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Born with a perfect memory, Lady Elizabeth Beckett has become one of the world’s most notorious spies, despite being the daughter of a duke. She is shielded only by her code name: Shadow. When young ladies of High Society begin disappearing from London, Eliza has no doubt who is orchestrating these crimes; a heinous man she has been investigating for years. Vowing to save them before they are sold to the highest bidder, she must risk everything to stop him.

Lord Sinclair was perfectly content being the second son of a marquess, but when his brother is murdered, he is thrust into a position he has not been prepared for and does not desire. As an agent for the Crown, he is expected to retire now that he is the heir, but he’s been granted special permission for one more mission... to obtain justice for his murdered brother.

Used to keeping secrets, Lady Eliza and Lord Sinclair must learn to open up to each other when they are assigned as partners to bring down the same ruthless man and his brutal empire of abduction and slavery. As Eliza’s tainted past becomes too much for her to bear alone, can she learn to trust her new partner with her secrets, her life, and possibly her heart?

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Saving Shadow

by Laura Beers

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Saving Shadow is an impressive and highly recommended debut novel by author Laura Beers. Billed as a 'Regency Spy Romance,' the story includes action, adventure, and a good amount of flirting! Set in early nineteenth century London, Saving Shadow starts with a bang and moves rapidly. Heroine Eliza is the quintessential female lead -- strong, smart and sassy. Eliza exhibits a bevy of thoughts and emotions that make her realistic and winsome. Beers is a talented writer and creates many memorable scenes with colorful and vivid details. Beers also manages to tackle some heavy subject matter while including bits of humor to balance the book's mood. Readers will be delighted with Saving Shadow -- and as the first in a new series, Eliza's adventures don't have to end here! Pick up a copy today!

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Profanity/Language:  4 mild obscenities; 4 derogatory names.

Violence/Gore:  A few verbal threats; several secondhand reports of violence including recounting life as a spy, stabbing and slitting a man's throat, and nightmares about above incidents; a few brief scenes of violence including a character thrown against a wall, slapped and a character punched; a brief non-detailed scene of violent death when a character throws a dagger and kills another; a few brief scenes of blood and gore including knife wounds and physical altercations; a few brief scenes of intense violence when characters are shot and slashed with a knife. 

Sex/Nudity: Frequent incidents of kissing; several sexual references, including talk of elopement and the wedding night; several implied or reported incidents of sexual activity including affairs, mistresses, and allusions to life in a brothel. 

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Murder, adultery, sex trafficking and slavery, attempted abductions, poverty, talk of brothels, abandonment, spies.

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Characters drink in a few scenes; a scene takes place in a tavern. 

Reviewed By Rachel
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