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My Lord and Spymaster

London 1811

Sebastian Kennett is a self-made man -- passionate, adventurous, and powerful; a master trader and international shipper; a man who'll risk everything for a profit.

Jess Whitby grew up on the mean streets of the East End.  Her father's a fine rogue and sometime smuggler. His canny trading and her brilliant management have built them a fortune.

Then one of Sebastian's ships goes down and a traitor is to blame.  All the Whitby's money won't protect Jess' father from an accusation of treason. 

What happens when they fall in love -- the man hungry for vengeance and the woman who's going to save her father at all costs?

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Kudos for My Lord and Spymaster

Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Regencyl Romance (2009) 

American Library Association, RUSA, shortlisted My Lord and Spymaster as one of five top Romance recommendations on their Annual Reading List (2009)



What folks are saying about My Lord and Spymaster


. . . "fascinating and complex in their interactions" . . ."the fabulous heroine, whose voice was so vivid, so alive, so insouciant and courageous." . . . "I felt like I was laying into something rich and exquisite, and I wanted to gobble it up" . . . "sexual tension so taut that there are times you can hardly catch your breath" . . .  "Bourne's characters *sparkle* (and I mean that in a good, non-vampiric way.)" . . . "Infused with an intricately complex mystery and littered with intriguing characters and smart, snappy dialogue" . . . 


About the book

Mass Market Paperback, Berkley, 336 pages

Published July 1, 2008

ISBN 0425222462 (IBM13: 0425244539 (ISBN13: 978-0425222461

Characters: Jessamyn Whitby, Josiah Whitby, Adrian Hawkhurst, William Doyle


Publishers Weekly says

Bourne's latest espionage-based series historical (following The Spymaster's Lady) entices with subtle subterfuge and heated romance. Jess Whitby, daughter of suspected spy Josiah Whitby, is doing everything in her power to exonerate her imprisoned father. In order to free him, she must prove that someone other than her father is the Cinq, a notorious mole. But Jess has met her match in Capt. Sebastian Kennett, wealthy bastard son of an English nobleman, equally as clever at keeping tabs on Jess as she is at tracking him. Sebastian is responsible for Josiah's arrest; Jess believes that Sebastian may be the Cinq; their mutual attraction proves a lovely foil for their suspicious minds. Glimpses of the leads' sordid pasts add depth, and Bourne's consummate way with a story line and an explosive denouement do the rest.


Romantic Times says

Top Pick 4 1/2 ****

Readers who adored Bourne's debut will be enthralled with her new novel. Brimming with adventure, intrigue, wit, sensuality and colorful historical details, this is an adventure reader's dream come true.

Though she's a wealthy young woman now, Jess Whitby hasn't lost her touch for picking a pocket -- a skill she needs if she's to prove her father's innocence. Her target is Captain Sebastian Kennett.

When Kennett sees a woman on the docks being attacked, he rushes to her rescue, bringing her back to his ship. He's fascinated by the spirited Jess and curious as to what secrets she may be hiding. There's also the fact that neither can deny the sparks that fly between them. However, Jess can't trust the man she suspects of being a traitor, or can she? Hunting for the truth leads to grave peril and chilling adventure, but the greatest danger comes from falling in love with the enemy. Reviewed By: Kathe Robin