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them 45 starsI have read all four of the Rogues Redeemed books45 starsI have read all four of the Rogues Redeemed books this one was my favorite I m not sure it is really worthy of the 5 star rating but I decided to round up just because it made me happy This is a story about two characters who have experienced much disappointment heartache and sadness in their lives She was I have to stop doing this to myself I have got to stop picking up Mary Jo Putney books When I first started reading romance openly I loved Mary Jo Putney because her characters had conversations with each other and talked about mental health issues in historical romance I have changed and grown in the last 20 25 years and Mary Jo Putney s books have not If you are looking for the comfort of a familiar Putney narrative Once A Spy delivers If you are looking for anything else you should probably not read this I received this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewIn this book the titular spy is Simon Duval During the Napolianic Wars he was an officer
in the britishThe British And the British Army and did reconnaissance work He is half British and half French His cousin by marriage Suzanne is a now impoverished Comtesse who in a previous book escaped from years of enslavement in a Turkish harem Yeah we ll get into that in a bit They meet and Simon immediately proposes marriage to save her from poverty and so they can provide each other with companionship Suzanne was emotionally abused by her late husband and sexually abused while in the harem She is uninterested in a sexual relationship and wary of putting herself in a man s power again It seems uite reasonable to me Naturally they enter into a marriage of friendship and convenienceI stand by my assertion in my review for Sometimes A Rogue that Putney doesn t actually now what a rogue is Like Sometimes A Rogue I found this book boring Putney s characters with the exception of a few designated antagonists and all good people who work things out through long thoughtful conversations My issue isn t that long conversations between characters are boring it s that there is nothing challenging or interesting in these conversations This is a book dedicated to upholding a polite respectful patriarchy without understanding that patriarchy is fundamentally impolite and disrespectful There is an actual NotAllMen conversation early in the bookIn the previous book in the series which I did not rea. O England where he discovers his cousin’s widow Suzanne Duval the Comtesse de Chambron Working as a seamstress living in reduced circumstances Suzanne has had a life as complicated as Simon’s While both believe they are beyond love their sympathetic bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship and Suzanne acceptsShe didn't want or expect a true marriage but as Suzanne joins Simon in a search for his long Simon Duval is tired after his years as a British Intelligence officer Resigning his commission after Napoleon s abdication he returns to England where he finds his cousin s widow Suzanne working as a seamstress even though she is the Comtesse de
chabron with bothWith both they agree to a marriage of convenience As they work together on the search for Simon s foster brother the two find an unexpected bond Then news comes that Napoleon has escaped Elba and Wellington asks Simon for help This time he is not alone Suzanne will be with himMary Jo Putney does an excellent job bringing to life an era which was fraught with danger an era which was fraught with danger and Suzanne work together and we feel as if we are there feeling the same things as them Both prove to be brave and resourceful and it is not long before we are so engrossed in the story that each page becomes a new adventure in danger and desire If you enjoy historical romance then Once a Spy is Perfect for you Much of the book was too slow and there was insufficient tension She is a poor French emigre He is a half French veteran of the Peninsular war They are distant cousins and Treasures of Darkness knew each other briefly when they were young He looks her up in London when he leaves the military and immediately proposes marriage because they are both lonely and got along so well when they were young They also have shared experiences and backgrounds After agreeing to a white marriage because he has lost desire and she never recovered from being brutalized as a slave in a harem they have a perfect relationship except for the sex thing He is the mostind considerate understanding and caring man on the face of the earth He had Not A Single Flaw She Is Strong And Brave And a single flaw She is strong and brave and and understands people and horses They get married and go to Brussels to try to find his missing cousin but a spymaster asks him while he is there to gather info on anything to do with Napoleon possibly escaping from Elba There are some side plots about his cousin some relatives of hers other people but actually the only other thing that happens to them is his desire returning and her trying gradually take back her sexuality Until the last third of the book The pacing finally picks up then and we have encounters with French soldiers some battles he s in and some harrowing experiences they have Up to then I was pretty bored After that I was rolling my eyes it is unclear whether the war could have been won without their many brave ex. Renowned for her uniue blend of adventure wit and sweeping romance New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney matches a dashing spy with a woman whose past will bear no scrutiny in Napoleonic era LondonLove and survival in the shadow of WaterlooWearied by his years as a British intelligence officer Simon Duval resigns his commission after Napoleon’s abdication Hoping to find new meaning in his life he returns
Download Once a SpyD Suzanne and another character escape from a Turkish harem ruled by a cruel man Suzanne talks occasionally about the abuse she suffered and it s one of the major struggles for her I don t feel ualified To Talk About How One Recovers From talk about how one recovers from assault I can only say that Suzanne recovers in the most Mary Jo Putney way possible with lots of conversation and the love of a good man That s fine I find the whole idea of the Turkish harem problematic It s problematic in and of itself but also in terms of the
Way Putney Treats Violence Against Women Violence Against Women IsPutney treats violence against women Violence against women is thing only committed by foreigners and monstersPutney has repeatedly had issues with dabbling on Orientalism and fetishizing ethnicity in her books By placing Suzanne in a Turkish harem Putney taps into the racist fantasies around the harem It s a place where women exist as sex objects which is both titilating and repulsive to the Western reader It s an exotic sex that s degrading to the dignity of women Other characters assume that Suzanne s time in a harem have given her fantastical sex skills that no European woman would have We Winning Sports Betting Strategies with Betaminic Big Data Tools for Football Betting Systems: A step-by-step guide to using the Betamin Builder Data Analysis ... soccer betting systems (English Edition) know that instead the harem has given her an aversion to sex It s just layers of unexplored ick I guess it could be worse Putney engages in polite racism trotting out stereotypes and having her characters agree in conversation that stereotypes are bad without actually looking beyond them As in many of Putney s books her characters perform ethnicity and identity Wenow that Simon is part French and Suzanne is French because they use French endearments repeatedlyOne of the reasons I stopped reading historical romances was the issue of class In too many books the lower classes are happy to serve so long as there is a good master In Putney s universe all that is reuired is that you not be a dick The people who work your land and Menopause and the Mind keep your house will be happy to continue to do so as long as you aren t rude and abusiveI think one of the things that frustrates me is that Putney almost asks uestions about how men and women interact in society She almost uestions the heteronormative patriarchy but she doesn t She reinforces it and advocates that if we were all polite to one another everything would be fine There was an opportunity here to explore what a happily ever can look like without sex and children but Putney needed to take the road most traveled If that s what you are looking for in a romance This is the book for you. Issing foster brother warmth and caring begin to heal both their scars and a powerful passion sparks between them Then news from France threatens to disrupt their happiness Napoleon has escaped from Elba and Wellington personally asks Simon to help prevent another devastating war Only this time Simon does not go into danger alone He and Suzanne will face deadly peril together and pray that love will carry them throu.
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