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The Spy

(Liar's Club #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,450 ratings  ·  53 reviews

By day, he is a gentleman with a notorious fondness for games of seduction. By night, he is one of the most skilled saboteurs in the Liar's Club --- a secret group of renegades dedicated to serving the Crow. And while he is willing to risks his life for the good of England, he vows never to put his heart in harm's way ...


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Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published February 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Kristal Kitap
Kaç gündür üst üste casus kitapları okuyunca insan rüyasında da casuslardan kaçabiliyormuş efendim. Kitapların seviyeleri gittikçe düşüp beni sıksada, gecem oldukça maceralı geçti. :D Bir önceki kitaba 4'mü versem 3'mü diye çok kararsız kalmıştım ama bu kitap 3'ten fazlasını hak etmiyor.

James en merak ettiğim karakterlerden biriydi ve kitabının da güzel olmasını istiyordum. Sayfaları ve paragrafları atlaya atlaya bitirdim kitabı. Yine temponun yükseldiği anlar oldu fakat yeterli değildi. Bir yü
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
James Cunnington, aka The Griffin, is trying to get his ex-girlfriend tried for treason so excuse him very much for not noticing that his adopted son's new tutor Phillip A. Walters is actually Phillipa Atwater, the missing daughter of the missing codebreaker of his spy club! BREAKUPS ARE HARD DON'T JUDGE. Phillipa, meanwhile, is trying to determine how to rescue her dad from Napoleon while also keeping her hands to herself because James is just so fine.

1. Not super thrilled by the return of Lad
BJ Rose
Feb 21, 2009 rated it liked it
The books in The Liar's Club series are enjoyable reads with humor and light intrigue. They have strong heroes who are intelligent and patriotic, and strong heroines who are intelligent and resourceful, but the men seem to bungle their jobs until the women set them on the right track. There are some really great secondary characters, such as Feebles the pickpocket, Button the very sartorial valet, and Robbie the chimneysweep. The books had only a few 'suspend-disbelief' moments, (such as a suppo ...more
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Kesinlikle devamının gelmesi gereken bir seri...
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
OK I think I have had enough of the Liar's Club.

This is the 2nd book from the series I read and I think The Spy is an improvement from the first one in the series [The Pretender]. I like Philippa better than the meddlesom Agatha.

I cannot say that I like Celeste Bradley's style. The relationship feels rushed and the proclaimation of love forced, sex sceces uncomfortable, characterization on the shallow side. The spying element is played up in this series, too much for my taste.

I finished the bo
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

I really liked this one, and there were some things that would have given it a higher rating, if only there weren't other things that kind of deducted points.

Review to come soon.
Fleeing Napoleon's spies that kidnapped, and possibly murdered, her father, Phillipa Atwater doesn't know where to turn. Almost destitute and with nowhere to go, she finally gets a break when she spots an add for a tutor.

The only problem is, the tutor is supposed to be a man.

So she cuts and dies her hair, "borrow" some man's clothing and presents herself as Phillip A. Walters in the house of Mr. James Cunnington, the man whose name is scrawled in the margin of her father's mysterious notebook.

May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Hmmm... ok, I didn't like this one quite as well as the others. I got that James had issues due to what happened before the beginning of book 1 in the series. I just found it a bit... Well, it's like this; he didn't recognize that the h was a female and encouragingly told "him" that he could keep whatever secrets he had to be safe. The second he started suspecting the h was indeed a female, he was all "that bitch!" Dude, I get that you were thinking with your little head while engaging in procli ...more
Lea Bourg'
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ahhh the third book of the Liar's Club with the handsome brother of Agatha who surprised me a lot =)
Phillipa has big problems: as her father was kidnapped by the French, she is forced to flee to England to get help from an old friend of her father. Unfortunately, once there she discovered he's dead and Phillipa, having no one to whom turned, decides to dress up as a man to be employed by James Cunnington, a man her father seemed to know ... But if James is more than charming , Phillipa don't kno
I enjoyed the story and the characters in this gender-bender tale of intrigue. However, there are a few glaring details that you need to be able to overlook in order to enjoy the story.

One, that our hero, the main character who is supposed to be a seasoned spy, doesn't notice that Flip is a a woman but Robbie his 9 year old ward and everyone else wasn't fooled. It's really hard to swallow especially since he's also the spymaster of the Liar's Club. It just seemed like he's too dumb and unhinged
This one uses the old heroine-dressed-as-man thing, but it's really enjoyable and not stale. I particularly like the hero's efforts to make a man of the reluctant heroine. The story moves fast, with several twists and the hero and heroine are both very likeable and interesting. Some parts are less than believable, although not in an irritating, "oh, pl-eeze" kind of way, the love scenes are lovely and the heroine is suitably reckless and determined. I would suggest that you need to read the prec ...more
I don't know how I feel about this book. It was a good read, better than some of the drivel I've ever read. But I don't know if I'm sold on the whole girl being a boy, boy being completely unable to see that he's really a she, when everyone else can, plot technique. I'll give that plot another go, but after that, these books might be auto-no's.
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book just never drew me in. It was slow, nearly to the point of boring and the story line just never seemed even remotely believable. More romance might have salvaged it, but the emotional aspect was also missing.
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Already 66% into the book. She's slept with him under the guise of a stereotypical Egyptian exotic dancer. He doesn't know she is Phillip still. Simultaneously, he crushes on the red head and dancer, which are both Phillipa of course. But it feels like he's unfaithful nevertheless. Wish she was revealed earlier. Before they slept with each other.

It doesn't even feel like a spy story. Her goal was to seduce the info out of him as an exotic dancer, but she abandons that in favor of sex and pleasur
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, spies, sexytimes
the first two were a ridiculous good time. this one tried to be more serious in tone but instead just ended up being kinda racist. there was this whole weird thing about sexy harem girls in barbarian outfits and the heroine once spent one night spying on beduoins in the deserts of turkey (???) and now she can do dirty talk in arabic (?????) and also bellydance. not great!!
Alexandria Tale
I knew it! From the very first book I was suspicious of Jackham and it turned out my suspicion was correct all along! Too bad about Ren Porter, I wonder if he would be the enemy next time?
Allyson Faith
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series. This one dragged a little in the middle but then picked up again. Loved the heroine.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merci J'ai Lu d'avoir enfin réédité cette très bonne série. J'ai lu et aimé les 2 premiers tomes il y a quelques années. Je n'ai pas été déçue par la suite.
Elis Madison
James Cunnington is not a happy man.

A couple books ago, he had a beautiful mistress who was six kinds of inventive in the sack, and he was wildly happy. But the beyotch talked him into trying drugs (that were supposed to make "the experience" that much more amazing). Then she'd ask questions about his colleagues in the Liar's Club (a secret fraternity of spies, saboteurs, assassins, etc., for the Crown). Eventually he was mugged and taken captive, kept drugged and questioned unmercifully. Then,
Phillipa is dressed as a guy in disguise to find out what the handsome James Cunngington know about her father who was kidnapped by the Napoleons. There is action, there is lust and there is romance. Now that's a book. James is quite a tough guy. His also a father of a kid called Simon he took from the streets. He takes Phillipa or Flip in to tutor his son Simon. Simon is quite a clever fella. He knew straight away that Phillipa was a girl. He was going to use that against Phillipa but in the en ...more
Deborah Vespo
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, went out and grabbed the rest of the series off of the library shelf as well as the series the Royal Four which continued off of this one. I really like Celeste - I love her characters and her story lines. Her female characters are strong and interesting, but not so strong that I have to put the book down. And her male characters are wonderful and truly likable. And I love the adventure, the romance, the drama - she provides what I like in a story and drives my hunger for more! ...more
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dear God I cannot explain How much I loved this book.
Flip- is officially, officially my favorite historical romance female character ever I mean she took advantage of an unconscious spy that makes her my idol.
James- poor guy pissed the hell off of me but I guess he was lost and all whatever he would do.
Robbie- damnit he is so darn cute I was all over the place worrying for him.

The plot was so fun a lot of embarrassing stuff, a lot of hilarious stuff all wrapped up in this big bow of cuteness.

May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19-ème, romance, regency
Une héroïne qui pour les besoins de sa cause se déguise en garçon pour s'introduire chez le héros... OK au premier abord ça fait résumé de drama asiatique... XD Mais ça donne surtout des scènes très drôles et des échanges savoureux. Et des pensées intimes de l'héroïne assez piquantes XD
Bon sinon comme d'habitude y'a des événements un peu tiré par les cheveux (le coup de la danse orientale...) mais on avance aussi dans une des enquêtes des Menteurs... Et tout n'est pas toujours rose...
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
while i liked this, i could not help but compare it to Duchess By Night by Eloisa James which was much better. in the spy the hero has no clue the heroine is a woman while in James's book the hero finds himself strangely attracted to the beautiful man visiting his estate and there is chemistry and humor between them. Kind of ruined this book for me because it just wasn't nearly as good duchess by night.
Celestita Giron
Al principio dije: ¡Demonios! Que lento es James...

Pero solo leer como Phillipa se mete en problemas por ser tan calenturienta pues me engancho. Se me ha olvidado un poco la historia de Agatha pero se que James ya estaba ahí sufriendo con Lavinia para ese entonces.

A pesar de todo la historia me sedujo y la he disfrutado desde el principio.

¿Quien no tenido esos pensamientos que Phillipa tiene?

Que tire la primera pierda... :D
The brother of the heroine in the first book—he got himself kidnaped by an evil spy woman in that book and has felt guilty for his betrayals ever since. In this one, he’s the hero. He hires a young tutor for his adopted son, never noticing that Philip is really Philippa—the daughter of one of his spy company’s best cryptographers. Lots of complications—lots and lots—very well done. Each feels betrayed by the other—good stuff.
Carito Cárdenas guevara
Muy buena historia, me gusta mucho el hecho de q todas las protagonistas de esta serie sean poco convencionales, Flip en especial me gustó mucho ya q no es la típica protagonista débil, sino todo lo contrario. .. me gustó mucho cuando tenía q hacerse pasar x hombre y simplemente no le salía como quería
Aug 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a story where a young women is posing as a young man, I always have to suspend belief, especially when the hero is a James Bond type of guy. This one was written very well where you could actually imagine Phillipa pulling it off. As always, Celeste Bradley has some great ending. All in all I enjoyed James and Phillipa's story.
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book. However, James had to be the most inept spy ever! Two people figured out "Phillip's" secret right off the bat....but not our spy! BTW, I started reading this series out of order. I highly recommend you not do that.
Michele Lacroix
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Spy. I really liked all the characters especially the main characters of Phillipa and James, I've always enjoyed the books where the heroine disguises herself as a boy. The tension between Phillipa and James and I can't wait for Rose's story in the Charmer.
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