My Lord and Spymaster

My Lord and Spymaster

by Joanna Bourne

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440633690
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Spymaster Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 204,554
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"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

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My Lord and Spymaster 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Catherine331 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read the first book of this series, The Spymaster's Lady, and really enjoyed it. I don't know why I never bothered to pick up the next book in the series when it came out. I finally decided to get it off my wish list and order it. I really wish I hadn't. Everything that I loved about the author's style in the last book was repeated here, but it really didn't work for me.What I really liked about the last book was the flow of the language. The heroine was French and her thoughts and dialogue really felt authentic to me. The wordiness didn't bother me because it was all part of the experience of Annique (most of the book was from her pov). That same style was duplicated in this book. What was wonderful and had a great feel for Annique was horribly tedious for Jess.I thought Jess was going to be really interesting. I mean, with her past she had to have some interesting character motivations. Unfortunately she wasn't anything special. Her actions made no sense to me and even though she was supposed to be some genius mind I honestly couldn't see it. She was a very weak character (even though we're told again and again that she's strong) and caved to whatever pressure was placed on her. It was irritating to read about.I really didn't like Sebastian's character. He was basically a carbon copy of Grey from The Spymaster's Lady. Grey too was overwhelmingly dominant. He was very much so an "I know best" kind of guy. It worked for him because of his position as spymaster. I didn't mind him overwhelming Annique and controlling her actions because she was the enemy and to act otherwise would be stupid. That does not mean it was ok for Sebastian though. Why exactly is he acting that way? His controlling, egotistical behavior was so irritating.Now, why exactly did these people fall in love? I really have no idea. One moment they're lusting and hating each other and then the author tells us they're in love. I just disliked the characters and couldn't get into the book.One thing I do have to admit though... I really want to read Adrian's book. I liked him in the last book and I liked him in this one. I truly hope that he won't be a carbon copy of the other two male leads though.
TallyDi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in the conflict between England and Napoleon,the story follows a group of people trying to unravel a crisis of treason that carries great personal danger to the people involved.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just so enjoyable. this is a keeper and a sure reread. Jess is a daughter committed to freeing her father, who is suspected of treason during the Napoleonic wars. She is also a considerable heiress. With her father detained it is up to her to navigate the complex politics of London. She decides that Captain Sebastian Kennett might well be the traitor and organizes a chance to 'bump' into him, and pick his pockets. But things go awry with this plan and she ends up naked in his bed. I really liked the relationship between Jessa and Sebastian, it felt true. I liked what they saw and responded to in each other. And I believe in them and their feelings. My only quibble was that the villan was under written, and that the actual seduction scene was not as sensual as the scenes leading up to it. But that is half a stars worth, it's still an A rated book. I particularly liked the descriptions of London's underbelly, which were so vivid. There were many pretty turned phrases in this book!Glad to add it to my keeper's shelf.
mbosvyle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely brilliantly written! This is one of the most original historical romances I've read in some time. You're never quite sure what direction it's going to go next. The heroine, Jess is refreshing and very smart - not your typical sheltered heiress! Sebastian definetly has a hard time keeping up with her. Best of all I love that the author doesn't give anything away. With intrigue all around, this story will keep you turning pages.
mizmairi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the 2nd novel in this series a bit of a let down. In my opinion the heroine was not fleshed out enough, and although much of the book is done through her POV, I never really identified or empathized with her. Also felt that the hero was a little too stereo typically 'sea captain' and the secondary characters (who we meet in the first novel) were rather one-dimensional. However I found the plot line interesting, just wished it had delivered more.
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Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
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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