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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sebastianne Dumont is, above all, loyal to her family. So when a villainous Frenchman threatens to imprison her father and conscript her young brothers to war, she agrees to his demands that she act as a spy. Sebastianne must infiltrate the home of Lord Drake and steal the special cyphers he has created for the English government.

She gets her foot in the door as a housekeeper, using a false identity. She actually does very well at the job, but it's far more labor intensive than she imagined. Her duties make it hard to search for the cyphers. But she finally discovers that they are hidden in a locked safe. From there, her goal is to get the key, which Drake keeps on his person at all times.

There is an undeniable attraction between Drake and Sebastianne from the start. And it's only a matter of time before they act on it. As Sebastianne develops feelings for her boss, it complicates her mission. But she can't lose sight of what failure would mean for the rest of her family.

I don't really know what drives these two to be together other than the physical. I get the lust, but it wasn't an obvious path to love. The sexual tension was good and the sex was hot. Of course, you want the happy ending for Sebastianne, because you can see her internal struggle. But Drake forgave her much easier than I would have expected. So overall, it was an interesting story... with solid sex and intrigue... just not the greatest love story. Almost 4 stars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Drake Byron developed codes to help the British conceal secrets from Napoleon's spies. Currently he works on breaking a French code to assist the war effort. In 1813 when his housekeeper abruptly leaves, Drake hires twenty-nine year old Widow Anne Greenway to replace her.

However, Anne is actually an undercover French mathematician Sebastianne Dumont who has been forced to spy on Drake to protect her family. Rather quickly Anne and Drake are attracted to one another. While pressure mounts on her to betray her employer and her heart in order to save her father and siblings, Anne knows what she must do; when she does act, Drake knows what he must do.

The latest Byrons of Braebourne historical romance (see Wicked Delights of a Bridal Bed) features the most unique of the "bad" brood as "mad" intellect Drake (even his mom fears he will blow himself up one day) stars with his female genius counterpart. The espionage romantic Regency story line is fast-paced, contains a few surprising twists, and is supported by the energetic eccentric notorious Byrons; anyone think the French have a chance against this crowd?

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2011
This is a mediocre and "been done thousand times" story about a French spy, Sebastianne, who infiltrates the house of Lord Drake to steal a cipher that he is working on. Her job is to betray him, but love gets in the way.

I am afraid I do not have a good word to say about this book because it has been a terrible disappointment. On the whole, I have really enjoyed the Byron books. But Drake has turned out not at all what I expected him to be. In previous books he was a real geek, so I was looking forward to reading about him being teased away from his life as the mad professor. Instead, we got a rake who could add, which did not fit with his portrayal in previous books. He was charmless and did nothing for me as a hero. Likewise, Sebastianne did not endear herself to me. I just couldn't feel any sympathy for her - I just could not get a handle on her motivation. Long story short, although there was lots of sex in this book, there was no passion and I felt no emotion for the main characters, and didn't for the life of me feel any sexual tension or understand how they feel in "love". The plot was slow and boring and consequently I didn't finish it.

Personally, I would read Tempted By His Kiss and Seduced By His Touch. I'd definitely give this one a miss.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2011
I totally disagree with the other reviewers who belittled this story with few or scarce stars. I happened to like this novel just because the interesting plot was well weaved and written. I loved the characters and the way they interacted. I don't understand what the other reviewers were expecting from a history romance story? A book styled a la Dan Brown as in "The DaVinci Code"? Be serious. Yes, I know our hero is a mathematician. So what? I wouldn't want to read about binomial theorem or indefinite integrals in a story of romance. So give the author a break, will you! The book it's worth the money, and it's definitely entertaining.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 29, 2011
Lackluster is the best word that describes the latest Byron novel by Tracy Ann Warren. This brother lacks his older brothers' charm and dashing ways. The heroine is not that exciting either and the dialogue just meanders along. This story with an espionage twist just did not deliver a satisfying read.

Sebastianne is under pressure to infiltrate the home of Lord Drake and steal an encrypted code to aid the French in their war effort. Sebastianne is young and beautiful a war widow and she is half English so she can pass herself off as a British commoner without any trace of an accent.

Drake hires Sebastianne who calls herself Anne as his housekeeper. He allows his libido to do the hiring. He is attracted to Anne and she is panting after him too.

Sebastainne and Drake have non interesting conversations which revolve around the house and not much else at first as she is hiding her past and he cannot speak of anything regarding his work, yet the tepid conversations make Sebastainne fall in love with Drake. She still intends to steal the code.

There were many problems with this novel. As an espionage tale it made little sense that the French would ask Sebastianne, a woman with no experience to spy and steal from a well respected aristocrat. Were there no other spies left to do this deed? Sebastianne, who claims all her actions are to protect her family, gives in quickly when Drake wants her in his bed. She seemed unconcerned that her actions might be suspicious to her employer. Also everything was just too convenient for Sebastianne, especially when it came to getting the code and leaving England. Sebastianne slips up a lot and these were errors that never had to occur; for instance she used her mother's last name instead of using another alias.

Drake was not overly charismatic. He blends into the background of his family which has many more interesting and intriguing characters. He is a scientist and mathematician and portrayed as a genius who gets caught up in his work but is not overly suspicious of a beautiful housekeeper from rural England coming to London looking for a job.

Finally I found Sebestainne not a terribly sympathetic character. *SPOILER* - I was surprised that she had the audacity to be angry with Drake for following her so he could retrieve the code. She acts like he has no right to intrude upon her life when she has spied and stolen from Drake. Has she even thought that perhaps he could be in serious trouble from the War Office for losing the code? No, Sebastianne cannot think beyond the next week or so. She is supposed to be an intelligent girl but makes so many dumb moves that it is a wonder that she even made it back to France in one piece.

Drake is so besotted that he forgives Sebastianne anything and he has little righteous anger directed at the woman who has the power to ruin his life. This novel just didn't ring of sincerity and the unsympathetic characters don't make this an endearing tale.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2012
Book 4 ls every bit as good as the first three. An confirmed bachelor who vows never do marry; a beautiful spy; blackmail; some really hot loving-- what's not to like? I am still hoping that we get Leo and Lawrence's story. A book well worth reading and enjoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2015
I have read many of Miss Warren 's books, enjoying them all. This one had a very different story line and was very enjoyable. I would highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
Mystery and romance combined made a great book. I really enjoyed it. It went so fast,, that I hated for it to end
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2011
I read it in a day. Fun and loving hero and heroine that capture your heart and you end up wishing the story
wouldn't end.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2011
This book was fun and kind of original. I would recommend it if you're looking for something light to read.
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