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    Sexy romance and amusing, just not very exciting

    Thank you to Netgalley, Sourcebooks Casablanca and Shana Galen for receiving an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Oh my Lordie Lord Lord. Whatever shall I do? (Swoon). I just can’t for the life of me decide how to rate this!! I mean, it is what it is (a historical romance) and it doesn’t pretend to be anything but. For that, I give it credit. It wasn’t nearly as annoying as some of these romance novels can be. It follows the trope, the writing is light but the characters were not cardboard. I was really glad that Collette didn’t play the completely helpless damsel in distress. I have a hard time stomaching it when the girl is useless and the relies on the man to do everything. Realistically that would never happen, even back then. Also, why would the man fall in love with her when he has usually rejected a million other females that behave that way. The point is supposed to be that she is different and that’s what entices him. There also wasn’t a lot of time spent on them fighting and hating each other before falling in love. There was the logical reason of them both being spies that puts them in each other’s path. They develop a relationship by getting to know each other. I enjoyed that. Rafe, the main male character, was also painted a little different. Yes, he was gorgeous and had abs to die for, but his job as a spy was as a seducer of women. He was really rather inept at the physical confrontations. His soldier buddies laugh at him and don’t take him that seriously because he never fought on the battle front. I though that made him endearing. He wasn’t the he-man, overly macho man that can do everything with ease. Having to seduce women for information did make him a rather good lover, so there was that perk! Thank goodness Claire wasn’t the virgin sacrifice. So happy that she had some experience, even though she was still virginal in behaviour. These are the little differences that for me made this more of an enjoyable read. So, I used to enjoy these romance novels much more when I was younger. I loved the whole experience from the first meeting to the happily ever after. I was excited to revisit this genre. “An Affair With A Spare” is book 3 in a series called “The Survivors”. You do not have to have read the other novels in the series and can enjoy this book as a stand alone. The story is about a French woman, Claire, who is trying to free her father, a former assassin for Napoleon, from his jailers. She is sent to England to spy and bring back the codes needed to decipher the British communications. Rafe, a son of an earl, fought in an elite unit and has just returned home to England. His commander learns about Claire and sends Rafe in to seduce her, get all the information he can from her and then kill Claire and her father. As they both spy on each other, they fall in love. I have to say, neither one of them was convincing as a spy. I know Claire’s character wasn’t supposed to be a professional but still they weren’t even the least bit good, which was actually kind of funny. Can Claire trust Rafe to help her or will he turn her in to the authorities. The story was enjoyable, the premise believable and the sex scenes were exciting, tasteful and plentiful. I’m not sure what happened but I was reading along nicely and then boom. Something hit me. I sort of lost my taste for it and I’m not sure why. This was maybe about a third of the way through. A romance novel is like dessert. Decadent, sweet, light and fluffy, sometimes sinful. But you know when you bite into that piece of chocolate cake and it is sickly sweet, almost turns you off. That’s what happened to me. Then, it sort of went away and I enjoyed the rest of the book. Maybe I enjoy the paranormal romance books better because of the world building? I’m not sure. But I think it is more of a me problem than the book’s problem. When I try to put my finger on it I can’t. The writing was good, the characters likeable. I didn’t find the action particularly exciting. I didn’t feel a build up of suspense. For some reason I stayed a little detached from it and that was a weak spot for me. I did find it amusing, especially Claire’s penchant for the mating habits of hedgehogs. So, I think that in the end I will rate it 3.5 stars. If this is a genre you love then I think you will enjoy this book. Can anyone explain the title to me? I don't get it. Leave your thoughts in the comment section!
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    An Affair with a Spare

    I have been following Shana's for most of her reading. I like to do her reviews ! Near the end start to begin the adult reading. Colonel Draven works with Rafe Beaumont. He is the 8th son of an Earl. They are not in the War any more. Rafe is sent to find some spys. He has to bring Collette Fortier /Fournay and bring her father from prison. He was an assassin in France to murder the English. Rafe and Collette are on and off. There is a lot of action in this story. I had to walk away a lot. I had a tissue box beside me. I hope there will be a new book. Don't let this book get away. I liked this book so I wish you will like too! You won't regret it! Enjoy your reading!
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    This Series is Amazing!

    Hard to believe but each book in this series just keeps getting better. In a story of hidden identities and deeply hidden emotions, this book will take you on an engaging journey to an ending that will leave you wanting more. This is the story of Rafe Beaumont, termed the Seducer as he spied for the crown. Of course that is not known by many but if you just looked into his violet eyes, one could believe it! Collette Fortier is on a mission of her own, to obtain information to send back to France to free her father from prison. But when the spy begins seducing the spy, what will happen? Upon meeting, Rafe is his charming self, but Collette seems to be immune to his charms. But as he offers her friendship (of course in hopes of getting info from her), he is hard to resist. In typical Shana Galen prose, you are taken through a wonderful tale, full of spies, suspense, traitors and even amusing quips about hedgehogs (yes wait until you read what that is about!). I really did not want to turn the last page, but I know there will be another book in this series and just cannot wait!!!
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    5 Stars

    An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen is book Three in the Survivors series. This is the story of Rafe Beaumont and Collette Fortier. I have read the other books in this series (and loved them!) but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Rafe being a spare son to his titled father was able to be free to become become a spy and be put in questionable situations. With his charm and good looks he has been able to seduce some top secrets out of women. When given the assignment to spy on the daughter of Napoleon’s most successful assassin he is shocked that she can't be seduced by him. Collette is working to free her father who is being held hostage by the French royalists. To free her father she must spy for them and she is trying to break a letter in code that may also help her father. So when Rafe comes around she tries to resit him and his charm. But when he in turn changes things by offering friendship and help she starts to weaken. This was a page turner for me!
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    Loved it

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley to read in exchange for a fair review. An Affair With A Spare by Shana Galen is the 3rd book in her Survivor series. This book could be read as a stand-alone but I think you will enjoy it even more if you have read the first two books as they are both excellent as well. Collette Fortier is in England pretending to be a sweet young debutante in order to obtain codes used by the British during secret correspondence. Her father is being held captive in a French prison to ensure her compliance. Rafe Beaumont one of the Survivors aka The Seducer has been assigned the task of discovering just who Collette is and preventing her from obtaining what she seeks. What he thought was an easy assignment ... seduce the girl get her secrets ... eliminate her if necessary turns out to be not so easy when she turns him down flat ... something that has never happened to him before. If you like a bit of adventure, mystery and danger with your romance then you will most likely enjoy this book as much as I did. Quite steamy. Publishing Date July 3, 2018 #NetGalley #AnAffairWithASpare
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