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Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will 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 woun Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will 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….


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Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will 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 woun Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain's enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will 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….

30 review for Seduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    The context, in the height of the French Revolution, was rather original. The plot was also good with a few twists and turns that made the book quite compelling. The characters, on the other hand, were less successful and did not fully manage to get multi-dimensional. Julianne, especially, was rather disappointing: she believed herself to be a defensor of great principles and liberties and got manipulated several times along the way; the main problem was she never acknowledged her failures and he The context, in the height of the French Revolution, was rather original. The plot was also good with a few twists and turns that made the book quite compelling. The characters, on the other hand, were less successful and did not fully manage to get multi-dimensional. Julianne, especially, was rather disappointing: she believed herself to be a defensor of great principles and liberties and got manipulated several times along the way; the main problem was she never acknowledged her failures and her indiscretions, even though those could have dire consequences. The hero was nicer, though not fully consistent in terms of behavior. Last thing: Ms. Joyce, Ms Joyce's editor or whoever else's editor who might read this, please take into account that a native speaker should ALWAYS check the sentences and locutions used in a foreign language, French in this specific instance, to avoid a whole bunch of small irritating grammar mistakes (that a 8-year-old could correct) and even major blunders when one word is confused for another. When "La Terreur" (the Terror/Dread - period in 1793-beg. 1794 when executions were fierce and the guillotine on Place de Grèves was heavily working) got called "Le Terroir" (locution used in reference to a regional area with specific traditions, like regional culinary expertise), I laughed out loud. As did all other French native speakers that I mentioned that to. What a blunder!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Olguin

    Sex scenes are fade to fireplace. The story is compelling and the characters complex. There is a love story, but it takes a back seat to the historical backdrop. If you want to lose yourself in a romantic fairy tale, read something else. If you want a living history lesson about life (politics, blacklisting, ect) in England and France during the French revolution, then read this book. The hero is a Royalist (supports the monarchy government). The heroine is a Jacobite (support the freedom of the i Sex scenes are fade to fireplace. The story is compelling and the characters complex. There is a love story, but it takes a back seat to the historical backdrop. If you want to lose yourself in a romantic fairy tale, read something else. If you want a living history lesson about life (politics, blacklisting, ect) in England and France during the French revolution, then read this book. The hero is a Royalist (supports the monarchy government). The heroine is a Jacobite (support the freedom of the individual, i.e. democratic republic). She is young and idealistic, naive to power struggles and the horrors of war while. She's ripe to be manipulated by men who use the conflict to change/advance their situation (money and power). Meanwhile, she's thinking her actions will help feed the poor, provide a better living wage for the poor, provide jobs, education, etc. The hero has spent several years in France, a spy who acts upon the decisions of powerful men while they seek to maintain their power - no matter how many innocent people they kill in the process. He also belives in helping the poor, providing jobs, etc, but without the anarchy found in France or by usurping the monarchy. This is the first historical romance I've read that delved deep into the conflict of the time, the idealism of the groups and then the realism involved as each side fights to win. I enjoyed the story as a break from all the "fairy tale" type romances I've read lately - kind of like a taste of strawberry after living on chocolate (I love chocolate.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    Mystery, deception, lots of politics, family loyalty, and some romance. Wrap it all up, and you have Seduction. There was so much about the book I liked. Joyce is a good writer and she clearly did her homework. She took a period of time, a war between countries, spies, soldiers, families with divided loyalties and created a story that wove all the elements together. It flowed well, and the politics were intriguing. However, Joyce got lost in her research. Her characters had a tendency to play a p Mystery, deception, lots of politics, family loyalty, and some romance. Wrap it all up, and you have Seduction. There was so much about the book I liked. Joyce is a good writer and she clearly did her homework. She took a period of time, a war between countries, spies, soldiers, families with divided loyalties and created a story that wove all the elements together. It flowed well, and the politics were intriguing. However, Joyce got lost in her research. Her characters had a tendency to play a part in the story rather than be the story. The romance seemed minor in the book and I wanted more. It almost seemed like Joyce wanted a historical fiction book rather than a historical romance book. In spite of the lack of compelling characters, I enjoyed the overall story. If you like more historical fiction than historical romance, you'll really like this. 3.5 out of 5 stars. Written while sick with the flu so I finally have an excuse for bad writing!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    Any time Brenda Joyce comes out with a new historical, she can pretty much count me in. She's one of those writers who just hits all the right notes for me. Several of her deWarenne Dynasty and Deadly Series books have pride of place on my shelves. She also does contemporaries and paranormals, which aren't my cupatee, and she alternates, so it's been a bit of a wait for this one. You can usually count on Joyce to give you a story with her romance, and this is no exception. This one revolves aroun Any time Brenda Joyce comes out with a new historical, she can pretty much count me in. She's one of those writers who just hits all the right notes for me. Several of her deWarenne Dynasty and Deadly Series books have pride of place on my shelves. She also does contemporaries and paranormals, which aren't my cupatee, and she alternates, so it's been a bit of a wait for this one. You can usually count on Joyce to give you a story with her romance, and this is no exception. This one revolves around British intelligence, espionage, sedition and even treason during the later years of the French Revolution. The Revolutionaries had their sympathizers in Britain almost from the start. Abuses and excesses by the wealthy, idle aristocracy and hunger, strife and suffering among the poor were issues in England, too. But by 1790's the Reign of Terror was making a lot of people in Britain nervous, Napoleon was starting his rise to power, and the Revolution was expanding to other parts of Europe. Joyce inserts her characters into the thick of this. Dominic Paget, the Earl of Bedford, is the son of a British nobleman and a French noblewoman. He spent a good part of his youth in France and speaks the language without an accent, making him the ideal man to spy on the revolutionaries. The story opens with him half-unconscious from an assassination attempt. A couple of allies get him out of France to Cornwall. Our heroine, meanwhile, is idealistic and naïve to the point of TSTL Julianne Greystone. This young woman wears her bleeding heart on her sleeve. She's a Radical, a member of an increasingly unpopular group that supports the revolutionaries in France. It's all about justice for the poor to Julianne, and even when she hears some of the horror stories, her thinking is, "maybe you'd do something terrible, too, if you had no food." Julianne lives in semi-poverty with her sister Amelia, who was jilted by an earl awhile ago and wanders around with her broken heart on her sleeve, her mother, who suffers from dementia and talks to wallpaper when she's not having convenient moments of lucidity, and her two brothers who are TSTL on steroids. Said brothers start the catastrophies rolling by bringing a half-dead man home for the sisters to nurse. The brothers then both leave without explaining anything to any of the parties concerned. Dom is still unconscious when they go, so of course when he wakes he has no idea who he is or why he's there, no idea whether he's among friends or foes. Julianne is… Well, she's TSTL and the brothers have given her no warning about the spy now in her house. During his fever, Dom babbled a lot in really good French about the horrors of war, so Julianne is convinced she's got a real honest-to-God Revolutionary hero on her hands, and she proses on happily about her group and its staunch support for the Revolution. Dom immediately decides that he has to seduce her to protect himself. Not exactly sure how it will protect him or what from, but that doesn't seem to matter. He lets her think what she likes and uses her naiveté to get under her skirts. When she finally discovers who he really is, she's devastated. He betrayed her. He leaves her with this: "If you need me, you can reach me at Bedford." In other words if she's knocked up, he'll send around a few quid for the abortionist, I guess. Yes, she's a gentlewoman, and he has a twinge of guilt about having seduced the sister of a fellow spy, once he realizes. But not guilty enough to do the right thing. Anyway, from there, Julianne's politics and all the spying and counter-spying make for a nice, spicy mess. Dominic gets to do something nice for once, but then he goes back to being an asshat for most of the rest of the book, (view spoiler)[deciding it wasn't enough to seduce her when she was a virgin, it's better yet to ruin her publicly by moving her into his house and parading around with her so that everybody with eyes can guess she's his mistress. (hide spoiler)] Julianne, being TSTL, doesn't seem to mind as long as her love bunny is nice to her. And when things start weaving out of control, well, have you ever read a book where the heroine is faced with several choices, and one of them has a great big neon sign on it that says, PICK ME, I'M REALLY, REALLY STUPID? Yeah, well. You get the idea. Needless to say, it all blows up in their faces and there's lots of betrayal and hating and bleeding, shattered hearts on sleeves right up to the end. My only grumble was that there were a few characters with names that had similar make-up. I speed-read, so it's easy to mistake Marcel for Michel, and that can cause some brain warps when the two of them are on opposing sides. Anyway, never mind the snarkiness, I liked this book a lot, and as with many of Joyce's books, the characters hung out in my imagination for awhile after I finished it. If you like Brenda Joyce, or if you've never read her, this is a pretty good read, though I still like the early deWarrennes and Deadlies better. And as a bonus, she likes to add little notes at the back filling in some of the details of the history—maybe not everyone likes that but I love it. Oh, and the next book in the series is already out, so…

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kah Cherub

    complete review here:http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2... Seduction is the second title I've read by Brenda Joyce. The first one was The Masquerade, which I loved. So I hoped I would like this one just as much. Okay, so...the book is set during the French Revolution. It starts with Dominic Paget, son of a French viscountess and a British earl acting as a spy in France for the British government, being ambushed by an assassin. He is very near death's door when his friend Michel Jacquelyn and the complete review here:http://notjustnonsense.blogspot.com/2... Seduction is the second title I've read by Brenda Joyce. The first one was The Masquerade, which I loved. So I hoped I would like this one just as much. Okay, so...the book is set during the French Revolution. It starts with Dominic Paget, son of a French viscountess and a British earl acting as a spy in France for the British government, being ambushed by an assassin. He is very near death's door when his friend Michel Jacquelyn and the brothers Lucas and Jack Greystone arrive to save him. They take him to Greystone manor, where he is tended by Julianne Greystone, a simple woman who has never had a day "of leisure and frivolity", in Joyce's words, having grown up doing chores a servant is expected to do. The problem lies with Julianne being an active rebel, a Jacobin, and the co-founder of a society that supports the French revolution, in favor of a new political reform and social change... from Britain. She's seen by most people as a traitor to her country, even if the only thing she wants is equality. A home, food and clothing for every man and woman, not just for the wealthy. Dominic is the earl of Bedford and a Tory (British agent). He has seen for himself all the horrible things happening at France because of the war. The bloodbath with innocent people dying every day. The reality of the Jacobins and how they started to control their own people and forced them towards violence (seemingly having forgotten their initial ideals)... yet, he can't say any of it to Julianne, because she thinks he is a fellow radical, a poor French army officer healing from a gun wound in enemy lands. He uses the alias Charles Maurice. She falls in love with Charles and feels completely betrayed when she finds out how much of it all was a lie. But it's him she calls for when she's arrested for sedition and the suspicion of treason. Dom comes to her aid like a knight in shining armor, taking her to his place and showering her with beautiful clothes, jewelry and parties. Things she never even dreamed off. The couple goes through a lot of drama. Julianne find out his old fianceé is not dead like he told her, she is threatened by a radical (who was supposedly on her side) and forced to spy on and betray Dom or have her family hurt, Dom kicks her out of his house and goes back to war... Brenda Joyce is very historically accurate, providing a lot of information so we can keep up with the dates, locations and events... however I think maybe historical spy books based on real facts may not be my thing. To me, the book felt too long at times, even though the writing was excellent and I liked the characters.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Naoms

    While I didn't hate this book, it just wasn't that great. It had the same formula of many of Brenda Joyce's book and was pretty predictable. Julianne is a huge supporter of the French revolution. Why? That is not clear. While her desire to see people free and her hope for equality is great, it's obvious that she doesn't know what is happening on the ground in France. Dominic Paget is an Earl and a spy who was injured in France and whisked to Julianne's house in the British countryside. When he wa While I didn't hate this book, it just wasn't that great. It had the same formula of many of Brenda Joyce's book and was pretty predictable. Julianne is a huge supporter of the French revolution. Why? That is not clear. While her desire to see people free and her hope for equality is great, it's obvious that she doesn't know what is happening on the ground in France. Dominic Paget is an Earl and a spy who was injured in France and whisked to Julianne's house in the British countryside. When he wakes up to find the beautiful Julianne nursing him, he pretends to be a French Revolutionist. One thing leads to another, they fall in love and she discovers his true identity. What ensues is a story of betrayal, politics, spy games, etc etc. The problem with this book, is that Dominic just isn't a likeable character. It's not that he is mean and beats on children or anything, but he wakes up from his injury, is unsure of Julianne and lies. Which is understandable, he is not sure if she will turn him in to his enemies or not. The problem is he wakes up and within five minutes decides to seduce her. Even though he is an English gentleman and she is obviously an innocent. He sets out to seduce her knowing she is falling in love with a man who does not exist, which is awful. The first half of the book could have happened without him sleeping with her. Most of Joyce's book have the same issues. There is some initial reason the couple shouldn't get together. Poverty, social economic status, or in this case Dominic's identity. Then they get passed that and due to miscommunication and misunderstanding the guy gets really pissed and decides he basically hates the woman. The woman usually ends up pregnant. The man realizes the errors of his ways and then the woman forgives him on the last page and all is well. The thing is, with this couple I saw no real compatibility. I don't see that they will have a happily ever after. They're in lust and when that fades, I don't know what they will have. Kids, I guess.. It was a pretty easy read, finished in a few hours. And I am interested in Julianne's siblings and St. Just, so I'll probably continue with the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Review:Seduction by Brenda Joyce 4 STARS The setting of this book is France & England 1793. I seesawed my point of view on what side to take. I was on one hand supporting freedoms but not all the violence. I was even rooting for the tories some of the time too. So I could see how easy it woud be torn about what side you are on. Dominic was shot in the back in France he was their as a spy for England. He was taken by a boat to England but had no idea at the time he was close to death. Dominic is a Review:Seduction by Brenda Joyce 4 STARS The setting of this book is France & England 1793. I seesawed my point of view on what side to take. I was on one hand supporting freedoms but not all the violence. I was even rooting for the tories some of the time too. So I could see how easy it woud be torn about what side you are on. Dominic was shot in the back in France he was their as a spy for England. He was taken by a boat to England but had no idea at the time he was close to death. Dominic is a rich titled half english & French. His identity in France was a printer and in the French army. Julianne Greystone was supporting the French revolution and met with others in her village in Penzance, Cornwall. In fact she helped start her group like others in England and France. Julianne is the youngest of four and the only one who supported the group. Her brothers Lucas and Jack brought a stranger who was ill for her to nurse better saying Jack found him when he was smuggling and had no idea who he was. While Dominic was out of his mind he spoke French and about the war so Julianne figured out that he was a French army. So let him know that she would keep his secrets and she was a Jacobean follower too. She fell in love and was taken in by his alias. Their is a lot of spying and lying around that time. While Julianne thought she had a lot in common with Charles. She really didn't have with Dominic who was a rich titled spy for England a Tory. It was a good plot. You never knew who to trust or if anyone. I would read more of Brenda Joyce's books. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 01/31/2012 Harlequin HQN Books

  8. 5 out of 5

    ♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡

    3.5 stars - in desperate need of an epilogue This story occurs during the French Revolution & war with England. Dominic who is half french half English is a spy in France for England when he is shot by someone who found out who he was. He is rescued and brought back to England by some men and brought to Julianne's house. Julianne is a sympathizer for the french revolution because she thinks the poor should be able to get jobs & support their families. She seems like a strong character, but I found 3.5 stars - in desperate need of an epilogue This story occurs during the French Revolution & war with England. Dominic who is half french half English is a spy in France for England when he is shot by someone who found out who he was. He is rescued and brought back to England by some men and brought to Julianne's house. Julianne is a sympathizer for the french revolution because she thinks the poor should be able to get jobs & support their families. She seems like a strong character, but I found her quite ignorant, even though she tried to pass her self off as knowledgable to a cause. I am sure it was written this way on purpose, but I was irritated a couple times. This was a well written book and well worth the read. I dropped a score, because even though they were very much in love, I felt the romance was too flighty at times. Especially their first encounter. I kept trying to figure out if it really happened or if it was a dream. I also felt it ended to quickly. In 2 pages it was wrapped up. I felt dumped & kept turning pages for more of an epilogue. It needed one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    Miniseries: The Spymaster's Men Category: Historical Romance Miniseries: The Spymaster's Men Category: Historical Romance

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kem

    Mixed on this one. It's exciting in parts, but it jumps around a lot and any one part isn't fleshed out well. It doesn't seem to have a logical flow. There doesn't seem to be a focal problem, accept the French uprising of course. I like the characters, but they aren't well put together either. Mixed on this one. It's exciting in parts, but it jumps around a lot and any one part isn't fleshed out well. It doesn't seem to have a logical flow. There doesn't seem to be a focal problem, accept the French uprising of course. I like the characters, but they aren't well put together either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    I loved this book and the characters in this book were very strong and feisty. It had a bit of a spy feel to it, but that was a small part of the story. I will definitely read the next in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    ZaBeth Marsh

    In Brenda Joyce’s latest novel, Seduction, Julianne Greystone is the youngest daughter of an impoverished aristocratic English family. She is also a passionate supporter of The Jacobin Club, one of the most famous and radical political clubs of the French Revolution. It is no surprise then that Julianne immediately falls for the handsome freedom fighter, Charles Maurice, after her older brothers deposit the wounded man at the Greystone mansion for Julianne to nurse back to health. Spying What the In Brenda Joyce’s latest novel, Seduction, Julianne Greystone is the youngest daughter of an impoverished aristocratic English family. She is also a passionate supporter of The Jacobin Club, one of the most famous and radical political clubs of the French Revolution. It is no surprise then that Julianne immediately falls for the handsome freedom fighter, Charles Maurice, after her older brothers deposit the wounded man at the Greystone mansion for Julianne to nurse back to health. Spying What the naive Julianne doesn’t know is that her patient is really Dominic Paget, the Earl of Bedford, who is leading a double life as a French printer in Paris while spying for England. Paget wakes up from his near-death injury without remembering how he got to Greystone and unsure how much of his identity he should reveal to his gorgeous nurse. As an Earl, Paget would never impose himself upon an innocent like Julianne. However, as a French rebel, Paget is swept up by Julianne’s passionate heart and loses himself to the fantasy that the two can have a brief affair. French Revolution The French Revolution is an interesting setting for this novel. As Seduction is published, the world is acknowledging the one year anniversary of the 2011 revolutions in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries. While Facebook and Twitter trumpet sensational war stories about the birth of freedom in country after country, Joyce’s novel quietly reminds us that while freedom is always a worthy goal, revolution ALWAYS comes with a price and human flaws. War is brutal; regardless of the cause. Paget’s role on both sides of the French Revolution provides a looking glass perspective at war and those caught up in movement of causes. Julianne is the narrow innocent binoculars that expects only good to come from standing up for a cause. Ultimately, Paget has to turn the looking glass on himself and Julianne has to expand her view of the world if these two lovers want to find a way to stay together. When Joyce stays focused on her characters and the romance plot the story is gripping. As only Joyce can, readers will immediately find themselves standing in each character’s shoes contemplating each decision made as if it were their own. Where Seduction lost me was whenever Joyce tried to map out the history of the French Revolution within her story. Not having a great understanding of the battlefields and conflicts of the revolution myself, I found the few specific war references scattered in the second half of the novel more confusing than educational. Battlefield Chess Board As this is Joyce’s first installment in her series, The Spymaster’s Men, I hope that the subsequent books provide an educational approach to French Revolution battles and provide the significance of the locations in French geography. Maybe the Preface should include a map of France with the battle locations identified for those of us who are geographically challenged. Much like I can’t understand the chessboard moves listed in the newspaper, coming into a war in the middle and not understanding the geography puts me and most readers at a big disadvantage that no author can overcome with a few sentences about who moved where. If these battles truly have no impact on the particular story, I pray that Joyce avoids the trap that Seduction fell into and leaves the specifics of the war to the history books. I’d prefer to find a scene simply set in a generic battlefield without trying to understand the two or three moves by the government and the rebels that led to that confrontation. Those movements become red herrings that take me out of the fantasy of the story. I prefer to focus on Joyce’s talents which shine the most when focused on characters and plot conflict. Seduction and Spymasters Establishing a new series isn’t always easy. Authors have to balance the weight of the individual story with a foundation for future work. Seduction is a well-crafted story that provides Joyce with a wide variety of launching points for future work. Julianne has older brothers and an older sister that readers only meet in Seduction as necessary to ground Julianne’s story. However any long time fan of Joyce can see that she is planting seeds that are going to grow into fascinating stories of their own. I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this series as the plots and characters can only get more complicated. Appropriately titled, Seduction will pull you in immediately and not let you go until you are satisfied. Joyce is a master of romance as she first sketches the characters and their desires and then she sets the match to a wood pile of passion that she has stored up. Readers will discover a greater understanding for our world and the challenges that we all face in life within this enjoyable story. Source Joyce, Brenda. Seduction, Mass Market Paperback. January 31, 2012. ISBN13: 9780373776559 Official Brenda Joyce website

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marcela (BookaholicCat)

    3 ½ Stars Seduction is book one in the new series The Spymaster’s Men by Brenda Joyce. I have mix feelings about this book, there were parts I really enjoyed and others than… you get the idea. The blurb describes pretty well what this book is about, the only thing that leaves out is that when Julianne discovers that Dominic is the Earl of Bedford she realizes he is an English spy, and what does she do, “deceived and scorned Julianne” goes to his enemies and gives them this information, putting Do 3 ½ Stars Seduction is book one in the new series The Spymaster’s Men by Brenda Joyce. I have mix feelings about this book, there were parts I really enjoyed and others than… you get the idea. The blurb describes pretty well what this book is about, the only thing that leaves out is that when Julianne discovers that Dominic is the Earl of Bedford she realizes he is an English spy, and what does she do, “deceived and scorned Julianne” goes to his enemies and gives them this information, putting Dominic’s life and his family in danger; after she does this she feels a “little” remorse but doesn’t do anything to correct her actions. I didn’t like Dominic on the beginning, I thought he took unnecessary advantage of Julianne, but later in the story I can say I started to like him. I understood his actions (not the advantage of Julianne’s part) and his way of thinking. He does what he does for his country, his family and his friends. Actually his way of thinking is a noble one. Going back to Julianne she was a character I disliked more than like, watching her is almost watching a train-wreck, one bad decision after another. She thinks she can handle a world she doesn’t understand, instead of being honest and ask for help her naïveté puts everyone around her in peril. The attraction between Julianne and Dominic is there since the first day, it progresses slowly as they share more time together, developing in something else. The sexual tension builds up slowly until the moment they decided to be together. I was expecting a very nice, romantic scene for Julianne’s first time but I was very disappointed when her first “special time” was against a door. I even thought I read something wrong, I missed a part or something, so I read the scene twice and yes, it was against a door, like a strumpet, not an innocent and virgin heroine. The secondary characters are all a mystery, they all are hiding something and I guess to discover what is they are hiding we will have to read the following books in this series. I’m looking forward to Julianne’s brothers Jack and Lucas stories. The first part of the book was a bit slow, after the hundred pages mark it starts to pick up the pace. The romance is believable, but there were other things, as some of Julianne actions that were far fetched for a single young woman during those times. And there were other things a bit contradictory, like when Julianne gets in trouble in London, she is supposed to be staying in a big house with servants (that’s her description when she arrives to the house) and when the police comes for her at night they make a lot of noise, they even take the door down but nobody comes to her aid or hear the commotion… mmm what can I say? Mmm… The strong point of this book is the accurate historical facts. It is clear Mrs. Joyce did an excellent job researching the times when this novel takes place, and further more she did a great job intermingling the story with the facts of the time. If you liked your historical romance strong in the facts this is a book for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wicked ♥ (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess

    Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish http://wickedlybookish.blogspot.com/2... Dominic Paget awakens in the home of Julianne Greystone where he has been taken to receive care after being ghosted out of France by Julianne's smuggler brother, Jack. Dominic was shot in the back by an assassin, because, you see, Dom is an English spy working to help end the threat of the French Revolution. Unaware of his location, and the sympathies of the household, Dom pretends to be an officer in the French military, appea Reviewed for Wickedly Bookish http://wickedlybookish.blogspot.com/2... Dominic Paget awakens in the home of Julianne Greystone where he has been taken to receive care after being ghosted out of France by Julianne's smuggler brother, Jack. Dominic was shot in the back by an assassin, because, you see, Dom is an English spy working to help end the threat of the French Revolution. Unaware of his location, and the sympathies of the household, Dom pretends to be an officer in the French military, appealing to Julianne's Jacobin leanings. Will the love that forms between them survive his lie? Can two people on opposite sides of a war make their love work? I didn't like this one as much as i thought I was going to. The prologue was very exciting and the concept intriguing, but the first half of the book really ruined it for me. The development of Julianne and Dominic's love while he is masquerading as Charles comes across as silly, fake, and over the top. Julianne's character is so naive. I get that she is innocent and doesn't really understand the world around her, but her thought processes come across very childish. Unfortunately, she makes for a very wimpy heroine and when paired with the very alpha Dominic, she just looks pathetic. The second half of the book made this book more enjoyable for me because once Dom was no longer pretending to be Charles, I like him a lot more. I loved his uber alpha male attitude, for some reason, that cold exterior really did it for me. Plus, he doesn't baby Julianne at this point. I ended up enjoying the book just for him and the intrigue. Speaking of intrigue, there wasn't much to begin with and I almost gave up and put this in the silly romance pile. However, the second half of the book makes up for this and brings to the table all sorts of plots, betrayals, and blackmail. Even though I didn't like the heroine, I did enjoy the book as a whole. It was a very quick, and fun read once Dominic was unmasked. You could also see the author pulling the strings of characters who will star in books to come. Although this wasn't a great read for me, I will still be looking out for the next book. Sometimes, the first book in a series is just ok, but the rest ends up being amazing. I can see that being the case here. Plus, I want to read a romance staring the Greystone brothers! They sound dreamy! Lucas' blonde hair and grey eyes, Jack's roguishly charming demeanor! Oh and, Dom's ex-fiance, Nadine, just so happens to be lonely and in need! There is definitely lots of potential for future great reads there.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Radical idealist Julianne Greystone welcomed the revolution that created the Republic of France where all men would be acknowledged as equals. But in 1793, with England and France at war, being a radical isn't far from being a traitor in some of her neighbor's eyes. When her brothers bring a wounded man in need of care, Julianne of course tends him. She quickly assumes the man is a wounded French officer who shares her political ideals. Unsure of his surroundings, Dominic Paget doesn't correct h Radical idealist Julianne Greystone welcomed the revolution that created the Republic of France where all men would be acknowledged as equals. But in 1793, with England and France at war, being a radical isn't far from being a traitor in some of her neighbor's eyes. When her brothers bring a wounded man in need of care, Julianne of course tends him. She quickly assumes the man is a wounded French officer who shares her political ideals. Unsure of his surroundings, Dominic Paget doesn't correct her assumptions. But in fact, Dominic is an English spy against the French and the Earl of Bedford. When reality destroys Julianne's illusions, she must rethink her entire world view before she can follow her heart.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ns

    One of the first historical romance I read was by Brenda Joyce and it hooked me on the genre. I am a fan of her books and still am. Seduction is the first book in a new series, which is a departure from the deWarenne's, a series which I really enjoy. I was looking forward to this book because the set-up is an exciting one. Love stories set during war-time settings have so much potential to be highly passionate, intense and emotional. These are pretty much the elements that I want in a story like One of the first historical romance I read was by Brenda Joyce and it hooked me on the genre. I am a fan of her books and still am. Seduction is the first book in a new series, which is a departure from the deWarenne's, a series which I really enjoy. I was looking forward to this book because the set-up is an exciting one. Love stories set during war-time settings have so much potential to be highly passionate, intense and emotional. These are pretty much the elements that I want in a story like this. I liked this story but I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I can't put my finger on it but it feels like something was missing. Dominic Paget does have hero appeal. He's dark, brooding and powerful -the Earl of Beford. Julianne Greystone is opinionated, youthful and in many situations naive. She's a radical with Jacobian sympathies. As such she and Dom, a spy for Britain are on opposite ends of the war. Thus begin a game of seduction that Julianne falls unwittingly for but then so does Dom when he develops genuine feelings for her. There are spy games, mistrust and betrayals. With Dom and Julianne's love story happening in the midst of the Revolutionary War, I wanted to be more a part of the action. Too much of their story is played out within the confines of first, her home in Cornwall and then his in London. A lot of the plot plays out through mind games that I felt were dragged and it didn't help that Julianne lacked judgement in many critical moments. Many time I felt they were on the sidelines and I wanted to see them actively a part of the war. That might have led to some danger and intensity, something exciting. I did like the secondary characters. As with many first books in a series there are many characters introduced. There is also an intricate network of spies, allies and foes, and politics. It can be confusing trying to unravel everything. I'm looking forward to Amelia's story as there is obvious history between her and St. Just. This story sets up her story nicely for the next book. The ending fell into place a little too cleanly, but I am happy for Dom and Julianne. They had an attraction from the start that made me want to see them become allies in a time of war.

  17. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne

    My review originally posted on Romancing-the-Book.com is below I was so looking forward to reading Seduction – the first book of a new series by Brenda Joyce – since I loved her Deadly Series. All I can say is WOW! I couldn’t put the book down and I am thrilled there will be additional books written. The book is set in both France and England and you are effortlessly taken between the two countries and the war raging in France and the war efforts in England along with all the intrigue and spies. My review originally posted on Romancing-the-Book.com is below I was so looking forward to reading Seduction – the first book of a new series by Brenda Joyce – since I loved her Deadly Series. All I can say is WOW! I couldn’t put the book down and I am thrilled there will be additional books written. The book is set in both France and England and you are effortlessly taken between the two countries and the war raging in France and the war efforts in England along with all the intrigue and spies. There are vivid descriptions of the settings as well that makes you feel like you are there. The book introduces the characters so well that you feel you know them. The leading lady is Julianne Greystone who is reminiscent to me of Francesca Cahill and the dominant male character is Dominic Paget, an Earl, who reminds me of a mix of Calder Hart and Rick Bragg all from the Deadly series. There was intrigue, mystery, suspense, love, romance, heartache and tears. Each chapter left you wanting more which is how I managed to read the book in less than two days and stayed up late to do so. There were several happily ever afters and most were unexpected although hoped for results. There was closure to this story since many loose ends were tied up but you know there is plenty more story to tell. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. If you haven’t read books by Joyce before I highly recommend you do. You won’t be disappointed. Favorite Quote: He did not hesitate. He bent to kiss each cheek, then opened his arms. She stepped into them and he held her, comforting her for all that she had been through. She was so very familiar, for he had held her many times, intimately but casually, as he was doing now. But as he held her, he thought of Julianne. He was shocked, not just because his thoughts were errant, but because when he held Julianne, there was nothing casual about it. And then he was uneasy. In his arms, Nadine felt like a sister, not a fiancee. He loved her dearly, he would always protect her and provide for her, but he suddenly knew he would never be able to make love to her.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I was so looking forward to reading Seduction – the first book of a new series by Brenda Joyce – since I loved her Deadly Series. All I can say is WOW! I couldn’t put the book down and I am thrilled there will be additional books written. The book is set in both France and England and you are effortlessly taken between the two countries and the war raging in France and the war efforts in England Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I was so looking forward to reading Seduction – the first book of a new series by Brenda Joyce – since I loved her Deadly Series. All I can say is WOW! I couldn’t put the book down and I am thrilled there will be additional books written. The book is set in both France and England and you are effortlessly taken between the two countries and the war raging in France and the war efforts in England along with all the intrigue and spies. There are vivid descriptions of the settings as well that makes you feel like you are there. The book introduces the characters so well that you feel you know them. The leading lady is Julianne Greystone who is reminiscent to me of Francesca Cahill and the dominant male character is Dominic Paget, an Earl, who reminds me of a mix of Calder Hart and Rick Bragg all from the Deadly series. There was intrigue, mystery, suspense, love, romance, heartache and tears. Each chapter left you wanting more which is how I managed to read the book in less than two days and stayed up late to do so. There were several happily ever afters and most were unexpected although hoped for results. There was closure to this story since many loose ends were tied up but you know there is plenty more story to tell. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. If you haven’t read books by Joyce before I highly recommend you do. You won’t be disappointed. Favorite Quote: He did not hesitate. He bent to kiss each cheek, then opened his arms. She stepped into them and he held her, comforting her for all that she had been through. She was so very familiar, for he had held her many times, intimately but casually, as he was doing now. But as he held her, he thought of Julianne. He was shocked, not just because his thoughts were errant, but because when he held Julianne, there was nothing casual about it. And then he was uneasy. In his arms, Nadine felt like a sister, not a fiancee. He loved her dearly, he would always protect her and provide for her, but he suddenly knew he would never be able to make love to her.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (In Libris Veritas)

    Seduction is a historical romance with the backdrop of the French Revolution. Our heroine is Julianne Greystone, an independent woman who believes in the Revolution, and finds herself caring for a man she believes to be a Jacobin. In this case of mistaken identity, we are treated to a wonderful rollercoaster of events that kept me entertained for hours. This romance seemed far more interested in the historical aspect that many others I have read and found myself actually curious about the events Seduction is a historical romance with the backdrop of the French Revolution. Our heroine is Julianne Greystone, an independent woman who believes in the Revolution, and finds herself caring for a man she believes to be a Jacobin. In this case of mistaken identity, we are treated to a wonderful rollercoaster of events that kept me entertained for hours. This romance seemed far more interested in the historical aspect that many others I have read and found myself actually curious about the events that were alluded to. It’s clear that Joyce did her research and tried to paint a very vibrant image of the time period. Mistaken identity takes on a new feel when war comes into play. I liked the added intrigue that came from Bedford’s involvement with Julianne, and all the little surprises along the way. I will say if you lean more towards fluff romance then this is probably one to skip as it does get into the politics of the time as both Paget and Julianne are very active in that part of their society. Personally, I liked the change of pace from the usual fluffy romances that kind of ignore the historical events of the time. I do like our couple though they can both be maddeningly stubborn. Julianne is an optimist and a support of the French Revolution, she believes in democracy and has somewhat romantic notions of what the war is really like. Paget, however, has seen what the war does to people and supports the monarchy. These two get themselves into situations that were entirely avoidable if they took a moment to truly think on their course of action, but they both think they are doing what’s best for other people. The romance between them is passionate and of course rife with issues stemming from Paget’s lie to Julianne’s desire to help the cause. They could be so frustrating but it was such a satisfying pairing in the end. Overall I really liked the added historical context and the writing was wonderful, though I can readily acknowledge that this one is not for everyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I am a Brenda Joyce fan. I’ve probably read just as many of her books as any other author. She writes great romances and lots of them, 54 to be exact. Although I’ve only read about half of those I consider her one of my go to authors when I’m looking for a romance, especially historicals. This Regency romance is the first in The Spymaster’s Men series and is a solid first book. It takes place during the French Revolution and I learned about a lot about the history of the time. Joyce is obviously I am a Brenda Joyce fan. I’ve probably read just as many of her books as any other author. She writes great romances and lots of them, 54 to be exact. Although I’ve only read about half of those I consider her one of my go to authors when I’m looking for a romance, especially historicals. This Regency romance is the first in The Spymaster’s Men series and is a solid first book. It takes place during the French Revolution and I learned about a lot about the history of the time. Joyce is obviously fascinated by the period and has done her homework. Julianne lives in Cornwall with her sister and mother who has mentally checked out. They live in poverty even though the two older brothers do their best. When they bring Dominic home to be cared for he is near death and Julianne nurses him back to life as she nurses a strong crush on him. A crush that Dom is willing to manipulate so that he might escape back France to continue spying for the Brits. Julianne for her part is highly sympathetic to the the plight of the revolutionaries, even going as far as forming a secret society to support them. She believes Dom to be one of the heroic freedom fighters and lets herself fall in love. I actually found most of the story to this point bland. Both characters were lacking, especially Julianne. For a radical she seemed very naive. It was after she found out about Dom that the story became fun. She continued be be naive, but at least she wasn’t afraid to take action. I thought the time the two spent together in London was classic Joyce and I loved it. The end, while a bit hard to accept because of one of the pair’s abrupt turnaround, was satisfying. I liked this one enough to try the next one in the series about Julianne’s sister, if only so I can see visit Cornwall again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Moon Love

    4.5 Stars! This is Brenda Joyce's latest release and the start of a new historical series set during and around the French Revolution. Seduction is about the Earl of Bedford, Dominic Paget, who has been shot in the back in France. He is brought over the channel to Cornwall by the Greystone brothers, who leave him at their manor home with their sisters Amelia and Julianne to convalesce. Amelia is a determined spinster at 25, but Julianne at 21 has Jacobin sympathies that prove to be dangerous for 4.5 Stars! This is Brenda Joyce's latest release and the start of a new historical series set during and around the French Revolution. Seduction is about the Earl of Bedford, Dominic Paget, who has been shot in the back in France. He is brought over the channel to Cornwall by the Greystone brothers, who leave him at their manor home with their sisters Amelia and Julianne to convalesce. Amelia is a determined spinster at 25, but Julianne at 21 has Jacobin sympathies that prove to be dangerous for everyone. The Earl is half-French, but when Julianne comes to the incorrect conclusion that he's part of the French army and fighting against the Royalists, Dominic plays along. I really enjoyed this book. What kept me from giving this book 5 stars was Julianne and her behavior. She drove me nuts! She's an independent thinking woman in a time when women were not. So her thoughts on the war going on and her own anti-patriotic activities made her seem like a silly little girl. Plus the way she behaved with Charles Maurice, the Earl's alias, was bad. It was as if she'd never been around a man before and so she was ripe for seduction and having her feelings played with. I didn't feel too much empathy for her, and it was that way through out the whole book. Ms.Joyce has done a great job at doing historical research into the period and events. It was a pleasure to read this book and I am intrigued to see which Greystone or spy's book we will get next. I'm hoping to find out what happened to St. Just that kept him away from Amelia. Hopefully we'll know sooner than later!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: January 31, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQNbooks Author’s Website: http://www.brendajoyce.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Spymaster’s Men Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm Set against the vibrant tapestry of the French revolution and similar uprisings in England, Julianne’s Jacobin sympathies were not only understandable, but in my mind, a This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Expected Release Date: January 31, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQNbooks Author’s Website: http://www.brendajoyce.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Spymaster’s Men Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm Set against the vibrant tapestry of the French revolution and similar uprisings in England, Julianne’s Jacobin sympathies were not only understandable, but in my mind, a thing to bring respect. While her belief in the good of man caused her to be manipulated, her idealism was in my opinion admirable, and made me sympathize greatly with her character. While I understood Dominic’s motives in keeping his true identity a secret, I still had a very hard time respecting him for taking advantage of Julianne in every way possible, and in the end I think my overall enjoyment of the novel suffered. After all, it’s difficult to love a book when you despise one of the main characters. However, the rich details of the historical period, coupled with quite a bit of heartbreak, betrayal, intrigue, and danger, all have me salivating for more. I will definitely be reading the next installment to the series when it is published, and would recommend this story for fans of historical romance who may perhaps be tiring a bit of the Regency or Victorian backdrops. A solid 4/5 Stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nita

    Joyce's hero and heroine are very much affected by the politics of the French Revolution. Dominic Paget is the son of an English man and a French woman. He has seen what the Revolution has done to the people of France, and has been spying for the English. Julianne Greystone lives in Cornwall with her mother and sister and is passionate about every man and woman's right to freedom and opportunity. She sides with the Jacobins in the French Revolution and has started a club with her good friend Tom Joyce's hero and heroine are very much affected by the politics of the French Revolution. Dominic Paget is the son of an English man and a French woman. He has seen what the Revolution has done to the people of France, and has been spying for the English. Julianne Greystone lives in Cornwall with her mother and sister and is passionate about every man and woman's right to freedom and opportunity. She sides with the Jacobins in the French Revolution and has started a club with her good friend Tom to discuss politics and the war. It's fascinating to see two people with very much matching ideals for the human race, but who side with different political sides. Politics are central to this story. It will be the major conflict for Dominic and Julianne throughout the story. Their romance can't go forward until they stop seeing each other as a Tory or a Jacobin. At different points in the story they lie to each other, requiring them to learn to trust the other. I thought Joyce did a wonderful job combining the political conflicts with a lovely romance. I had a little trouble with Dominic at first. I could not tell what his actions towards Julianne were in the beginning and that made me a little anxious, but that changed the more I was in his head. And though Julianne was a bit naive, she was also smart and compassionate. I enjoyed seeing how they finally came to accept each other fully. A fine start to a new series. ARC provided by NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I wanted to love this book. It takes place during the French Revolution, a time period that has always fascinated me. It's about spies, a topic I've loved since "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" days. It's a historical romance, currently one of my favorite genres. However, even with all of that in it's favor, it was...okay. The history of the book was well-written, and the pacing was decent. For the most part I really liked the hero, Dom; though at the end he does make an awfully abrupt turn-around, it w I wanted to love this book. It takes place during the French Revolution, a time period that has always fascinated me. It's about spies, a topic I've loved since "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" days. It's a historical romance, currently one of my favorite genres. However, even with all of that in it's favor, it was...okay. The history of the book was well-written, and the pacing was decent. For the most part I really liked the hero, Dom; though at the end he does make an awfully abrupt turn-around, it wasn't completely unbelievable, just a bit quick. The heroine's brothers--Jack and Lucas--have real promise, and I hope future books will be about one or both of them. The heroine, though--different story. Juliette just seemed to make one poor choice after another, tended toward the overdramatic, and was often naive to the point of ridiculousness. I'm still not convinced that the thing that made Dom's mother see her in a better light really would have done so...not that she was wrong to warm up to Juliette, really, but that's not the deal clincher that would have done it for me had I been in her situation. I'm willing to give the next book in the series a try; even though this one wasn't one of my favorites the series definitely has promise.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bekah

    I'm usually a huge fan of Brenda Joyce's books, however this one did not work for me. I love her alpha heroes and the way they dominate and love so fiercely. Her heroines are often very strong willed feisty women who give their men a hard chase. This was just not the case in Seduction. The heroine often got on my nerves for the stupid choices she made. She didn't seem to have much of a backbone. I also love Brenda Joyce for her sweeping romances but this one was deeply overshadowed by a pretty c I'm usually a huge fan of Brenda Joyce's books, however this one did not work for me. I love her alpha heroes and the way they dominate and love so fiercely. Her heroines are often very strong willed feisty women who give their men a hard chase. This was just not the case in Seduction. The heroine often got on my nerves for the stupid choices she made. She didn't seem to have much of a backbone. I also love Brenda Joyce for her sweeping romances but this one was deeply overshadowed by a pretty convoluted political story. It completely shrouded the romance with a minutiae of details about the political treachery of the times. I honestly was not interested in the subject at all. Had it been a back story to the romance of the characters, I wouldn't have minded so much, but it seemed to be the central focus of the story with the romance thrown in last minute. I'm hoping for better reads in the future from Ms. Joyce, more along the lines of After Innocence or The Game!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kat ~ Forever Book Lover ♥

    Rating 3.5 For the complete review visit Forever Book Lover. I received the advance copy from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. The storyline was unique~ Two characters who fall deeply, passionately in love with each other despite the fact they were both fighting for different sides of the war. I developed a love-hate relationship with the heroine, Julianne, she was a strong willed, opinionated young woman. Even when she finds herself on the wrong end of the law, Julianne maintains her in Rating 3.5 For the complete review visit Forever Book Lover. I received the advance copy from netGalley in exchange for an honest review. The storyline was unique~ Two characters who fall deeply, passionately in love with each other despite the fact they were both fighting for different sides of the war. I developed a love-hate relationship with the heroine, Julianne, she was a strong willed, opinionated young woman. Even when she finds herself on the wrong end of the law, Julianne maintains her independent spirit, growing stronger in her beliefs. With that said, I was disappointed more....

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Brenda Joyce is a well known popular author, so I expected an amusing read. This book was so boring that I couldn't get through more than half of it. You would think a spy romance would be pretty thrilling, but alas Joyce crushes even that storyline into a confusing twisted mash up. A local lady has to care for a french man that her brother has brought home. That's okay because she supports the French even though her brother does not (but, of course, he still brings home a random french man) who Brenda Joyce is a well known popular author, so I expected an amusing read. This book was so boring that I couldn't get through more than half of it. You would think a spy romance would be pretty thrilling, but alas Joyce crushes even that storyline into a confusing twisted mash up. A local lady has to care for a french man that her brother has brought home. That's okay because she supports the French even though her brother does not (but, of course, he still brings home a random french man) who is not really French but an English spy. He lies at first to save his hide, but then continues to lie for stupid reasons and then all of sudden is distracted by lady parts. Those lady parts are enough to make anyone forget they are a fake French spy. I didn't finish this book as it was too boring and made no sense.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    Problematic all the way around. The historical minutiae bogged down the narrative, the "naive but intelligent" heroine is really just plain dumb as a post and repeatedly makes the worst decisions ever, and the hero is kind of a cad. He doesn't *need* to seduce the heroine like he says does, and he takes her up as a mistress with no intent to marry her for most of the book, showing very little concern for her reputation and future marriage prospects despite how much he luuurrrves her. Their relat Problematic all the way around. The historical minutiae bogged down the narrative, the "naive but intelligent" heroine is really just plain dumb as a post and repeatedly makes the worst decisions ever, and the hero is kind of a cad. He doesn't *need* to seduce the heroine like he says does, and he takes her up as a mistress with no intent to marry her for most of the book, showing very little concern for her reputation and future marriage prospects despite how much he luuurrrves her. Their relationship is built entirely on lust, and all I ever learned about the characters besides their political affiliation was how good-looking they each were. They basically fall in love off-screen, since Brenda Joyce only TELLS us that they have a deep intellectual connection without ever writing a single conversation that would lead us to that conclusion ourselves. Boring, but largely inoffensive.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    Being a fan of Brenda Joyce, I was highly disappointed by this novel. I hate the context, how it spoiled the plot because to overwhelming and how she tried to use it but failed and the lack of credibility when she tried to sound French. It was a huge mistake on her part, and as a French woman I saw it too clearly. Then, Julianne infuriated me. She's so stupid, naive that I never related to her, and she got on my nerves. To me she was just an empty shell and a romance without a good heroine is a Being a fan of Brenda Joyce, I was highly disappointed by this novel. I hate the context, how it spoiled the plot because to overwhelming and how she tried to use it but failed and the lack of credibility when she tried to sound French. It was a huge mistake on her part, and as a French woman I saw it too clearly. Then, Julianne infuriated me. She's so stupid, naive that I never related to her, and she got on my nerves. To me she was just an empty shell and a romance without a good heroine is a failure. Brenda Joyce usually writes story with strong characters but they were none here, as if she wasn't implicated in the story, and it's too disturbing. For the 1st time, I didn't enjoy one of her novel and don't know yet if I would go on in this series or stop.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    ***If this is your first Joyce book, and you are not sure you liked it - go get another!!! She is an amazing author! I couldn't connect with the characters in this book, but I think it was meant to be that way. It takes place during a time of war, and the worry of neighbors/friends spying on each other is rampant throughout the book. I feel maybe Joyce was trying to have us experience the same disconnect and insecurity the characters were struggling with. There were parts in the book that made my ***If this is your first Joyce book, and you are not sure you liked it - go get another!!! She is an amazing author! I couldn't connect with the characters in this book, but I think it was meant to be that way. It takes place during a time of war, and the worry of neighbors/friends spying on each other is rampant throughout the book. I feel maybe Joyce was trying to have us experience the same disconnect and insecurity the characters were struggling with. There were parts in the book that made my heart ache, and I believe that was when I got hooked and really wanted to see what would happen. The ending was a bit of a let down...It was a "That's the end?" moment. I just wanted a little more story.

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