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Review: Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Written by Jennifer Porter
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BeautyLikeTheNightBeauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne (historical, Berkley, August 2017)







Series: The Spymaster series, book 6


Séverine de Cabrillac, orphan of the French revolution and sometime British intelligence agent, has tried to leave spying behind her. Now she devotes herself to investigating crimes in London and finding justice for the wrongly accused.


Raoul Deverney, an enigmatic half-Spaniard with enough secrets to earn even a spy's respect, is at her door demanding help. She's the only one who can find the killer of his long-estranged wife and rescue her missing twelve-year-old daughter.


Séverine reluctantly agrees to aid him, even though she knows the growing attraction between them makes it more than unwise. Their desperate search for the girl ​unleashes treason and murder. . . and offers a last chance for two strong, wounded people to find love.


I had been meaning to read Joanna Bourne for years when I picked up Beauty Like the Night, the 6th book in the author’s Spymaster series. I was captivated by the story from the first word, despite the fact that I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the series (although I would recommend reading them in order). I cannot recommend Beauty Like the Night highly enough; Joanna Bourne is a master storyteller who has created an intricate and well-designed world of English and French spies with larger-than-life characters who have to fight for their happily ever afters.


In Beauty Like the Night, Severine de Cabrillac returns to the series, all grown up (you need to start the series at the beginning to learn how she makes her entrance as a child), having lived a difficult and exhaustive life caught between French and English spies. She has turned her back on the spy world to work as a private investigator of sorts - which puts her in the path of Raoul Deverney, a man looking for his the daughter he has never met (she is missing). Raoul has a complicated story (almost as complicated as Sevie’s) and he suspects that Sevie is involved in some way in his daughter’s disappearance. The two end up working together to find answers which of course are tied to both of their pasts. Raoul has to prove himself worthy of Sevie and her spy friends, a task that he excelled at. There is a wonderful scene where Sevie, Raoul and Hawker have to face Lazarus (who remains one of the most mysterious characters in the series).


The English/French spy business of the time is a very intertwined (somewhat incestous?) thing in Bourne’s world. There is a great deal of political intrigue, a great deal of backstory (Sevie’s history is fascinating) and many appearances by the mainstay characters of the series (Doyle, Hawk, Lazarus, etc).  The spy business is messy and leads to lots of trouble for everyone involved. But the world is amazing. I was blown away by the story, the world and the romance. As soon as I finished this one, I immediately went back to read the rest of the series, this time in order.


Beauty Like the Night, along with the rest of the books in the series, is everything a romance novel should be: it has an intricate (but not convoluted) plot, endearing characters and a heartwarming romance. The Spymaster series is one of my all-time favorite romance novel series.


Joanna Bourne: http://www.joannabourne.com/


Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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