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Series Rogues Redeemed 4Publication Date 9 24 19Number 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, considerate, a leader who was respected by his men and his superiors and most of all very caring The heroine, Suzanne Duval, Comtesse de Chambron, is free from slavery, but she s been living in poverty in London Suzanne is not the fragile woman you d think her to be after enduring t Series Rogues Redeemed 4Publication Date 9 24 19Number 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, considerate, a leader who was respected by his men and his superiors and most of all very caring The heroine, Suzanne Duval, Comtesse de Chambron, is free from slavery, but she s been living in poverty in London Suzanne is not the fragile woman you d think her to be after enduring the things she has, but, she can t stand any man s overtures.We first met Suzanne in the third book, Once a Scoundrel, when she helped to rescue the heroine, Lady Aurora Lawrence, from the harem in which they were both imprisoned Suzanne had spent years enduring torture in the harem where she was owned by one of the cruelest men alive Before that, she had been married, at fifteen, to a cold, unfeeling aristocrat who took her young, tender love and promptly cheated on her and treated her with disrespect and disdain She went from that directly into slavery where she did what she had to in order to survive Suzanne is native French, but with the Napoleonic wars going on, she asked to be returned to England when she was rescued Even the French migr s won t accept her when she returns in their eyes, she is ruined a whore not fit for polite company So, she supports herself by taking in piecework.Colonel Simon Duval had met Suzanne at her wedding when she was marrying his much, much older cousin He was seventeen and she was fifteen and they became friends All these years later he has learned about Suzanne s life and her return to London He plans to find her and assure that she is well and maybe even help her if he can Simon has seen years of war and cruelty death beyond measure including the woman he loved He thinks he s unfeeling, he doesn t even feel desire any.When Simon visits Suzanne at her boarding house and they talk a bit, he surprises himself by asking her to marry him It will be totally in name only with no physical intimacies at all He wants a friend, someone to spend his life with, but no romance That should work out for both of them because she cannot bear the idea of any man touching her It takes a bit, but he manages to convince her that it can work and even gives her an out and stability if it doesn t Poor man he doesn t count on his desire reawakening now what is he going to do I ve seen some reviews that said the first part of the book was too slow at least the part about coming to physical intimacy I disagree I think Simon was wonderful in the way he dealt with Suzanne and I think if you put yourself in Suzanne s shoes having had unspeakable sexual tortures visited upon her by a sadistic man you d realize that Simon has to be very slow in reawakening her desire Frankly, it is a wonder it ever happened The other parts of the story beginning to end weren t slow at all.Once they traveled to Brussels, the action really picked up The very real danger in Belgium and France comes across in the actions and descriptions in the book Suzanne shows her bravery as does Simon Each makes their own significant contributions to the war effort after Napoleon escapes from Elba.I loved that this book wasn t about insta lust I loved that the love and intimacy grew over time until they were both ready for it That made the romance so very believable.One thing that came out of the blue and just threw me one of those Say What kinds of things had to do with Lucas and his gift I didn t see a need for it in the story but I can only assume that it will have something to do with a future book focusing on Lucas We ll just have to wait and see.I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own 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 wedding to his cousin, she is a poor widow struggling to get by Si 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 wedding to his cousin, she is a poor widow struggling to get by Simon remembers her as a beautiful vivacious young woman who was in love and happy He has a proposal for her that could change both their lives if she is brave enough to take it A beautiful story of two people who need each other and find that the road to happiness is paved with obstacles, emperors and war Can they heal each other and find the peace they are striving for This is quintessential Mary Jo Putney She knows how to touch your heart with characters that have complicated lives and find that the simple pleasures in life are the best I have all of her books and was lucky enough to meet her once at a book signing She is a wonderful person and an amazing writer This is an exciting lovely series that is a must read 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 Suzanne accepts Their journey takes them to Belgium searching for 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 Suzanne accepts Their journey takes them to Belgium searching for Lucas who grew up with Simon who became a naval officer before his boat sank he was feared dead However he previous year an acquaintance thought he saw Lucas dressed as a friar in Belgium The couple also visit the Chambron estate met Phillippe the natural son of Suzanne s first husband They are then caught up in the Battle of Waterloo We met Suzanne in the previous book when she escaped a harem, she s not had an easy life but a marriage of companionship seems a way out of her loneliness poverty I loved Suzanne, a weaker woman would have crumbled under all she had suffered but she emerged stronger immensely brave Oh Simon so caring patient everything you want in a hero I ve loved the earlier books in the series, apart from the previous one where I didn t warn to the heroine, this I think is my favourite, a slow burn story that set out slowly but gradually the pace increased until I was furiously reading to the climax The relationship between Simon Suzanne also began slowly, no flashes of lightning but two people getting to know each other, learning to trust each other falling deeply in love A captivating, enthralling read I look forward toin the seriesMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read 4.5 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 reacquaint themselves with each other, neithe 4.5 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 reacquaint 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 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 agreeing to a white marriage because he has lost desire and s 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 agreeing to a white marriage because he has lost desire and she never recovered from being brutalized as a slave in a harem, they have a perfect relationship except for the sex thing He is the most kind, considerate, understanding and caring man on the face of the earth He had not a single flaw She is strong and brave and kind and understands people and horses They get married and go to Brussels to try to find his missing cousin but a spymaster asks him, while he is there, to gather info on anything to do with Napoleon possibly escaping from Elba There are some side plots about his cousin, some relatives of hers, other people, but actually the only other thing that happens to them is his desire returning and her trying gradually take back her sexuality Until the last third of the book The pacing finally picks up then and we have encounters with French soldiers, some battles he s in and some harrowing experiences they have Up to then I was pretty bored After that I was rolling my eyes it is unclear whether the war could have been won without their many brave exploits There are books of MJP s that i love This was not one of them 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 has a story as complex as Simon s Both believe they are beyond love and desire, but they ve always had a connection and enjoyed each other s company so 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 has a story as complex as Simon s Both believe they are beyond love and desire, but they ve always had a connection and enjoyed each other s company so when Simon proposes a marriage of friendship, Suzanne accepts his offer.Neither Simon nor Suzanne expected theirs to be a true marriage, but as they venture together to Belgium and then France in search of Simon s missing cousin, their relationship continues to strengthen Then news reaches them that Napoleon has escaped his prison on Elba and is marching on France onceWhen Wellington himself asks Simon to help the war effort, he reluctantly agrees to return to war, but this time he ll have Suzanne along to help him and they ll have to pray they survive to enjoy their ever growing love.This book had so much going on and despite that, or maybe because of it, I felt the pace lagged a bit, especially toward the middle This was definitelyhistory heavy than romance, though the healing and development between Simon and Suzanne was great and felt natural, especially because of their honesty with each other The pace and suspense level picked up toward the end and got my attention again and I was happy with the ending, though I wantof the secondary characters now that so much time was spent on them I especially want Lucas story now.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book All thoughts and opinions are my own Complicated When 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 Complicated When 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 calculating.The 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 community.Throughout all this, Simon and Suzanne venture towards full marital relations despite the sexual traumas that Suzanne s suffered through I have questions 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 suspect.However 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 areas.With 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 muchcomplicated I struggled to finish There were just too many threads that watered things down and affected the flow.A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley &Download Ebook ☠ Once a Spy ☝ Renowned for her unique 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 to 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 missing 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 through 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 intoonce these two wounded souls come together.Simon Duval, is resigning his commission and seeks out his cousin s widow, Suzanne Duval To me Simon was mainly all that was good Honorable, a well respected leader and he had a kind heart But he he had also su 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 intoonce these two wounded souls come together.Simon Duval, is resigning his commission and seeks out his cousin s widow, Suzanne Duval To me Simon was mainly all that was good Honorable, a well respected leader and he had a kind heart But he he had also suffered from the war and had seen so much death including a woman he loved He just wanted to get on with life.Suzanne had suffered years of cruelty and poverty but had been trying to maintain as a seamstress in London She had met Simon years ago when she had married his much older cousin They had become acquainted and formed a friendshipBoth felt they would never feel desire or love, so Simon asks her to marry him in a moment that even suprises himself but feels they can have companionship and nothing else.Sigh This is a special story of love building when there seemed there was never any hope and the journey they took Adventure, intrigue and a love that can hopefully blossom and endure I highly recoemmend 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 the search for Simon s foster brother, the two find an unexpected bond Then news comes that Napoleon has escaped Elba and Wellington asks Simon for help 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 the search for Simon s foster brother, the two find an unexpected bond Then news comes that Napoleon has escaped Elba and Wellington asks Simon for help This time he is not alone Suzanne will be with him.Mary Jo Putney does an excellent job bringing to life an era which was fraught with danger Simon and Suzanne work together and we feel as if we are there feeling the same things as them Both prove to be brave and resourceful and it is not long before we are so engrossed in the story that each page becomes a new adventure in danger and desire If you enjoy historical romance then Once a Spy is Perfect for you