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Monday, November 2, 2009

Review: The Spymaster's Lady

Title: The Spymaster's Lady
Author: Joanna Bourne
Page Count: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: historical romance
Copy for review courtesy of the public library

50 words or less: Annique Villiers and Robert Grey are on opposite sides of the spy games being played during the Napoleonic Wars. They end up being neighbors in a French prison, escape (naturally) and ultimately have to work their way over hurdles to finally end up with a happily ever after.

I came across this book in the blog feed for Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and put it on my TBR list. I have a soft spot for historicals, especially spy themed historicals, so this was right up my alley.

I wasn't disappointed when I finally read the book. The language is crisp and vivid, and what's more, the various languages and dialects used in the story were depicted in a way that made them realistic and believable, instead of being crappy as all get out and phonetically spelled like in many other books, romance or otherwise.

Annique and Grey are believable in their romance and watching their relationship develop is one of the more fun aspects of the book, and the plot sizzles when they finally start to trust one another, in as much as two spies on opposite sides of a way can trust each other.

The other characters in the book are fun too. Grey's fellow spies are witty and fun and the conversations that they have are fun to read. I saw on Goodreads that there's already another book out in this series (My Lord and Spymaster) and while, according to the reviews, this cast of characters doesn't make many appearances, I hope we see more of them in future books. This book reminded me of Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation books, which is high praise indeed.

Overall Grade: A

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