Beauty Like the Night

Beauty Like the Night

by Joanna Bourne

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ISBN-13: 9780425260838
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Series: Spymaster Series , #6
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 417,266
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

Actress Kirsten Potter has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. Her narrations have won AudioFile Earphones Awards, and she earned an Audie nomination for her reading of Rise Again by Ben Tripp.

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Beauty Like the Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author knows how to write!
booklover10CM More than 1 year ago
Excellent writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joanna writes books I want to gobble up whole yet, savor every word at once. Full rich writing will pull you in. Wonderfully flawed characters will keep you reading. Start with her earlier "The Forbidden Rose" and read them all. A totally indulgent and satisfying way to spend your time.
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Hooked by the first sentence. The wars are over, Napoleon is exiled, and London is filled with current and former spies, thieves, and aristocrats. Severine deCabrillac, veteran of the Peninsular Wars, has a reputation for finding justice for the poor. She does not welcome an unannounced midnight guest and his cryptic message of a missing girl and amulet. Raoul Deverney is a man of diverse talents, many of them developed during years as a Spanish partisan against the French. He’s come to London for multiple reasons, none of which include a romantic entanglement. Ms. Bourne has combined beautiful language with a multi-layered plot in this most recent of the Spymaster series. Several favorite characters in this special world contribute to the richness of the story. I wanted it to go on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know you’re hooked on a series when you stay awake until midnight waiting for the book you preordered to download to your reader. This novel was definitely worth losing sleep over. I’ve heard rumors that Beauty Like the Night will be the last entry in Joanna Bourne’s incomparable spymaster series, which takes place during the French Revolution and its aftermath. If so, Séverine de Cabrillac’s story is a fitting conclusion, since we first meet her as a 4-year-old sprat in The Forbidden Rose, which chronologically, though not in order of publication, is the first book in the series. Bourne’s novels are genuine adventure romances, suspenseful and moving and laced with humor. If you’re a fan of classic movies, think Captain Blood and The Adventures of Robin Hood (Errol Flynn, not Kevin Costner). What complicates things for the lovers is not contrived misunderstandings (for God’s sake, why doesn’t she just tell him she is the second cousin once removed of his arch enemy?) but conflicting loyalties and often the fate of nations. As a very young woman, Séverine ran away to join Military Intelligence, and now that Napoleon has been defeated, she is equally committed to her work as a private investigator. She also occasionally freelances for the British Service. When the mysterious and possibly untrustworthy Raoul Deverney hires her to help him solve his wife’s murder and locate his missing daughter, those two worlds intersect. This was good news for me because it meant I got to see Doyle and Hawker, heroes of The Forbidden Rose and The Black Hawk, in action one more time. There’s a fair amount of downtime for love when you travel by coach, and experienced picklocks can flirt while opening a safe. It was sheer pleasure watching Séverine and Raoul fall in love.
BJsReviews More than 1 year ago
4.5 "A Love Interconnected by Espionage" Stars! Why did I wait so long to discover this series? Being a lover of historical romance and mystery/suspense, Beauty Like the Night satisfied my desires on a number of fronts. I also really enjoyed Ms. Bourne's talented writing and witty repartees between the hero and heroine. Now I simply must go back and read or listen to Ms. Bourne's Spymasters backlist titles! For those who are wondering if this story can be read as a standalone, it definitely can. As you can surmise from the opening paragraph of this review, this is my first foray into the Spymasters Series and I had no difficulty following both the romance and suspense plots which seemed to be fully contained within this book. Sèverine de Cabrillac, the "daughter" of a British intelligence agent and friend of many other spies has grown up learning the spy trade. "Adopted" after being left an orphan by the French revolution, Severine has her own list of spy accolades now. However, in an attempt to "settle down" and lead a less dangerous life, she has turned her specialized talents to work for those needing an investigator to find justice. Her latest assignment, is finding a lost daughter and amulet for Raoul Deverney. Raoul has his own clandestine background and Severine instantly starts to question what this proclaimed wine merchant's true career is. Should she trust Raoul? Just what is the truth? Moreover, when a series of dangerous events, including a murder plot involving a famous British military commander is uncovered, it seems like too much of a coincidence for the events not to be interconnected somehow, but just what is the connection? But its not all intrigue and danger where Severine's and Raoul's relationship is concerned as they seem to have a chemistry laden attraction to one another. Is it purely physical attraction or something more? Moreover, could there ever be a HEA for a potentially politically mismatched couple such as this? There is one aspect of the plot which I think could have remained a mystery longer, but there are also a number of suspense and mystery plots weaved in which are not uncovered until later in the story. The romance also takes a while to develop, but once it does it adds a heated element to this intriguing romantic suspense title. All in all fans of Ms. Bourne's, as well as, historical romantic suspense enthusiasts in general will not want to miss Beauty Like the Night. Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.