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For love or country
Sparks, Kerrelyn.
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First mass market edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, [2002]

Physical Description:
vi, 292 pages ; 18 cm
General Note:
"A Forge Book."
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The Scarlet Pimpernel meets The Patriot in Kerrelyn Sparks' debut novel,For Love or Country. With an army of wigs and a wardrobe that favors lavender, Quincy Stanton poses as a Loyalist fop by day. By night, he wages a secret war against the British with an impressive array of eighteenth century spy gadgets. If the truth is discovered, he could hang. Then along comes Virginia Munro, a lovely fellow patriot who's becoming entangled in her own brand of spy games... When spy falls for spy, anything can happen. Both are reluctant to admit their motives to the other... which, of course, makes dinner party conversation awkward. When two spies are stumbling upon each other in the dark, the results can be hilarious and dangerous. Is Boston big enough for the two of them? Perhaps if they combine forces...

Author Notes

Kerrelyn Sparks writes paranormal romances. Her first book, How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire, became Borders' bestselling debut romance of 2005. She is the author of the Love at Stake series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Having recently returned to Boston from England, Quincy Dearling Stanton finds he is perfectly positioned to become a spy for the Americans. Adopting the affected airs and silk wardrobe of a Loyalist dandy, Quincy pretends to be a devoted British subject all the while secretly trying to ferret out any information that might prove useful to the American cause. Things become a bit more challenging for Quincy when he encounters Virginia Munro, who seems to be indulging in her own bit of covert espionage. While at first it seems that Virginia has quite a knack for uncovering British secrets, Quincy is determined to "retire" her from the dangerous game of spying once he realizes how attracted he is to the saucy minx. After giving her hero some nifty, historically appropriate "spy" toys and a debonair and sexy charm, Sparks pairs him up with a feisty heroine who is more than his equal when it comes to wits and bravery. This humor-laced historical with its delightful characters and snappy dialogue is pure fun. --John Charles

Publisher's Weekly Review

Complete with a colonial, James Bond-type hero and a wealth of gadgets that even Q would approve of a walking stick that doubles as a sword, an egg-shaped submersible and a carriage outfitted with a deadly trap door this 18th-century adventure lacks the intense romantic conflict often found in romantic suspense novels but fills the gap with an abundance of humorous hijinks. When Quincy Stanton, a ship owner and American patriot, returns to Boston after a disappointing visit to his father in England, he is immediately recruited by his Uncle Edward to spy on the English. With very little complaint, Quin dons a purple wig and recasts himself as a loyalist in order gain entry into the homes of prominent loyalists. In one such home, he meets Virginia Munro, who has also taken it upon herself to spy on the English. Although their relationship gets off to a rocky start (he tries to buy her), their attraction is strong, and only the prickly matter of trust stands between them. Meanwhile, Quin must deal with his haughty half-brother, Clarence, who is trying to wrench control of the Stanton merchant business from him. Although Quin and Virginia's bumbling attempts at subterfuge provide plenty of laughs, transparent secondary characters and a pat conclusion keep this from becoming anything more than a comedy of errors. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved