Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Soldier and the Spy by Annabelle Greene

A beholden man finds himself falling for the war hero he’s destined to double-cross. The Soldier and the Spy by Annabelle Greene.

A beholden man finds himself falling for the war hero he’s destined to double-cross.

Three hundred pounds for one night of protection. It’s a job offer, but it’s also a ruse. Captain Benjamin Frakes, war hero and de facto head of the Society of Beasts—a club for gentlemen who prefer gentlemen—is tempted to turn it down. But August Weatherby, the sexy, brazen stranger making the offer, has captivated him completely.

August is hardly the flush flirt he claims to be, however. An indebted man, desperate to save his infirm sister, August makes an ideal pawn for a lord eager to bring down the Society of Beasts once and for all. But August’s charge to find evidence against Frakes is at odds with his own virgin desire to entice the captain into showing him the true meaning of pleasure.

As August’s infiltration pushes him deeper into the beguiling world of delights behind the Society’s closed doors, he and Frakes discover new ways to push the boundaries of their own cravings. But with mounting pressure to complete his devious mission, August finds himself torn between the man his heart yearns for and the sister whose life depends on his betrayal.

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For book one, The Vicar and the Rake, click HERE.


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The Soldier and the Spy by Annabelle Greene.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

The Soldier and the Spy is the second installment in the Society of Beasts series. It could easily be read as a standalone, but I highly recommend starting at the first in the series, The Vicar and the Rake.

I need to preface this review by stating I was having a horrid case of reader's block. I wanted to fall into a story and get lost on the pages, and Annabelle Greene delivered. After finishing this novel, I immediately dove into another and another, my love of reading sparked again. A grateful thank you to the author.

During a tumultuous era, where being a man who loved other men could end with the man being hanged, whether a peer or a pauper, the Society of Beasts was formed. The society protects those which have a similar nature, while using their influence to help those in need.

Captain Benjamin Frakes is the solider of the story. Regimented. Lonely. Gruff. After the events that took place in the previous installment, Benjamin is now heading the society, lonely, set adrift, and grieving the past as well as a recent betrayal. Ben is in great need of something or someone to spark the life back into him.

August is our spy, infiltrating the society, attempting to gain leverage to get himself out of a pickle, his ill sister the driving force. With a mix of dread and welcome, August longs to be sheltered by the society but also feels set apart due to his duplicity. This gives August a good sense of how Benjamin must feel, being lonely at the top.

Charming, witty, and snarky, August is the perfect counterbalance to Benjamin's stiff personality. The banter, give-and-take interactions, the dry wit bringing a humorous edge, it was all flawlessly written, drawing me into the story and entertaining me as the pages flew by.

Their positions created the angst, both longing for something but their worries and fears pulling them back. There is a slight age-gap, the Old Man and Young Pup banter done in a way not to insult the reader. Fresh and cute, delightful interactions drawing out the playful side of one another, while also managing to add steam to the between-the-sheets action.

Highly recommend to fans of MM Historical Romance. I am looking forward to more in this series and more by this author.



Author Bio

ANNABELLE GREENE writes hot, heartwarming historical romances with plenty of humor.

When she isn't crafting the perfect HEA, she's making pasta or walking along Italy's beautiful Adriatic coast.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Soldier and the Spy (Society of Beasts #2) by Annabelle Greene to read and review.

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