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
Mixed emotions on this one.
First of all, I was disappointed that the audiobook narrator is an American and, although she does the character accents satisfactorily, the other narration is done with her American accent. I got used to it but I'd rather have British narrators.
Something happened midway through the book and Annique became mousy and uninteresting. The book had great potential with good characters and then things changed. There's a major plot line that Robert never seems to question that still makes me wonder.
Overall, not a bad book but I expected better. I'll listen to the next book in the series.
Winter's coming -- almost time to huddle up with my ipod and hot chocolate!
This series is wonderful. Romantic, suspenseful and so beautifully performed that it is a jewel in my dragon's horde of audible books.
Start with the first one as some of the characters carry over in the series.
I can't wait for the next book, Rogue Spy, that comes out November 4, 2014.
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
I would absolutely recommend this audobook to a friend because not only is the material amazing, as Joanne Bourne is an excellent writer, but Kirsten Potter is probably the best narrator I have listened to! Hands down! --Sorry Rosalyn Landor :-( Kirsten Potter's performance was so enjoyable! She nailed an English, French and American English accent so well. She created very alluring, deep male voices for the male lead and other heroes, and annoying, scratchy ones for the villains. Her female voices were also very good.
This book is densely littered with fabulous & memorable moments. From start to finish the reader is drawn into this world of espionage in such a dangerous time in history when Napoleon Bonaparte was bent on conquering the world. The love development between English Spymaster, Robert Grey, and French spy, Annique Villiers was simply refreshing as the two entangled themselves in a battle of wits throughout the book. Let me say, Joanna Bourne created two very intelligent leads with spectacular gifts and instincts. Yes, banter is a part of their relationship, but more so, it's the psychological messages each retrieve and are constantly analyzing from one another. These two study one another as opponents, as the trained spies that they are. My thoughts are..."well even spies deserve to fall in love!!!" And, believe me, they do....they fall hopelessly and unabashedly in love with one another, despite the costs.
I liked how Robert Grey could see through the walls and barriers Annique erected as a part of her defense mechanisms. When she was falling hard for him and fighting her internal battle to not love Robert, she would insult him. Some of the things she would say, I thought, "whoa, that was harsh!" But, I liked how Robert pieced the information together and recognized the language she used and encoded it as protective, which made him change his approach and tactic to alleviate her personal worries.
There is so much adventure in this book that it was an absolute delight at every step and twisting turn!
The only reason I did not rate this book 5 stars instead of 4 is because of the ending. Yes, it is sweet and reflective of both Robert & Annique's style, the author left something lacking.
Although the books ends with both the hero and heroine circled in each other's embrace, THERE WAS NO EPILOGUE!!! Perhaps it's that Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Hoyt (two of my favorite regency romance authors) have ruined me for other authors...HAHA! I missed having an epilogue for sure and it definitely left me wanting more from the book. The reader would benefit from being drawn away from the current strong resolutions that were freshly laid out. It would have been nice to end the book with a picture into what their lives would look like once they had time to settle in their love and once the rapid pace surrounding their lives dissipated. That is about the only BIG thing really lacking.
Even though this is not the biggest issue, I wish the heroine would not have internally struggled so much with a "traitor complex." Yet, the way she handled herself throughout the conflicts in the book was consistent with her character and made sense. Overall, Annique is a fascinating female lead with a good heart--very deserving of a happy ending.
I'm a huge fan of Historical Romance and have recently found how enjoyable audio books can be.
Just absolutely amazing! Kirsten Potter's voice was so pleasant and the many many voices she had to use were very distinctive. I would highly recommend this audiobook to everyone.
There were many twist and turns throughout the book that kept me on my toes. Truly, this book had all the elements that make a great book. I never wanted it to end. I fell in love with both Annique and Grey - along with the rest of the crew.
I loved this book in paperback and loved it more on audio. Kirsten Potter did and excellent job of reading the talented Joanna Bourne. I'd read another of either of their historical romances.
Joanna Bourne is one of those authors whose book releases one eagerly awaits, then devours in one sitting while lamenting the fact that the story has to end. Her characters are fully fleshed and have personalities that jump from the page. I hesitated buying this one because I so enjoy reading her books and the wrong narration can really ruin a story, but no worries … it is just fantastic! Please, please, hurry and offer the others in this series.
Wife to sometimes neglected husband (due to listening to audiobooks) and mother to adult children. I am a relatively recent avid reader/listener, only really starting to read for pleasure a few years ago but now am thoroughly addicted.
I loves the original storyline and this book had everything you could hope for. The female main character was strong and smart and the interaction between her and the Spymaster was wonderful.
Joanna Bourne is such a good writer. It's a joy to listen to the way she uses the English language.
Annique is a wonderful character and I loved the plot twists.
Kirsten Potter's narration was superb!
Not my kind of book. The narrator was wonderful but the story was just OK. I realy don't know what else to say about it.
I loved the two main characters and the unusual story line.
It is difficult to choose just one since I love, love, love this book.
I have read hundreds of historical romance novels, and this novel is one of my top five. The unique plot, strong characters and a wonderful narration make this the only novel that I have rated five stars.
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