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Feature book: An Affair with a Spare

21 November 2018

An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen

Series: The Survivors #3
Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 3 Jul 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: paperback / ebook
Length: 416 pages
RRP: US$7.99

Each one of the Survivors has his speciality. For Rafe, he is able to seduce women for information, but can he seduce his target to find out why she is in England?

Collette Fortier, or Fournay as she is known in England, is looking for information to help release her father from gaol in France. During the war he was Napoleon’s assassin, but now the Bourbons are back in power he has been gaoled. Collette wants him free. She has to play a determined game to get the codes she needs to translate a message that could provide vital information. However, her habit when she gets too nervous is to spout information about the sexual habits of hedgehogs.

Rafe Beaumont is the epitome of attractive masculinity. When he was young he was known as Rafe the Forgotten, as the youngest child in his family. He was such a placid child, and constantly left behind. His father even forgot to employ a tutor for him! But Rafe is hiding a secret about his mother and the day she left, and it affects how he interacts with women. Rafe doesn’t need to seduce women, as they fall at his feet. He was a member of the Survivors, Draven’s group, a group who still solves people’s problems. Draven has told Rafe he needs to find out why Collette is in England. What Rafe struggles with is that Collette doesn’t seem to have any interest in him. An absolute first for him!

As they are together more, as friends, Collette is forced to rely on Rafe for assistance. She knows that Lady Ravensgate, her supposed cousin, is working for the Royalists in France, and as time goes on Lady R becomes more impatient with Collette not being able to find the needed codes. Rafe and Collette prepare their own plan to rescue her father, which turns them into fugitives. There are many obstacles for them, mainly thieves and thugs, on the way to rescuing Collette’s father. At the final point, her father is rescued but then they must flee the country. Rafe struggles with duty and honour.

Rafe and Collette have chemistry, and the sex is phenomenal for them. Collette was not a virgin and hadn’t expected to fall in love. Rafe never wanted to marry or fall in love, so it makes for interesting conversation and actions when they can’t keep their hands off each other!

I am really enjoying this series by Ms Galen. Each man in the group is getting his story and the woman he deserves after their trials during the war. In this story, Draven gives some sage advice to Rafe about love and loss, which is based on his own experience. It is another piece of information about Draven. The reader is also able to meet some of the other men, those who have married and those who are yet to meet their future woman.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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