Review: Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

BeautyLikeNight

Orphan of the French revolution and sometime British intelligence agent, Severine de Cabrillac has attempted to leave her life of 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.  After much debate Severine reluctantly agrees to aid him, even though she feels the growing attraction between them makes it quite 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 have been a long-time fan of Ms. Bourne’s Spymasters series and have quite enjoyed each and every one!   Obviously BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT ended up in a class by itself!  The two main protagonists while attracted to one another, started out terribly opposed to working together, in fact not quite trusting one another.

Raoul was a tough character to embrace, caustic and arrogant, it was hard to embrace him even as later he did seem a bit more likable.  Not that Severine was easy to get close to as her life had been unusual and she had learned not to give her trust to just anyone!   Although once they did agree to combine their intelligence, they did work well together.    What made the story even better was the search for Raoul’s missing daughter (whom he denied vehemently that he was not the father).   In trying to discover what was going on once they discovered that they needed to stop an assassination, the action deepened and it was edge of the seat reading while they tried to catch the assassin.

Bottom line:  The story was totally engaging and the ending was wonderful if not surprising.  Highly recommended.

Marilyn Rondeau

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