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The Black Hawk (Berkley Sensation) by Joanna Bourne

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Wish there were half stars, the book was good, just not quite a 4 for me. Fun brain candy. In the story, boy and girl meet and fall in love but are spies for different countries. I enjoyed their voices and fast pace. The author knows how to paint a believable scene and is very true to the voices she gave each person. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Review for audiobook - 4 stars for story ♫ 5 stars audio. I enjoyed this storyline better than the last one. I loved that it flipped back and forth from when they first met to "present" time. Both were unique character and I enjoyed their story. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
Review for audiobook - 4 stars for story ♫ 5 stars audio. I enjoyed this storyline better than the last one. I loved that it flipped back and forth from when they first met to "present" time. Both were unique character and I enjoyed their story. ( )
  CrystalW | Dec 15, 2015 |
I've said it time and again, - Joanna Bourne is incredible. Her books are pure poetry, philosophical, deep, melancholic and immensely romantic. She also put huge amount of research in the subject - French Revolution and Napoleon's Empire.

French Revolution is one of my favourite settings for historical romances - spies, assassins, looser morals, than in Victorian era, desperation and survival of the fittest... It's wild, brutal, and it's time of great changes.

The Black Hawk follows the life of two spies - a French one, Justine, and an English one, Adrian. The book starts in the present and goes back in flashes through years of their complicated relations, because Adrian and Justine have know each other since they were children.

Even as children they are so old ad wise for their age it's creepy and sad. Adrian grew up on the streets of London as a thief, Justine, a daughter of an aristocrat, was molested as a child and sold into a brothel. Both escaped and survived by being picked up and trained to be spies.

Even as teens they are mad for each other, but their responsibilities come first. It's hugely romantic how they snatch precious moments to meet risking their lives over both sides of the Channel, how they save each others' lives countless times despite trying to reject their relationship for each others safety.

They are pure star-crossed lovers, and when they reunite in their late thirties, Justine is dying, and it's up to Adrian to save her life and find those responsible for an attempt to assassinate her.

Joanna's writing is gorgeous, and this book was one of the two best historical romances I've read last year. Highly recommended.

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  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
An intriguing historical romance with a good plot and interesting blend of now and then but sometimes the story would stall with too many details on an insignificant event such as a luncheon. French spy Justine is stabbed and drags herself to the nearby the home of Hawk an old lover.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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"Beautifully flawed, intensely human characters, a deadly puzzle, and a love that survives incredible odds combine to make this another emotionally riveting page-turner from Bourne (The Forbidden Rose), whose novels always deliver. Fans of historical romance will be all over this one."
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"Someone is stalking agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes--and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her. The man she once loved. The man she hated. Adrian Hawkhurst. Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as 'Owl' back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that's trying to kill them--and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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