Tuesday, March 24, 2015

**Release Day Review**: THE MISS MIRREN MISSION by Jenny Holiday


Loving her would be his downfall…

To society, the Earl of Blackstone cuts a mysterious figure. He is eligible, withdrawn, and endlessly fascinating. Yet as an integral part of London’s underground spy ring intent on defeating Napoleon, Blackstone has no mistress but the cause.

Miss Emily Mirren is considered “unbiddable” by the ton. She wields a fierce intellect, which she channels into her own secret cause—writing an abolitionist newspaper column under a male pseudonym.

When Emily’s aims clash with Blackstone’s, they stray into a dangerous game of attraction and subterfuge, and secrets are the going currency. And in order to complete the most important mission of his career, Blackstone must thwart Emily, even if it breaks both their hearts.



Historical Romance was my first love in reading, back when I had to swipe my Mom's paperbacks off her nightstand and read them in secret.  Over the last few years I have drifted away from this genre, or to be fair, I have gotten pickier about what historical romances I read, but every now and then a new historical catches my eye and have to read it.  The Miss Mirren Mission was the next book I "had to read".  I read a contemporary romance by Jenny Holiday a month ago, Sleeping with Her Enemy, and fell in LOVE with Jenny's writing so when I had the chance to read her new book (even being a historical book) I jumped at it!

The Miss Mirren Mission was a fast paced and very entertaining story.  I loved Emily's (Miss Mirren) character!  She was spunky, out spoken, free spirited and independent; very different from her peers of the ton.  Jenny Holiday gave her characters depth and richness while creatively revealing their pasts and personalities as the story unfolded.  Once the Earl of Blackstone and Emily meet I was enchanted with their chemistry.  These two characters were a joy to read and learn about, both had trauma in their pasts and were fighting to right wrongs in their own way, while struggling not to fall for one another.

The Miss Mirren Mission was a clever book that I enjoyed from start to finish!  You have spies, intrigue, reformation, humor, charm and a bit of heat!  I can't wait to get more from this series!  Jenny Holiday once again showed me that she is a fabulous writer and I will read what ever genre she decides to write books in.  This clever plot and great story telling grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the very last page.

If you are a fan of regency romances, The Miss Mirren Mission is definitely one to add to your list!  Jenny Holiday does a wonderful job of taking on two strong characters and weaving them into a great love story.  If you are a fan of Jenny Holiday, then I recommend you giving this historical treat a try!



Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her twitter accounts @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at jennyholiday.com.