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Signment to prove his loyalty Lovely lying former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from obscurity by threats and blackmail Dusting off her spy skills she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent vict. Is anyone surprised when I say I ve given this an A at AAR Thought notTo say I ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue Spy is an understatement of immense proportions I ve thoroughly enjoyed each of the books in Ms Bourne s Spymasters series and given the revelations about Pax made in The Black Hawk I ve been on the edge of my seat waiting for his story Naturally my expectations were very high and I m delighted to be able to say that Ms Bourne does not disappoint because this is a highly satisfying multi layered read that sucked me in and kept me enthralled from first to last Thomas Paxton Pax has appeared in other books in this series a trusted member of the British Intelligence Service and over one of a small group of friends and colleagues within the service who have worked together for a number of years and who have grown to trust each other implicitlyBut in The Black Hawk everything we knew or thought we knew about Pax was blown out of the water when it was revealed that he was a Cach one of a group of children abandoned and orphaned during the Revolution who were taken in by the Police Secr te These children were trained as spies and assassins and were later presented to noble andor strategic English families as missing family members their own personalities subsumed beneath the identities they assumed Rogue Spy picks up Pax s story as he returns to the Intelligence Service s Headuarters in Meek Street bearing a signed confession as to the truth of his identity and a list of the ways in which he has betrayed the Service He hates himself for what he has done for deceiving his friends and colleagues and his sense of honour will allow him to do so no longer He arrives grimly determined to tell all fully expecting to be condemned and sentenced to death for treason Like Pax the heroine of this story Camille Leyland is also a Cach A member of the Italian Boldoni family by birth she has assumed the identity of the niece of the two Leyland sisters who are code makers and breakers for British Intelligence Cami is uite content living a uiet existence in the country with her aunts until she receives a letter telling her that the real Camille is still alive and demanding that she attends a meeting in London at which she must hand over the key to the most recent and complex code If she refuses then retribution will be enacted upon the young woman and upon her aunts as wellCami has no alternative but to follow the instructions she has been given But her past life and training as a spy have given her the ability to do than simply do as she s told without making a few contingency plans of her own so it s with than a few sharp metal objects up her sleeve that she departs for LondonMs Bourne s storytelling is masterful her research impeccable and her plot is skilfully wrought complex but not overly so and most importantly it makes sense by which I mean it s tightly honed and the reader never has the feeling that something has been included simply for effect or to force the story in a certain direction These are people playing a deadly game without fast cars mobile phones or the latest gadgetry their only defence being their intelligence uickness of wit and skill at what they do The sense of peril that is generated by the presence and actions of the villain of the piece is genuine I ve said before that the reader really does get the impression that these characters live their lives on a very knife edge in which the smallest of wrong moves could spell disasterThe story flows beautifully as we move around the seedier parts of London in a deadly game of cat and mouse as Cami tries to stay one step ahead of Pax and his colleagues while evading capture or worse at the hands of her mysterious blackmailerPax and Cami s shared history is one of violence cruelty and deprivation and it s clear that they were very close during their years spent being trained and indoctrinated by the French The bond between them has never really broken despite their years apart and the strength of that connection just leaps off the page their move from friends to lovers being completely plausible given the fact that we re shown over and over that here are two people who know each other almost inside outThe characterisation is excellent all round Pax is a wonderfully complex hero a deadly assassin with the soul of an artist truly honourable and deeply troubled by his past He s uiet and unostentatious a man who can blend into the background and just disappear by virtue of his very ordinariness Cami is resourceful generous of spirit and clever and she and Pax make a very well matched coupleThere is a colourful cast of supporting characters in the form of Cami s large brood of London based Italian relatives and I especially enjoyed going back to meet the young cocky Adrian Hawker again His relationship with Pax is brilliantly depicted their often acerbic dialogue masking a deep respect which underpins one of the most strongly written male friendships I ve read Add the hulking imperturbable William Doyle to the mix and you ve got a formidable team each of whom who anticipates the other s moves and thoughts and each of whom would give their lives for the othersIf you ve enjoyed other books in this series then I m sure you ll enjoy this one And if you haven t read any of them while there s enough information in this for it to work perfectly well as a standalone I think there s much to be gained from reading at the very least The Black Hawk beforehand although it s not absolutely necessaryI can say with complete honesty that Rogue Spy is one of the best books I ve read this year There s plenty of fast paced action a tender romance lots of humour and a shocking denouement which had me on the edge of my seat It s intelligently and beautifully written and now I think I need to go and read the entire series all over again Brava Ms BourneBONUS There is a fabulous interview with Joanna Bourne over at AAR too

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Rogue Spy

Ten years ago Thomas Paxton was sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service Now his sense of honor brings him back to London to confess But instead of facing the gallows he is given one last impossible as. This is my first book by Joanna Bourne and I m glad I ve been collecting her books in my tbr pile She s an excellent writer with that rich voice I love so much in historical romance Her characters are complex and the romance drew me in and had me holding my breath I loved Pax Cami was a singular heroine lethal in her own right This is also an excellent spy novel I love genuine spy storiesDefinitely recommendedOverall rating 4550 starsReviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine

Summary Rogue Spy

Im he's holding only to find an old colleague already on the case Pax Old friendship turns to new love and as Pax and Camille's dark secrets loom up from the past Pax is left with a choice go rogue from the Service or lose Camille forev. This is part of an ongoing series and I definitely recommend reading at least some of the others first Personally I m going by internal chronological order and that s working out very fine for me At any rate many of the surrounding characters are established in other stories and I think there s definite benefit in knowing them before this one startsI m going to lean on the others to keep this review shorter than I might otherwise do It s like the others in all the right ways ie completely its own story but enough alike that you know it will be well written and with lots of juicy intrigue and harrowing adventure I really loved Camille and Pax is a sweetheart and their relationship was simply outstanding I think Bourne might have struggled a bit keeping them apart for so long in this story because they have a really strong past that binds them together with trust than you d normally have for spies loving spies I think she managed beautifully however and seeing them work together was a real treat I particularly loved Camille s determination to protect the fluffy aunts she has lived with for so long and has grown to love and appreciate They don t get much screen time but those aunts stole every scene they occupied even if often only in Camille s mindSo this had all the rich competence porn I ve enjoyed in the rest of the series and the relationship was probably the best so far It just worked and while the service drama with Pax felt a bit belabored and Camille s family connections went on a bit past the sell by date neither intrusion hindered my enjoyment enough to matter much in the end Okay enough to make me reluctant to round the 4 up but it s still a great story I enjoyed very muchA note about Steamy There are a couple explicit sex scenes and they re a bit gratuitous By which I mean that by the time Pax and Cammi have enough time to er indulge their relationship is plenty trusting and strong and we didn t really need the physical intimacy on screen

10 thoughts on “Rogue Spy

  1. says:

    35 starsI've read two books by this author one I really liked probably because it was my first ever historical romancespy book The Spymaster's Lady and one that I really didn't care for My Lord and Spymaster This book fell somewhere in the mi

  2. says:

    This is my first book by Joanna Bourne and I'm glad I've been collecting her books in my tbr pile She's an excellent writer with that rich voice I love so much in historical romance Her characters are complex and the romance drew me in and had me holding my breath I loved Pax Cami was a singular heroine lethal in her own right This is also a

  3. says:

    Massive spoilers ahead35 starsBuddy read with the lovely Lyuda Thanks for the b r and for your patienceSo yesterday I finished Paxton’s book Rogue Spy and wondered whether it would be a good idea to write a review straight away Here’s the thing all that went through my head wasI do not want to give Paxton’s book three starsI do not want to give Paxton’s book three starsI do not want to give Paxton’s b

  4. says:

    Is anyone surprised when I say I've given this an A at AAR? Thought notTo say I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue Spy is an under

  5. says:

    Buddy read with the brilliant Bubu whose review said it all I really have nothing else to add except if you are like me and read the previous story The Black Hawk long time ago it would be better to reread it before starting this one Although be warn there is going to be inevitable comparison between Hawk and the hero of this story Paxton

  6. says:

    35 stars The second half was a lot better than the first half of this book IMO It took a long time to come to the boil 3 stars for the first half 4 stars for the second half I'm reading this series in chronological order rather than the order in which the books were written Not sure whether that's the best way

  7. says:

    Before I being gushing and oh yes there will be gushing let me note that while this book can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading The Forbidden Rose and The Black Hawk first Not only for the world an

  8. says:

    This is part of an ongoing series and I definitely recommend reading at least some of the others first Personally I'm going by internal chronological order and that's working out very fine for me At any rate many of the sur

  9. says:

    This is the kind of romance that rivals the best popular mainstream fiction in complexity of plot and characters and in writing I feel like a big girl when I read Joanna Bourne She gets my brain engaged in addition to the usual heart engagement of most other romances This is due mostly to her exceptional ability as a writer but also I suspect

  10. says:

    There are few tropes in romance I love than a hero and heroine who are capable of killing each other am I weird like that

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