*I received a free copy of Beauty Like the Night from Tantor Media via Tantor Media. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Series: Spymasters #6
Published by Tantor Media on August 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Suspense
Length: 9 hours, 40 minutes
Source: Tantor Media
Severine 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 fourteen-year-old daughter.
Severine 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.
Beauty Like the Night was just what I was needing. This is my second listen in Bourne’s Spymasters series – which I’ve read out of order – and the story as well as the narration were both fabulous!
One of my favorite things in historical romance is an unconventional heroine. Severine is the epitome of unconventional. An orphan of the French Revolution, she was adopted by the head of British intelligence. If I remember correctly, she’d spied during the revolution – at a single-digit age – and continued honing those skills no matter her Papa’s objections. Severine is smart, independent, strong-willed, outspoken, and tenacious. All things I greatly admire. 🙂 With no war being fought, Severine currently works as a private investigator of sorts solving crimes and mysteries. And her latest case is that of a missing 12 year old girl, a missing heirloom, and a dead mother.
Raoul, our hero, is more like an antihero. He appears one night, having stolen into Severine’s bed chamber, demanding answers and her help in finding the missing girl, Pilar. Raoul is mysterious, has dubious intentions, is skilled at things only thieves and spies are skilled at, and he’s interesting… very interesting.
JBourne draw us into a story full of intrigue and mystery. She surrounds Severine with a colorful cast of characters who all care very deeply for her. There is danger, action, many dead bodies appearing at Severine’s doorstep. And a romance that blossoms slowly despite the fact that sparks fly wildly whenever these two are near each other. Beauty Like the Night was primarily focused on character development and solving the mystery rather than consummating the romance and it’s something that really works for this story (and series, I’m guessing). JBourne has a way of pulling you into the story, unveiling the romance as slowly as she does the villain and one can’t help getting caught up in it all.
Kirsten Potter deftly embodied all the characters, keeping voices distinct as well as the pacing perfect. She seems to have as much fun narrating as I do listening.
Beauty Like the Night was a gripping and entertaining listen and I’m eager to meet the other ladies who inhabit the Spymasters world.
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