Aimee de Verris was sent off to the Scottish court by Catherine de Medici in order to spy on Mary, Queen of Scots. Aimee is no spy though, she’s just a young naive girl who was in love with someone Catherine didn’t approve of and only wants to return to her homeland. However Aimee finds that Catherine had other plans for her, she’s tasked Queen Mary with finding her a husband.
Simon Marcheford has been a spy for Queen Elizabeth but all he wants now is to retire to the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth has one more task for Simon though and he finds himself spying yet again, this time he’s ended up in the Scottish court. The last thing Simon expected to come of the job was gaining a wife but how can he resist when ordered by Queen Mary to wed Aimee without losing her trust.
Wed to a Spy is the first book in the An All the Queen’s Spies series by Sharon Cullen. The book is a historical fictional romance which is centered in the real life setting of the Scottish court of Queen Mary during the time of the assassination of Rizzio, one of the Queens court. The setting and time period was one of my favorite parts of the read to have real life events written into this story.
For me this book only ended up being about 3.5 stars even though I enjoyed the historical part of it. The problem I found was the author seemed to write herself into a corner so to speak with having Aimee in love with someone back at home and devoted to him but married off to Simon in the story. It just seemed like a fine line to make a reader feel for the current relationship after spending so much time hearing of how she wanted to go home then out of nowhere in love with Simon.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.