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Beauty Like the Night
Author: Joanna Bourne
Publisher: Berkeley Romance
Release Date: August 2017

Book 6 of Spymasters
Book Genre: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

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Beauty Like the Night

29 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by BJ (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Jul 26, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
4.5 "A Love Interconnected by Espionage" Stars!

Why did I wait so long to discover this series? Being a lover of historical romance and mystery/suspense, BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT satisfied my desires on a number of fronts. I also really enjoyed Ms. Bourne's talented writing and witty repartees between the hero and heroine. Now I simply must go back and read or listen to Ms. Bourne's Spymasters backlist titles!

For those who are wondering if this story can be read as a standalone, it definitely can. As you can surmise from the opening paragraph of this review, this is my first foray into the Spymasters Series and I had no difficulty following both the romance and suspense plots which seemed to be fully contained within this book.

Sèverine de Cabrillac, the "daughter" of a British intelligence agent and friend of many other spies, has grown up learning the spy trade. "Adopted" after being left an orphan by the French revolution, Severine has her own list of spy accolades now. However, in an attempt to "settle down" and lead a less dangerous life, she has turned her specialized talents to work for those needing an investigator to find justice.

Her latest assignment is finding a lost daughter and amulet for Raoul Deverney. Raoul has his own clandestine background and Severine instantly starts to question what this proclaimed wine merchant's true career is. Should she trust Raoul? Just what is the truth? Moreover, when a series of dangerous events, including a murder plot involving a famous British military commander is uncovered, it seems like too much of a coincidence for the events not to be interconnected somehow, but just what is the connection?

But it's not all intrigue and danger where Severine's and Raoul's relationship is concerned as they seem to have a chemistry-laden attraction to one another. Is it purely physical attraction or something more? Moreover, could there ever be a HEA for a potentially politically mismatched couple such as this?

There is one aspect of the plot which I think could have remained a mystery longer, but there are also a number of suspense and mystery plots weaved in which are not uncovered until later in the story. The romance also takes a while to develop, but once it does it adds a heated element to this intriguing romantic suspense title.

All in all, fans of Ms. Bourne's, as well as, historical romantic suspense enthusiasts in general will not want to miss BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT.
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31 people found the following review helpful

Book Reviewed by Ashia (reviewer)

[ Review Posted: Aug 04, 2017 ] - See all my reviews
I really love Joanna Bourne's writing; there's no other author like her. Her prose is so poetic and imbued with sly, subtle humor that it's a pleasure to read her books. It's also in the way she describes things or a certain turn of phrase that allows you to see things in a new light. For example:

He might need arresting at some point.

Who says things like that? I mean, I would say, "He might be arrested at some point", not that he might need it. Other examples:

A quiet street altogether. One that minded its own business.

~ o ~ o ~

His hand closed around her elbow, gentle as wind and unyielding as carved oak.

~ o ~ o ~

[Hawker said to Sevie's father] "'Let her chase murderers,' you said. 'It'll cheer her up. It'll give her an interest in life now that she can't spy on the French.'"

"I did say something of the sort," Doyle admitted.

"'A good steady profession' you called it. 'There will always be murderers', you said."

"I was right about that last one."

I fear though I'm not doing this book justice with my review; to experience it yourself, you need to read it.

There's a wonderful mix of romantic tension and mystery, as well as action and suspense, keeping me on the edge of my seat and compelling me to keep on turning the pages. Although I have to say I was disappointed when I reached the end of the story, because I wanted more!

*** maybe a minor spoiler alert ***

I do think that the scene where they were first fully intimate was a bit…not sure what word I was looking for… maybe 'inappropriate'? You're burgling an office--would you think of having sex there, no matter how urgently you need it or how tight the sexual tension is? Other than that, I would also have loved more scenes of Sevie and Raoul together.

Overall, BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT is a great addition to the series, and I can't wait to read the next one!
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