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(The Spymaster's Men #2)

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Amelia Greystone was deeply in love when the Earl of St. Just abruptly ended his courtship and left Cornwall ten years earlier. So she is stunned when Simon returns, recently widowed. Now she must forget the past they shared and his betrayal and console him as any neighbor would. Simon has changed—he is dark and haunted now—but he can still make her reel with a single look ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Harlequin HQN
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Elis Madison

Long-suffering dark-horse candidate for martyrdom seeks self-obsessed schmuck for long term relationship. Enjoys ridicule, humiliation and other assorted ill-treatment. Any excuse for self-abasement will be appreciated.

I just got through bragging on Brenda Joyce, how her writing never lets me down, but here she goes and does it. I can only think that her publisher gave her an impossible deadline, and her editors were completely derelict in their duties, because the book is replete with adverb
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, romance-histo
Some heroines are pushover. Amelia is much more than that: she would be more of a "standover", if I'm allowed the neologism. Indeed she would lie down so that other people might trample her more easily, and not satisfied with that yet, she would also point out on which parts someone could do her the maximum hurt by stabbing a vicious heel or an elbow.
She's supposed to be very nice and sweet, but she just seemed spineless and utterly passive. Her intelligence was mentioned a few times, I never s
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Amelia has got to be the most dull-as-dishwater, meddlesome, loyal-to-stupidity, love-sick, sickeningly devoted, gag-worthy heroine I've ever read. Seriously. There were over a dozen times I wished I could reach through the book to slap her silly. I could not identify with her at all and I only finished the book out of sheer stubbornness. I was frankly hoping she'd get killed at the end.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-other, kindle
I wrote this review ages ago and somehow forgot to post it!

The story begins in 1794 with the “Reign of Terror” that followed the storming of the Bastille in full flow, and Simon Grenville languishing in prison, awaiting execution. He gains his freedom by making a terrible bargain, but he knows it’s the only thing he can do to buy himself some time and to protect the lives of his children.

The opening scenes are detailed and atmospheric – you can almost smell the reek of the prison, and the author
Carrie Olguin
Oct 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Way too melodramatic for me. Suffered through chapter 16 before I finally gave up. I found the plot comeplling. But the main characters react way over the top of normal. The heroine, who is supposed to be the housekeeper is nosey and annoying. The pace is slow with and by chapter 16, the hero hasn't actually done anything but worry - instead of taking control of the situation and his life.

So, I moved on to another book.
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
When you build a character around the premise that she's really, really good at keeping secrets, you might not want to have her spill her guts to friends, relatives and whomever happens to be strolling nearby on the very next page. Makes your characterization weak and the character unlikeable.

Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story was good, but Amelia kind of grated on my nerves a bit. i couldnt fisnish it. I think the book wasnt for me.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tras la traicion

Tengo que decir que me costó terminar este historia de me hizo pesada por los términos y conversaciones acerca de la guerra.sin embargo en los últimos capítulos de volvió muy interesante y me gustó mucho el final.
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Title/Author: Persuasion (The Spymaster's Men #2) by Brenda Joyce
Publisher/Date published: HQN Books, July 24 2012
How I got this book: received it from the publisher through NetGalley

Goodreads summary: "Betrayal Tore Them Apart
Amelia Greystone was deeply in love when the earl of St. Just abruptly ended his courtship and left Cornwall ten years earlier. So she is stunned when Simon returns, recently widowed. Now she must forget the past they shared and his betrayal and console him as any neighbo
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-review
This is the second book in her Spymaster series. I have not read the first book and honestly don’t feel it is necessary to read the first in order to read this. It is very much a standalone book. I like Brenda Joyce as an author especially her historical books (The Francesca Cahill series is one of my favorites), but she falls flat with Persuasion.

Joyce has always been a good one to turn to for having your senses teased. Her earlier books are filled with such heart pounding, sexual tension that
Moon Love
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Amelia Greystone is in Cornwall when she finds out the Countess of St.Just, her closest neighbor has died giving birth, leaving behind three little ones. Amelia realizes, Simon, the Earl of St.Just, the same man who broke her heart 10 years ago when he left without a word, will be returning to Cornwall for the first time since then. Amelia being softhearted sees the grieving children and the changed and disturbed Earl, takes a job as his housekeeper. Simon is suffering from nightmares and parano ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m feeling sad, at the moment, because I’ve finished reading this book! Seriously, it’s 393 pages but it really didn’t feel like it. I thought I was in a rut as I found myself reading one paranormal romance after another and I started this book (courtesy of Netgalley) without much expectation. The first 100 pages flew by and I had to force myself to put it down to go to sleep early this morning. I kept sneak-reading this book for the rest of today and I couldn’t believe I’ve finished it.

I don’t
Romancing the Book
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Reviewed by JoAnne
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was book 2 in Joyce’s Spymaster’s Men series although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Seduction, book 1. It is a regency romance that involves many of the characters we met previously but they weren’t well developed at all and it seemed a much darker story. Amelia was not very likable but very headstrong and going against all the norms of that time period. Besides being willful and uncontrollab
Nina Reads Too
Jun 21, 2012 rated it liked it
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Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is another one of those stories that you just keep rooting for the hero and heroine. Both Amelia and Simon capture your attention for different reasons. ten years previously they were a couple but for some reason Simon just left Amelia. Her siblings hate him for this and the pain that Amelia went through at that time. But Amelia has forgiven him, she enters his household to care for his children and the child of his recently deceased wife. How many women do you think could do that? I'm not ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I loved Brenda Joyce in the past.. lately her books have been kind of dull and boring. I ended up skimming about 3/4 the way through because I just hated Amelia. She "cries" everything she says. All her sentences end in exclamation marks. It was quite annoying. She's the most meddlesome woman. She asks a million questions. Had I been Simon I'd have kicked her out because of how nosy and meddlesome she was. I ended up unable to stand her throughout the book and hoping Simon would finally tell her ...more
ZaBeth  Marsh
Brenda Joyce’s second book in her Spymaster’s Men series, Persuasion, delivers everything you want in a historical romance: international intrigue, a brooding handsome hero, and a headstrong heroine.
Set in the midst of the French revolution, Joyce has all the heroes of this series playing a dangerous spy game for the British spymaster Sebastian Warlock. Warlock’s only concern is winning the war for his country and he isn’t above using his niece Amelia Greystone to achieve his goals. Especially
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Amelia and Simon. What an odd couple they were. Their young love wasn't meant to be no matter how much Amelia expected a proposal. And the cad-ish way Simon cast her aside was weak-minded regardless of the circumstances involved. Fast forward ten years and they find themselves in an unbelievable situation with Amelia serving as his housekeeper and self-appointed stand-in mother to his children while Simon tries to continue his clandestine spy activities. What I did find refreshingly unique was S ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just read the Persuasion by Brenda Joyce and it was an excellent read.
This is the second book of the Spymaster Men which centers around the French
Revolution. The characters are Simon, Grenville, the Earl of St. Just and Amelia Greystone who were neighbors.
Ten years earlier, Amelia was deeply in love with Simon when she was sixteen years old
And suddenly Simon ended his courtship and left his family home in Cornwall and never said goodbye to Amelia. She found out later that Simon married someo
Gevera Bert
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in a row of Brenda Joyce's that I have disliked. The main character of this one, Amelia, was a manipulative gossip and a liar. Time after time she gave her solemn promise not to tell anyone about something and the next page she's blabbing it someone. She was a completely unlikeable character. Her supposedly kindness in taking care of the children was only because she wanted the children (and their father) for herself. As soon as she moved in with him, her "addled" (dement ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
3.75 out of 5. Another entertaining book from a fine writer, but not as consistently "on target" as some of her other work. Second in a series, it has some highs and lows, and I wasn't really all that jazzed by the hero. Bit mess of a life, but he's not a man who has managed his life well, and now finds himself in a web of deceit and intrigue. The heroine was a plucky woman who appears to be something of a push-over, but I think she was a person who put aside her own dreams and plans for the sak ...more
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Parts of this book is engaging, parts are not so much. The Hero is a pear of the realm, but somehow allows himself to be treated like nothing by people in government who are not titled. That does not ring of logical reality at all.
I know that there were titled gentlemen involved in the war with France, but it was voluntary. They were treated with respect and gratitude for the danger they put themselves in. That is not the case in this book. Not good closure in this book either. I wanted to know
Ashlee Hollowell
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I did enjoy parts of this book though I can't say it is my favorite. I have found myself dabbling in this genre more and more and this is definitely not one of my top reads. I didn't care for how helpless and carelessly in love the main character was. In many of the more historically based books I find woman to be adorned and found to be these amazingly beautiful creatures that are fragile and should be treated with every bit of manners as possible. However in this book I felt that the woman was ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Another day, another regency/historical romance down. Although this one wasn't perfect or unique, it was still enjoyable. Amelia is a bit of a different heroine, having already been in love with the hero, Simon, ten years before. It didn't work out then, but maybe they will be given a second chance if only Simon could get himself out of the bind he is in.

This was a very fast read, and I think I'd like to track down more of the author's work. I'd like to know the story of some of the other charac
Cristina Contilli
Un eroe bastardo, ma non troppo... e un'eroina che lo perdona solo nel momento in cui lo merita...

Questa in sintesi la trama di questo romance che segue uno schema caro alla Joyce i cui eroi spesso ad inizio romanzo appaiono sicuri di sé, quasi supponenti e anche un po' bastari, però, poi, con il procedere della storia imparano ad ammettere i propri errori o comunque le proprie debolezze fino a meritare il lieto fine... e l'amore dell'eroina femminile del libro...
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-history
The story has a nice start, then gets slow, but then improves. I am glad I decided to read the whole book. There were some parts of the story that were predictable but there were also some very unpredictable portions. The latter is what kept it interesting and earned this book 5 stars overall.

I cannot wait to read Jack's story. I hope there will be a 4th book at some point with Lucas' story.
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
I hate Amelia Greystone. She's naive, foolish, gullible, thickheaded, and extremely annoying. She ruined this book for me. I wantes to slap her constantly. The storyline was fairly dark and gothic, and I did not enjoy it.
I almost quit reading more times than I can count. Not sure why I was such an idiot to waste my time finishing this awful book
Jun 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not think this was one of Joyce's well written novels. The characters were two dimensional and the narration was very flat. It had potential but it unfortunately did not reach it's potential. Did not finish reading this book.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was...

A very good story since shortly after starting the story I realized that I read it before. That didn't stop me from reading it again. I liked the characters and the story and couldn't wait to see what happened to them at the end of the story.
Lori Howe
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Spymaster's rule! Well, actually, Amelia and her high self-esteem and outspoken, straight forward talking rule. Talk about a tortured hero.
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Brenda Joyce is the bestselling author of forty-one novels and five novellas. She has won many awards, and her debut novel, Innocent Fire, won a Best Western Romance award. She has also won the highly coveted Best Historical Romance award for Splendor and Two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times BOOKreviews. There are over 14 million copies of her novels in print and she is published in ...more

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