The Black Hawk

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Overview

He is her enemy.
He is her lover.
He is her only hope.
    
     Someone is stalking French agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes—and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her.  The man she once loved.  The man she hated.  Adrian ...

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Overview

He is her enemy.
He is her lover.
He is her only hope.
    
     Someone is stalking French agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes—and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her.  The man she once loved.  The man she hated.  Adrian Hawkhurst.
     Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as "Owl" back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that's trying to kill them—and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again.

2012 RITA Winner for Historical Romance

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bourne mixes heart-pounding mystery and romance in her spellbinding fourth Spymaster historical romantic thriller (after 2010’s The Forbidden Rose). From childhood, Adrian Hawker spied on France for England while Justine DeCabrillac gathered intelligence for the Police Sècrete. They were teens when they met in Paris in 1794, and as they grew up, their paths crossed often in a changing world. Sometimes they were on the same side, and sometimes they were opposed, but it was inevitable that they fall bittersweetly in love, knowing that any minute duty could take precedence over passion. Their tempestuous love affair unfolds in flashbacks, alternating with scenes from 1818 London, where somebody tries to kill Justine and frame Hawker, now head of the British Intelligence Service with as many enemies in England as in France. Just the right amount of intrigue makes this vivid romance a gripping page-turner. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Attacked and badly wounded by an assassin's blade, former French spy Justine DeCabrillac ("Owl") struggles through the rain to the home of the only man she can depend on to save her, English agent Adrian Hawkhurst, her longtime adversary—and unforgettable lover. But Justine is not the only one in danger; the killer is out to bring down Hawk as well. And it will take all of their finely honed skills and wary, hard-won trust to unearth—and destroy—the elusive, brutal villain. Vivid, illuminating flashbacks fill in the missing years of our protagonists' bond, developing the passionate, deeply conflicted relationship between Justine and Hawk with unparalleled insight and craft. VERDICT Beautifully flawed, intensely human characters, a deadly puzzle, and a love that survives incredible odds combine to make this another emotionally riveting page-turner from Bourne (The Forbidden Rose), whose novels always deliver. Fans of historical romance will be all over this one.—Kristin Ramsdell, formerly with California State Univ. Lib., East Bay
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425244531
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 403,059
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author


Joanna Bourne is the award-winning author of historical romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars, including My Lord and Spymaster and The Spymaster's Lady. Joanna lives in the Appalachian Mountains with her family.

Kirsten Potter has won AudioFile Earphones Awards for her reading of The Snowball by Alice Schroeder and her performance as Barbara in George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara. Her reading of Madapple by Christina Meldrum was a Booklist Editors' Choice for Best Audiobook 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2011

    Couldn't love it more

    The Black Hawk is a fantastic addition to Joanna Bourne's series of espionage romances set during the French Revolution and its aftermath. The hero and heroine are Adrian Hawkhurst and Justine DeCabrillac--brilliant, uncompromisingly loyal spies who, alas for love, are on opposing sides of the conflict between England and France. Because the romance between Adrian and Justine covers a period of 24 years (they first meet at age 12), Bourne tells their story in a series of flashbacks that show the reader what's at stake when circumstances bring them together in 1818, and why they still mistrust one another, even though England and France are no longer at war. The relationship between Adrian and Justine was tantalizingly introduced in Bourne's 2010 novel, The Forbidden Rose. I couldn't wait for their story. There's a lot to love about Bourne's writing. She excels at drawing fleshed-out characters (even the secondary characters come alive), coming up with absorbing plots, surprising the reader with her word choices, creating suspense. Occasionally, I forgot I was reading a romance novel and found myself worrying that Justine and Adrian's romance would end in grief. I am especially impressed with Bourne's talent for writing sex scenes, since even with authors I love, I often find them to be so generic that they could be transplanted from one novel to another without anyone being the wiser. Bourne's are unique in that they are written with the specific couple in mind. I felt that I knew Adrian and Justine better after seeing them make love for the first time. The scene just felt right. This is true for all of Bourne's novels. Plus, the scenes are deeply erotic. So, you know, bonus. Bourne's novels were published out of order, in that they jump around in terms of chronology. For those who want to read them according to the historical timeline, the sequence is The Forbidden Rose, The Spymaster's Lady, My Lord and Spymaster, and The Black Hawk. But really, you can start anywhere as they're all standalone novels. Just read them.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    will be considered one of the best historical thrillers of the year

    By 1818, the war between France and England has been over for several years. However, long time English spy Adrian Hawker and as long French espionage agent Justine DeCabrillac have been in love for much of the time since they first met in Paris in 1794 as preteen spies during the Terror, but over two decades later they still distrust one another. Over the years as alliances changed, they went from opposite sides to the same side to opposite sides, etc. Through all this time, they love one another but each knows their country is first in their heart.

    Now in 1818, Hawker leads the British Intelligence Service while someone tries to kill DeCabrillac of the Police Sècrete on the streets of London; framing her beloved Englishman as her assassin. She goes to his house bleeding from a stab wound though she has doubts if he was the assassin. Will they team up in love to uncover a mutual enemy, of which both have many; or will they go after one another? If he has a say they will become permanent rather than intermittent.

    The fourth Spymaster Regency romantic suspense thriller (see The Spymaster's Lady, My Lord and Spymaster) is a great entry that will be considered one of the best historical thrillers of the year. The story line is tense on two fronts: the romance and the mystery of the assassin while the lead couple is a wonderful pairing of star-crossed patriots. Introduced in The Forbidden Rose by talented Joanna Bourne, The Black Hawk is a fabulous thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Wonderful!!! Unique, exciting, an Wonderful!!!

    One of the best, most unique and exciting books I've read in a long time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    5 stars and i'd give it more if I could

    The Black Hawk is pretty close to perfext. Beautiful writing. Fascinating plot. Characters I fell in love with. Characters and plot fit into the historical setting convincingly
    So hard to pick out specific things I liked because I loved it all

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    Fantastic action, great story of love that was meant to be from

    Fantastic action, great story of love that was meant to be from the beginning of adulthood and lasted the ages. A big part of this love story is that it evolved in these blocky time intervals where the couple were thrown together for some intense interlude and then pulled apart, only to meet again when they had each had surpassed several new major life events. I particularly like the twist on this story that the characters are similar in age and that their love matures when they are well into their 30's. Usually heroines are barely legal and 10-15 years younger than the hero. Any lady who features in a story that is in her 30's or 40's tends to be married off or be some poor unfortunate "aging" beauty who is competing for the hero's attention.

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    This book was a BIG disappointment and not worth the money. I w

    This book was a BIG disappointment and not worth the money. I was looking forward to the excitement of her other two books I had read and didn't get the thrill. Justine left me cold. The Hawk lost something in moving to head of the dept. Sorry, but it bored me and was difficult to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Excellent book

    Joanna Bourne is a brilliant writer. The way she layers the story between these two is wonderful. Well worth a read. My only complaint is that the end, while very good, seemed to be a departure from the tone of the rest of the story, but that could just be me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Just okay.

    It's an okay read....for while you're waiting in the doctors office or airport.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Good read

    Good characters. Fun to read. Not predictable.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

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    A great edition to the series.

    The Black Hawk: by Joanna Bourne
    Anyone who knows me knows I love spy novels, and mysteries, Joanna Bourne writes a good spy novel and she really knows her time period. This one in particular was well done.

    What happens when two young spies, and when I mean young I mean early teens, on opposite sides of the conflict come together for a time to work together, knowing that they will soon be enemies once again. We have met these two in previous novels and so it was only time until their story would be told.

    This is the story of Hawker and Justine or (Owl) and theirs is a very long very complicated story. Starting in 1818 London Hawker is in danger and Justine is trying to get to him to warn him and is nearly assassinated for her pains. Laying near death their story is told in flashbacks, to Paris just after Robespierre's death to after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.

    Ms. Bourne has created a very interesting cast of characters and I am interested to see what is next? 4 stars, it is a great series and I recommend it.

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