Review: Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

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 its 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.

Source: Review copy provided for review purposes.