Collette Fortier arrived in London a few months ago to live with Lady
Ravensgate, a supposed relative, but Collette may have ulterior
motives. As the daughter of a notorious assassin, Collette has to keep
her guard up and never reveal too much. While attending yet another
ball, Collette sees Rafe Beaumont, London's most adored rogue, who is
trying to escape a horde of female admirers. Collette is as mesmerized
as everyone else is by Rafe, but she has no time for frivolities. Word
eventually gets to Lieutenant Colonel Draven, Rafe's superior, that
Collette may not be the harmless maiden she appears to be, and he
sends Rafe to see if he can find out anything about her assassin
father... by seducing her.
Known as "the Seducer," Rafe has never had a difficult mission because
he uses his considerable charms to extract secrets from women who
inevitably fall for him. For the first time in his life as a spy, it doesn't
work on Collette and Rafe is positively flabbergasted! He finds he
actually likes Collette and resigns himself to play the faithful friend to
get closer to her, which he doesn't find it as excruciating as he thought
he would. I must say that I found Rafe to be exceedingly conceited,
vain, and somewhat coldhearted; he would have been insufferable, if
not for the other Survivors and Collette, who reminds him that he is, in
spite of his beauteous self, just a human being. He's not disagreeable,
he just comes off as very superficial and smug, but some of that has to
do with who he starts out as in the beginning. On the other hand, I liked
Collette a lot; she was risking her life for her beloved father. However,
this was also a little problematic for me because we know he's a
AN AFFAIR WITH A SPARE has a
very intricate plot, where there is a very fine line between love and lust,
treason, trust, and betrayal. I was surprised at how the story veered in
directions I had not anticipated, and especially the ending which almost
came as a shock. To say the characters are complex would be a major
understatement, and I loved that Collette was never a lovesick ninny.
Apart from other Survivors, and my personal favorite Jasper, there are
some fabulous secondary characters, namely Horatia, Rafe's
stepmother, and some of whom I hope we will encounter again in future
installments of the Survivors
series, including Mrs. Monroe, and the fascinating Thomas Gaines.
Shana Galen's writing is exquisite; the darkness of the docks, the
opulence of ballrooms, and the spying milieu all portrayed with the
same care and attention to detail. The romance is wild, passionate, and
at times heartbreaking, and our couple has a few close calls. Once
again, Shana Galen has found new ways for true love to prevail.
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...