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The Forbidden Rose: Spymasters | [Joanna Bourne]

The Forbidden Rose: Spymasters

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"A flawless romance in which an espionage-steeped plot is deftly balanced with a lusciously sensual love story." (Booklist)

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    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 05-17-14
    ~~ DARA ~~ Niagara Falls 05-17-14

    ~~~~~~~HOPEFUL ROMANTIC~~~~~~~~~ ~~Love Audiobooks~~ Especially Historical & Inspirational Romances ~~No Spoilers Here~~

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    "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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MM New Windsor, NY, US 06-04-14
    MM New Windsor, NY, US 06-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "FOR ME THIS BOOK WAS SORT OF LIKE " THE MONA LISA""

    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 series...to me it should have been number two...it 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)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Gary, Indiana 02-28-15
    Amazon Customer Gary, Indiana 02-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Gripping, sexy, smart prose. a class above"

    French secret police, spying, intrigue and sexy love, written brilliantly. closest writing to diana gabaldon I have found. fans of Outlander would like..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nodaker 02-17-15
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    "Excellent narration - The Forbidden Rose"

    This audiobook more than met my expectations. (I have read the written version as well.) The narrator was excellent. Recommend.

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    S. Taggart Missouri 02-15-15
    S. Taggart Missouri 02-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Nice weekend read"

    Enjoyed the characters, just enough steamy romance balanced with secrets, spies, and unrest. Well read, beautiful accents, easy to fall into the story. Will look for the next in series!

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    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-16-14
    Tracy T Jacksonville, FL USA 05-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration- 2.5 star story"

    Well I was so looking forward to this book because the Spymaster's Lady was so good. Unfortunately this book does not even compare. There were so many random characters brought in with no explanation as to who they were or their purpose. The story was okay but could have been much better. There was nothing very "spyish" in this book. In addition it seemed to go on and on and on...

    The best part of the book is Hawker! His story is The Black Hawk, I am looking forward to that book if it comes out on audible. I would not want to read it due to so many french words.

    I was glad this book ended..

    The narrator was totally and completely fantastic! Nobody could have done better and that is the only thing that kept me listening to the end, otherwise I would not have finished the story.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-12-14
    Robin in Vermont Vermont 05-12-14 Member Since 2011

    Remind me again, where did I leave my ipod?

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    "This is why I read Romance novels."

    This is an amazing story of heroism and romance during the aftermath of the French revolution. I don't want to give a single thing about it away, and the description tells enough. I will say that there were times when I was so anxious for the characters that I had to laugh at myself. This is a book, I'd say. They aren't real. They are not actually in danger!

    So romantic, so well written, and so beautifully performed it took my breath away.

    Highly recommended.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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