#TGPUL with Karen M Cox – Undeceived: Pride and Prejudice in the Spy Game

Posted February 19, 2016 by Shari in Giveaways, The Great Pick Up Line / 8 Comments

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Undeceived: Pride and Prejudice in the Spy Game
by Karen M Cox

This interchange is between Darby Kent and Liz Hertford, also known as William Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, CIA intelligence officers, who are setting up their cover in Budapest:

“Masterful expression of ‘shocked, yet intrigued.’ You look like I just proposed you do something salaciously scandalous.”

As he brushed his palm over the small of her back, he was reminded of the softest, warmest silk. Leaning down, he whispered in her ear, “I think we’ve given them a good enough show. Let’s get out of here. I’ll brief you on some of the mission parameters while I drive you back to your flat.”

“Whatever you say, sir.”

He brushed a finger across her jaw, the barest hint of a grin playing at the corners of his mouth. “Look at me.”
She looked up, frowning.

“No, really look at me. Let’s make a good impression for our dossier pictures.”

She glanced quickly over his shoulder, her eyes widening slightly as she recognized the state security. She looked down at the floor, and he stared at the crown of her head, willing her to play her part for God and country. He was about to give up when she looked up at him from underneath her lashes, biting her lower lip in a provocative manner. Then her very fine eyes sparked and took on a sultry expression with a dark humor underneath. She laid a delicate-looking hand on his arm and rose up on her tiptoes to murmur in his ear, “Put this in your dossier and smoke it, Mr. Kent.”

He pulled back, momentarily taken off-guard. Then he laughed and took her hand. “Maybe there’s hope for you yet.” He led her out into the rainy dark.

Undeceived: Pride and Prejudice in the Spy Game
by Karen M Cox

Undeceived by Karen M. CoxDuring the last gasp of the Cold War, Elizabeth Bennet, a young, forthright counterintelligence officer, embarks on an exciting assignment that would make her late father, a fallen CIA officer, proud. She transfers to Europe to investigate the legendary and elusive William Darcy, an officer in line for the coveted Soviet station chief position who’s suspected of being a double agent.

William Darcy appears to lead a charmed existence, but now he finds himself fighting for his career and against his growing feelings for the young woman he doesn’t know is watching his every move.

Elizabeth wants to throw the book at him, but the facts don’t match her preconceptions. Is Darcy being set up? Are there darker forces at work? Or is William Darcy a skilled double agent after all? Nothing is as it seems, however, and the closer Elizabeth gets to the truth about Darcy, the more she spirals into danger.

Undeceived, the new novel by award-winning author, Karen M. Cox, is a part romance, part spy game suspense that invites readers to uncover the villain in this variation on Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s classic tale.

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About Karen M Cox

Karen M Cox writes novels accented with history and romance. Her award-winning debut novel, "1932," is a variation on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" set in the southern US during the Great Depression. Her second novel, "Find Wonder in All Things," won the 2012 IPPY Gold medal in Romance and was a Finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her latest release, "At the Edge of the Sea," is a coming-of-age story set in 1959 and tells the tale of a minister's son and his unlikely paramour - a small town girl with a bad reputation. It won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards in both Romance and Chick Lit categories. Her fourth novel, “Undeceived: Pride and Prejudice in the Spy Game” will be released in early 2016.

Karen was born in Everett, Washington, and at age 11, after a somewhat nomadic childhood that included stints in New York, North Dakota, and Tennessee, moved to her family's home state of Kentucky. She lives in a quiet little town with her husband, son, and daughter.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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  • RO

    Haven’t read Karen Fox, but I’m a sucker for FBI or CIA romance stories! Hugs…

  • dholcomb1

    delightful excerpt!

    • The sparks do fly between these two. 😉

  • KarenMC

    Thanks for including “Undeceived” in #TGPUL, Shari 🙂

  • Sound great – heavily influenced by Sophia Rose’s review of this 😉

    • Ahhhh, you’re a peach! Hope you get the chance to snag it.