The Spymaster's Lady

The Spymaster's Lady

eBook - 2008
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As the fates of nations hang in the balance, Annique Villiers, an elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, meets her match in British spymaster Robert Grey, when they, captured and thrown into prison, form an uneasy alliance in order to survive.
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Sensation,, 2008
ISBN: 9781101206867
9781429558129
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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RosaReads2
Sep 15, 2019

The writing style is unlike anything I've read in historical romance with it’s intelligent, thoughtful, and careful prose. The audio was equally impressive. This was a story that was recommended from a friend’s list of favorite books of all-time and I can understand her attraction. I’m certain I’ll be reading more of this author’s backlist.

LPL_LeahN Mar 07, 2019

Annique Villiers is a formidable French spy in the time of Napoleon. She has spent all of her life outwitting the British but it takes more than her keen intelligence to take on Grey, the equally skilled and dashing British Head of Section, and come out on top.

Well researched historical romance, political intrigue, espionage, and adventure, this book really has it all. Annique has so much charm and wit, it's hard for me to think of a romance heroine I enjoyed more. The romance is developed in a believable way, a perfect blend of sweet and steamy, and the rest of the plot chugs along with plenty of action. This was a most excellent escapist read for me.

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AConsolver
Jan 10, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy historical romance, especially ones about spies.

Annique Villers is the youngest of the French spies, and incredibly accomplished for her age. She's played the part of street juggler, medical page boy during battle, a courtesan, and more. Hard to spot and even harder to capture she's known as the Fox Cub. When she meet British Spymaster Robert Grey in the dangerous Leblanc's dungeon they must work together to escape. Can she escape the danger of Leblanc without becoming captured by the British? Can she get the plans for Napoleon's war to those who need it without giving them away to those who would jeopardize the future?

I saw this book on a display at the library and thought it sounded interesting, I'm glad that I picked it up as it was a fun change of pace! With as much romance as I've read this year, I've not read a lot of historical romance, so I'm finding this a little hard to rate. Overall I thought that Annique was very determined, skilled, and humorous. Between her thoughts on the French and British as well as her inner turmoil she read in a very honest, funny, matter-of-fact sort of way. :) I thought that Robert Grey was a fun contrast to her character, very sure of himself, very set in his ways, much more serious. I enjoyed their chemistry a lot, especially in the beginning of the book. I enjoyed their journey from France to London and all of the trails they were put through. I liked that it wasn't all skirmishes and chases. There was a bit of medical stuff, etc. too. Very interesting! This book was a bit steamy, fyi! My only qualm is that I feel like she wasn't very worldly when it came to men, she was really young and her mother never gave her any advice... so it made the romance overly confusing for her.. which made me a tad uneasy. She ultimately took ownership of her sexuality, which I appreciated, but in the in between moments I was a bit uncomfortable. I expect that this happens a lot in historical romance though.. so again, that's part of why I'm having trouble rating this one! Once I've read a few more I'll revisit this review. ;)

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LisaBunker
Jun 16, 2017

Adrenaline rush is not normally equated with regency romance, but man, Bourne is so good at it. Like Loretta Chase's stories the characters are fierce and fearsome. Like Sherlock Holmes or the Bourne novels, the main characters are hyper-alert and equal to almost anything.

Though #1 of 5, chronologically it is the second in the series. Annique and Robert's story is a lesser favorite of mine in an excellent series, my best regency discovery in the last few years. You will also meet a very young Hawker and the massive Doyle.

GypseyRose Dec 05, 2013

Enjoyable read and well written. An Epilogue at the end of the book would have been nice, but did not take away by not being included.

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MaryBuck
Nov 26, 2013

I enjoyed the book, although I found it annoying that the master-spy heroine was so easily outwitted by the spymaster hero. The period flavor and the interesting characters saved this for me.

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CMINTZ
Jan 05, 2011

Loved this book! I love all her books, but this is my favorite. I loved the two main characters. Lots of great dialogue and chemistry between them. I really enjoyed the witty conversations, humor and drama.

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ekilmer
Apr 30, 2010

A great read!!

bookmaster5000 Apr 05, 2010

Most historical spy romance novels are light on the spying, heavy on the ballgowns. Spymaster’s lady is very different. Annique Villiers is akin to Jason Bourne ala Bourne Identity. It flows like a real spy novel should. She’s clever and can take care of herself as she tries to get important information from France to England while being tracked down by all opponents to the game that is political intrigue. Staff picks 2010.

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