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- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reissue edition (January 2, 2008)
- Publication Date: January 2, 2008
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0010VEKTK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,536 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I had a serious problem with the book and a few minor problems, although on the whole, I enjoyed it. The serious problem is the dubious consent sex the heroine and the hero are having - some more details below under spoiler alert. The minor problems are related to the supposed extraordinary spying abilities of Annique, as some of them really stretch reality; and also, if she is allegedly so good, why does she make such elementary mistake as trusting Grey under an alias? I also had some problem with her attitude towards sex. Details below under spoiler alert.
I still recommend this book to those who aren't much bothered by the dubious consent scene.
Dubious consent problems:
The heroine is kept drugged for a few days when she is captured by the English spies. During this time, descriptions, from her POV, are hazy, but it is clear she experiences intense lust for the hero (who keeps her in his arms/lap/embrace most of the time) At first reading I thought that Grey touched her inappropriately and pleasured her, but on rereading I realized that it was all drug induced arousal on her part, and Grey tried to avoid further arousing and/or satisfying her. Even so, it is discomforting to read about the heroine's humiliation that she rubs up against a man who had drugged her. Also, their first non-drugged sexual encounter is completely dubious/non consensual and takes place right after the Annique realizes that Grey betrayed her, was with her pretending to be someone else, and took her captive in the English Intelligence Headquarters. Right after, she is given a bath and Grey has intercourse with her in the bathtub. It is clear that she has intense desire for him, and that she has pleasure, but she is not in an emotional state of intimacy and is conflicted all the way through the scene. It's a particular pet peeve of mine when the man tells the woman he knows she wants it when she is clearly undecided and reluctant although aroused.
Annique is described as a very innocent/sexually unawakened, embarrassed, shy girl as relating to Grey and physical intimacy with him. However, she can pretend to playact a role she calls "The Courtesan" in which role she can be seductive and arousing. Now I understand she as spy can immerse herself in a role different from herself, but an inexperienced girl unaware of sexuality can't have the experiences to validly play the expereinced woman who is in control of her sexuality. It was confusing.
The Spymaster’s Lady has a strong plot, more than the usual number of plot twists, good period detail, and well delineated characters. In particular, Annique, the heroine, is so very French that at times I had to grin. Ms. Bourne does not stop the story every fifty pages or so to drop in explicit sex scenes that do not contribute to the plot. There’s some sex but it’s actually relevant.
Most of all, The Spymaster’s Lady is a page turner. I’m looking forward to more Bourne books.
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Awesome book - ignore the cheesy cover and title and buy this!!!
Even if you dislike Regency's BUY IT.
I loved the plot, the characters, everything.
Before I turn completly fangirl, I'll just say it's one of the best romances I've read for a long time, & I eagerly await her next book
Comunque lo consiglio. Gradevole.
It really, pretty much, had it all for me: adventure, character development (including many characters that were witty and you couldn't help but care for), relationship development (at one point I thought, "we'll that was quick", but this is one book it's totally okay), and a good, solid plot.
Grey/Robert made my heart melt and for how the author created his character and the things he said. I will be devouring another of her novels next.
I love Shanna and The Iron Rose, and feel this novel belongs on my 5 star list with them.
The main character, the french spy Annique, springs alive from the pages, and draws us into the story.
" She was willing to die, of course, but she had not planned to do it so soon, or in such prolonged and uncomfortable fashion, or at the hands of her own countrymen."
The story continues just as strongly. LeBlanc holds in his prisons two British spies, Grey and Adrian, and together they manage with a mix of force and ingenuity to break out of their prison. Annique, the "fox cub" is a brilliant character, and Grey and Adrian are in the same league. Their story is full of fun, danger, ingenious twists, which makes this story one I highly recommend. If you enjoyed it, go get her other books, all set in the same world of the Spymasters, but all their own contained story.