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My Lord and Spymaster

(Spymasters #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,620 ratings  ·  289 reviews
A daring beauty, she was infamous for taking chances . . .

Raised as a poor but cunning pickpocket, Jess Whitby may have grown into a wealthy young woman, but now she must once again rely on her guile. Her father's been wrongly accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, and he's going to be hanged—unless Jess finds the real traitor in the London underworld. She never dreamed h
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Berkley Sensation
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bibliolatry Adrian told Sebastian that she was trying to plant incriminating evidence to make him look like the traitor, she wasn't trying to pickpocket him.…moreAdrian told Sebastian that she was trying to plant incriminating evidence to make him look like the traitor, she wasn't trying to pickpocket him.(less)

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Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018, hr, ocd, 2-stars
I started with My Lord and Spymaster some time after New Year’s Day and finally managed to finish it only about five weeks later. Impressive by my standards, as I tend to leave a book be after such a long time. But there was Hawker’s story I’m still dying to read, and there was the promise of The Forbidden Rose which I loved.

Oh boy, am I glad I started with The Forbidden Rose, seeing that The Spymaster’s Lady was enjoyable but nothing to be too excited about.

The first half, no strike that, the
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Here's the deal: for all that Joanna Bourne subverts genre conventions with her surprising character choices and action-filled plots, she also embraces some of the worst.

By the time I finished My Lord and Spymaster, I just wanted to throttle Jess Whitby. She is really, really, um, REALLY just almost too stupid too live. Any stupider, and the book would have been a tragedy, not a romance.

Unlike many historical romances, Jess is not a lady, a countess, a duchess, etc. She's not a virginal weeping
Sam (AMNReader)
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
That took me like an eon. It was just ok. I don't really connect with this one. ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-books, historical

What happened? Eh??? Where the interesting stories of the other books went?

Here we have a huge mess! Shall I start with the heroine, Jess, or with the hero, Sebastian? Mmmmm...

Jess... what a mess! It even rhymes! LOL
She's (supposedly) a genious, everybody is in awe of her intelligence... but I saw only a stupid idiot! She overthinks and does exactly what she said to herself not to do two minutes ago! Arghhhh!!!!

Sebastian... is an overly misterious man everybody fears, but he deosn't know to spe
Sep 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Shannon by:
I just have to say that that hand on her back is really creeping me out. Does it not look like some kind of giant sci-fi spider? It seems out-of-proportion big. And why do the women wear the tackiest clothing on these covers? Anyway...

What we have here is a rip-snorting good adventure story, with political plot, fighting in the alleys, treason, smuggling, mystery and a shade of romance. The romance aspect is not the main focal point of the book but more like a side issue, added in for the genre
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

This is a historical romance book that decidedly tried to have more of a plot than a romance, but the plot is kind of boring and the romance isn't that interesting either. Jess is some kind of accounting prodigy/ex-thief/master tradeswoman who is determined to prove her father hasn't committed the treason he is about to be hanged for. She then is almost murdered (who was behind this was never explained) and proceeds to risk her own life needlessly a couple of times, all to discover some
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Spymaster's Lady is destined to be one of my top reads for 2011, so I was really interested to see if it was a fluke, or whether Joanna Bourne is one of those too rare, extremely talented authors. There's some good news and some bad news in the answer to that question.

The good news is, The Spymaster's Lady wasn't 'beginner's luck'. I loved this one too. The bad news is, there is no backlist for me to glom. How incredibly exciting to have found a new favourite author, and how disapp
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
I read the first book of this series, The Spymaster's Lady, and really enjoyed it. I don't know why I never bothered to pick up the next book in the series when it came out. I finally decided to get it off my wish list and order it. I really wish I hadn't. Everything that I loved about the author's style in the last book was repeated here, but it really didn't work for me.

What I really liked about the last book was the flow of the language. The heroine was French and her thoughts and dialogue re
Jacob Proffitt
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
Okay, I'm ending my misery. I've made it nearly halfway and they're still faffing around trying to find evidence on each other. Which means they aren't concentrating on the bad guy. Or talking to each other, really. And Sebastian is a dead loss I can't take seriously. He's so busy "controlling" his lust that he can't see Jess as an actual person—one who may, just possibly, actually know her own father (who she lives with and works closely with in his business) better than he does. It doesn't hel ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

When you call on the God of Luck, you have to scrape down and give up everything, or you don't get his attention."

Really enjoyed this one. I would have given it five stars, but the first book was just a little bit better. I felt the need for a distinction between them. Now, on to the next one.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
“Let me pull your sails into the wind. There’s nothing you have to take charge of.”


Another fabulous story in this series I’m very much enjoying. I love this author’s writing style as well as her characters. Moving on to the 3rd book, Doyle’s story, which I’ve been looking forward to.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Grade: D...Very disappointing!

The Story - Shipping hieress's father isarrested for treason. She searches for the real spy. Heiress investigates the man who accused her father. They are attracted to one another as bad thing happen.

The Characters - The captain will have the heiress. She is his. Mine! The heiress is physically attracted to the captain. She hasn't felt this way since so-and-so.

The Plot - Boring!

Final Thoughts- There's a reason this book falls through the cracks. This story is unlik
Pamela Shropshire
Book 2 of the Spymasters series. Ms. Bourne’s prose is just lovely; it reminds me of Loretta Chase, actually, which is very high praise.

The heroine is Jess Whitney, a very complex young woman. She was a master thief in her childhood, working for the criminal lord, Lazarus. After he father returned to England (he had been imprisoned abroad), he took her from Lazarus and she has traveled the world with him. Her father owns a trading and shipping company; Jess actually runs the business side, whil
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I have to be honest. I came really close to not finishing this book. And in the end I wound up speed reading/skimming the final 20% or so of it. The writing was lovely and evocative, but the story itself just was not compelling for me and I never connected to the hero or heroine, both of whom got upstaged by secondary characters like Eunice (the hero's badass aunt), Claudia (the hero's acerbic cousin), and Adrian Hawkhurst (who has had the best set-up of any "story forthcoming" hero I've encount ...more
3.5 stars. It was hard to decide whether to round up or down. Bourne is definitely a quality writer, but this wasn't my fav of this series so far. (This is the 4th one I've read -I'm reading them in chronological order.) I didn't dislike, but I didn't *love* it either.

I think I had three main issues with this book:

There was a little too much descriptive historical detail. The writer has clearly done a ton of admirable research, but I'm not reading to learn about the history of crime and smugglin
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bourne-joanna
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Nov 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
My Lord and Spymaster is one of those books with an insufferable heroine that gets into lots of very serious trouble because she *thinks* she's Superman and Lex Luthor rolled into one so the poor hero has to run around all over town having to rescue her from all her own scrapes. I wanted to slap her silly.

Jess's father has been accused of treason but she thinks the real traitor is Sebastian Kennett. In her first attempt to "find evidence", he has to defend her from a band of cutthroats. He takes
DNF @ 6%

If you want to know the entire scene that made me DNF this book, check out my thread on Twitter:

To summarize: She's passed out from a head injury and while undressing her, he's fantasizing about her body and fucking her and then he touches her pubic hair. ALL WHILE SHE'S STILL PASSED OUT.

I noped the fuck out of there because there's no coming back from that.

I'm not sure if I'll be back for the rest of the series or not. I'm leaning towards not.
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
The heroine of My Lord and Spymaster is Jess Whitby. Jess may seem like a respectable lady with a fortune and a successful business, but Jess has an unfortunate past as being a former thief who lived in the underbelly of Katherine Lane in London. Her father, who I really thought of as a total jackass, left Jess to fend for herself because he was never around. Without a mother to care for her, Jess had to survive anyway she knew how, so the streets became her home and thus her career as a thief, ...more
After reading The Spymaster's Lady, I was so excited to continue on in the series - but unfortunately this book did not work out well for me. While I liked both the main characters, Jess and Sebastian, their story did not grab me. The beginning was very good, especially the first two chapters, and the very end, after page 250, was good. But there's a whole lot of middle that just dragged on and on. One of my favorites in the previous book, Adrian, was here but just didn't have any real magic in ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Jess Whitby needs to prove her father is innocent of treason by proving that Sebastian Kennett is totes guilty. Except there's early onset nudity, followed by lust, following by ~~feelings that get in the way of this noble quest.

1. Jess really wanted to get herself dead, didn't she?

2. Meanwhile Sebastian was busy with his very commanding boner.

3. Overall, I did like this. I was a little wary of the Lazarus plot line--"Who do you belong to, Jess?"--but it resolved itself in a way that wasn't co
July 2017: Dropped it down a star upon re-read. Took me awhile to get through it, Jess was a bit hard to like this time around. Still enjoyed seeing Doyle and Adrian again.

April 2012: I really liked this. In fact, I'm really enjoying this series as a whole. What I liked so much about this one was how the story slowly unfolded and we got to see the backstory to both Jess and Sebastian and I, of course, loved seeing familiar characters such as Adrain and Doyle again. Eagerly waiting for #3 to be
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
don't think Just read everything by Joanna Bourne. NOW
I love how she writes her french character's dialogue (in English). You can almost hear them speaking French. Very clever dialect.
And the plots are amazing.
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was this year's RWA Rita winner in the Regency Historical category, so I thought I'd take a read, since I wasn't familiar with this author.

A very intense story about a captain and a young woman who grew up in the London East End slums, pickpocketing to survive, but who is now an educated young lady running her father's shipping firm.

Sexual tension galore from the moment hero and heroine meet. They each think the other is guilty of being a master spy, Cinq (pronounced the Franch way, I assum
Mar 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed book 1 a little more, but this was still a very enjoyable book. I love the unusual heroines she chooses. I was a little disappointed to not see more of the characters from the first book. There's an interesting timeline going on in this series where Adrian is a youngish-man in book 1, much older in book 2, and then in the upcoming book 3 he's a teenager again. I'm hoping that she clarifies the timeline at some point b/c my confusion detracted a little bit from my enjoyment of the book. ...more
Oct 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was not to my liking. The story started great and interesting but it went downhill very quickly (mostly because it was so slow). I skiped a lot of pages and it is a big deal because I never skim no matter how dull a book is. The romance in this book is very skimpy, a little lack luster, it's more of a spy-suspense kind of story (with not a very good mystery case, I figured who the bad guy is the moment they got introduced to the story) with some lusting added to it. Also I don't much car
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even though this book took me FOREVER to read - a case of pick it up, read a few pages, put it down - because it was so well written, I had that urge to keep reading. Many other books have failed me when I've done this in the past.

I enjoyed the characters, setting, story but at time was a bit confused as to what the greater picture was as far as the 'who is Cinq' question went as this is the first book I've read by this author.

I loved the dialogue, it felt like the characters were right in fro
While I think this book wasn't quite as good as the first in the series, it was still a lot of fun to read and deserving of 5 stars. This author only has one more book left for me to read and that's quite sad. ...more
Alleyne Dickens
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was Lunesta-proof! I couldn't stop reading it! Loved the characters, loved the setting, loved the story! ...more
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I liked this book better than the first. I found the heroine to be really interesting and liked her kind-of mad, spacey genius qualities.
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Joanna lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her family, a medium-sized mutt and a faux Himalayan cat.

She writes Historical Romances set in England and France during the Napoleonic Wars. She's fascinated by that time and place - such passionate conviction and burning idealism ... and really sexy clothes.

Other books in the series

Spymasters (6 books)
  • The Spymaster's Lady (Spymasters, #1)
  • The Forbidden Rose (Spymasters, #3)
  • The Black Hawk (Spymasters, #4)
  • Rogue Spy (Spymasters #5)
  • Beauty Like the Night (Spymasters, #6)

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