Devlyn debuts with an intense spy thriller that hooks readers from the first page. Her strong heroine gives the novel a distinctly feminist appeal, yet some may find the violence (think Salt) distracts from the romance. Still Devlyn makes a unique mark on the genre with her powerful prose and a gripping vengeance theme.

Since the death of her parents, Cora deBeau lives for revenge. Like her brother, she joins an elite group of British spies in France and infiltrates the highest echelons of the spy game. Cora plays a dangerous game as the Raven, and when she’s caught she can only hope Guy Trevelyan comes to her rescue. Badly scarred emotionally and physically, Cara is wary of men; even her friend and savior, Guy. Guy had no idea that, when he deciphered a message, he was placing Cora in danger and giving her over to Valere, the man responsible for her parents’ deaths. Guy is horrified that he had a role in her ordeal and vows to protect Cora and win her forgiveness. As Valere stalks Cora, Guy endeavors to convince her she is his woman. Her scars run deep and Guy must be willing to allow Cora to face her enemy and have her revenge. (SOURCEBOOKS, Apr., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin