Ten Reasons Why Secret Identities are Sexy

by Shana Galen, guest blogger and author of Lord and Lady Spy

In my new historical romance, Lord and Lady Spy, both the hero and heroine have secret identities. He’s secret agent Wolf, and she’s secret agent Saint. The fun thing is that while Sophia and Adrian have been married five years, neither knows of the other’s secret. And how the sparks fly when the truth is revealed!

I love stories with secret identities. This isn’t my first secret-identity book and probably won’t be my last. Why are secret identities so sexy?

  1. When you have a secret identity your secret self can do things your public self never would. As Lady Smythe, Sophia would never tell her husband what she wanted from him in bed. But as Agent Saint, she’s more than happy to give a few orders.
  2. Secret identities mean lots of midnight rendezvous and clandestine meetings. Sometimes these dark, furtive meetings can lead to more than simply spy business.
  3. Secret identities mean dressing the part. A dowdy lady of Society can dress as a sexy siren when she’s playing her role as spy.
  4. Secret identities mean secret scars. How much fun to compare battle wounds, especially when they’re in interesting places!
  5. Secret identities mean you have an excuse for slipping away from a boring ball or house party. On business—or pleasure!
  6. When you have a secret identity you have the chance to meet your spouse all over again for the first time. Who wouldn’t want to experience that initial spark of attraction again?
  7. A secret identity as a spy means Sophia and Adrian have to come up with lots of explanations for prolonged absences when they’re working on a mission. But they also get to travel the world.
  8. Secret identities mean secret talents. Sophia has skills with a dagger, and Adrian’s a crack shot with a pistol.
  9. Secret identities mean you don’t get much share of the applause for your accomplishments. On the other hand, your accomplishments often bring you into contact with the most powerful men and women of the day. Why, yes, prime minister, I would like to come to dinner!
  10. And, finally, secret identities are sexy because it’s a secret we the reader know and the characters don’t know. At first. I love to guess how the hero or heroine will realize the secret and how he or she will react. I think this scene in Lord and Lady Spy is pretty sexy and exciting.

Do you like secret identity stories? What makes them sexy?

Visit my website (www.shanagalen.com) for excerpts, trailers, and news about Lord and Lady Spy and all my books.


No man can outsmart him…

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England’s most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn’t the only one with secrets…

She’s been outsmarting him for years…

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he’s not who she thinks he is after all…

Buy: Lord and Lady Spy, Lord and Lady Spy (UK)


Shana Galen is the author of numerous fast-paced adventurous Regency historical romances, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold worldwide, including Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Turkey, and the Netherlands, and have been featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She’s a wife, a mother, and an expert multi-tasker. She loves to hear from readers: visit her website at www.shanagalen.com or see what she’s up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

GIVEAWAY: I have 2 copies of Lord and Lady Spy. Open to: US and Canadian readers. Enter by: Answering Shana’s question about secret identities. Last Day to Enter: September 30, 2011.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me here today!

  2. Jersey Girl

    Though I’m not a fan of mistaken identity plots, SECRET identities are another matter. We all have different sides to our personalities; secret identities just take this to another level!

  3. Lora Patten

    Secret identities are sexy because it gives one an opportunity to become someone they are normally not. As ourselves we are bound by a sense of inhibition and propriety that as someone else we are not caged by. Take Halloween for instance, how often do we try to dress up as something that totally conceals the “real” us? Or going to formal functions when we are normally far removed from that setting in our daily life, women emerge from cocoons as colorful and beautiful as any butterfly and men become debonair and, dare I say it, romantic! When taken out of ourselves and we disguise “who” we are from the real world, we exude a confidence that we don’t normally feel while residing in our “own skin”.

  4. Theresa N

    I love secret idenity stories, I think the masked ball plot is the most fun. I makes you think true love will always win.

  5. Cara Lynn

    I am in process of reading this to review for LRP, and so far, it is great! I’m really enjoying this book, though this time frame is usually not my forte.

  6. I agree with all 10 of your points Shana! Secret identities are hot stuff! I especially like where they get to woo each other all over again after finding out their secret sides.

  7. Secret identity stories are so much fun because they mean tangled plots and fun revelations. Plus, I may only be speaking for myself, but it’s fun to imagine having a secret identity of one’s own. *Mild-mannered Calvin by day, Stupendous Man by night.* Something like that, right? 🙂 Or, if you’re Valerie Plame, Naomi Watts can play you in a movie. Not too shabby.

  8. Secret identities are fun because the character gets to be uninhibited without worrying what other people think. It’s a chance to let go!

  9. Pretty much for all the reasons you listed…in 1 of my fave keepers, the heroine is a highwayman..I like strong women & the secret identities give them a chance to exercise that while still being “respectable”.

  10. kris gilson

    there’s something innately sexy about a little mystery and intrigue with a secret identity. i also find it fascinating how a character living a double life is able to make it all happen. i have enough trouble managing my one life!!!

  11. Tammy Henderson

    Being able to travel and be whomever the job requires would be very exciting. Experiencing a life few could ever know and only one that you could share with your spouse would be amazing.

  12. Love secret identity (ie. spy) books. It’s always such a surprise when the other character finds out! Not much in the way of women being said spy, so think this book will be a hoot with both characters hiding their true selves. And there is usually such delicious angst going on for the spy character. And such misperceptions by the other half that they have a few bad moments when they discover how wrong the were in their judgements. Makes for a delicious, conflicted story. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  13. Secret Identities are cool. 🙂 Love the travelling all over the world part….

    And it is nice to see the characters faling in love all over again… 🙂

  14. Jersey Girl, secret identities are way sexier than mistaken identities! Thanks for your comment.

  15. Awesome points, Lora!And considering all the Halloween costumes I’ve seen lately, I think a lot of people have a sexy inner self. I must get all of that out in my books because I don’t like to dress up.

  16. Theresa N, I’ve never written a masked ball. That gives me an idea…

  17. Thanks, Cara. I appreciate the review.

  18. Keira, the wooing each other all over again was the most fun to write.

  19. Anna, I don’t think you’re the only one who enjoys pretending to have a secret identity. I get to be my characters for a few months while I write their books!

  20. Becky, I completely agree. i think my characters had the opposite problem. They had been pretending to be someone else for so long, they forgot who they really were.

  21. Ivy, I haven’t read that book. It sounds great. I love that it’s the heroine who’s the highwayman.

  22. Kris, that’s so true. How do people manage two lives or even three when we struggle with the one? I guess that’s why secret identities are mainly in fiction.

  23. Tammy, it was a lot of fun to think where Sophia and Adrian would have had to travel for their work as spies. It was also fun to think of all the adventures they had that didn’t make it into the book.

  24. Thanks so much, Sue. You have summarized why I wrote this book perfectly!

  25. May, since the hero and heroine in Lord and Lady Spy are already married, I had to make sure the falling in love all over again worked really well. It ended up being a really great love story to write.

  26. I love the secret identity because of the thrill of discovery. It’s like a mini-cliffhanger with each chapter – will he discover her? Will she discover him? Will the bad guy discover them first? This one sounds really exciting (and I absolutely LOVE the cover – she looks so ready to kick-ass!). I can’t wait to read it!

  27. I do like secret identity stories because like others have mentioned, it does add another layer of mystery and intrigue that will have me reading on to find out if/when/how they find out the truth and then how it will affect relationships and things.

  28. oh, secret identities are sexy! What a great post 🙂 I also love how they lead to betrayal and heartbreak before things are set right again.

  29. I love secret identities. It makes things so much more interested and mysterious.

  30. Yes, I do enjoy books where the characters take on new identities. I think it adds a new dimension to the same old regency romance plot. Under an assumed identity characters take liberties they normally would not. I have read several books in which the identities were hidden and loved them all!

  31. Diane Sallans

    Secret identities are so much fun – there’s fun in the reveal of different clues & bits of information are revealed. Until you’ve got the whole picture (or maybe not?).

  32. Who doesn’t love a good secret and want to find out the answers. I find all that unkowing very sexy when it comes to the characters that mean something to me!

  33. Thanks so much, Marissa. I certainly tried to make the book exciting.

  34. That’s the fun thing about this story, Winnie. They have both heard of the other, but they never knew they were married.

  35. Sharon, betrayal is a major theme in LORD AND LADY SPY. Both Adrian and Sophia worry about being betrayed by the other. They have to learn to trust again.

  36. Thanks, Danielle! And thank you for visiting all my posts and commenting.

  37. Catslady, I think Adrian and Sophia found it a little sexy to rediscover each other too.

  38. I love secret identities, because in most relationships people reach a saturation point where you think you know everything there is to know about a person. My husband and I used to ask each other this ” Tell me something I don’t know about you?” So with secret identities there are added layers of unknowns, and that makes the book more exciting. I love it when I discover something new about someone I’ve known forever.

  39. Hi Shana

    I’m not bothered by plots as long as the story is well written. So secret identities are fine by me. I’ve been enjoying the excerpts of this book and it is currently on the wishlist.

    btw, not eligible for the contest, (Ireland)

  40. mrsshukra

    Secret identity novels are intriguing and exciting!

  41. I like secret identities, it creates mystery and is fun!

  42. Secret identities are great for loosing inhibitions. (and for comparing scars in interesting places, love that!)
    I think that is part of the allure of spy novels, the characters are free to do things we feel restricted to do.

  43. Secret identities are fun in the story for me since I like to guess how the other person will react when the identity is revealed.

  44. A well done secret identity story is great because the reader knows things that the characters don’t. There is a build up to the big reveal that is so exciting. And then, when the characters reveal themselves, it can be such an emotional burst! Now, if it’s poorly done you are likely to end up with a concussion from beating yourself over the head with the book.

  45. Have you ever tried a secret identity yourself ? I have. When I was on a girls night out I was hit on by a guy that was cute, but not my type (:; So I created a new persona for myself. It was fun, exciting and a little scary. Especially when he didn’t want us to leave and tried to follow us. However, we all had a big laugh over it. I have never tried it again.

  46. I like reading about characters who lead double lives. Your book sounds really good. I have added it to my TBR list.

  47. Chelsea B.

    I have not read many secret identities stories, but they are very wicked– in a good way! 😉

  48. Hottie McNaughty

    Secret identities are super fun because they give you reason to act in a way you normally wouldn’t. Dangerous and naughty. 😉

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