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Summary Rogue Spy

Im back to London alone and unarmed to confess But instead of facing the gallows he's given one last assignment to prove his loyalty Lovely lying former French spy Camille Leyland is dragged from rural obscurity by threats and blackmail to rescu. Buddy read with the brilliant Bubu whose review said it all I really have nothing else to add except if you are like me and read the previous story The Black Hawk long time ago it would be better to reread it before starting this one Although be warn there is going to be inevitable comparison between Hawk and the hero of this story Paxton and it will not be in favor of PaxtonBourne s prose is masterful as always and the spy arc is uite engagingIf only the second half of the book was as good as the first one the story would be another winner for me As it is a creeping of peripheral characters whose presence did not only brought stereotypes galore but broke the pacing of the plot was too much of a destruction

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Rogue Spy

For years he's lived a lie Now it's time to tell the truth even if it costs him the woman he loved Ten years ago Thomas Paxton was a boy sent by revolutionary France to infiltrate the British Intelligence Service Now his sense of honour brings h. Massive spoilers ahead35 starsBuddy read with the lovely Lyuda Thanks for the b r and for your patienceSo yesterday I finished Paxton s book Rogue Spy and wondered whether it would be a good idea to write a review straight away Here s the thing all that went through my head wasI do not want to give Paxton s book three starsI do not want to give Paxton s book three starsI do not want to give Paxton s book three starsI then went uickly through the ratings of my GR friends and I can absolutely see why they loved it And strangely I still think it s a brilliant book But it was one or two too many plot twists for me to enjoy it until the endWhen I was reading the formidable The Black Hawk a few months ago I can still remember how utterly shattered I was about the shocking revelation at around 60% Thomas Paxton a character that has always been there lurking in the background uiet efficient deadly but a member of the team around Doyle and Hawker I d come to love had been a French spy all along It was one the of many poignant moments of The Black Hawk when Hawker gives his old brother in arms a head start before turning Pax in But Pax being Pax and knowing Ms Bourne s excellent talent I knew that she d somehow converge the several story arcs that I d been following ever since I read my first book of Ms Bourne s The Forbidden Rose and find a way out of a situation I didn t see how could be resolved But I also knew she d make it work somehowSo Rogue Spy begins with Paxton sitting in a pub only a stone s throw away from Meeks Street headuarters of the British Intelligence ready to turn himself in when he sees a woman giving a letter to an errand boy to be delivered to Meeks StreetSomething is odd about her and once he sees the letter delivered he has a look at it and instantly knows this letter could have only been sent by a Cach During the early days of the French Revolution until Robespierre s death a small group of the Police Secr te had started to train a group of orphaned children to become spies who were to be sent to England and placed in strategic households All these children were to play the role of long lost last survivors of English citizens killed during the frenzy of the revolution going back to their relatives or places they know will take them in in England thus providing the Police Secr te and the Cause invaluable access to information In Paxton s case it s the British Service as the real Thomas Paxton s father used to be British Service Paxton follows the woman and it is indeed another Cach V rit or now Camille Leyland niece to the elderly Leyland sisters who are England s best codemakers and codebreakers V rit Cami had shown particular talent in codes during her terrible time at the Coach House the place where these children were trained under the most horrific conditions And as in The Black Hawk Oh Wow What a first meeting after ten years when Camille and Paxton were nobody else but little V rit and Devoir friends and fellow sufferers at the hands of the sadistic men who ran the Coach House What a surprise for them both All the memories of the Coach House painfully coming back but also those memories where Pax and Cami helped each other and the other Cach s comforted each other And what a standoff Because Cami can t have DevoirPax there She s being blackmailed and is about to meet this mysterious blackmailerJoanna Bourne uses all her talent and skill to evoke the pain the imagery of suffering children huddled together Paxton s shame when confronted with his superiors the special bond the spies of the British Intelligence have the shock at the realisation of both Pax and Cami that they re not children any longer and the feeling of mutual attraction And it is as masterfully done as everThe first half of the book had me sighing at the beauty of it all The prose the clever setup of the different story arcs of the previous books slowly converging but also throwing in new twists and turns Cami and Paxton Not to forget the beautiful dynamics between Hawker Doyle Galba and Paxton And I thought Yes I have a winner Us Germans have a saying Zu fr h gefreut which very loosely translates into a Schadenfreude like You ve been too uick I ll not give away the whole plot Firstly it would be way too complicated and secondly and importantly Rogue Spy is still a fantastic book despite my rating However I will reveal the two plot points to showcase my frustrationLet s begin with the one that really threw me out of the brilliant atmosphere Ms Bourne had built up At around 50% the pacing started to stutter a little with Camille not being forthright about the blackmailer At this point Pax and Cami know that he s the common enemy and that they have to work together and yet valuable time is wasted on Cami not simply saying what she knows Still not a big problem but at the same time Ms Bourne introduces us to a sub plot that led to a story that felt forced and convolutedSee Camille is not really V rit She is Sara Bardoni member of the infamous Bardoni family who have their hands in almost every European country all knowing almost a law unto themselves This twist leads us to the home of the Bardoni s where the believed to be dead SaraV rit Cami is taken in with open arms Imagine every Italian clich you ve ever seen in commercials advertising Italian products with a huge family uncles aunts cousins and bambini everywhere throw in a good measure of The Godfather Goodfellas and a little bit of The Sopranos and you get the picture It beggars belief that a family as supposedly powerful as the Bardonis had been unable to find Cami in the Coach House when it s made clear that nothing escapes their ears and eyes Hoookay I could have lived with that chapter however Had it stayed there a little in the background Rogue Spy would have still got a solid four star rating if not even because one weakness doesn t have to define the whole book I ve given books with that sort of a flaw five stars and never looked backThe moment where the book lost me is actually a rather insignificant one but still significant enough for me that I could feel myself disconnect from it especially from Cami Shortly after their visit Cami remarks upon Pax s hair and how it needs dye and then she says the following My cousin Maria would have done it for you She s good at things like that Huh How to explain my reaction The book had been up until the Bardoni sub plot already very heavy on the spy plot When I read romance I m a romance reader at heart and I want to see the romance What I wanted to see here is Cami and Pax time But I knew with that uote above that that wouldn t be the case The Bardonis would now be filling valuable page time Whilst buddy reading this with Lyuda I said that I had the impression Ms Bourne was trying to be a little too clever too sophisticated Why put into the plot and take away time from the romance when everything was going for the book already Paxton s betrayal Doyle and Hawker trying to find a way back for Pax to Meeks Street Cami s time at the Fluffy Aunts Leyland Her incredible talent as a coderdecoder of secret missives The villain The Merchant his background his connection to the MC s the threat he poses Additionally she set her own book up for plot holes The Bardonis as I said before a law unto themselves with endless connections in every major European city couldn t find SaraCami in the Coach House in the middle of Paris Really And Cami who is 22 after at least eleven or twelve years remembers her cousin Maria being better at dying hair Hm The next weakness of the book was the Fluffy Aunts I m sure they were meant as a sort of comic relief just a little And again too much too clever too demanding on my willingness to suspend my disbelief Lyuda had a proper but absolutely justified rant here msg 29 But I ll uote the best bit of what she said because I couldn t have said it any better I thought the French side was portrayed pretty stupidly of how they prepared their agents but now the English sideWhat kind of spy operation is this on the English side where everyone did what they wanted without any rules leaving others in the dark And I have no answer to that other than the author trying too hard to show us what clever characters she d created Both plot points the Bardonis and the Fluffy Aunts were unnecessary created inconsistencies and took valuable page time away from Pax and Cami So once finished I was wondering whether to round it up or down But looking back despite having actually enjoyed the book very much I can t overlook my annoyance at those two sub plots It simply wanted to see of Cami and Pax And there everything had been set up for them perfectly up until the 50% markWhat a bummer

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E and innocent victim from a ruthless French fanatic But she finds an old colleague already on the case Pax Old friendship turns to new love and as dark secrets reappear Pax is left with a choice go rogue from the Service or lose Camille for eve. This is the kind of romance that rivals the best popular mainstream fiction in complexity of plot and characters and in writing I feel like a big girl when I read Joanna Bourne She gets my brain engaged in addition to the usual heart engagement of most other romances This is due mostly to her exceptional ability as a writer but also I suspect because she doesn t crank out novels at the speed of sound unlike many other romance authors who shall be namelessSo far up to year 2014 there have been only 5 books in Bourne s Spymaster series not counting Her Ladyship s Companion from 1983 which although it features Hawk is not exactly the Hawk of her recent work This new one ROGUE SPY can be read as a standalone but it s much interesting and challenging to read each one in the context of the other four Two things make this challenging1 The first Spymaster book was published in 2008 and this latest in 2014 That s a long time to retain information especially when reading 100s of other books at the same time2 The books were not written in chronological order of when they actually took place The Spymaster s Lady Spymaster 2 was first published in 2008 and takes place in France and England in 1802 My Lord and Spymaster The Spymaster Series Book 3 was also first published in 2008 and takes place in London in 1811 The Forbidden Rose Spymaster 1 was first published in 2010 and takes place in Paris in 1794 The Black Hawk Spymaster 4 was first published in 2011 and takes place in France and England over the years 1794 1818 Now this ROGUE SPY published in 2014 takes place in London in 1802So you see that Bourne has had her readers going back and forth in time although there have been many recurring figures in the novels Spies Doyle and Hawker figure in all of them Grey in two and Paxton our hero here can be found in two of the other books THE SPYMASTER S LADY and THE FORBIDDEN ROSEPaxton has always been a fascinating character Recruited by the French as a member of the Cache children trained from early years to become spies for the French Revolution he later becomes a spy working for the British Is he a double agent What is his allegiance What we do know is that he s a trained killer working often as a hit man for the British He s also an enigma Known as Devoir to the French he becomes Thomas Paxton to the British and neither name is really hisThen there s heroine Cami Leyland aka Verite who is not really either of those names either She also was drafted into the Cache and she and Paxton became close when training together at the Coach House in Paris as children to become French Revolutionary spies They later of course go their separate ways and now as adults find themselves together once againThese two are complicated conflicted people The story is complicated and complex as a spy story and at the same time is a beautiful love story of two people who must learn to trust each other again even when evidence that they shouldn t stands in the wayThere are lots of trust issues and uestions here Should fellow British agents trust Pax Should they trust Cami Should Pax and Cami trust each other What are the true identities of PaxDevoir and CamiVerite Who is the bad guy French spy The Merchant What does he really want This spy story has a complex plot that will satisfy the most adventurous readerThere s really spy story than romance here but it s a uality love story running through the pages that is uite lovely and satisfies a romance reader


10 thoughts on “Rogue Spy

  1. says:

    35 starsI've read two books by this author one I really liked probably because it was my first ever historical ro

  2. says:

    This is my first book by Joanna Bourne and I'm glad I've been collecting her books in my tbr pile She's an excellent writer with that rich voice I love so much in historical romance Her characters are complex and the romance drew me in and had me holding my breath I loved Pax Cami was a singular heroine lethal in her own right This is also an excellent spy novel I love genuine spy storiesDefinitely recommendedO

  3. says:

    Massive spoilers ahead35 starsBuddy read with the lovely Lyuda Thanks for the b r and for your patienceSo yesterday I finished Paxton’s book Rogue Spy and wondered whether it would be a good idea to write a review straight away Here’s the thing all that went through my head wasI do not want to give Paxton’s book th

  4. says:

    Is anyone surp

  5. says:

    Buddy read with the brilliant Bubu whose review said it all I really have nothing else to add except if you are like me and

  6. says:

    35 stars The second half was a lot better than the first half of this book IMO It took a long time to come to the boil 3 stars for the first hal

  7. says:

    Before I being gushing and oh yes there will be gushing let me note that while this book can be read as a stand alone I highly recommend reading The Forbidden Rose and The Black Hawk first Not only for the world and events but to build up these characters Joanna Bourne writes the absolute best characters the gushing has begun All three of these books are just fantastic and the wait for a new book literally pains meFor those that have read

  8. says:

    This is part of an ongoing series and I definitely recommend reading at least some of the others first Personally I'm going by internal chronological order and that's working out very fine for me At any rate many of the surrounding characters are established in other stories and I think there's definite benefit in knowing them before this one startsI'm going to lean on the others to keep this review shorter than I might

  9. says:

    There are few tropes in romance I love than a hero and heroine who are capable of killing each other am I weird

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