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MY LORD AND SPYMASTER
JOANNA BOURNE
ISBN#: 978-0-425-22246-1
July 2008
Berkeley Sensation
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Mass Market Paperback
$7.99
325 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 5 Cups

Jess Whitby has lived many lives in her twenty-one years. She has been a thief, killed a man before she was ten, and now runs her father’s shipping company. Now she has to prove that her father did not commit treason.

Sebastian “Bastard” Kennett has come a long way from his impoverished beginnings. The illegitimate son of an earl, he is now the successful owner of his own shipping line and he does a little work for the British Service on the side.

Someone wants the government to think that wealthy Josiah Whitby is Cinq, an infamous spy. Sebastian provided some of the evidence himself and wants revenge on the traitor. Whitby’s daughter is equally determined to prove her father innocent, bringing her into very close contact with Sebastian who is as determined to claim her as he is to hang a traitor.

If anything, this second Spymaster novel is even better than the first. Sebastian and Jess are evenly matched. Both survived living on the streets of London to become successful. Both have secrets they would rather not share and families and friends that they are very loyal to. Their love story is rocky, interesting and exciting. Adrian is an enigmatic character with more lives than a cat and Kedger the ferret is an interesting pet. There are plenty of exciting scenes in this book and the author paints a vivid picture of the London underworld and its king, Lazarus, who is good and evil in equal parts. The true villain is not easily discovered and his accomplice was a complete surprise. The combination of vividly well-written characters, an exciting plot, and the author’s gift for describing all parts of Regency-era London in great and fascinating detail make this book one that I will definitely be reading again.

Maura
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