Persuasion-Brenda Joyce


Brenda Joyce

Harlequin HQN, Jul 31 2012, $7.99

ISBN 9780373776924


In 1794 in Paris, British spy Simon Grenville waits in La Prison de la Luxembourg for his date with Madam Guillotine.  When his French captors offer him a deal of giving them key information in exchange for his safe passage across the Channel, he accepts. 


At St. Just Manor in Cornwall Lady Grenville dies in childbirth.  She leaves behind three young children (Lord William, Master John and the unnamed newborn).  Their impoverished neighbor, Amelia Greystone, who loved Simon yen years ago, helps with the grieving sons.  Simon arrives in time to bury his estrange wife knowing the girl is not his.  He asks her to serves as his housekeeper in London, which she accepts as she needs the money and cares for the children.  As they fall in love again, he hesitates because his espionage life as an English agent and a French double agent leaves anyone he loves in peril not from Warlock but from Lafleur.


The second Greystone Spymasters Men regency espionage romance (see Seduction) is an exciting second chance at love historical if the beleaguered lead male can extract himself from spying though he knows the French will use his kids as pawns to make him behave.  The engaging late eighteenth century tale is character driven by Simon as he considers himself craven for his betrayal of his country and his love a decade ago.  Thus, he makes the entertaining storyline fresh as he feels trapped between a rock and a hard place with his loved ones in danger because of his “cowardly” actions.


Harriet Klausner


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