Title: Rogue Spy (The Spymaster Series, book #5)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Joanna Bourne
Publisher: Berkley, Nov. 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
~Chosen as one of Library Journal‘s Best Romances of 2014~ For years he’d lived a lie. It was time to tell the truth . . . even if it cost him the woman he loved. Ten years ago he was a boy, given the name Thomas Paxton and sent by Revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service. Now his sense of honor brings him back to London, alone and unarmed, to confess. But instead of facing the gallows, he’s given one last impossible assignment to prove his loyalty. Lovely, lying, former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from her safe rural obscurity by threats and blackmail. Dusting off her spy skills, she sets out to track down a ruthless French fanatic and rescue the innocent victim 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 forever…
This is my first Joanna Bourne novel. I really don’t know how I’ve missed this series. From the first pages we are thrust into the world of Clandestine spying in the Victorian era. Pax and Cami were both trained as spy operatives as children bearing unspeakable hardships and abuse. It is only by accident that they are reunited and because of their shared history they know they have found the only other in their mad world who they can trust. This trust blossoms into love as together they attempt to take-down a mad man, The Merchant, who is threatening Cami.
Filled with action, adventure, villains, heroes and page turning suspense I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. There is a slow build up to the sensuous scenes and only token Regency morality thrown in by side characters. This novel is superbly constructed with wonderful prose, realistic dialog and a swift pace.
This is a wonderful standalone novel but there are integral side characters who have had their story in previous books in the series. I cannot wait to start this series from the beginning and discover the stories behind these characters. I have discovered a new favorite novelist.