The Secret Service of Tea and Treason by India Colton

Published: April 18, 2023


Genre: Romance

Pages: 364

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

India Holton is the national bestselling author of the Dangerous Damsels romantic comedy series. She resides in New Zealand, where she’s enjoyed the typical Kiwi lifestyle of wandering around forests, living barefoot on islands, and messing about in boats. Now she lives in a cottage near the sea, writing books about unconventional women and charming rogues. India’s writing is fuelled by tea and thunderstorms.

Two rival spies must brave pirates, witches, and fake matrimony to save the Queen.

Known as Agent A, Alice is the top operative within the Agency of Undercover Note Takers, a secret government intelligence group that is fortunately better at espionage than at naming itself. From managing deceptive witches to bored aristocratic ladies, nothing is beyond Alice’s capabilities. She has a steely composure and a plan always up her sleeve (alongside a dagger and an embroidered handkerchief). So when rumors of an assassination plot begin to circulate, she’s immediately assigned to the case.

But she’s not working alone. Daniel Bixby, otherwise known as Agent B and Alice’s greatest rival, is given the most challenging undercover assignment of his life— pretending to be Alice’s husband. Together they will assume the identity of a married couple, infiltrate a pirate house party, and foil their unpatriotic plans.

Determined to remain consummate professionals, Alice and Daniel must ignore the growing attraction between them, especially since acting on it might prove more dangerous than their target.

“Never had things been worse.”

Alice looks like a well-put-together maid. She is calm, obedient, and intelligent. Daniel can blend in with any crowd, even loud pirates. The secrets they keep close are their biggest, and they will fight to protect them.

This was a blend of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland, and those images helped bring this story to life.

The concept for this book was unique and fun. I enjoyed the period piece and the way the characters developed. I enjoyed how well-read both Alice and Daniel were and the literary references that were made throughout.

I enjoyed the humor that was woven throughout this story and the bits of spice that were sprinkled in. The romance was such a classic love story, and I loved it.

This is the third book in a series, so I am sure I missed several references and didn’t know the details as well as I could have, but I enjoyed how this story was told.

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