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The Spymaster's Lady

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

This woman can write!

Other reviewers have written about the characters and the story, so I'll address Ms. Bourne's writing, itself: the woman is a rare talent. As a published author myself, I know good technique when I read it, and that's why this story 'works.' This is intelligent writing ...
Other reviewers have written about the characters and the story, so I'll address Ms. Bourne's writing, itself: the woman is a rare talent. As a published author myself, I know good technique when I read it, and that's why this story 'works.' This is intelligent writing that doesn't treat the reader like an idiot who needs to be spoon-fed every nuance and plot point. I enjoyed this book so much and was so delighted with the writing that I won't be trading my copy at the used bookstore. Rather, it has already joined the select few books, just over a dozen to date, that are my 'keeps' novels. Keep at it, Joanna we're waiting for the next one.

posted by Anonymous on February 13, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

So Close.....Yet Sooooo Very Far Away

Annique Villiers has lived her entire life as a covert operative for the French government. Her long time mentor, Vauban, entrusts her with the Albion Plans, a detailed description of Napoleon's pending invasion of England. She is gifted with a photographic memory and h...
Annique Villiers has lived her entire life as a covert operative for the French government. Her long time mentor, Vauban, entrusts her with the Albion Plans, a detailed description of Napoleon's pending invasion of England. She is gifted with a photographic memory and has memorized the plans completely by heart. Eventually she is captured by another French operative, Leblanc, and is thrown into prison where she meets two English spies, Grey and Adrian. She helps them to escape and even performs makeshift surgery on Adrian who has been shot. In short, she's a total bad ass. Romance novels tend to be all about the male lead, but this book is all feminine power. Annique is dangerous, intelligent, eloquent and she could beat any man to a bloody pulp. She's thoroughly amazing. However, Grey, the male lead is much less interesting. He was gruff and uncaring and kind of a blunderer. The sexual chemistry between them fizzled and sputtered and never got me particularly interested. Actually, Annique's friendship with Adrian is much more interesting. Personally I think the story would have been greatly improved in Grey and Adrian's character's had been switched. Adrian is sleek, sexy, ruthless, but also he seems to be a genuinely nice guy. I can only hope he'll get his own story because he was by far the more arousing character when matched with Grey. I give this book two stars purely because I loved Annique's character and Adrian's character and also the story is remarkably well told. Joanna Bourne is truly and exceptional writer and I will be picking up more of her books once they become available. The Spymaster's Lady has all the potential in the world to be truly fantastic but it was dragged down by the dead weight of a dull hero. Tragic indeed.

posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Exceptional!

    Outstanding cat-and-mouse spy thriller romance set in late 1700s France, after the Revolution. The heroine is one of the strongest, most interesting I have encountered in a great while. The tension between the hero and heroine, who are spies for opposing sides, is great reading. Highly recommend the entire Spymaster Series by Joanna Bourne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    Wrong genre

    This is a well written thought out book. But it does not belong in the romance genre. The two lead characters were well thought out there romance and how they fell in love with each other was not. One minute Annique is Grey's prison and he has drugged her with opium after she saves his friend the next shes in love with him! It was as if you were walking on a clear and sunny day then all the sudden your hit by a lightening bolt. It made no since! The plot did keep you guessing with all its twist and turns but...this is not a romance book.

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