It Takes a Spy by Sheridan Jeane Secrets and Seduction
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Genres: Historical, Romance
In 1851, Cecilia Paring has serious reservations about marrying her fiancé, Devin Montlake. Gone is the boy who could capture her heart with a word or a glance and in his place is a man who has made it clear that to be a proper barrister's wife, the exciting and impulsive Cecilia must change as well.Although Devin Montlake loves his orderly life as a barrister, he's determined to follow his roadmap to achieve his goal of becoming a judge. His biggest obstacle seems to be convincing his headstrong fiancée to fulfill her social obligations with a modicum of propriety. But when the jewelry collection belonging to Cecilia's family is stolen the night before it is to be auctioned off and Devin is framed for the crime, he discovers that following his much-loved rules won't solve this particular problem. He'll need the inventiveness of his irrepressible fiancée to catch the thief.
As she watched him, he rubbed his hand through his dark hair, making it stand on end. The disheveled look seemed to suit his mood. She was tempted to move closer and try to soothe him, but she was afraid of spooking the man. Right now, he reminded her of a cornered tomcat, bristling with fury and ready to fight.
How would she ever convince him not to fight, but to flee?
“It’s obvious that someone wanted to make you a suspect. It certainly worked. No one is trying to find the real thief. They’re all searching for you.” She paced the floor, tugging fretfully at her lower lip as she tried to find a solution. “The hotel is swarming with policemen. You’ll never be able to slip past them all without being caught. I think you should hide here until they’re gone.”
“Hide? I can’t simply hide. If I’m the only person they’re searching for, the thief will escape. I can’t sit by and allow that to happen.”
“I don’t see that you have a choice. They won’t believe you if you protest.”
Devin pressed his lips together in a thin line. “Then I’ll have to find him myself.”
Cecilia’s mouth fell open. “How can you possibly do that? You’re trapped in a hotel with all of London searching for you.”
“I’ll have to escape.” He moved toward the window, his gaze intent.
At least he’d said “escape.” That was a big step in the right direction, and she was glad Devin had been the first to mention it. Thank goodness he wasn’t talking about confronting the police and trying to convince them of his innocence anymore. Cecilia moved closer to him and peered out the window to the ground four floors below. “You can’t leave that way. We’re much too high. You’ll have to sneak out.”
“Sneak out?” He scrubbed his hand over his face. “That isn’t a gentlemanly solution.”
“Being arrested for theft isn’t gentlemanly either.” She gave him a lopsided smile in an attempt to soften her words. “I think it’s the lesser of two evils.”