The Spymaster's Lady

The Spymaster's Lady

by Joanna Bourne

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ISBN-13: 9781101206867
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Series: Spymaster Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 95,707
File size: 534 KB
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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The Spymaster's Lady 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 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
sds6565 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a tale this author weaves. I was hooked into the plot after the first couple of pages. The plot unfolds with delicacy and great skill. The writing is superb. The tale that is told is enthralling that keeps the reader mesmorized from beginning till the last page is turned. I recommend this book with a thumbs up.
trishkit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My purchase of this book was based on the many rave reviews I hadread. As is sometimes the case when a book seems to be universally beloved, I was reluctant to actually read the darned thing.This time of year is very quiet at my job, and I found myself bored out of my tree yesterday (a Sunday). It seemed like a perfect time to fire up the CyBook and give "The Spymaster's Lady" a try.Fast forward an hour and I am snapping at any poor soul who dares approach me (including my dear father, who is bored and wants to chat). Leave me alone! I. Am. READING!!Holy cow, this was awesome.Okay, I admit that there were some plot points that made me snicker, but Bourne is just a fabulous writer that I could just sit back and relish the occasional absurdity.J'adore Annique.That is all.
amf0001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a treat. During the Napoleonic wars, two expert spies meet and fall in love. I loved Annique, she was endlessly resilient, smart, tough and did not go all weak and stupid just because she fell in love. There were a few things that were a touch unbelievable, but the book worked so well, the characters were terrific and the romance was exciting, that you forgave minor flaws (and the terrible cover. Do not judge thsi book by its cover!) Funny, charming, a keeper.
montano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent story! I love when a heroine is competent and skilled and can give a hero a run for his money, instead of just being the object of seduction and doormat to roll over. Annique is fascinating and jumps off the page with her droll commentary. Grey is masterful w/out being a boor. He actually respects Annique's abilities and recognizes her often superior skills. The political events of the plot serve as a fascinating backdrop instead of a chance for the author to display research. The secondary characters are interesting too. I could hardly put this one down.
SockMonkeyGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Annique is my favorite type of heroine; clever, warm and brave. Her relationship with Grey was remarkably believable, with all of its twists and complications. And boy were there a lot of twists and complications! But the hero and heroine get their happy ending and I was left eagerly anticipating the stories of the supporting cast. This book is very well-written and plotted and I highly recommend it!
DianeYu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding historical romance in large part because of the tense times the hero and heroine lived in with Bonaparte threatening to invade England. Bourne makes you feel as if you are there living this history with them.Annique is the most memorable heroine I have encountered to date (after reading more than 100 historical romance books), and that is putting her ahead of Claire in "Outlander" who held that spot for me before this book.The setting is rich with authenticity, the plot complex and never predictable, and the romance simmers at a deliciously slow pace at first, then boils over in a sensual explosion. The love scenes are not erotic, tough not fluffed over either - perfect for this story.I seldom re-read books, but I am likely to do that with this one in the future. It's a keeper.
Mendoza on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am amazed at this novel! First off - if I hadn't read so many excellent reviews on Amazon for this book I would never have read it. The cover is, well, so friggin' 10 years ago and has poorly written historical romance written all over it. The publishers, Berkley, did this author absolutely no service by choosing to market this novel that way. Okay - enough of the rant. But, geeze, how many other great little books have I overlooked this way?????? Alright, I'm done with that.What can I say? This is an incredibly tight novel that it is hard to imagine that this is a novice writer. At least, she appears to be as I can't find any other books by her.The heroine's character, her humor - really just about everything about her jumps right off the page she is so alive. From the start in the French dungeon to the ending in England you believe she is real and Grey is the perfect match for her.At no point did I find either of them stepping out of character in order to further the plot along (as I see with so many other novels towards the end).It was an absolute joy to read this book and I found myself sitting in the parking lot at work when I got off trying to get in a chapter or two before heading off for home. It has been months (a year maybe?) since I have had a book grab me like this.I am going to have to put romance in the tag field for lack of better choice but let me say right now, this is much more than that.
jdquinlan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4 out of 5 StarsThis is the debut novel for Joanna Bourne, who has since penned a second book in the series. I was drawn to this book because Diana Gabaldon, one of my favorite authors, wrote the cover blurb, and she doesn't do many of those. When it came in the mail I picked it up intending to read the first page and then set it aside for later, but I found that hard to do! This is a very well-written, better-than-average historical romance with original characters and an engrossing, exciting story with a few unexpected twists. Annique is a fascinating heroine, a nineteen-year-old girl who has been employed as a French spy since she was a child. She is cunning and clever, strong and resilient, yet for all her ability to integrate and survive in virtually any situation, she is endearingly sweet and innocent. Grey is not as well developed as Annique, as this story tends to focus much more on the heroine, but he is of course, as strong and smart and brave as she is.This is a smart book that seethes with sexual tension as Annique and Grey play a sensual cat and mouse game across France and into England, joined along the way by two of Grey's fellow spies and pursued by Annique's enemies. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it kept me guessing right up to the last page.
dkthain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s not often that one comes across a heroine as vivid and well-written as Annique. While a poorly written heroine can ruin a book for me, I still focus more on the hero. But in this case Annique lept off the pages. She¿s inventive, she¿s kindhearted, she¿s oddly naive, she¿s intelligent. She¿s simply wonderful. I told Katie that I had to find enough superlatives to describe this book and I¿m probably going to go overboard with them ¿ but I can¿t help it.And Grey is an equal match for her. He realizes very quickly how good she is in her profession and he treats her with respect. Very early on he becomes quite protective of her while still recognizing her intelligence and what a contribution she can make. One scene in particular exemplifies this for me. The third member of their quartet, Adrian, has been shot. It¿s Grey¿s job to try and remove the bullet and he is quite reluctant, thinking he will kill Adrian. When Annique volunteers and tells him she has experience in this kind of thing, he doesn¿t doubt her for a moment. He trusts her with the life of one of his men.There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and I don¿t want to say too much for fear of giving it away to anyone who hasn¿t read it yet but is planning to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book TWICE in a row, that's how good it was. Joanna's writing is amazing and the characters are like nothing I have encountered in another book. I couldn't put it down!
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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