The third of the Spymaster’s Men is as dangerous and intriguing as readers could desire. Joyce sweeps readers into the frightening world of the French Revolution, a treasure hunt and grand passion. This is a tale reminiscent of genre classics, with its lush and fascinating historical details and sensuality.
Fearing that her family would be arrested during the Reign of Terror, Evelyn D’Orsay negotiated with the English free trader Jack Greystone to smuggle her, her sick husband and small daughter to England. After her husband dies, Evelyn learns he hid a cache of gold in France. She needs that treasure to survive and once more turns to Jack for help. Jack has not forgotten the lovely Evelyn and reluctantly agrees to bring her with him to find the treasure. They are forced to spend time on Jack’s private island where their pent-up desires are given free rein. But as Evelyn learns more about the man she loves, her questions about his loyalty place them in grave danger. (HQN, Dec., 414 pp., $7.99)