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For Your Arms Only

(The Bow St. Agents: Spies in Love #2)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  292 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
He was once a distinguished army officer, a man of honor and heroism. But that was before Alexander Hayes was wrongly accused of treason. Forced to abandon everything he held dear, Alec became a spy for England in an attempt to clear his name. His latest commission sounded simple: Locate a retired soldier gone missing. But it also sent him home, to a family who'd thought h ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Avon (first published November 4th 2009)
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Alexander Hayes fought bravely during the Napoleonic war and achieved the rank of Major. During the battle of Waterloo, he was gravely injured and nearly died. When he, some weeks later, managed to get back to rejoin his fellow soldiers, he discovered that not only had one of his childhood friends died during the battle, but that he was being accused of treason. In absolute disgrace, he lets his family continue to believe that he died, and goes to work as a spy for England, in the hopes of event ...more
Kat at Book Thingo
I enjoyed this book probably more than my rating would suggest. But the romance was underdone and overshadowed by the plot. I wanted the the hero and heroine to circle each other more and revel in the uncertainty and put much more at stake.
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it
This book was recommended and I found it pleasant enough except for the irksome issue of the British class system, which the author appears not to understand: the heroine's father had been a Sergeant in the English army and the hero had been an officer. There was no explanation for her gentility (for want of a better word). It could have easily been part of the plot - a mother who had married beneath her, an unexpected time at boarding school when her father was in funds, etc. Given her father's ...more
Mar 05, 2011 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: snoozeville
What’s the female equivalent of the angry boner man -- nervous nipple woman? Whatever you call it, it's one of my least favorite tropes. Add in a Regency spy hero (albeit a more historically accurate depiction than usual) and a missing-persons mystery and you have a recipe to bore me senseless.
Kate  K. F.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My favorite type of romance with heroine and hero who see each other as equals, a mystery and the complications in the aftermath of war. A fascinating story with spies and truth. I love how Linden's characters aren't the prettiest but feel real and talk to each other.
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Alec has spent the past five years as a spy when he was accused of treason, and found that serving his country once again may be his last hope in finding the evidence to exonerate him. He is therefore sent back to his home and family, to investigate the disappearance of a soldier that has retired for quite some time now. He then comes across a fierce woman who comes close to shooting him on sight. To say he is intrigued is a understatement. He then learns that she is the daughter of the man he i ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
First 60% of the book : 3 stars
Remaining 40% : 4 stars
So as a whole, I settled for 3.5 stars. I swear the first 60% was too slow-paced, in terms of the romance between the hero and heroine. I was beginning to question if that was all the author can give. It feels like those pages were wasted in not so important things. And at the 40%, it seems like fast forward. I didn't even realize that was coming. 'That' being the intimacy part. It almost looked forced. But well, it ended nicely. The treason
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Another good story in the series. This time we have Brandons story only we find out that Brandons real name is Alec Brandon Hayes. He is sent back home for two reasons one his older brother has died and he is the heir and two to investigate the disappearance of a Sargent Tucker. He was accused of being a traitor to England so he has let his family believe he was killed at Waterloo. During his investigation into Sargent Turners disappearance he meets Cressida his daughter and things progress from ...more
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I felt absolutely no connection to these two characters. I didn't even feel an emotional connection from Alec with him going through as much as he did in the military and he isn't a good spy. I found love scenes lacking big time. I'm sad to say this about Caroline Linden writing because she wrote the book "Blame It On Bath" which is my favorite historical romance book. But I'm glad this was her earlier writing...I would still read more of her work.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I liked this story about Cressida and Alex, the second in the Bow St. Spies series. I very much preferred the first book in the series, A View to A Kiss, which was a far better story.
Imo, there was nothing that grabbed me. This was an average story that didn't "float my boat".
I have loved all Caroline Linden books, but only liked this one.

Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Again confused as to whether this is in a series or not. On fantastic fiction this is listed as a standalone, but here it appears to be part of a series. Ah well, it was not disturbing - sometimes you get the feeling there's a lot of background information you should have, but I didn't get that feeling here. The story is entertaining and not so run of the mill.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
I this author is an autobuy for me and I enjoyed this one, just not up to some of her other books. On the one hand the plot is a little slow but the benefit to that is that hero and heroine really get to know each other and their falling in love is believable.
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judging from the cover, you'd think that this book was strictly historical romance but it's that and more...add some mystery and spy business to the mix and it makes for a good and easy read. Looking forward to future releases.
Nancy Luebke
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast paced read and I loved it.The characters were great and it felt real as far as family reacting to each other. I loved all the ins and outs. It was hard to put down even while visiting my grandbabies.
Sep 13, 2010 rated it liked it
A quick and enjoyable read. I appreciated how Linden does not resort to mysteries that always end well - and indeed, I liked how the characters were not all good. Of course, since it was about spies, I liked it all the more. :) Definitely fun and I look forward to reading her other book.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the characters and the "mystery," so I'm not sure why I left this book feeling unsatisfied?
Apr 01, 2011 rated it liked it
another spy rom, but not as good. Only last 1/s gets better, weird char decisions
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Not good. Took too long to get going. I had to force myself to finish it.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-novels
Loved the dialogue between the two main characters. It was believable and witty. Enjoyed this book!
Bebe Four
Series rating: 3+
I enjoyed the first book much more than the other two. The spying element was a very large part of the stories.
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-read
A good read but the ending was somewhat generic and not that interesting.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 14, 2015 09:45AM  
  • From London With Love (Lady Spies, #1)
  • Beauty and the Spy (Holt Sisters Trilogy #1)
  • A Secret in Her Kiss
  • In My Heart (Donally Family, #1)
  • The Heiress in His Bed
  • The Amorous Education of Celia Seaton (The Burgundy Club, #3)
  • The Spare
  • Never Trust a Scoundrel (Sons of Scandal, #1)
  • The Charmer (Liar's Club #4)
  • True Spies (Lord and Lady Spy, #2)
  • Beauty and the Spymaster (Brotherhood of the Falcon, #1)
  • To Surrender To A Rogue (Circle of Sin, #2)
  • The Earl of Her Dreams
  • Secrets of a Proper Countess
  • Revealed (The Blue Raven, #1)
  • The Marriage Ring (Scandals and Seductions #3)
  • To Dream Again
Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a degree in mathematics from Harvard University and worked as a programmer in the financial services industry before realizing writing fiction is much more exciting than writing code. Her books have won the NEC-RWA Readers' Choice Award, the JNRW Golden Leaf, the Daphne du Maurier Award, and RWA's RITA Award, and have been translated into ...more

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