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
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.
I have a very fast paced life. Audio books are an awesome alternative for me. Long road trips, working out and housework arn't a bore.
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.
The story is of the beautiful and cunning, French spy Annique Villiers who is trapped between an unscrupulous countryman and the handsome British spymaster Robert Grey. She eventually forms an uneasy alliance with Grey but it soon becomes apparent that Grey is after more than the elusive Albion plans (Napoleons plans to invade Britain), he burns for her as well. This story is filled with twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. But the narration rates among the best that I've heard. Kristen Potter has a husky voice that lends itself well to smoldering sex scenes. She has a variety of British accents (Cockney, aristocratic, country) but she would revert to an American accent when portraying a persons thoughts. This was extremely helpful in sorting out speech from narration from a characters thoughts. In any case, I thoroughly enjoyed this audible selection and look forward to more Bourne/Potter stories!!
I have lived in the South since college. I listen to a couple of hundred audiobooks a year, mostly romance and suspense. I have have taken many writing courses over the past half-dozen years and am attempting to write a novel myself. I suspect that learning a lot about the craft of writing and trying to perfect my own writing has made me more conscious of poor writing technique and has made me a tough reviewer.
I like a well written historical romance, particularly historical romantic suspense, but so often the things that keep the couple apart are so contrived you can't even pretend to believe them. And, the women are often so weak-willed and like every other romance heroine, rejecting the man at first but in time just wanting to be dominated by the love interest. In this book the heroine is smart, strong, possesses all kinds of skills to keep her and others alive. The man and woman are spies on opposite sides so the problems of them getting together are believable. The suspense is high. And the heroine remains strong and brave to the end. And her love interest, strong himself, loves her for her strength and bravery. I hope Audible gets other books by this author! Very exciting, romantic and sexy.
Great story, great narrator! I found the story very engaging and enjoyed all the characters. A great love story with out over writing scenes of passion.
Never judge a book by its movie
Absolutely. I downloaded this book solely based on listener reviews.
I am so glad I did. Thanks audible listeners for the recommendations
So let me add to people who are thinking about downloading this book.. DO IT
you won't be sorry!
Closet would be Winter Garden by Adele Ashworth
I love her narration, she is quickly becoming on of my favourites.. She has a smooth tone to her voice, and her accents are excellent.
Yes I was really annoyed every time I had to pause the book. to do some work!
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One of the absolute greatest books ever. I always thought Rosalyn Landor will never be matched, but Ms. Potter comes very close, simply amazing.
I loved this listen - great narration, evil bad guys and heroic good guys. It was very fun. I laughed out loud as I listened and pretended I could speak French. I found the female protagonist strong, smart, and funny; her male counterpart also appealing. Characters I loved to love and loved to hate. Quite the entertaining "read."
I admit I'm a Smut Glutton, I prefer Male Narrators, Sexy Book Covers get me and I'm 32 years Happily Married.
It amazes me how some audio downloads can be the same length of time, yet are never able to build all the detailed elements of the characters and story. NOT the case with this download. This one is sooo wonderfully developed and projected... I wish there were more stars to give especially for Ms. Potter. She was amazing! Only complaint is that this is the only download currently available for Joanna Bourne.
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