Tuesday, January 27, 2009

My Lord and Spymaster by Joanne Bourne

#9. Military or Civil Servant
Rating: 5 stars
324 pages

Back Cover: 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 is going to hang-unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed her search would begin by waking up naked in a rude captian's bed. Or how little she'd mind...
When Captain Sebastian Kennett prevents a kidnapping on the London docks, he takes the headstrong would-be victin home. He's infatuated with her courageous spirit. She's enthralled by his commanding strength and the sexy spark in her eyes. The 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.

Review: My Lord and Spymaster was a great follow up to The Spymaster's Lady. The secondary characters, Adrian and Doyle, from The Spymaster's Lady made appearances here as well.
Jess has set her mind to figuring out who Cinq, the traitor selling information to France, and freeing her father before it is too late. Bastard Kennett is number one on her list of suspects. Her attempt to lift any information Kennett may be carrying on his body is foiled when a group of Irish men attempt to abduct Jess from Katherine Lane. She has now fallen into Sebastian's clutches and Adrian has requested that Sebastian protect Jess from Cinq and herself.
There is an immediate spark between these two, the tension is electric. You could feel Jess and Sebastian coming together...see Jess fighting it. It was sweet the way Sebastian took his time with Jess and seemed to know exactly what to do. He knew when Jess's mind was up to something that was going to get her into trouble and he always knew just what to do to help her. I was totally engrossed in My Lord and Spymaster from the very beginning, there was always something happening. Cinq' identity took my by surprise, I was not expecting it at all.
After reading Nicholas, this book seemed PG-13. I definitely recommend reading both My Lord and Spymaster and The Spymaster's Lady, and no they do not need to be read in order. There is actually a third book to this series, but unfortunately it is out of print.

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