She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naïve virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit...
British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful-and dangerous-Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England. When the two natural enemies are thrown into prison, they forge an uneasy alliance to break free. But their pact is temporary and betrayal seems inevitable as the fates of nations hang in the balance.
How I know Joanna Bourne:
One of the most incredible days of my life was finding out Berkley Sensation (Penguin) was going to publish my first two books. To show me the quality of my future books, Penguin sent me two books, and one of those was "The Spymaster's Lady" by Joanna Bourne. I flew around the house, so excited by the beautiful cover … and then I sank into disbelief when I started to read. How could a new author possibly belong in the same arena as the gifted Ms Bourne? I am incredibly honoured and humbled to be on a shelf by her! I LOVE her books - her historical accuracy is incredible, and her intrigue, adventure, and romance are among the best I've ever read.
THEN I got to meet her! I was at the Penguin author party in June 2012 (part of the RWA convention in NY) and I was terrified. A very tiny fish in a sea of famous, worshipped authors, editors, and publishing folk. But Joanna Bourne recognized me from an email I'd sent her months before, and she took me under her wing, introducing me around and helping me settle into this new world. So thank you so much, Joanna! And thanks for participating today!
"I have plans."
He jerked the last button loose and pulled his shirt over his head and dropped it on the floor, then stripped his trousers off. She started to sit up but he set his hand on her shoulder to keep her as she was. He liked her this way ... naked, laid out on her belly. She was exquisitely lovely and she couldn't attack.
"Have I mentioned you're the most beautiful woman in the world?"
"From one cause and another we have missed saying such things to each other."
Those sleek cat muscles of hers told him how nervous she was. Willing, but nervous. He could use that nervousness. He could make it explode inside her like foam in a keg. He'd send her wild tonight. Beyond thought. Beyond restraint. "I like the curve here ..." He ran his hand down the long taut muscles that paralleled her spine. "It's like the countryside back home. Long and rolling."
"I am like countryside?"
"Somerset countryside." He stroked her buttocks. "With little hills."
"But truly, men have strange minds."
He stroked her again. "Did your mother tell you that?"
"I find that my mother did not say anything to the point. She did not wish me to be a courtesan, you understand, and therefore did not instruct me in those arts." She glanced at him from the corner of her eye. "Except a few trifles. I believe they are not known to respectable English girls, who are very uneducated. I will show you, if you like."
A pang of pure lust shot through him. His lady was not at all innocent in some ways. He foresaw many long, interesting nights while they worked out exactly who would be in charge in this bed.
Joanna Bourne writes historical fiction set in Revolutionary and Napoleonic France and Regency England. She says, "It was a time of love and sacrifice, clashing ideals, and really cool clothing."
She's a four-time RITA nominee and two-time RITA winner. Joanna lives in the Appalachian Mountains with, as she puts it, a very peculiar dog and rather odd cat.
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