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Living beneath the shadow of violence, Italian perfumer Allegra Grimaldi learned the killing arts from a religious assassin. She swore never to use her deadly skills, but a blackmailer has her by the proverbial throat. To save her family, she must infiltrate the court of King Henry VIII, poison the heretic Anne Boleyn—and frame Anne’s bastard brother for the crime. Honest and principled, Sir Joscelin Boleyn is the perfect pawn. This stalwart soldier and the fallen woman who breathes deception must learn to trust each other—and discover the one truth that could save them all.
 

About the Author

In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who’s lived in Russia and works with weapons of mass destruction. In the line of duty, she’s been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world’s most dangerous men.

Inspired by the sinister realities of her real life, Laura writes dark Tudor romance spiked with political intrigue. She lives in a vineyard in the Pacific Northwest. THE DEVIL’S MISTRESS is her first published title.
 


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  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (March 25, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DX0IB2
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In her other life, Laura Navarre is a diplomat who's lived in Russia and works on weapons of mass destruction issues. In the line of duty, she's been trapped in an elevator in a nuclear power plant and has stalked the corridors of facilities churning out nerve agent and other apocalyptic weapons. In this capacity, she meets many of the world's most dangerous men.

Inspired by the sinister realities of her real life, she writes dark medieval and Renaissance romance spiked with political intrigue. A member of Romance Writers of America and a 2009 Golden Heart finalist, she has won the Emily Award for Excellence, the First Coast Romance Writers Beacon Award, the Georgia Romance Writers Maggie Award, the Golden Pen, the Duel on the Delta, Hearts through History's Romance through the Ages, and other awards. By Royal Command (Harlequin/Carina, July 2012) is her third published novel.

Laura holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine, an M.A. in National Security Policy from The George Washington University and a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University. Currently living in Seattle, she divides her time between her writing career and other adventures for U.S. government clients.

You can visit Laura here at
www.LauraNavarre.com
www.Facebook.com/LauraNavarreAuthor
www.Twitter.com/LauraNavarre

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Booklover1335 VINE VOICE on July 13, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura Navarre has written an intriguing and perilous historical romance in her debut novel The Devil's Mistress. In every written page you can feel the danger and deception that surrounds both Allegra and Joscelin in their quest to navigate King Henry VIII's court during one of England's most tumultuous time periods. I won't spend time in this review to briefly summarize the story as I sometimes do because the plot has many twists and turns and the summary from the publisher sums it up rather well without giving too much away.

When reading the novel I couldn't help but picture THE TUDORS. The book had the same sort of riveting intensity that makes the television series so addictive, and much like the TV series The Devil's Mistress is so much more than a just a love story; and refreshingly it doesn't focus mainly around Henry or his many wives. In Laura Navarre's Tudor world you understand and feel the fear, uncertainty...the perils and even the life taking risks that each character is motivated by as they navigate the Tudor court.

In some respects I think this book would have worked better strictly as historical fiction instead of historical romance because I felt that the romance between Joscelin and Allegra wasn't as important or crucial to the story as the devious plots and manipulations they found themselves a part of. For me too much of the story revolved around, and happened outside of their time together to make their love story as convincing as the rest of the book. There is no doubt that this author does intrigue well, and while the hero and the heroine expressed their love in both words as well as deeds, emotionally their love story didn't have the same intensity I felt the rest of the story had.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 7, 2012
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Quick-moving, well-plotted tale of intrigue and deception set among the Tudor court of Henry VIII. The heroine is an assassin; the hero is an honorable knight and illegitimate half-brother to Anne Boelyn, the woman Henry divorced his first wife for. The heroine has noble motives and doesn't want to kill anyone, but she's the pawn of a man who holds her father and sisters hostage.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit and was never bored. Lots of good villains; it would have been great to have spent even more time with them and with the likes of Henry and Anne, who appear very little in the book. I like my historical fiction to have more details of daily life and more richness of setting. This book focused mostly on the suspense aspects, which was fine and kept up the pace, but I would have enjoyed it more if I'd had a richer sense of place.

I also felt that the main characters were missing something, and I can't quite put my finger on it. I wasn't deeply moved by either one, even though I wanted them to get together by the end. It could be that the milieu they were in (always having to hide their true selves behind masks) contributed to the distance I felt from them. Or perhaps the book should have been longer so that the author could have given more depth to the characters and the story. Even with the distance, I did find myself turning pages and reading just a bit longer, so the book was certainly entertaining.

Laura Navarre has a striking style and is certainly a writer to watch. I'll read more by her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Tate on November 2, 2012
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As a student of British Royal history, I approached this book with a smidge of trepidation. Which I threw away rapidly. Ms. Navarre accurately captured the figures who really existed with mere pen strokes. The fictitious characters were so well crafted and the scene so beautifully set that I felt as if I were watching, an invisible silent observer. The story is one of wonderful intrigue, causing me to race from scene to scene in anticipation of what was to come.

I very much enjoyed the book and will be reading more of Ms. Navarre's offerings.
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3.45 Stars

Diabolical machinations and the female condition at the Tudor Court are at the heart of Laura Navarre's The Devil's Mistress. In her play on history, Navarre selects the most turbulent and invigorating of times...Henry VIII's reign, and the rise of the Boleyn's. Navarre's debut historical romance chronicles the path of one woman's life to free herself from an untenable situation, to be reunited with her family, and perhaps finally allow herself to love. But even the most innocuous of desires can be almost impossible to achieve.

As the successor to Europe's most fabled assassin, The Hand of God, Allegra Grimaldi has trained since childhood to follow in her father's footsteps. She can either weave the most intoxicating perfume or craft a draught that will stop your heart and steal your breath.

Coerced into a vicious marriage at the tender age of 13 to Conte Casimiro Grimaldi and cowering under the shadow of her husband (and his fist), Allegra barely escapes the Inquisition in Italy shortly after her husband's death. Agreeing to a devil's bargain with the Ambassador of Spain who wishes to use her arcane talents at the court of Henry VIII, Allegra flees for England at Don Maximo Montoya's side. She is only his willing puppet as long as he holds her beloved father and sisters hostage. But one day she vows to free her family and rid herself once and for all of his evil Excellency.

As Allegra becomes accustomed to Henry's court, the rampant intrigues, and endless political machinations, she comes to the attention of Joscelin Boleyn, bastard son of Thomas, Lord Rochford. Newly arrived in England with some notoriety in France, Joscelin has escalated up the ranks of the French court by the skill of his blade alone.
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