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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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By noagnes on 04-12-18
Excellent historical espionage romance
This is listed as Book 2 of the author's Sypmaster series, but it's set before the events of The Spymaster's Lady (Book 1). We meet the protagonists, Doyle and (by then) his wife Marguerite in book 1, but their story, told in this book, is exciting and lovely - in fact, even better than that of Grey and Annique in the other book (and there is none of the dubious consent encounters that put me off somewhat in that one). The characters are well drawn, the protagonists honorable and clever, and I found it easy to empathize with them. The secondary characters are also interesting (especially this earlier backstory of Adrian "Hawker" and Justine, whose story, I understand, is described in a later installment of the series). I liked that the heroine was the organizer of a secret rescue network of French aristocrats, and I enjoyed the cameos of her associates, well drawn even with a few strokes. The espionage details were also captivating (I consider this a forte of Joanna Bourne). I disliked (on Adrian's behalf) the chief of the English intelligence agents in Paris, and I thought some aspects of the solution of the spying storyline was a bit rushed in the resolution chapters (I would have liked to know how Marguerite's household was protected and what became of her father, and how exactly the infamous list was found in the end). All in all, I enjoyed the stoy immensely. The narration was also very good, the emotions displayed very well, the accents recognizable, but at some dialogue parts, I was not always sure who was saying which part- and especially not always sure when the characters spoke aloud and when were their thoughts shown.
I will definitely continue listening to this series, and recommend the book to historical espionage romance fans.
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