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How steamy is it? Hot Damn

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

Critic Reviews

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

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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.

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Perfectly Done

It has just enough of everything! Few romance novels can compare to this one. I give it my seal of approval.

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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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  • MM
  • New Windsor, NY, US
  • 06-04-14

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)

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I’m so glad I listened to it.

Wasn’t sure if I’d like going back in the past since I already was in love with the characters, but I’m glad I did. To see them Evolved into who they are now! Sad the book ended.

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  • Cate F.
  • Richmond, VA USA
  • 08-05-16

Excellent beginning to a terrific series!

Joanna Bourne has created vivid powerful characters living in a time of chaos and fear. This was my second listen and I was again swept up in their dangerous trek across France to Paris in the dark days of 1794. The author is skilled in creating secondary characters as vivid as the hero and heroine, fully realized, not simply a means to move the plot along.
Although the books can stand alone and be read in any order, I prefer them in the sequence of when they take place.
Kirsten Potter does a very good job as narrator.

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Wonderful, Romantic

What did you love best about The Forbidden Rose?

Very well done even the ascents were excellent - I felt I was there !

What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

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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..

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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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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!