The Spymaster's Lady

The Spymaster's Lady

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by Joanna Bourne
     
 

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She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naïve virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit...

British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back

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She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naïve virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit...

British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful-and dangerous-Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England. When the two natural enemies are thrown into prison, they forge an uneasy alliance to break free. But their pact is temporary and betrayal seems inevitable as the fates of nations hang in the balance.

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425236215
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
782,292
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
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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The Spymaster's Lady 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pulled me in fast and didn't let me go until I read it from cover to cover. First of all loved the thrill of the constant underlying danger and urgency of their situation. Then I loved the wit, touches of humor, depth of characters and changing rich scenery- reminds me of the romantic movie remake of Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility' or 'Pride and Prejudice'. The attention to detail in slowly introducing Annique's personality and intelligence made it very easy to understand Grey's evolution from suspicion and distrust to grudging admiration, appreciation and then love. Fighting the desire continuously for each other while on the run didn't hurt the book either!
LovesAGoodRead More than 1 year ago
This is the best read I've enjoyed in a very long time. This author is tops in her field. The action never stops and the lady is most unique and resourceful while the men are masterful, strong, handsome in a rugged sort of way, and love their women. Loved it!
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Read this book!
romance_readerLD More than 1 year ago
Bourne's prose is so lovely I have reread this book a number of times. Her spy world, her characters, and her plot are well crafted, unique and exciting. The romance is more understated than other books in the genre, but no less powerful for me. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. God. I just finished it and it was WONDERFUL! The French phrasing was masterful. It's been over 40 years since I studied French and was able to read French novels without translating them in my head. As I was reading Ms. Bourne's novel I found myself translating many of the phrases into the French, even after all these years. Vraiment, mais oui, peutetre, la petite dejeuner (the little meal), I can't get over how well she translated the French into English without losing the essential quality of the French phrasing. And the characters, ah the characters were so complex, it was a pity to leave them, at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book catches you fast with its unusual characters and situation . . . not the typical 'spy' heroine, the Fox Cub is a true professional and one of the best heroines I've ever read in a romance. The hero was also constantly offguard, though extremely capable, and the pairing of the two opponents was fascinating and exhilirating. Don't want to give away any secrets on this, but an absolute must read for its originality, its passion and its characters. Can't wait to see a follow up on this.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Leblanc tortures spy maestro Annique ¿The Fox Cub¿ Villiers demanding she give him the Albion plans that Vauban gave her in Bruges to take to England. Annique is the best at the espionage game especially when it comes to checkmating men so since she has no plans to die here, she must find a way out of this mess. She has outplayed every male opponent with ease and wouldn¿t be in this hell hole with the devil¿s spawn if her elderly associate was not so desperate still she expects to win every time though right now she lingers in a French prison and ponders how to escape.--------------- British spymaster Robert Grey is assigned the task of abducting the infamous Cub in order to interrogate her to learn what she really knows and who gives her orders. Thus he enters the same French prison where she is currently a resident and meets the renowned Cub. This is a case of hate at first sight in spite of an attraction. However they both conclude they need one another to escape their jail, which they do. As they flee across France they begin to fall in love, but their various enemies and some alleged allies pursue them with one thought kill the spies.------------ Although The Fox Cub seems very vulnerable and not quite the invincible professional that she allegedly is, THE SPYMASTER¿S LADY is an exhilarating historical romantic espionage thriller starring two strong adversaries needing to team up if they are to survive those wanting them dead. The story line is action-packed, but belongs to the courageous lead couple who go from distrust to dependency to love. Joanna Bourne begins her legacy with a fine tale.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I loved the characters, the plot and the writing. Far above the typical romance novel. Don't let the cheesy cover fool you.
TucsonKate More than 1 year ago
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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ramore More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars! I loved the audiobook The Spymaster's Lady - narrated by Kirsten Potter. Ms. Potter's interpretation absolutely makes the story. Her characterizations, her accents and her emotions make the story come alive. If you are on the fence about reading this book, I highly recommend you listen instead! I was disappointed to find that the other books in this series are not available on audiobook. However, I am sufficiently intrigued to put them on my to-read list.
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