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REVIEW: The Spymaster’s Secret, by Antonia Aquilante

Title: The Spymaster’s Secret

Series: Chronicles of Tournai Book Seven

Author: Antonia Aquilante

Genre: Fantasy

LGBTQ+ Category: MM / Gay

Publisher: NineStar Press

Pages: 375

Reviewer: Melissa Brus, Paranormal Romance Guild

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About The Book

Alexander is doing his best to settle into life in Tournai’s royal palace after years living outside the country due to his father’s diplomatic work. The sense of belonging and home he feels is overwhelming, but none of his plans are going as he imagined. Many see him as only a lovely, charming adornment of the royal court and underestimate both his intelligence and abilities. His attraction to Marcus, a mysterious older man who does work for the prince, Alexander’s cousin, is unexpected but not unwelcome…if Marcus could possibly see who Alexander really is.

Lord Marcus is the second son of a minor noble family, a widower raising two children…and the prince’s spymaster. He knows his work is necessary for the security of the kingdom and its royal family, but he also knows it can be distasteful and dangerous to him and those around him. Marcus has vowed never to fall in love again, never to put anyone else at risk—a promise threatened for the first time by the vibrant, flirtatious Alexander. The attraction is unwelcome and entirely undeniable. He can’t believe someone like Alexander would want someone like him, but he also can’t stay away.

As they become ever more entangled, Marcus is investigating rumors of spies at work in Tournai’s university. As he gets closer to uncovering their plot, Alexander is drawn deeper into danger. Can their love survive when Alexander is put in peril by the very spies Marcus is hunting for?

The Review

Back in the world of Tournai, this seventh book continues the fabulous world created by Antonia Aquilante.  

In this edition, we get to see Alexander find his way.  After returning to Tournai he has watched his twin, Faelen, fall in love.  So not only does he now have to find his place in the home he left as a child, but find out who he is with his other half moving on.  

Nobody expects him to fall for the Princes’ spymaster, least of all the spymaster himself.  I love this world.  There is intrigue everywhere.  Of course there are the political machinations of the court, but then there are the outside forces that seek to take down the kingdom. 

 My favorite thing about this story is how Alexander is so much more than he seems.  Even Marcus underestimates the inner strength and integrity of his new admirer.  This is a great addition to this series.  It lets us catch up on all of our favorite characters while still being pulled into a new adventure and HEA with Alexander and Marcus. Fans of this series are in for a real treat.    

4.5 Stars

The Reviewer

In writing this bio I am taking a rare break from reading! I always have a book on hand just in case there is time to sneak in a chapter or two. As a military spouse and a mom of two boys, it is amazing how often I am hurrying up to wait. Luckily for me I don’t have a favorite genre so I get lots of fun authors to choose from. My education was in sociology and mental health counseling, so stories with strong character development are my favorites. Happily Ever After is the best part of romance for me because real life is hard enough.

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