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They once faced each other on a battlefield. Now soldier-turned-spy Jonathan Reese must keep watch over the man he’s never forgotten. A close encounter reveals Karl von Binder, the count’s son, also recalls the day he spared Jonathan’s life.

Sparks fly between the former enemies and Jonathan begins to lose perspective on his mission. He knows he must maintain distance becau
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ebook, 195 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Loose Id
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Rane
I first read the author duo of Dee and Devon with their amazing book A Gentleman and a Rouge. Much like their other work, I was captive by The Nobleman and the Spy, with it’s flowing style and characters that are attractive inside and out.

Like many of the romances, I enjoy the “romance”. Books with just sex are alright and all, but for me as a reader, I enjoy watching engaging characters fall in love with one another.
More so with the Nobleman - Karl von Binder heir to a great Count, and trie
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Bark's Book Nonsense
This was a nicely written historical romance featuring two men who fall in love during a time of danger and intrigue and manage to make it all work. Reese is a spy who has been hired to tail the count's son Karl and make sure he isn't murdered. Karl realizes he's being followed right off the bat and instantly recognizes Reese. They met on a bloody battlefield years earlier and had a "moment". When Karl realizes he and Reese share an attraction he quickly gets things moving with the quiet, reserv ...more
GymGuy
I enjoyed parts of this book, but I still can't rave about it. It was a "nice" historical novel, but nothing really special. Here are my issues.

-- I Do speak German. There were a few errors. But what really irritated me was that "Neuenschwanderwold" is kind of a misspelling. It would have made sense as a name if it were "Neuenschwanderwald." Wold is not a word. Wald means woods or forest.

-- While the sex was hot, I thought there was far too much. I just got tired of page after page of sexual re
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Steelwhisper
This left me laughing and scowling in a way, but definitely very moved and it had patches of such brilliance, that it was the best I read last week.

I loved the description on the battlefield, in fact I loved both characters, each very much himself and special, and both very different from each other, but then also sharing traits. Very well drawn and continuously throughout the story added upon. I also loved the secondary characters like Cohen or the uncle, or Gilley.

There were niggles though:

Fo
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Erastes
Having enjoyed hugely Dee and Devon’s Gentleman and the Rogue I was eager to read this one—although a little trepidatious about the title and it seemed a bit similar, and I wondered if they weren’t just resting on their laurels and writing the same book twice.

However I shouldn’t have doubted them, because this is a very different book in time, flavour and feel.

The eponymous spy, Reese is introduced to us from the start and he sets the scene quite wonderfully, following on from an excellent first
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Alissa
I loved this book. The MC's were hot as hell ... some of the plot was a little far fetched but it didn't take away my enjoyment. *spoiler ahead* There was some fantastic dirty talk in here ... "Like it rough?" ... "Yes." "But it's not enough. You want me to take you in deep, so deep my lips hit your balls." GAAAAAHHHHHH And the last line .... "I expect we'll love him," Karl whispered and kissed the side of Jonathan's damp face. "I already do." *melting*
Ami
I agree with Antonella when she wrote "Too much sex, and especially the first encounter was a bit difficult to believe. Both of them letting down the guard in front of a potential enemy met 5 minutes before. I personally thought that scene, the first moment, just made my interest of the couple went down the drain.

I also thought Jonathan to be rather too naive for a man who was described as killer (in previous life) and a spy. Yeah, I guess I needed my spy to be edgier than Jonathan. There wasn't
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Jenre
I’ve really been enjoying these historical novels from Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon and this one was no exception. Having said that, the way that the strong start gave way a little to a weaker ending, coupled with a nondescript hero in Reese, made this my least favourite of their books so far.

Reese is a government spy, working on various assignments since the Crimean War. He’s charged with following a German nobleman, who may or may not be in danger. Reese knows the charismatic Karl, who once spa
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Aredhel
The two things that killed this book for me were the first sexual encounter and a very fast wrapping up of the story in the end.
First thing was the encounter - hmm - too early in the story, I guess. Sex for the sake of sex - nah, not my cup of tea. It was really well done and somehow was to the point, but I just couldn't understand why I had a feeling, that the scene was used just to get the reader's attention? Just to ensure them, that, "yeah, there will be sex scenes in the book! It was just t
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ElaineY
2 stars is for the few chapters I read only.

This book was nowhere near as engaging as The Gentleman & The Rogue. In fact, I was very surprised by how much better the latter was compared to Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon's (don't anyone dare miss Ms Devon out:P) latest. Neither of the characters were interesting even though they had all the potential. I didn't get very far, to be fair, so my 2-star rating is merely for the few chapters I read and struggled through to stay interested so the boo
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Wren
I loved loved loved the first two books by these authors, but this one left me flat. I just couldn't like the characters as I had in the other books. I found Reese, the spy, to be sort of bland. Karl, the nobleman, didn't grab me, either. The sex was great, though. But I would've liked to see more exploration of Reese's submissiveness. There was a Big Misunderstanding - well, not so big, as the party involved came to his senses rather quickly, but a Misunderstanding nonetheless - and it didn't f ...more
Kaje Harper
This historical romance introduces two interesting men. Karl, the nobleman, is outgoing, and a bit of a chameleon, changing his style to fit his situation. He's experienced, seductive, and everything the spy, Johnathan, can't resist. Johnathan has a past marked by pain and betrayal on both a personal and a professional level. His only previous lover was clearly unskilled and uninterested in intimacy, and being with Karl is a revelation to him. Their transition from wary once-adversaries to lover ...more
Heather C
This was sweet. Since it was enemies-to-lovers I was expecting a lot more sexual tension, but nope, they "got it on" pretty fast and they really weren't enemies for long. But I still enjoyed it and I thought the mystery was done well. I plan to look for more to read from these authors.
Elisa Rolle
Bonnie Dee has an odd record, she is probably one of the last authors of heterosexual romance I read some years ago and one of the first authors of gay romance I read more or less soon after that. I still remember when I was perusing Loose Id backlist for their gay romance titles (at the time very few) and I found some novels by Bonnie Dee, one of them, a fantasy, was one of the best read in a long time. The strange coincidence is that, the collaboration with Summer Devon was still far in the fu ...more
Trisha Harrington
I loved this book so much. A great historical mm romance book. I would have to say I think this is one of the best I have read so far. The story itself was very good and well thought out. I found myself wondering who was good and who was bad. The pace of the book was good too, I loved the way we caught a glimpse of how they knew each other.

Both characters were strong, and both had something that I loved. Karl was interesting to me, he was very flamboyant and not afraid to show it either. Even th
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Matthew
Not a badly written story. The sex was written in a somewhat cliche manner. It was hot, but it did not entirely seem to fit with the rest of the story. The relationship developed quite quickly. The author sometimes switched perspectives between the two members of the couple. I did not really find anything remarkable about this book. I guess the action elements were relatively well-integrated with the romance elements.

There was a couple of times where the heroes were too dense and did not realize
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Matimate
The book was not typical bad gay historical romance. Altrough it was little bit too modern for end of the 19th century, it made it to be pageturner and authors made splendid job to captivate readers attention whole the time. Only bad thing was that book was too short and the main villian was dispossed little bit too quickly and in a way that showed that authors were given limited space to run the plot further.

The spy was typicald hardcore soldier who had enough brains to find occupation in secre
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Antonella
Overall a good book, but it didn't grasp my attention as some others of these authors. My problems:
- too much sex, and especially the first encounter was a bit difficult to believe. Both of them letting down the guard in front of a potential enemy met 5 minutes before? Ok, the spy had spied some two days, still....
- the bad is too bad and a bit stupid, and the good is too good and clever
- the German bits now and then (and please notice, I do speak German, in fact also noticed some little typos)
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Eli Easton
An excellent m/m historical romance. I loved the opening scene where the two characters met on the battlefield. Karl and Jonathan were both very appealing and avoided cliche. I appreciated that they were both BAMF in their own way and neither was feminine or weak. The romance had its bumps in the road, but it never felt like the angst was deliberately manufactured to make a story. There was a mystery/conspiracy plotline that was quite good and had a surprise villain at the end. The sex was expli ...more
Bo
Electric and Gripping From the Start

These ladies are driving me up the wall--their historical m/m romances keep getting better and better even though the main plotlines are basically the same: Two men attracted to each other at various times in the 19th Century, in England, one a nobleman the other not quite or a commoner.

This one has electricity from the get-go, with ex-British soldier turned assassin and/or spy Jonathan Reese being assigned to shadow Karl von Binder, the half British half Ger
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Tamela
Great book. Suspenseful and with a good ending. This story ranges from murder plots and assassination attempts, bombs to bullets to poisons, everything including the kitchen knife. And through it all begins a love story between two very different men. I highly recommend this story, especially since I've added it to My Favorites list.

1st read - Oct 26, 2011
2nd read - Dec 2, 2012 (BOM selection re-read)
J.P. Bowie
Top notch story - beautifully researched without endless detail - the two men are endearing, so different from one another both in class and philosophy, yet wonderful together. Thoroughly enjoyed this, like The Gentleman and the Rogue, it's a keeper.
Virginia
An extremely enjoyable M/M historical read. The writing was very well done with interesting characters.
Daesy
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Tam
Jonathan is a spy and former assassin who is tasked to keep an eye on a German nobleman. By chance he ran into Karl on opposite sides of the battle field years ago. Once Jonathan's cover is blown, there is instant chemistry between the two, despite Jonathan's reticence after being betrayed by his Captain and lover. However part of his job was to keep Karl safe if necessary and when a bomb goes off at a party nearly doing Karl in, they start to work together to solve the mystery of who wants him ...more
Sue
I found this novel to be as well written and as historically believable as Bonnie Dee & Summer Devon's House of Mirrors.
The main characters are nice chaps, LOL, and their interactions are pleasantly hot. These authors write very good sexual interactions, something not all authors get right.
I found this one more believable than House of Mirrors, as although we have nobility involved again - this time a European noble - we know this from the start as it's even in the title. I find this more
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Salsera1974
I gave this 3 stars, but this is really between 3.75 and 4 stars. In this novel, Karl is an outgoing, gregarious German aristocrat, while Jonathan is a reserved, emotionally isolated British spy and former assassin, and while they first encounter each other on a battlefield during the Crimean War, they formally meet in a London hotel after Jonathan's superiors in the British government have given him the task of watching and protecting Karl against some amorphous threat which they suspect might ...more
Annelise L'Estrange
Bonnie and Summer just won't stop surprising me.

I thought this time I knew the end. (view spoiler)

Again I was also amazed by the reality in the characters personalities. Reese and Karl just completed each oth
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Jennimen
I enjoyed this well enough, but it didn't grab me as some stories grab me. Jonathan and Karl were fine, and interesting enough, I had a general sense of place and time, and there was a decent plot, but... I think I just wanted more somehow - maybe it read too quickly, or slightly too short? Although it doesn't seem short. Maybe I just need to read it again one day. But I did enjoy it well enough!
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