Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review - The Forbidden Rose

Title: The Forbidden Rose
Author: Joanna Bourne
Publishing Date: June 2010
Genre: Historical
Rating: B+
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: I purchased a new copy.

The Forbidden Rose is loosely connected to Joanna Bourne's other novels The Spymaster's Lady and My Lord and Spymaster. Marguerite de Fleurignac finds herself living in the woods after her home is burned down by mercenaries of the Republic. France is in an upheaval with noblemen and women fearing for their lives. William Doyle, a British spy is trying to locate Maggie's father as he believes him the man responsible for traitorous acts involving the death of important men. He discovers Maggie hiding amongst the rubble of her former home and offers to escort her to Paris under the disguise as a humble book peddler with his helpful servant Adrian Hawker.

The Forbidden Rose is a very complicated book filled with intrigue and passion. It is set during a very tumultuous time of the French Revolution. There are very complicated plots afoot. Maggie is involved with helping those who have been targeted by the Republic flee France. Doyle works as a British spy and wants to put an end to the Terror. There are other factions at work as well which make this a very complicated and confusing story. I am not really one for spy stories, but Bourne's writing is so compelling that I cannot seem to help myself. I was much more interested in the romance between Doyle and Maggie than I was the French intrigue. However, the backdrop of French turmoil created a very poignant and intense setting for this romance.

The characters are extremely well drawn and are what make the story come alive. This book was much more sensual and explicit than Bourne's previous two books, which I found somewhat surprising. For those who are fans of her character Adrian Hawker, who appeared in the previous two books, will be very happy to learn that this book delves more into Adrian. The Forbidden Rose takes place previous of the other two books and gives the reader insight into how Adrian came to be the way he is. I didn't enjoy The Forbidden Rose as much as I have Bourne’s previous books and I think this is due to the complexity to the spy plots. I had a hard time following things. Plus, I found myself trying to remember Doyle from the previous books and had trouble recalling the details. It makes me want to go back and reread The Spymasters Lady and My Lord and Spymaster. If you are a fan of Joanna Bourne you won’t want to miss The Forbidden Rose.

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Kristie (J) said...

Oh to have more hours in a day - or at least less hours at work *heavy sigh* I have this one but it's in the TBR pile - where so many other good ones also reside. But I will get to it - oh yes I will. I'm glad you enjoyed it. The reviews seem to be quite favourable.

Pearl said...

Erm...What Kristie said!
FORBIDDEN ROSE is next on my reading list but it's been on the TBR for a while. I haven't read the previous books but hope that won't be a problem reading this one.

Great review Jill!

Leslie said...

This sounds like something I'd like but, I haven't read her first two books. Since this is loosely connected, should I read those first? I have both on the tbr pile. Thanks for the great review!

Jill D. said...

Kristie - Just savor the Bourne because she writes really slow. It will be a while before another of her books is released.

Leslie and Pearl - It's actually better for you if you haven't read the other books yet because The Forbidden Rose takes place in time before the other two books. Definitely read it when you get a chance. I love Bourne's writing. If you like Goodman, you will like Bourne.

Marissa said...

Loved her previous book and this one is the prequel if I got it right..? Enjoyed reading your review.