My Lord and Spymaster

My Lord and Spymaster

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by Joanna Bourne
     
 

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A daring beauty will risk everything for love in this thrilling romance in Joanna Bourne's Spymaster series.

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must rely once again on her guile. Her father’s been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he’s going to hang&mdash

Overview

A daring beauty will risk everything for love in this thrilling romance in Joanna Bourne's Spymaster series.

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must rely once again on her guile. Her father’s been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he’s going to hang—unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in the bed of a rude merchant captain. Or how little she’d mind…

When Captain Sebastian Kennett averts a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victim home. He’s infatuated with her courageous spirit. She’s enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in his eyes. Then she discovers something else about the spellbinding seaman: He could be the traitor she’s hunting, the man whose next move could determine her father’s fate—and her future as well.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Joanna Bourne and My Lord and Spymaster

"Joanna Bourne's voice is distinct, fresh, and engaging."-Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author

"Bourne is a magnificent writer. If she were a chef, you'd eat slowly to enjoy each bite. With her books, you savor every word."-Salon.com

"A very, very good historical romance featuring complex and flawed characters far out of the typical wallpaper mode…Bourne is an undeniably powerful new voice in historical romance."-All About Romance

"Ms. Bourne proves to be an excellent storyteller. [Jess is] one of the most complex and interesting heroines I've seen in a long time."-Fresh Fiction

"A fantastically clever tale with twists and turns aplenty. The setting and characters will have you quickly entrenched in the time period, and the witty dialogue and steaming sexual tension will keep you happily wrapped in Ms. Bourne's world."-Romance Junkies

"This tale drenches itself in sexual tension so taut that there are times you can hardly catch your breath…Steeped in rich historical atmosphere and superbly written."-Romance Reader at Heart

"Another notch in Joanna Bourne's belt for a job well done. No, not just well-but excellently well."-Romance Reviews Today

Publishers Weekly

Bourne's latest espionage-based series historical (following The Spymaster's Lady) entices with subtle subterfuge and heated romance. Jess Whitby, daughter of suspected spy Josiah Whitby, is doing everything in her power to exonerate her imprisoned father. In order to free him, she must prove that someone other than her father is the Cinq, a notorious mole. But Jess has met her match in Capt. Sebastian Kennett, wealthy bastard son of an English nobleman, equally as clever at keeping tabs on Jess as she is at tracking him. Sebastian is responsible for Josiah's arrest; Jess believes that Sebastian may be the Cinq; their mutual attraction proves a lovely foil for their suspicious minds. Glimpses of the leads' sordid pasts add depth, and Bourne's consummate way with a story line and an explosive denouement do the rest. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425222461
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Spymaster Series , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
468,529
Product dimensions:
4.32(w) x 10.74(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for the novels of Joanna Bourne:

"Once in a while, during every reader's literary life, you encounter a book that reminds you why you are a reader. It renews your faith, if faith was lost; it rekindles your interest, if interest waned; and every word, every page, is a wonder.....Joanna Bourne is one of the best authors currently writing. If Ms. Bourne continues writing at such quality, she would deserve to be called one of the greatest romance authors ever. And I mean that." —All About Romance

"Books by [Joanna Bourne] are like a box of fine Laduree macaroons, not cheap junk food. They should be leisurely savored as the exquisite delicacies they are, for Bourne is a master wordsmith, able to charm, excite or break a reader’s heart with the stroke of her pen."—Dear Author

Meet the Author

Joanna Bourne is the award-winning author of Rogue Spy, The Black Hawk, The Forbidden Rose, My Lord and Spymaster, and The Spymaster's Lady. She has always loved reading and writing romance. She's drawn to Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and Regency England because, as she puts it, “It was a time of love and sacrifice, daring deeds, clashing ideals, and really cool clothing.” She's lived in seven different countries, including England and France, the settings of the Spymaster series. Joanna lives on a mountaintop in the Appalachians with her family, a peculiar cat, and an old brown country dog.

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My Lord and Spymaster 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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Redonk Nutshell: Former pickpocket hopes to root out the traitor in the London underworld in order to prove her father's innocence, unintentionally enlisting the help of the man who put him in jail Ah, book three in Joanna Bourne's Spymaster series. The good news is that you don't necessarily have to read these in chronological order in order to understand what's happening. I can speak from experience on this one. Jess Whitby was raised on the streets as The Hand to London's most notorious crime boss. When her merchant father showed up and reclaimed her, Jess was reshaped into a presentable woman and Lady. Now an adult, Jess finds herself desperate to prove her father's innocence against the claim he is the notorious "Cinq," an English man slipping secrets to the French. The only way Jess can disprove it is to get her hands on information held by people working against her - Captain Sebastian Kennett, British Intelligence, the British army, etc. She starts out convinced that Kennet, the man who brought the proof of her father's betrayal to light, is actually Cinq. She comes up with a plan to steal documents from him, but her plan goes awry when both he and she end up victims to a band of street ruffians. Sebastian takes Jess under his wing, more or less, while she recovers from her knock on the head. Thus begins the intricate dance of "are they or arent' they, " a game of whether or not these two are friends or enemies. Jess wants to help her father, but Sebastian is convinced her father is guilty. We get to see some recurring characters - Doyle, Adrian (yay Adrian!) - who all happen to know Jess in some way or another. The attraction between Jess and Sebastian is only amplified by their shared acquaintances, as well as the increasing danger each are encountering as they dig deeper into documentation around her father's supposed treason. I enjoyed My Lord and Spymaster. Once again, Bourne writes a romance that happens to also be a mystery and adventure. The sexual tension between our two characters winds up predictably, but I didn't really mind since there was so much else going on. Jess is stubborn in her quest, leading her to make several decisions that put her neck on the line more than once. If a rescuing hero isn't your thing, then don't bother picking up this book. We start and end with a rescue of our heroine by our hero, both instances a result from her bad decision making. Regardless, it's a fun read. The history is fascinating and Bourne's storytelling is top notch. My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne, 324 pgs, 7/08 Rating: C Romance: 2/5 Raunch: 2/5
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The story was slow at the beginning and I was disappointed at first. After her first book that was so very very good, I was hoping for the same with this. About halfway through, the action picked up and the story became what I was hoping for. The story was better when it tied people from the first book into the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the author had a good idea,the plot and characters were one dimensional. I had to force myself to finish it, because I really didnt connect with the players.