My Lord and Spymaster

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After her father is wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, lovely Jess Whitby infiltrates the London underworld for the real traitor—only to end up naked in the bed of a rude merchant captain. Not only is she falling in love with him, but he may be the scoundrel she’s looking for.

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Overview

After her father is wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, lovely Jess Whitby infiltrates the London underworld for the real traitor—only to end up naked in the bed of a rude merchant captain. Not only is she falling in love with him, but he may be the scoundrel she’s looking for.

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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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"Brimming with adventure, intrigue, wit, sensuality and colorful historical details, this is an adventure reader's dream come true." —-RT Book Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425222461
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Spymaster Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 348,410
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Poorly devwloped

    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.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

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    Reformed Pickpocket Takes on Adventure and Romance

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    Good Read

    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    When she became wealthy, she became respectable. So Jess Whitby wonders what happened that she has to use her pre-affluence skills of pick-pocketing. However, her objective is lofty as she needs to steal something from Captain Sebastian Kennett that will prove her dad innocent of the seditious crime of selling state secrets to Napoleon that he is being accused of doing. -------- At the docks, Kennett rushes to the aid of a woman being assaulted. He takes Jess to his vessel, but wonders what depths of deception this feisty female hides as she smells of perfume and lies instead of the streets of Katherine Lane, where she used to work the trade of urchin pickpocket. As they are each attracted to one another, Jess wonders could her heart betray her and her dad by falling in love with a traitor.-------------- This is an engaging fresh Regency romance filled with plenty of action, a bit of a mystery, and two wonderful battling adversaries in love. The story line is fast-paced from the first encounter at the docks and never slows down as the spymaster lord and the former pickpocket tangle while trying to uncover the identity of who is the traitor in light of evidence that hangs her father.------------ Harriet Klausner

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