A daring beauty will risk everything for love in this thrilling romance in Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series. Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket. Bourne’s latest espionage-based series historical (following The Spymaster’s Lady) entices with subtle subterfuge and heated romance. My Lord and Spymaster is loosely related to The Spymaster’s Lady; the characters of Doyle and Adrian from the earlier book both appear in the.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A daring beauty, she was infamous for taking chances. Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must once again rely on her guile.

Her father’s been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he’s going to be hanged—unless Jess finds the real traitor joanan the London underworld.

She never dreamed h A daring beauty, she was infamous for taking chances. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captain’s bed. Or how little she’d mind. Now she’ll risk everything for love When Captain Sebastian Kennett prevents a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victim home.

My Lord and Spymaster

He’s infatuated with her courageous spirit. She’s enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in his eyes. Then she discovers something else about the spellbinding seaman: He could be the traitor she’s hunting, the man whose next move could determine her father’s fate—and her future as well. Paperbackpages. Published July 1st by Berkley Sensation first published Spymasters 2Spymasters: Jess WhitbyCaptain Sebastian Kennett. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I adore this book, but I am troubled by one small plot point that sets up the fateful first encounter: She is investigating lots of suspects, but for some reason she thinks he is carrying a particular document that particular evening.

Do we know why she thinks that? See 1 question about My Lord and Spymaster…. Lists with This Book. Feb 09, Bubu rated it it was ok Shelves: Impressive by my standards, as I tend to leave a book be after such a long time. I was more like this: On the contrary, I love it when a story slowly unfolds, but for that to happen I need a few markers.


The name Lazarus, already mentioned in the two previous books I had read, was dropped here and there in connection with Jess, but Jess also seemed to have spent years in Russia. And again dpymaster finally, finally — things started to make sense. But from the three books I have read so far, they are all cunning, deadly, alluring and super-intelligent. I liked Annique, though she had jooanna scratching my head. Jess Whitby thy name is idiot. What does she do?

What does she do instead? She ignores him, walks off and puts herself — once again — in mortal danger. I ojanna, hate, hate it when a heroine is portrayed as some sort of super-heroine and does the most idiotic things. When she is unwilling to listen to reason, unwilling to cooperate, if not for her own sake, then at least for the sake of her loved ones. At this point, I might as well say: The only saving grace was her talk with Hawker once again Hawker.

There were only glimpses of romantic moments between Jess and Sebastian. None of the slow unfolding of feelings between William and Marguerite, for example. But I can thank Hawker for that. I am glad I started with The Forbidden Rose first as it introduces many of the characters that pop up in the books. View all 25 comments.

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Jun 18, Mei rated it did not like it Shelves: Where the interesting stories of the other books went? Here we have a huge mess! Shall I start with the heroine, Jess, or with the hero, Sebastian?

LOL She’s supposedly a genious, everybody is in awe of her intelligence She overthinks and does exactly what she said to herself not to do two minutes ago!

He wants to protect her, but doesn’t say it, on the contrary: Also the identity of Cinq, the super-Frech-spy No, I don’t want to talk about him It was so stupid! I want to pretend that I’ve never read this one View all 4 comments. That took me like an eon. It was just ok.

Jjoanna don’t really connect with this one. View all 9 comments. Jan 24, Mfred rated it liked it Bournne Any stupider, and the book would have been a tragedy, not a romance. Unlike many historical romances, Jess is not a lady, a countess, a duchess, etc. She’s not a virginal joqnna Here’s the deal: She’s not a virginal weeping wallflower, either.

The daughter of a merchant, she runs her father’s business importing stolen or black market goods with great skill. She invented a bookkeeping system that beats all the boys’ versions. She’s been to Russian prison. AND, she is a reformed street urchin- the former right-hand-man of London’s most notorious kingpin. Sebastien Kennett the slightly piraty bastard son of a nobleman proves that her father is Cinq, a French spy for Napolean responsible for the deaths of many Englishmen, Jess decides to use her considerable intelligence and cunning to prove Kennett is the spy and hang him instead of dear old dad.

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And in doing so, makes so many stupid decisions and risks her damn neck so many frickin’ times, I kinda wanted her to just die already. Bourne sypmaster great at twisting the story’s plot until maybe, just maybe, you might agree that Jess’s only option is the stupidest possible choice in the universe. The one that requires her to basically die until Sebastien steps in for the grand heroic rescue, at considerable risk to his own life.

If it wasn’t such a stupid fucking choice in the first spynaster. Meditating on this book and Bourne’s first, The Spymaster’s Lady, it dawned on me that these books are not that subversive or that different. Yes, they are well written. Yes, they are wonderfully romantic. But gawd, do the heroine’s get rescued over and over and over. And that is traditional, conventional, and also fairly disappointing.

I want a heroine spyymaster doesn’t need to be rescued, because she is smart enough and strong enough to stand side-by-side with the hero. Do it, Joanna Bourne. I believe in you. I just have to say that that hand on her back is really creeping me out.

Does it not look like some kind of giant sci-fi spider? It seems out-of-proportion big. And why do the women wear the tackiest clothing on these covers?

What we have here is a rip-snorting good adventure story, with political plot, fighting in the alleys, treason, smuggling, mystery and a shade of romance. The romance aspect is not the main focal point of the book but more like a side issue, added in for the genre I just have to say that that hand on her back is really creeping me out.

The romance aspect is not the main focal point of the book but more like a side issue, added in for the genre and very “soft”. There’s only one graphic scene, towards the end, and it’s very tasteful. But there is quite a bit of good chemistry and sexual tension – though it seems a bit one-sided, on his part. Set after the Napoleonic Wars, Jess Whitby’s successful merchant and smuggler father, Josiah, has been locked up for “questioning” – he’s the main suspect for leaked secrets to France that resulted in many British deaths.