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Publisher's Summary

A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.
©2010 Joanna Watkins Bourne (P)2014 Tantor
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"A flawless romance in which an espionage-steeped plot is deftly balanced with a lusciously sensual love story." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By 🇺🇸☔DARA on 05-17-14

Historical Espionage Thriller

I listened and enjoyed "Spymaster's Lady" and knew I had to give this book in the series a try. After listening to both I think that "Spymaster's Lady" was better but "The Forbidden Rose" did not disappoint.

This book is written around the history of the French revolution. This intriguing story details the culture for that time period with added suspense, espionage, and romance. The author eloquently writes each character with depth by tapping into their feelings, expressions, and personality.

I am looking forward to other books by this author. If you like stories with history, suspense, espionage, intrigue, and romance give this one a try.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By MM on 06-04-14


Not sure if I liked it and not sure if I didn't like it. I thought it was very drawn out with too much detail of the how-to of spying and being stealthy and not enough romance. There seemed to be a lot of characters with very hard to remember names and I wasn't sure who was on what side half the time...that being said...with about three hours left it started to narrow down to the important characters and I did like the ending. I am not sure why this was number 3 in the me it should have been number took you back before the time of book number two so half the time you just knew what was going to happen because you already read it in book two. I didn't hate it however, I could have done without the whole first half of the story. Sorry (sort of)

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4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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