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The Nobleman and the Spy

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  99 reviews
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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Published November 2nd 2010 by Loose Id
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Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I don't like books where the main characters are just drawn together and that was this book. His brooding, quite good looks and the other's gregarious personality. There wasn't any great story here and the sex was just boring. I also bought the Gentleman and the Lamplighter, by the same author or authors, and had the same issues - little depth of characters and bland sex. Apparently the writing style isn't to my taste. The brooding character tells the reader of his torment, but never really seem ...more
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Lilia Ford
Review written March 12, 2017

3.7 Stars - Yummy nice and captivating. Want more entertainment like this soonish

November 2016: Added the new WSfV audiobook to my $1 ebook — 6:30 hrs narrated by Todd Scott.

A M/M historical by the writers-combo Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon is usually working well and fine with me. So also this time. Nearly four stars and better than good enough.
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Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Score! BIG price drop to $0.99 at Amazon US, 4/28/15!
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-mystery
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
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:

Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m, audio
Years ago, Reese and Karl met on the battlefield and for some reason, spared each other's lives. In present day, Reese is now a spy, and his latest assignment is to watch Karl, a count's son. Reese doesn't have many details as to the 'why' of his assignment, but he will do his duty. Karl is no dummy, and quickly realizes he is being followed. They end up confronting each other, and quickly playing on an attraction they have to each other, confront each other with no clothes on. (it's true! lol). ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ami by: Heather C
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
Kaje Harper
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-historical
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
Adrienne -kocham czytać-
Really liked it. The atmosphere, the characters, the romance, the German bits, the distinct voice changes with the changing POV's, and I didn't pinpoint the culprit too early on. Definitely recommended. ...more
Trisha Harrington
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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 book may ve
Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Eli Easton
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
The romance and sex was weirdly instant. Definitely the wrong book if you're looking for a slow burn. English spy, Reese, gets charged with following this German noble, Karl von Binder. His instructions are vague, but he is to provide 'minimal security' so it seems thing nobleman isn't an outright enemy of the nation. It turns out that Karl and he met on opposite sides of the battlefield during war time and have always dreamed of fucking since. I guess love/lust at first sight? Butt sex happens ...more
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
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-e-things, queer, lgbtq
2.5 stars. Light, easy, and entertaining, but a bit frustrating. I've now read several books by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon because I love historicals, and clearly their books are just not for me. Maybe they're too light and casual for my tastes. I had a lot of niggles with this one. I had issues with the plot and there was a general lack of tension. The ending was quick and a little anticlimactic. Reese is meant to be this elite spy and at no point during the story did I believe it because he d ...more
Jan 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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)
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I'm a big fan of the writing duo of Devon and Dee and this is one of my favorites. I loved the development of Jonathan and Karl's relationship. I also liked the mystery of who was trying to kill Karl. I loved the ending.

The narrator, Todd Scott, was really good although Jonathan's accent seemed a little off. He was great with the other accents though and this was a thoroughly enjoyable audiobook!
Heather C
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Heather C by: Kaje Harper
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. ...more
Audio and Original Review: 4.0 Stars
Andrea M
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
1.4 stars? I was going to give it 1.7 stars, but the final steamy scene and what happened afterwards really pissed me off.
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ran ♠
“Open your eyes and look at me while I fuck you.”

I like this book. I admit I was quite hesitant to read this book at first but now I'm glad I picked it up. I like the dynamic of the two characters - A Graf and a Spy - from just a force of carnal desire to something more deeper. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the book as well as the flow of the story. It is well written, short but enough to develop the story. And this book is really hot.

“Hard and hot in a storage closet is go
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2012
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
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)
3rd read - Jul 22, 2016
Reese and Karl were once enemies on the battlefield, but Karl didn't kill Reese when he had the chance and both of them have remembered that moment since. Now, years later, Reese is sent to spy on Karl and they are immediately attracted to each other. At the same time, someone is trying to kill Karl and they have to figure out who it is before it's too late. A really sweet story! The characters were well developed and the pacing was neither too slow or too fast. ...more
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