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True Spies

(Lord and Lady Spy #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  914 ratings  ·  114 reviews
He's Getting Tired of Deception...

Baron Winslow Keating is honor-bound to finish one last mission as an elite spy for the Barbican group even though he just wants to go home and be with his family. But after years of secrecy and absence, his daughters hardly know him, and his wife has given up on him.

She Wants to Try a Little Intrigue...

Lady Elinor has had enough of domest
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
True Spies is a spoof on the movie True Lies.<--although, I think most of you could have figured that one out on your own)
And, like Galen's take on Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it's a pretty cute story that's worth reading.


Ok, so Baron Winslow Keating (or simply, Baron, to the other agents) is one of England's best spies and has been for years. The Barbican group has been his life since he was a young man, and he's at the top of his game now.


Fortunately for him, his wife is a sweet little thing who's so
Mary - Buried Under Romance
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lady Elinor dearly loves playing with her daughters, but she has decided it’s time to seek some more excitement in her life. Her husband, Baron Winslow (Winn) Keating, hardly ever comes home on time, and she is tired of waiting for him. Elinor’s first act of defiance was to attend a ball alone, and second in a scandalous dress. Seeing her husband’s enraged reaction to her gown only served to fuel her desire for a dalliance, maybe make hi
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
When her husband, Baron Winslow Keating, fails to show up to take her to a ball yet again, Elinor has had enough. She dons her most daring gown and goes to the ball alone and in the process, turns a new leaf. She is ready for some adventure, some passion to be brought back into her life. Elinor wants to feel needed more than planning balls and taking care of her daughters and if her husband fails to realize that, then maybe she should consider the attention of a new gentleman. Winn is flabbergas ...more
This book started off well enough, with a relatively believable premise, as long as you could manage not to hate the hero's guts for being such an inattentive, cold, and terrible husband. He was necessarily a bad guy, but he was an fool. However, as well as it all started, it quickly devolved into utter ludicrousness. The engaging writing style and the fact that both MCs were faithful to each other were the only things that kept this from being a one star read. ...more
Tory Michaels
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is the second book in Ms. Galen’s Lord and Lady Spies series, following Lord and Lady Smythe (which was, in part Mr. and Mrs. Smith, set in the Regency period). When I first started reading, I didn’t make the connection between the title and the Arnold Schwartzenegger/Jamie Lee Curtis movie True Lies, but it didn’t take long before the title and plot clicked. This book definitely pays tribute to the movie, and despite the dopey picture of Winslow (aka Baron in the spy organization), his des ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With ‘True Spies’ Ms. Galen continues her Lord and Lady Spy series that I really loved.

The character of Elinor was so well-developed that I could feel her emotions as she’s torn about her feelings toward her husband who it seems that he doesn’t care for her.
I found it very hard to like the hero. It took me more that half the book to start warming up to the guy!
His affection for Elinor wasn’t in evidence as much as was his love for his work and that bothered me all through the read.

‘True Spies’ i
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
True Spies is the second book in Ms. Galen's Lord and Lady Spy series. Truth be told, if I knew this when I first picked it up from the library I probably would've passed, mostly because the first book didn't particularly impress me. For those of you just picking this up - this is one of the series book where it is probably better to read them in order.

Unfortunately I find myself having some of the same problems with this book as I did the first. Childish and at times selfish actions on the pa
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Delta by: Publisher ARC
Are you ready for a little humor and action-adventure mixed in with your Regency romance?

Society beauty Lady Elinor Keaton is decidedly tired of being taken for granted by her husband. Lord Winslow (Winn) has a bad habit of ignoring and neglecting the mother of his 12- and 14-year-old daughters, leaving her with only the management of their well-staffed household to occupy her time. When he fails to appear as promised again to escort her to a ball, she makes a decision that will alter their
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling, fast-paced historical romance that I absolutely loved! True Spies had spies, thrills, and a hot romance. In other words, what's not to like?

Elinor was a heroine who has finally decided to take a stand. Her husband has never paid much attention to her and she finally decided that she was done with it. Though she loves her husband, never having his attention has taken its toll and she won't be his doormat anymore. And that's exactly what finally gets his attention. I really liked Elin
Nicole Laverdure
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing spy adventure!
I really loved this fascinating story of TRUE SPIES by Shana Galen
I read her first book LORD & LADY SPY and loved it! Again, I was not disappointed with
this one either. It's the story of Winslow and Elinor, husband and wife! He is an elite spy and has kept his identity secret from his wife. However, she wants an exciting life too. It's a fast paced romance that will keep you interested until the end. Ms. Galen's romance are so intriguing and fun to read. She wrote a ni
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is another amazing book in this series I loved it from the start it is filled with lots of action and a very sensual romance between Winn and his wife Elinor. Ellie has decided to finally give up loving her husband of fouteen years after all he is never there always busy with his estates he has never had time for her and she wants a bit of fun and action in her life, but Winn has come home after the death of a friend and things have changed and he has decided that he wants his wife and when ...more
I like the idea for this book in theory, but sadly it just didn't work for me at all. I really love the idea of couples that got married but have been fairly separate for some time discovering "oh wait, we actually want to make this marriage work" and/or especially the idea of historicals where the hero has been away from home for some time actually having to earn back his spouse and/or children's affections, but that wasn't really what we actually got here and I had a very hard time rooting for ...more
Gokce G
I didn't think I could encounter a novelty when it came to historical romances, however, I see that I was wrong. True Spies tells the story of a husband and wife duo who work as spies in the Regency era.
When I first heard of this plot, I thought I'd get a fast paced historical with a bit of romance in it. I didn't expect a married couple of fourteen years with two kids discovering their passion. I say discovering because although the heroine, Elinor, is already in love with her husband, our her
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Move along folks - not much to see here. This is the story of Winn the regency spy and his unloved, ignored wife Elinor. Could not get invested in the characters, their relationship or the plot of this one. First, Winn and Ellie have been married for 15 years and have 2 daughters, 12 &14. Winn specifically chose his wife because she loved him, he didn't love her, she would make a good baroness and mother, and, most importantly, she wouldn't interfere with his spy career. After 15 years of marria ...more
Stephanie  G
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Are you ready for a little humor and action-adventure mixed in with your Regency romance?

Society beauty Lady Elinor Keaton is decidedly tired of being taken for granted by her husband. Lord Winslow (Winn) has a bad habit of ignoring and neglecting the mother of his 12- and 14-year-old daughters, leaving her with only the management of their well-staffed household to occupy her time. When he fails to appear as promised again to escort her to a ball, she makes a decision that will alter their
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fast paced, adventurous romance lovers.
I will start by saying that I am a huge fan of Shana Galen's books, and I have loved them all. So, I am not surprised that I loved True Spies, it was a very visual read for me, which is my favorite kind. Elinor is a funny, brave and determined heroine that finds herself with loose ends, because her children and a husband don't need her as much. Winn her husband is a very busy man who has had little time for his wife and family in the past. True Spies is the second in the Lord and Lady Spy novels ...more
Susan Gorman
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True Spies= Perfect balance between action & intrique & romance!

Lady Elinor Keating can manage her household, the lessons and activities for two daughters and host formal parties. However, she can not get her husband to notice her.

He is never home, he's distant and he is always late to escort her around town. Elinor is tired of waiting. She need a change and is about to embark on an adventure with a man who claims to be a spy.

Winn, Lord Keating is preoccuppied with his job as a spy for the elit
The Window Seat
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hollywood has a long history of adapting books to the screen. Recently books have started working the angle in reverse, drawing inspiration from well-loved movies. Two years ago author Shana Galen took the film Mr. and Mrs. Smith and turned into a wonderful historical story of two agents married to their careers as spies more than they were ever married to one another. She continues the series and the theme of spy marriages is crisis by taking the action film True Lies and moving it into the pos ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I tried my best not to think of True Lies while reading this book, I mean who wants to see that when reading about Baron? Yes not me.

I liked the fact that they had been married for ages. Winslow was always away (cos he was a spy and she did not know) and Elinor grew tired of being stood up. Their marriage was not a loving happy one. She had been forgotten, and it had never been a love match. Now how can it go wrong with a premise like that?

I did feel sorry for Elinor, but then again, those were
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2015
2020 Reread

Reread this on a whim. It was as entertaining as I remembered. Plus, I am always a sucker for reuniting spouses.

Also, I love the detail that the wife is pissed off when she finds out her husband's been lying to her for decades and is secretly a spy. No swooning due to be impressed by his super-important job making him all mysterious and desirable. I also forgot the scenes where the Baron works with the male lead in the previous book. They are an excellent double-act.


This was fun!
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a let down for me. The other books in this series were just so much better. The torpe was one of my favorites, husband and wife re-connecting but somehow the characters did not resonate with me. Winn has been a spy since before Elinor and he were married. He goes away for weeks at a time on estate business, leaving his wife to care for his home and two daughters. Elinor is a demure woman who is good at being a mother, planning parties, etc. They have a real society marriage. Th ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
True Spies is a great follow up to Lord and Lady Spy! I was so excited to hear this book was coming out and Shana Galen did not disappoint. Elinor and Winn are an exciting and romantic couple. I love the action and sexy tension that Shana puts into her stories. Another hit for her. Keep them coming Shana!
Jacknsusan knight
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great Book! I really enjoyed Shana Galen's new book. True Spies is a combination of Regency romance and James Bond. Galen weaves a fast paced, dangerous plot, funny situations, and steamy sex to perfection! ...more
Michelle (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
Didn't like this one as much as I did Lord and Lady Spy but it was an okay read. Full review to come.

Full review (originally posted on Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks):

True Spies is the follow-up novel to Shana Galen's Lord and Lady Spy--a sort of Mr. and Mrs. Smith retelling set in the Regency era featuring a married hero and heroine who were both spies. They both try to hide their identies from each other until the agency they both worked for forced them to work together on a mission. Lord and
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
A hilarious, sexy Regency romance that will captivate you! Actually rated 4.5! Taken from my review at Romancejunkies.com:

Elinor’s daughters are older now and no longer need her as much. It is time to seek her own interests and find excitement, proving she is more than just a mother and a society hostess. Years of endless waiting, dressed in her finest and falling asleep as she longed for her husband Winn to come home have embittered her. Once more Winn has proven how little he cares for her, no
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Winn, code name Baron, is getting too old for this shit. Climbing across rooftops, getting shot at, gatecrashing balls? It’s all too much. Luckily, his wife Elinor is solid, reliable, and precisely where he’s always left her. At home, waiting for him. That is, until after fourteen years of marriage, Elinor decides to stop waiting and go to the ball herself.

While at the ball, Elinor is spotted by a rival operative who quickly identifies he
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this a 4 because I love the series. It's really more like a 3.5. It was good, but I just didn't like it as much as the first one or the novella. Winn is a spy who is ready to retire and focus on his family life with his wife and daughters. His wife, Elinor, has no idea he's a spy. She thinks he neglects her and her daughters for his family estates. She's madly in love with him, but knows that he is not in love with her. Before Winn can retire, he has to go after the bad guy in the ser ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW, what can I say - I loved this book. I have read "Lord and Lady Spy" and "Spy Wore Blue" and really liked those books but this one is my favorite "spy" book. I like to read stories where the main characters are not very young. Winn and Elinor have been married for 14 years with two girls and since theirs was basically a marriage of convenience there was no spark even left to ignite. The side story of the "spy" who tries to bed Elinor is hilarious. Winn's reaction is not that of a man who mar ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great book from Shana Galen. I won't lie, I was really excited to read this book. Lord and Lady Spy is one of my all time favorite books and I was so excited to jump back into this world. Shana definitely doesn't disappoint with True Spies. Yes, there were a few times when both the hero and heroine annoyed me a bit with their immaturity but I loved that we were able to see them grow. I really liked the chemistry between Winn and Elinor and enjoyed watching them grow to love and trust one ...more
Trigger warnings: gun violence, fire, slut shaming, alcohol abuse, kidnapping

This series is a lot of fun - each book is a Regency romantic suspense story inspired by a famous spy movie. This one is obviously True Lies inspired, and I loved it. There's a second chance element to it that I really enjoyed, and I loved Elinor discovering the truth about her husband and then uncovering that she has plenty of skills of her own.

I laughed out loud multiple times reading this and I can't wait to read th
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“She slashed at him again.
"Is this your idea of foreplay?" he asked, ducking the knife. "Because I rather prefer something with costumes. You could be the saucy chambermaid"—he ducked again—"and I could be the frigid butler who needs warming up."
"I'll show you foreplay," she spat.
He jumped back and narrowly avoided a knife slicing across the gut. He thought about kicking her in the chest—his feet were already bloody and numb from the walk here—but she was a woman, and he still believed in chivalry. "Very well," he conceded, knocking a chair over and tossing it in her path. She had to jump to avoid it, giving him a moment to strategize.
"I'll be the saucy chambermaid. But just this once. And I draw the line at frilly aprons.”
“Who are you?" asked the guard standing in front of the stairs leading up to the upper floors, leading to Elinor. Above, all was still silent. No one had thought to warn the girls working upstairs.
"Chambermaid," Winn said ina ridiculously high voice. "I must warn the girls upstairs." Winn risked a glance at the man and saw he looked skeptical. Bloody hell. What was he to do now? Women always needed help, and men seemed to enjoy helping them, so he added, "Can you help me?"
"I..." The man hesitated, and Winn considered that perhaps it was only attractive women men enjoyed assisting. Foncé's man leaned closer, scrutinizing him, and Winn decided he'd better not take a chance.
"Oh, dear! Look at that!" he screeched, pointing behind the man. When the guard turned to look, Winn kicked him. The man fell against the stairs, and Winn fell on him, ramming his head into the wooden slats.
As the man's eyes drifted closed, Winn muttered, "That's for thinking I wasn't pretty enough.”
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