventure. It is the second in a series. At first, I felt like I was missing something since I hadn't read the first book. I think had I read it, I would have been able to orient myself to the characters a little better. As the story progressed, I found myself feeling more comfortable with Sebastian and Catherine's story.

When it comes to spies and intrigue, who can you trust? Catherine wants to find out what happened to her husband, but can she trust the one man
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Sep 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how good Devlyn's novel was! I'm not too keen on spy-centred romance novels, though historical ones are my preferred sub-genre. The intrigue here is quite interesting and the plot tightly-paced and knuckle-biting. But the strength of the romance novel lies in the hero's and heroine's characterization. They are wounded beings both: Sebastian from spending too many years protecting his country so that his heart petrified; and, Catherine, after the death of a husband w ...more
ARC received from NetGalley.

3.5 stars

Checkmate, My Lord is the second book in the series. I have not read the first book, but I did not find this title difficult to follow - I feel it may be read well as a standalone story.

Set in the Regency era, this story places the widow Catherine Ashcroft in a somewhat desperate position. She wants answers about the death of her husband, and only the Earl of Somerton can help. The Earl, Sebastian, clearly knows more than he's willing to let on, keeping sile
Jeanne Murray
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like spies and all the twisted and complicated issues that their careers cause in their lives, you’ll like Tracey Devlyn’s “Checkmate, My Lord.” The characters have a satisfactory depth to overcome that little bit of foolishness that the whole spy thing causes. The hero is tormented by the need to give up a normal life in order to serve his country and the heroine resents being left out of the loop. One of several novels about the same group of spies—a “series” of a sort—this novel is ent ...more
Delene Yochum
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in Tracey Devlyn's Nexus Series. I love reading the suspense/romance genre and this certainly fits the bill. Adding a historical story line only increased my interest as I do not read a lot of Regency/Historical romance Novels. The H/h are two very strong willed characters which only adds more angst to the book. Something I appreciate, those page grabbing moments when you read on because you can not stop, the need to find out what is happening next. Catherine is compelled to ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Angela by: netgalley
I had to give this book three stars and that is not because it's a mediocre book, but because as per my usual I didn't realize this was part of a series. I felt like I missed a huge part of the story, which I did by skipping the first book, but it wasn't so bad that I had no idea what was going on. The book is full of reoccurring characters and subplots but not enough to distract from the story between Sebastian and Catherine. Once I got into the story a few chapters it picked up and was very en ...more
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tracy-devlyn
Book 2 in the "Nexus" series, but I think it can be read as a stand alone. Mrs. Ashcroft is determined to find what really happened to her deceased husband. Can she trust the one man who can tell her? Sebastian is head of the Nexus, a network of informants, couriers and spies who are dedicated to keeping England safe. He is trying to keep silent for the sake of Catherine and her daughter's safety. Sebastian takes his time with the widow because he soon believes she might be the one sacrifice he ...more
Vidya Tiru
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
The story was good but the fact that the hero in the story was addressed varyingly, almost in every other page (sir, my lord, chief, by name, by title, etc) distracted me a bit. Normally, I would not worry about such things while reading but it was such a little too often to keep me immersed in the book. It showed what a mother is capable of doing to protect her children and her loved ones. The title seems oddly irrelevant to the story or the characters. This was an OK read for me.

Rating: C

Brooke Blogs
In Checkmate, My Lord, Tracey Devlyn absolutely delights with the story of Catherine Ashcroft and Lord Somerton (Sebastian Danvers). Catherine Ashcroft is a widow, asking many questions of Lord Somerton regarding her husband's death. There is much deception on both Catherine and Sebastian's accounts, for different, but similar strong feelings. There is mystery and intrigue throughout, as well as some glorious love scenes. I loved the suspense that built throughout. The Nexus series is simply fan ...more
Shh I'm reading!
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Very enjoyable. Sophie was a charming precocious girl, Sebastian was an effective (if somewhat unmemorable) hero, and Catherine balanced practicality and heart well. Reading this made me more interested in others in this series. Now I have to go back a read Helsford and Cora's tale. Oh, and is it wrong that I'm hoping Tracey will fastforward a decade or so for Sophie's story? I really want her to end up with Teddy. ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, with this sophomore entry, Devlyn has me firmly in her grasp for future reads. I was intrigued by A Lady's Revenge (and slightly squirming at the rougher scenes) but the writing and storyline were so strong I couldn't stop reading. And Somerton caught my attention, too, so I was very excited to find that this book was HIS story. And I don't usually like romance novels with children but Sophie was real, likeable, and not a scene stealer. Well done! For more: ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1804 England the war of spies is going strong between England and France. Sebastian Danvers, Lord of Somerton head of the Nexus group of spies is forced to take a vacation on his country estate. The newly widowed Catherine Ashcroft his neighbor has question regarding her husbands death for Sebastian. But can he trust her with the answers? The author does an excellent job of building the tension. Loved it.
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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. At her home in the mountains of North Caro

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