A Dance With Seduction
by Alyssa Alexander Published by Entangled: Select Historical
on July 24th 2017 Genres: Romance
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Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.
Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in the middle of the night with a coded message, he’s ready to push her out whatever window she arrived through. Except Maximilian is unable to turn away a woman in trouble. Determined to rescue Vivienne’s sister, they engage in a game of cat and mouse with French spies that requires all of Vivienne’s training and Maximilian’s abilities. Bound together by secrecy, they discover there is more between them than politics and hidden codes, but love has no place among the secrets of espionage...
A Dance with Seduction is book 3 in Alyssa Alexander’s A Spy in the Ton series. It’s the first book I have read by her and these can be read as standalones.
Maximilian was a code-breaker in His Majesty’s Service when he met Vivienne, a spy know as The Flower. He has since retired from code-breaking and works as a translator when she shows up at his house. Vivienne needs him to decipher a code that was left for her which wants her to basically commit treason. When she refuses this person, they kidnap her sister. They must work together if they have any hope of alluding a French spy master and rescue Anne.
I thought I was going to like this book a whole lot more than I did. I liked the premise of the story and what not but it just felt too slow. With it being a spy novel, I figured it would be fast paced with lots of action. While there was action, it just wasn’t what I expected. I still enjoyed the book and really liked that Maximilian is a nerd. It just seemed really odd to me that Vivienne was able to keep not being able to read a secret for so long mainly because her job as a spy requires that you be able to read.