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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 t. 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 British Army and often 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 know 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 read 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 sexual 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 is a 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 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 We know 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 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

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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. ComplicatedWhen Lady Aurora Rory Lawrence was rescued from the harem of a corrupt and powerful Turkish official by Captain Gabriel Hawkins Suzanne Duval the widowed Comtesse de Chambron another imprisoned harem slave escaped with her Once a Scoundrel Rogues Redeemed 3 As a sexual slave Suzanne suffered much at the hands of her master G rkan This violation left Suzanne with a distrust of men and an obhoreance for intimate relations Simon Duval a half French British intelligence officer and Suzanne s cousin by marriage has found Suzanne working as a seamstress in a poorer part of London After hearing some of her story he offers to teach her how to use a knife and some defensive moves to protect herself I particularly enjoyed the scene where Suzanne defended herself from a drunken lout at a gathering of upper class French Emigres Up until her marriage to Simon Suzanne has been treated by the emigre community as some sort of exotic creature She is a woman who has experienced unspeakable horrors a survivor who deserved sympathy and respect As it were many of the men tried to catch her unawares and the women gossiped about her The stain of the harem talked to their suspicions and repressed desires to their insatiable curiosities and prejudices Unfortunately we as readers to some degree feed into that frenzy Simon is looking for a wife and it seems a marriage of convenience is a better idea than facing up to some immature d butante He proposes to Suzanne and after further thought and consultation she accepts All very prosaic and calculatingThe timeline is just prior to Napoleon escaping from Elba Suzanne and Simon have already left for Brussels and from there intend to journey into France to look for Simon s foster brother who was presumed to have died in a naval engagement Ostensibly they are on their honeymoon and taking the opportunity to check on Suzanne s dead husband s holdings and matters pertaining to the late Comte s will Secretly they are also looking for Napoleonic sympathizers within the Emigre communityThroughout all this Simon and Suzanne venture towards full marital relations despite the sexual traumas that Suzanne s suffered through I have uestions about the reality of all of this aspect of the storyline which I guess throws the whole novel off balance for me The predictability of an HEA given Suzanne s history is suspectHowever as is originally posited Suzanne has always been a woman of strength and as part of that trait As true to the storyline as she faces the future and events that unfold before and after Brussels that strength grows in many areasWith Napoleon having escaped Simon is recalled to continue his reconnaissance duties for Wellington All of this together with them finding a relative at Chambron the continued spying in France and then Waterloo the story became so much complicated I struggled to finish There were just too many threads that watered things down and affected the flowA Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

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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 m. 45 starsI have read all four of the Rogues Redeemed books and 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 married to his second cousin He has never been married because his fiance died before the wedding took place When they first reacuaint themselves with each other neither has any sexual drive or attraction to members of the opposite sex but both feel lonely She also has much to gain financially through marriage so after a very short courtship they agree to a marriage of convenience without the sharing of a bed Many things happen throughout the story The search for the missing cousin and Napoleon getting off the island and heading his troops to Brussels were both interesting but the real thing that made me enjoy the story was the growth in the development of the characters and their relationship These two help heal each other


10 thoughts on “Once a Spy

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    Series Rogues Redeemed #4Publication Date 92419Number of Pages 368I thoroughly enjoyed this story I thought the hero Simon Duval was a heroic man every sense of the word He was protective honorable kind considerat

  3. says:

    Wearied 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 to England where he discovers his cousin’s widow Suzanne Duval the Comtesse de Chambron she’s almost destitute is working as a seamstress While both believe they are beyond love their sympathetic bond leads him to propose a marriage of companionship and Suzann

  4. says:

    45 starsI have read all four of the Rogues Redeemed books and 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 married to his second cousin He has never been married because his fiance died before the wedd

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    Once a Spy is the fourth book in The Rogues Redeemed Series An experienced soldier who is tired of war and a woman who spent years as a slave in a harem Suzanne Duval is a woman of extraordinary strength who has lived at best would be called an eventful life so far Simon Duval is a Gentleman in every sense of the word His integrity is unassailable He is also weary and lonely When they meet again years after he attended her weddi

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    After years working for British intelligence Colonel Simon Duval resigns his commission upon the abdication of Napoleon and begins to seek peace for himself He returns to his home in England and finds his cousin's widow Suzanne Duval Comtesse de Chambron whom he'd thought dead Suzanne is now struggling to make ends meet as a seamstress and h

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    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 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

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    ComplicatedWhen Lady Aurora Rory Lawrence was rescued from the harem of a corrupt and powerful Turkish official by Captain Gabriel Hawkins Suzanne Duval the widowed Comtesse de Chambron another imprisoned harem slave escaped with her Once a Scoundrel Rogues Redeemed #3 As a sexual slave Suzanne suffered much at the hands

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    An enduring story of survival at it's basic level one through war and one through abuse and violence Mary Jo Putney has written a story of trying to come back to life and live again with companionship that has no choice but to turn into once these two wounded souls come togetherSimon Duval is resigning his commission and seeks out

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    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 both suffering they agree to a marriage of convenience As they work together on th