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Peek Inside A Spy Unmasked

London, 1820. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert Ware—the Earl of Kirkland—is a “guest” at a masquerade party, retrieving vital information for a murder investigation when an exquisite woman aims right at him. Lady Sophia Merrill is determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father. Now she must masquerade as Robert's betrothed, in order to find the killer. But the undeniably potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia's reputation...and both of their lives.

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When a charade becomes a dangerous game…

London, 1820

The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware–known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland–planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a “guest” at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he’s quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him…

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice’s shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert’s betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor’s Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia’s reputation… and both of their lives.


"This book is everything you hope for in a historical romance novel - love, a great mystery, adventure and a very satisfying ending!" --Kilts and Swords

"Gabrielle does an exquisite job of writing this romance and weaving it into the danger and intrigue that follows our couple." --The Reading Cafe

"With sweet romance mixed with an intriguing mystery, A Spy Unmasked was an enjoyable read." --Farrah, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751330
Series: In the Crown's Secret Service, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 10, 2014
Page Count: 285
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: coworkers, fake engagement

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By Ivy March 20, 2018

This was a cute little Regency spy romance, with a big twist at the end that I never saw coming. The story line is more of a "how to catch 'em" instead of a "whodunnit" so I was shocked when it did turn into a "whodunnit" at the very end. The H is Robert, the newly minted Earl of Kirkland. Robert is ...more

By Kiltsandswords October 30, 2014

I LOVED this book. What made this story so excellent was the amazing plot the author developed, with rich characters and complicated emotions. It was such a great story to read and it had me dying to know what happens!
Lady Sophia has been unsuccessfully trying to find out what happened to her father ...more

By Stacy November 19, 2014

I enjoyed reading this book. The plot was interesting, and it was unraveled in a fast pace engaging manner that I appreciated. I was really invested in the characters journey and that is always a fabulous thing. While I liked Lady Sophia and admired her determination to seek justice for her father’ ...more

By Trish May 31, 2015

Great read..

This book was entertaining at the very beginning. Sophia was impatient and brave, and Roberts was impatient and frustrated. The chemistry between the two was fantastic and, naturally, neither wanted to admit it. Well, the chemistry was worth reading about until Sophia suddenly became TST ...more

By Farrah November 02, 2014

With sweet romance mixed with an intriguing mystery, A Spy Unmasked was an enjoyable read. It was a great romance and I really liked it.

Sophia was a determined character. She wanted to take down her father's killer and she would find a way to do it no matter what. She was clever and knew how to play ...more

By Shirley Hailstock November 11, 2014

A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle was a joy to read. I love historical females who are more than a pretty face. Lady Sophia filled that bill. She's adventurous, intelligent and unafraid -- a perfect match for spy Robert Ware, Earl of Kirkland.

I found it particularly symbolic that the book opens with ...more

By Arshia October 29, 2014

Review copy provided by NetGalley.

Loved this book, the mystery and the love story will keep you hooked. The book was fast paced which was a big plus since it's a mystery too. There is a deadline and H&H are busy trying to figure the villain behind the murders for some inventors. Lady Sophia's fathe ...more

By Pam July 14, 2020

I am not a writer and never could be. Even reading hundreds of books a year, I could never write like these authors do. With that being said, I don’t write great reviews. I don’t rehash or dissect the books or stories. If I liked or loved a book; I used to just say “Love this book. Get it” or someth ...more

By Kirribilligirl July 20, 2019

An enjoyable historical romance

This was an interesting story. What I enjoyed was that the interactions with Sophia and Robert were considerably more realistic of the times. There were chaperons to be avoided and prying eyes constantly on the look out for indiscretions.
Sophia was a fun heroine, very ...more

By Barbara June 14, 2019

(2014) Two individuals share a kiss in a Lord's library because they are discovered. They don't know each other, but it is the only way to avoid serious detection they are searching for something. Alas, they wind up having to work together as an engaged couple at the Lord's country mansion for a wee ...more

By Zara July 07, 2017

Lots of twists and turns as a spy tries to deal with the determined woman seeking justice. Great for fans of Regency-set romantic suspense. ...more

By Deanna August 14, 2015

Spy stories are my favorite of the Regency historicals. I love the intrigue and mystery as an additional element to the plot, the dashing men and daring ladies who serve the Crown, to uncover secrets and to right wrongs. It's also the fact that I'm a complete sucker for a hero or heroine who serves ...more

By April November 10, 2014

Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

A fun and intriguing read this is the first book in a fabulous new series. I found the characters fun and intriguing, both determined and yet kind and heartwarming. They are characters you would love to meet in person. A wonderfully fabulous read.

Opening Scene:

Ma ...more

By Eva November 08, 2014

Another book I got from Netgalley for an honest review. It took me a couple of days to get through it but because of private reasons.

Anyway, the story is nice. A mask ball – a man and a woman who do not know each other. Robert Ware, the Earl of Kirkland, is a spy for the crown and attending a masqu ...more

By Linda November 07, 2014

I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When Lady Sophia Merrill's father is found dead in a brothel in St Giles, ruled as an overdose of opium, Sophia is determined to track down the killer knowing that her father must have been murdered. In trying to ...more

By Kimberly Rocha~ November 19, 2014

Her inventor father was murdered and she has an inkling of who did it, but no evidence to back it up. So Lady Sophia Merrill sets out to find the evidence against the perpetrator by braking into his study and acquiring the evidence against Viscount Delmont, but she is foiled when someone else gets t ...more

By Toula November 12, 2016

When Lady Sophia Merrill's father is found dead in a brothel in St Giles, ruled as an overdose of opium, Sophia is determined to track down the killer knowing that her father must have been murdered. In trying to get evidence, she runs into the hero, Robert, the Earl of Kirkland who is also investig ...more

By Sophievalencia_ November 11, 2014

This story got moving straight away. Readers don't need to wait for more than a chapter to get to the good stuff. Safecracking, check. Hero being accosted by a masked redhead, check. A kiss to avoid discovery by the traitor's guards, check. When a story starts like that, how can you stop reading? Ea ...more

By KyBunnies November 20, 2014

Originally posted at Bunny's Review

I have always wondered if female spies were part of regency England. No matter what a female is able to go places and do things that no man will ever be able to accomplish. The best part about historical books is that I can live thru them. With History being a favo ...more

By eyes.2c November 10, 2014

'A dangerous man'!

A singular reflection by Lady Sophia Merrill about Ware as they are chased through Viscount Delmont's estate grounds.
London 1820. Robert Ware, the new Earl of Kirkland, tortured soul, decent man and Home Office spy collides with Lady Sophia Merrill, gorgeous, intelligent young woma ...more

By Michelle Joyce March 13, 2015

A SPY UNMASKED, delivers so much more than a smoking hot cover.

Sexy, smart, and laced with historical curiosities, A SPY UNMASKED is multifaceted and beautifully done. As the title hints, our hero has more to him that originally meets the eye…and so does the book.

Robert Ware, a spy in service of her ...more

By Tracy November 29, 2014

4.5 stars

I have always enjoyed Ms Gabrielle's work and it has been a long time since her last book. While I was hoping for another book in her barrister series, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.

I liked Robert and Sophia. I thought they had good chemistry between them. I liked the mystery asp ...more

By Cathy February 11, 2015

What a wonderfully original storyline. And provocative cover! Of course there were spies back in the early 1800s. But do we ever really read about them? No. This story explores that premise, and does a very good job doing so. The author knows her history, and adds just enough to keep us interested w ...more

By Adeselna November 11, 2014

Full review: http://cronicasdeumaleitora.blogspot....

A spy unmasked… I must confess that I did not read the synopsis until half of the book not to spoil the fun, but while yesterday Love’s legacy was more serious, this one has definitely a more mainstream tone.
A love unmasked is a page turner espec ...more

By Cathy November 15, 2014

I loved the opening that has a cocky confident Robert Ware on a mission for His Majesty at a masquerade party, looking for information into a secret society.

Enter Lady Sophia Merrill whom throughout a fast paced adventurous storyline ends up betrothed to the sexy mystery man Robert!

I enjoyed every o ...more

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Tina Gabrielle

About the author

Tina Gabrielle

Tina Gabrielle, an Amazon best-selling author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She's the author of adventurous Regency romances In The Barrister's Bed, In The Barrister's Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. ""A Spy Unmasked"" is the first book in her new Regency romance series, ""In The Crown's Secret Service,"" from Entangled Publishing. ""At The Spy's Pleasure"" will be available in May 2015. Tina's books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by RomanticTimes Book Reviews.

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