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The Miss Mirren Mission

(Regency Reformers #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Loving her would be his downfall…

To society, the Earl of Blackstone cuts a mysterious figure. He is eligible, withdrawn, and endlessly fascinating. Yet as an integral part of London’s underground spy ring intent on defeating Napoleon, Blackstone has no mistress but the cause.

Miss Emily Mirren is considered “unbiddable” by the ton. She wields a fierce intellect, which she c
ebook, 250 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Entangled: Select Historical
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Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Earl of Blackstone is finally on the mission he has been waiting for, to capture his French spy nemesis Le Cafard. This mission requires the normally broody and distant Blackstone to host a get together at his country estate. When the unexpected Miss Emily Mirren shows up, Blackstone's attention and plans start to get skewed.

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Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I've given this a C+ at AAR, so 3.5 stars.

The Miss Mirren Mission is a fast-paced, entertaining story that pairs an intelligent, determined social reformer with a reclusive, somewhat grouchy earl – who also happens to be a crack spy. It’s this author’s first foray into historical romance, and while it does have a number of flaws and inconsistencies, I enjoyed it because her two main characters are engaging and there is a warmth and authenticity to their interactions that lends real depth to thei
May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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That unfortunately seems to be the only word that comes to mind in regard to The Miss Mirren Mission.
Eric Woodley may be the 12th Earl of Blackstone, but one would be very hard pressed to prove his genteel origins by way of his behaviour.  He comes off as very withdrawn, socially awkward, and sexually repressed.  There are also the added distractions of a much alluded to, as yet unexplained mission to uncover he identity of a spy, his dogged obsession with the memory of the fall
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, I must say I’m very fond of Ms. Holiday’s writing style. I’ve really enjoyed reading this historical.

I think it follows her previous works “theme” of the anti-commitment, emotionally stunted H who can’t help it but fall for the quirky, irreverent but still lovable h.

In this instance Eric (AKA Blackstone the Earl) has had a quite difficult childhood and is forced into retirement from the military. He now spends his days as a spy for the English Crown, gathering information against the Frenc
Blushing Reader
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read

Historical Romance was my first love in reading, back when I had to swipe my Mom's paperbacks off her nightstand and read them in secret. Over the last few years I have drifted away from this genre, or to be fair, I have gotten pickier about what historical romances I read, but every now and then a new historical catches my eye and have to read it. The Miss Mirren Mission was the next book I "had to read". I read a contemporary romance by Jenny Holiday a month ago, Sleeping with Her Enemy, and f
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it

Not entirely sure! It took me a while to get into this, then I liked it, but the ending wasn't super great for me. Plot spoilers. (view spoiler) Also the hero definitely should've just TALKED to the heroine instead of sabotaging her.

I do think it was pretty good at writing a reformer who didn't seem too modern.

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Mar 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Emily and Blackstone are a couple of wonderfully complex, rich characters each with their own exciting backstory and driving force behind their actions and thoughts in the present plot. But in the second half of the story – where we get most of the backstory – it was almost like there was TOO much going on. The first half of the novel was the charming exploration and development of Emily and Blackstone’s relationship. It wasn’t a love-at-first-sight situation and it was delightful to watch their ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In ‘The Miss Mirren Mission’ we meet Emily Mirren, a twenty three year old unmarried woman with a passion for books and writing. Since it’s the early eighteen hundreds woman aren’t supposed to be emancipated and writing column’s for a abolitionist newspaper. But Emily isn’t like other woman of her time. This makes Emily Mirren unbiddable for marriage by most. But Emily isn’t planning on getting married, she has her own plans in life.
The Earl of Blackstone, Eric Woodley is a well-known bachelor.
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such an enjoyable book, both the characters and the storyline keeping me entertained the whole way through. I cut my romance reading teeth on historical romances and always love revisiting these time periods, going back in time to a different era and meeting interesting and engaging characters.

Emily Mirren is a unique character, she is shunned by the ton, fiercely independent and a smart and intelligent woman. She is a force to be reckoned with and this is what makes the ton so uncomfo
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this from Netgalley/Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Okay, I am going to rant for a minute about a pet peeve of mine. I really really cannot stand a book where the major problem between two characters is that they do not talk to each other. I hate it! It is just nuts that everything would be fixed if the two stupid people would just have a converstation.

In this book, we have two characters who just needed to sit down and talk it would have solved a lot of their
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: regency-ish
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit disappointing -- this one felt too contrived to me.
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Usually I am very wary about picking up a romance novel I know nothing about. It's a genre that I am quite picky about so I try to be selective. Then on an average day I got a wild hair, as one sometimes does, and requested The Miss Mirren Mission from Netgalley and Lo and Behold... I LOVED it! Sometimes it pays to be all risky and impulsive.

The Miss Mirren Mission is a Regency Era romance which features:

Emily Mirren: Bluestocking, radical abolitionist, not interested in marriage because the onl
Maria Rose
This captivating regency romance is the story of Eric, the Earl of Blackstone and Miss Emily Mirren. Eric has been pursuing a French spy for several years, the man whose actions resulted in the loss of his commanding officer (Emily's father) on the field of battle, leaving Emily orphaned and living under the guardianship of Mr. Manning. They both have aims to expose Mr. Manning of underhanded things, but unbeknownst to Emily, Eric's aims clash with her own. Now with time on no-one's side, it's a ...more
The elusive Earl of Blackstone is in service to the crown, bent on bringing down the French threat from Napoleon. Eligible and sought after, he’s spurned many of the attempts to draw him into the marriage mart, as the cause holds all of his attention.

Emily Mirren is firmly out of society’s favor: intelligent, headstrong and unwilling to hide her considerable intellect and passions behind the niceties of society, she is a fierce abolitionist and pens a well-known newspaper under a male pseudonym
Gigi staub
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loving her would be his downfall…

To society, the Earl of Blackstone cuts a mysterious figure. He is eligible, withdrawn, and endlessly fascinating. Yet as an integral part of London’s underground spy ring intent on defeating Napoleon, Blackstone has no mistress but the cause.

Miss Emily Mirren is considered “unbiddable” by the ton. She wields a fierce intellect, which she channels into her own secret cause—writing an abolitionist newspaper column under a male pseudonym.

When Emily’s aims clash wit
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Eric is a man haunted by the ghosts of his past, He has thrown himself into his spy work to distract himself. His only focus is the mission which he must complete at any cost.

Emily Mirren has a mission of her own, and when her path crosses with Eric's they are immediately drawn to each other. They've both had a troubled past, and with Emily adamant that she will never marry and Eric determined to be the last of his bloodline a marriage be
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked the first half of this book. It was a slow burn between the two main characters, Emily and Blackstone. The characters are well developed and their motivations were very clear. Emily is a bluestocking who is working very hard at the abolishment movement. She has great depth as a character and I loved how with every chapter and scene her character was revealed. Blackstone is very mysterious. He has lost a hand to the war and continues to work as a spy defeating Napoleon’s efforts.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blackstone is a man laboring under the burden of guilt. The second son of an Earl, he joins the army but during the war he watched his Captain die & feels guilty that he wasn’t able to save him but instead under direct orders of said Captain saved a young soldier. Injured in battle he returns home a war hero and is recruited into the Intelligence Operation, his sole aim to fulfill the last wish of his Captain … to end the war. The second burden of guilt he carries is his inability to avert h ...more
Kate E. Stephenson
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Yes! Finally, a book that really surprised me! My main complaint for years now has been that in the first few pages I can generally see exactly how a narrative will unfold and what tiny twist on the generic formula the author will take. But here, in The Miss Mirren Mission, I will admit that I didn’t see the twist coming until it was smacking me in the face so wonderfully I exclaimed aloud! I am still a bit in astonishment. And pe
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This was pitched to me as "perfect for Julia Quinn fans" and if you know me at all, you know how inevitable it was for me to pick up The Miss Mirren Mission. Completely inevitable.

That said, I'm not completely sure why this is marketed for Julia Quinn fans, other than both are historical romances. If there's any JQ comparison I can make, The Miss Mirren Mission had some similarities to JQ's earlier books (specifically the Agents of the Crown ones, since this had to do with spies and such).

Some o
This was a very fun romance. Emily is on her way to becoming one heck of a bluestocking, and she's proud of it. She reads about anything and everything - which I always like in a character - and it's given her a unique perspective on quite a few things. She's also a reformist. She wants to abolish slavery and punish those that are still illegally buying and selling them. When her goals of finding information on a slave trader interfere with an investigation in process she finds herself caught up ...more
Set at the turn of the nineteenth century, Miss Mirren is a blue stocking, twenty-three years old and resolute about never marrying - she’s not been impressed by the treatment of wives she’s seen. She’s also a feisty, independent and determined promoter of anti-slavery. Her father was killed in the war and she now has control over her own considerable fortunes.

One of the men serving under her father was the Earl of Blackstone. He’s eligible, handsome and secretly a spy determined to defeat Napol
An intriguing tale of spies, danger, mystery,secrets,treason, subterfuge, slavers, passion and of course, romance. New author to me and one I enjoyed reading. A "Recency Reformers Romance".

The characters are unique, strong, determined and engaging. The storyline was unique in it's depiction of slavers, mixed with treason and the men who ran such enterprises. Kinda of a Regency good vs evil. A wrong can be made right, if one is determined enough to it done.

I found Miss Mirren to be feisty, dang
Inishowen Cailín
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of my favourite genres, historical, romantic mystery. This is Jenny Holiday's first foray into the genre and I would definitely read more of the same by the author. There was plenty of intrigue to keep the story flowing. The background to the characters was very interesting and it added a sense of credibility to their blossoming friendship.
The characters meet during a house party but neither are there for romance. They have their own agendas to pursue. The Earl of Blackstone is a spy and det
Rosemary K
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
When the mysterious Earl of Blackstone meets the unconventional Miss Emily Mirren, sparks fly. They form a deep connection that neither will acknowledge. He's a part of a secret spy ring working to bring about Napoleon's downfall. She's a rebel who fights against slavery by writing a newspaper column under a male alias. Blackstone wants to help her in this battle, but he can't if his mission is to succeed. Can these two find each other among all the lies? I enjoy a strong heroine and Emily is th ...more
Jan Goodard
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emily is an independent woman who is a reformer. She is trying to get evidence in order expose her former guardian who is in the illegal slave trade. She also is innately kind, able to sooth the wounds of others but not her own nightmares. Eric is a man with demons, a wounded warrior, only not only carrying war wounds but also life wounds. Eric is a spy, a very good spy who is driven to bring down the French spy known as the cockroach. Unfortunately Miss Mirren' s own mission is threatening Eric ...more
Paula Bothwell
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Miss Mirren Mission: Regency Reformers #1 - R
Violence: war casualties and reasons for scars alluded to, but no details
Language: <50 swears, including deity; a couple of coarse words; several FBombs (was that even a word in Regency England?)
Sex: H's musings; a lot of tightening/uncomfortable groin/genital talk to express desire (ugh!); descriptive kissing; roaming hands, then heavy petting about 60% in, sex 75% in and they just keep going . . .
Returned for content, but I'm bummed because o
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This started out feeling a little bit like Pride & Prejudice, with two very focused characters passing judgement on one another. But as the action of the story progressed, the action progressed, and I'm fairly certain that Miss Austen would have been appalled at the thought of a peer of the realm talking about "cocks" to a young woman he was seriously courting, spy or not. Sorry, I probably should have advised you of that spoiler but you probably would have seen it coming anyway (pun alert!! ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 19, 2015 06:30PM  
Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, thoug ...more

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