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While You Were Spying

(Regency Spies #0.5)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  50 reviews
The latest addition to the REGENCY SPIES series, WHILE YOU WERE SPYING is the highly anticipated prequel to WHEN DASHING MET DANGER and PRIDE AND PETTICOATS .

Francesca Dashing would like to forget that Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, exists. He humiliated her in front of all of London Society—and he doesn’t even remember it! But when Ethan shows up in her
Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by BMLA Digital (first published April 6th 2015)
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Debbie DiFiore
Galen is great!

I loved the hero Ethan and his obsession with Francesca! They were perfect together. I loved her compassion and love of animals. She was the ultimate heroine and was strong and not afraid to speak her mind. There is someone attacking her and believe me she fights back. She is no delicate flower. The hero adores her but has been burnt by love before by a trashy gold digger. I hated that he sometimes judged Francesca by the ex's behavior. I loved her family, especially her Mother an
It's been some time, but I remember liking the light historical romps and romantic escapades this author wrote and so I was delighted to discover to find this one tucked among all the audio files on my computer. A new to me narrator, the prequel to a series, and spies seemed the perfect choice when I was deciding on a few books to celebrate June is Audiobook Month #JIAM.

While You Were Spying is the prequel story for the author's Regency Spies series. I'm not sure if its one of those prequels tha
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shana Galen is a very talented author. One genre she does really well is writing about spies. I have fallen in love with her Regency Spies series, and this book is another great addition. She creates characters that are alluring, intriguing and relatable. What is so great about reading a book by Shana Galen? Well, you can count on the fact that you will be reading a book that will have you interested and engaged with the characters and plot. I’m always a little worried when I start to read a new ...more
Vikki Vaught
Vikki’s Musings

When I discovered While You Were Spying, Spies Book 0, was coming out, I could not wait to read this upcoming release by Shana Galen, an author I have long admired for her delightfully witty and emotional stories. When the chance came up for me the read this book prior to publication, I immediately accept it for an honest review. As usual with Ms. Galen’s novels, I was pulled in right away and remained that way until the last page. I love that when it happens.

Francesca Dashing has
I've given this a B for narration and a C for content at AudioGals, so that's 3.5 stars overall

I’ve been enjoying Shana Galen’s current Covent Garden Cubs series, and even though I haven’t read either of her Regency Spies books, I thought that as While You Were Spying is actually the prequel to that series, picking it up without having read the others would mean I wasn’t missing out on anything I needed to know. Unfortunately, however, the story turned out to be mediocre and even the mor
Susan Gorman
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Shana Galen's regency spy books are must reads for me. They contain the right amount of passion, humor and adventure. Ms. Galen does not write a formula regency novel. Each one of her stories has unique characters and storylines. Ms. Galen writes characters - heroes, heroines and (gasp) villains -- that resonate with me. I loved her Regency Spy series and was thrilled to hear that she was publishing While You Were Spying, the prequel to her Regency Spy series.

Francesca Dashing falls into the Ea
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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WHILE YOU WERE SPYING by Shana Galen: Defining Moments

Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

This story is about the moments in one’s life that shape you, that define you.

There is one truly horrific reason Winterbourne is a spy, and it has to do with just such an event. And there is a reason he is about as likely to be a good, understanding husba
Jo Anne
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
I love Shana Galen's stories. In this one, Miss Francesca Dashing doesn’t care if she ever marries. After her one season in Town, which resulted in a disastrous past engagement to an evil man, she is much more comfortable living at her country home, where she has the freedom to care for her hurt or sick animals.

Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, thrives on his service as agent for the Crown. He’s visiting his brother’s estate in search of culprits who have been smuggling arms to the F
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!

This romance has subtle undertones and nuances that make it captivating from the start. The characters are interesting and a few downright quirky. The healing of their past pains and the blossoming relationship between the main characters makes this book a delight!
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is a prequel to the Regency Spies series and it hits the shelves [although you can pre-order anytime before] on April 7th.

As a long time fan of this author [until recently I was only five books short away from having ALL of her books!] I am always happy to find out she’s got a new book for me to devour.

She never fails to capture my imagination with her well written/plotted, fast-paced and always intriguing and complex characters. If an author manages to make you care for her hero and
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning: This book could cost you sleep. You won't want to put it down before the last page is read!

Francesca Dashing felt her chance at love and happiness had missed her. Her betrothal to Lord Roxberry had been broken- by her. She felt they didn't suit-and wanted more in her life. Her 'more' was her animals-the ones she saves whenever they become sick or injured. Her father's servants and the village surrounding their estate bring any injured animal her way.

Ethan - The Marquis of Winterbourne
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"While You Were Spying" by Shana Galen
A Regency Spies Novel
Francesca Dashing was secretly looking through a window into a crumbling mud building at a poor ill used colt she had intention of saving from his fate when the bucket she was standing on lurched from under her and she pinwheeled helplessly backwards tumbling into a wall of hard, unyielding muscle. The man pulled her close to him with one arm while he covered her mouth with the other.
The Marquess of Winterbourne was sent to Hampshire by
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Shana Galen has done it again! There is a reason Shana Galen is one of my all-time favorite authors and after finishing While You Were Spying, it just solidified her place on the list all that much more. From beginning to end I was transfixed and found it difficult to put this book down. It was packed with action, heat, sexual tension and terrific banter...pretty much everything that I love when reading a historical novel.

I found the chemistry between Francesca and Ethan was fantastic. They jus
Ann Marie
More like 2.5 stars but I love Shana Galen’s writing and that deserves at least an extra ½ a star. That being said, this book just frustrated the hell out of me. I liked the plot and idea of the story but I found the heroine irritating. She really was TSTL. She repeatedly ignored everyone that tried to protect her and keep her safe by continuing to go out by herself after she’d been attacked…more than once! She even ignored her intuition when she felt something was wrong. And then I couldn’t bel ...more
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another captivating and sweet Regency romance!
It's always a delight to read Shana Galen's books, so when I saw “While You Were Spying” I had to get it. I wasn't disappointed! Another fabulous historical romance very well written. It tells the story of Francesca Dashing would like to forget that Ethan Caxton, the Marquess of Winterbourne, exists. He humiliated her in front of all of London Society! But when Ethan shows up in Hampshire, her heart still has strong feelings for him. What will she do
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. It was a long time coming, but so glad it was finally written.

Francesca is a caring, nurturing young woman who hides her fears by showering injured or stray animals with her love and devotion. She had the strength to break away from an abusive fiance but could not find the strength to trust and love again. Ethan also suffered from the pain of a broken engagement and a faithless fiancee. Quite a pair these two were. Through some fits and starts, the pair come together
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A prelude to my favourite series by Shana Galen. Throughout the book, the readers are given hints to the emotional and physical pain the H&H have been through to make them the way they are and what makes them react the way they are. Highly recommended for those who love a thrilling adventure.
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Mar 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The emotional maturity was a bit lacking in this one. Every Time there was a little blip in the road they were immediately entirely certain that the other had never actually cared for them at all or something. Just nonsense. The mystery was very transparent almost from the start, which isn't a huge deal, because I'm reading for the romance rather than the mystery (though I certainly would have appreciated an interesting mystery!), but on top of that it was treated as if it were all an unfathomab ...more
Mar 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome story! Even though it’s very obvious who the bad guy is and it was frustrating that Francesca wasn’t putting two and two together lol. But it wasn’t annoying to the point where it got in the way of enjoying the story. The intrigue was very good and I loved the pace of the plot and where it went. I also loved all the characters. I soooo identified with Francesca and how she had her self worth absolutely shattered by her abuser and felt so empowered watching her build herself back up. She’ ...more
The narrator of the audio version of While You Were Spying was a huge benefit to this one. There way too many illogical moments and the thought process of characters didn't always make sense. However, the narrator was fantastic and really added something to the story. So, while this one is not my favourite historical romance by Galen, it is still entertaining and I recommend that audio fans check this one out. ...more
Blech. Super gross and controlling male lead. Doesn’t respect the heroine or women in general. I barely managed to finish it but I was hoping that the mystery piece would be interesting. It was entirely transparent, which would not have bothered me overly much if the romance piece was good. Wanted the heroine to just tell the guy to sod off like 18 times. He respected neither her choices, her privacy, nor her bodily autonomy. Gross.
Barbara Literski
Love and Trust

Love to read books about spies! This one is another good book by Shana Galen. Ethan and Francesca engagement starts out as a temporary but ends up in a marriage. Both have old hurts and trust issues from previous engagements, but love can turn up when you least expect it.
Rui Xian
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not finish this book. The romance was completely unbelievable. I feel one thing that historical fiction has really got going for it is a richness of setting, and that’s just something I didn’t get from this book. There were not enough details, it kind of just felt... like a bad Wattpad romance. Right. Don’t think there’s much I can say beyond that.
Kathy Brickert
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always a winner

You can't go wrong reading anything by Shana Galen! This one was very lovely. Kept my interest and I read it almost nonstop! Hope to read any more. I do enjoy this spy series. Good read!
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad to discover this book because I had missed in my Shana Galen reading marathon. It went straight to the top of my To Read list and I really enjoyed seeing the beginning of the Regency Spies series.
Rachel Grace
2.5 stars I liked the writing and will definitely read more from this author in the future I liked the first half but it dragged toward the end and the twist for who was responsible was super predictable.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Shana Galen book and it won't be my last, although it's not on the list of my top faves, I really enjoyed the banter between the characters and the chemistry was excellent! ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2019
I enjoyed this despite the likeable heroine being TSTL on more than one occasion and the hero being a terrible spy and a sulky toddler.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Why You Were Spying by Shana Galen is prequel to the older series, which includes When Dashing Met Danger and Pride and Petticoats .
I love that you can jump right in without having to try to catch up, and reading it certainly made me want to go back and reread the rest of the series.

This book had a sweet sexiness, and a sense of kindness that I just loved. The hero, Ethan Caxton, is not looking for love, and neither is the heroine, Francesca Dashing. They have met, but only one of them remember
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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Regency Spies (3 books)
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