The Secret Service of Tea and Treason- Review
The Secret Service of Tea and Treason
By India Holton
Genre: Historical, Paranormal Romance
Series: Dangerous Damsels #3
Publication Date: April 18,2023
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Two rival spies must brave pirates, witches, and fake matrimony to save the Queen.
Known as Agent A, Alice is the top operative within the Agency of Undercover Note Takers, a secret government intelligence group that is fortunately better at espionage than at naming itself. From managing deceptive witches to bored aristocratic ladies, nothing is beyond Alice’s capabilities. She has a steely composure and a plan always up her sleeve (alongside a dagger and an embroidered handkerchief). So when rumors of an assassination plot begin to circulate, she’s immediately assigned to the case.
But she’s not working alone. Daniel Bixby, otherwise known as Agent B and Alice’s greatest rival, is given the most challenging undercover assignment of his life— pretending to be Alice’s husband. Together they will assume the identity of a married couple, infiltrate a pirate house party, and foil their unpatriotic plans.
Determined to remain consummate professionals, Alice and Daniel must ignore the growing attraction between them, especially since acting on it might prove more dangerous than their target.
I always enjoy explaining India Holton books to my friends. I start with the witty banter, the Jane Austenesque language, the polite manners, and end on the flying houses, the witches, and the pirates. And in book three, we have spies who pose as servants! Alice and Daniel are the best agents that A.U.N.T, or Agency of Undercover Note Takers has. And to prevent the assassination of Queen Victoria, they must pose as pirate and worse, as a married couple. This book is full of delightful and hysterical hijinks, slight danger, and a couple determined to fight their attraction to each other. This even leads to a “there’s only one couch” scene (when there was a bed in the room!). Both Alice and Daniel were orphans and raised to be spies and traumatized along the way. They know their organization won’t allow them to be together and so they work hard to avoid their attraction. However, pretending to be pirates literally pushes them into each others arms. And the delightful cast of side characters and their ribald jokes led to experimentation to keep up their cover. Don’t worry, our favorite pirates and witches from the previous books are back too. I’m disappointed this was the last book in the series but I’m excited for whatever India Holton writes next!
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