Saturday, September 8, 2012

Historical Review: Seduction (Hqn) [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished "Seduction" the 1st book in her The Spymaster's Men series by Brenda Joyce.

Product Description

Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will do anything in the care of a beautiful gentlewoman, Julianne Greystone, only to discover that her sympathies lie with his enemies. Yet he can't help but seduce the woman who saved his life — hoping she never learns of his betrayal.

Julianne is captivated by the wounded stranger she believes is a revolutionary hero. Until she discovers the truth … her "hero" is the privileged earl of Bedford. Devastated and determined to forget him, Julianne travels to London. But when she finds herself in danger, it is Bedford who comes to the rescue. Now Julianne must navigate the intrigues of a perilous city, the wild yearnings of her own heart and the explosion of their passion.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373776551
ISBN-13: 978-0373776559

My Review:

During 1793 near Brest, France someone tries to assassinate Dominic Paget.  Lucas Greystone realizes the assassin knew Dominic was a spy and his brother Captain Jack Greystone knowing the man would be dead before reaching London takes the severely wounded Earl across the Channel to his family estate in Penzance, Cornwall.

At her family estate, Julianne Greystone helps Dominic recuperate from his near fatal wounds. She believes the French Revolution is a great thing for the masses and she also thinks her patient is the heroic freedom fighter Charles Maurice. Dominic seduces Julianne even though he knows he should not treat her as he does. As they fall in love, Juliana learns of his duplicity and tells him to leave. However, she is arrested for treason and brought to the Tower to await punishment. Only Dominic, risking his life, can save her.

I really enjoyed the history part of the book and it was well written and the pacing was just right.  I really liked Dom though he did make an abrupt and fast turnaround at the end which wasn't very convincing.

Julianne sure made one mistake after the other and was very naive though she was suppose to be well educated and independent.


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