I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.An Affair With A Spare by Shana Galen
Published by Sourcebooks on July 3, 2018
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He's turned seduction into an art form...
Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, uses his irresistible charm with the ladies to glean dangerous war secrets. Now he's putting those skills to the ultimate test: capturing an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. The problem? She's entirely immune to Rafe's flattery.
Never before has Collette Fortier met a man as attractive as Rafe. But her father's life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined...
I love the cover for this book. Actually every single cover in this series is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted something Historical and this cover caught my eye. I’m glad it did since now I want to read the whole series. Shana Galen has a way of drawing you into her stories from the first page and I’d forgotten about that.
Collette is in London to search for a way to help her father. However since she is French and her father was one of Napoleon’s assassins, it may not be the best place for her to be. She is trying to gather information on certain codes, that even though the war is over, are still heavily guarded secrets. There are just two problems: she is a terrible spy, and she literally has no clue where to start.
Rafe is the son of an earl, the youngest son of an earl. His only talent in life is his face. Seriously. He’s gorgeous. Violet eyes, thick dark hair, fantastic body, and he’s charming. He’s never had to chase a woman. Ever. In fact he often has to hide from them since they chase him. Literally. When he went into the Army he wound up in a secret troop and his code name was The Seducer. He seduced information out of the wives of high ranking officials. His latest mission is to flirt with Colette to find out if she is indeed the daughter of an assassin and what she’s doing in London. The main problem he has? She doesn’t fall for his charms.
For her part, Collette isn’t immune, but her end-goal keeps her strong in the face of his charm and sex appeal. I enjoyed watching him flounder not knowing what to do since women never said no to him. Collette learned English through reading and her favorite book had been about hedgehogs so whenever she was nervous, she would spout random facts about hedgehogs and I found it adorable and endearing.
The only thing that didn’t really work for me was that Rafe comes off incredibly immature and young. Being that he had been at war, I really was surprised at how he behaved. He seemed 18. That aside, I liked Rafe and Collette together, and I liked how they worked together. The romance felt true and organic and watching that turn Rafe inside out was fantastic. He was so befuddled!
This story made me wish I hadn’t read out of order. Oh, it can stand alone, no problem there, but it made me wish I knew more about the other men in the series. Luckily I have the time to catch up! If you’re waiting for the Bridgertons to hit Netflix and need a good Historical Romance, this will satisfy your cravings.
***Review copy courtesy of Sourcebooks via Netgalley