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  • Posted February 16, 2014

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    Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review

    Reviewed by JoAnne
    Book provided by NetGalley for review
    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    This was book 2 in Joyce’s Spymaster’s Men series although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Seduction, book 1. It is a regency romance that involves many of the characters we met previously but they weren’t well developed at all and it seemed a much darker story. Amelia was not very likable but very headstrong and going against all the norms of that time period. Besides being willful and uncontrollable and taking on the world no matter who told her no – whether family or friends – she did it in the most annoying ways. She also acted like the mistress of the house when in reality she was Simon’s housekeeper, even thought they shared a past. Simon, although a dual spy, had no backbone when it came to Amelia and didn’t seem plausible during most of the story. He also doubted everything he did and even said at times.

    There was laughter, tears, angst, family and friends, and sex more than romance but all had the war overpowering these emotions. There were a few happily ever afters that were unexpected and helped the storyline. I didn’t predict the outcome of the story and it was better than I expected and there was closure. If there is a book 3 and beyond I would hope the characters and storyline would be more like Seduction or Joyce’s Deadly series.

    Favorite Quote:…”We are being very careful not to let the past affect the present. We are trying very hard to maintain the roles we have taken as housekeeper and employer.”
    His gaze narrowed. “Does that mean you have discussed your past affair?” She did not want to lie. “Of course we have. I never said that this situation isn’t somewhat awkward. But his children come first – we agreed upon that.”…

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