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Publisher's Summary

She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit...
British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England. When the two natural enemies are thrown into prison, they forge an uneasy alliance to break free. But their pact is temporary and betrayal seems inevitable as the fates of nations hang in the balance.
©2008 Joanna Bourne (P)2010 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily London on 12-28-10

Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic

This story is fast-paced, with excellent plot twists and brilliant dialog. The love story felt believable, with plenty of physical attraction, as well as intelectual admiration. The spy-related content was exciting, creative, and even funny (think: The Scarlet Pimpernel).

I must say this book had me laughing out loud at several of the sarcastic remarks made by the characters. Annique (the lead female), was especially delightful. I found her to be very likable. Her dry wit and quick thinking made it fun to be inside her mind. The lead male, Robert, was more stoic (British), wise, and fierce, and likable in his own right. I also enjoyed the secondary character, Adrian, very well.

As far as the audiobook edition goes, I must say that the woman who read it was phenomenal. This is definitely one of those books that is actually made better by being read aloud. The accents (British, French and German) were all very well done, and the narrator's voice is rich and soothing. I generally don't like to listen to women reading (men's voices tend to be deep in a more pleasing way), but I think because a woman was reading the love scenes (especially because they are mostly in the perspective of the main female character), I was able to be transported in the moments, without feeling like there is a third person (the narrator) in the room. (When men read love scenes in audiobooks, I find it more embarassing to listen. Silly, I know.) Honestly, I have huge ammounts of admiration for the voice actress who read this book, and will seek out other works read by her, regardless of author or genre.

This is my first foray into the words of Joanna Bourne, and I'm excited to now go read all of her books.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 12-15-10


This is a very wonderfully rich novel. I am so pleased with this author (Joanna Bourne) I will definitely be gifting hard copies of this book for Christmas as well as the audible novel. Kristen Potter is truly talented and helped spin the tale delightfully. The male characters are intelligent and witty. The female character is brilliant and enchanting.

If you love romance with endearing characters and complex plots you will love this as much as I did. Bravo! A must read- for sure!
A must read- for sure!
I am now in search of more novels by this author.

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