Raynor, the Duke of Walcott,
awakens to find himself tied up and without a stitch of
clothing. He is dismayed to find himself unable to get free
when he hears a voice. A voice hidden by a head covering, but
who asks him questions. Questions about a woman he had
previously disciplined. A maid with whom he had relations and
discarded without a second, spoiled thought. Questions about
his thoughts of his betrothed, the daughter of Lord Soeder.
Ray doesnít understand the reasoning behind his capture and
demands to be set free, and although his captor laughs, Ray is
not set free. For days he is disciplined much like the maid
he himself had chided. Not only that, but he is held in a
state of arousal like nothing he has ever experienced. Days
later, after he is released, Ray vows to find his tormentor as
well as marry as planned. He will marry Catrina, Lord
Soederís daughter, but he wonít hang around long enough to
form a life with her.
Lady Catrina has been the
abused daughter of Lord Soeder her entire life. Forced to do
his bidding and take his abuse, she spends her days in her
room and tries to become invisible. Betrothed to Raynor
Walcott, Catrina hopes that by wedding her husband she will
become the cherished wife and mother that she has always
dreamed about being. But first things first; she has to find
out why Raynor abused the maid he caught spying on him.
It wasnít until the actual
wedding ceremony that I realized the plot twist to The
Spying Maid, and when I figured it out,
I smiled and laughed because I was not expecting the storyline
to be the way it was written. I had many ideas about who
Rayís captor was, but when the villain was revealed I smacked
myself on the forehead. I didnít like Ray very much at the
beginning of the book, but by the end I thought he had grown
up and matured and would be the husband that Catrina deserved.
The Spying Maid
by Lillith Payne is a great read. I think the storyline well
written and the plot unique. It entertained me and even made
me cry. Not bad for an afternoon read.