Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne

I first came across this book via the Smart Bitches...I think. I'm 99% sure of that, but anyway...:) It sounded interesting, so I decided to buy it the other day. Here's the back blurb-

She's never met a man she couldn't deceive...

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

Until now.

British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful and dangersous 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. They flee, pursued every step of the way by ruthless authorities, caught in a net of secrets and lies. As the fates of nations hang in the balance, Grey and Annique fight the passion that flares between them-forbidden, impossible, and completely irresisible...

Aw, what to say about this book? I've read rave reviews all over the place, but had to put my two cents in too. This book really was wonderful. Annique is my favorite type of heroine-strong, smart, and able. She doesn't take crap from Grey, even when he's got her at the end of her rope. She's cunning and used to doing what's necessary to get the job done.

Grey is a great hero as well. He's strong, cunning and smart. Two peas in a pod is what they are! :)

This book is full of twists and turns. There are a few unexpected moments that are really surprising and give the story an added freshness that's nice. So many times when you have spy vs. spy, you end up with a ridiculous romp that's completely unbelievable.

With this book, you get a believable build-up to the romance itself. There's immediate attraction (of course), but there's also intrigue, mistrust and captive/captor issues as well. What I like is that you have two honorable people striving to do what they think is right.

This book is a fun and exciting story that's really enjoyable. The characters are great, the time period is sadly underused and the locations seem real. I strongly urge you to pick up a copy today!

My Rating: B+

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1 comment:

Lana said...

Ooh, I really loved this book!

(Also, I LOVE your header picture. Yum!)