If you don’t know what it means to pick up a romance novel and not want to put it down, then you haven’t read An Affair with a Spare by Shana Galen.
I’ve really been trying to work through my current (giant) stash of books in my bookshelf cleanout, but when I saw this book on the New Arrivals shelf at my local library, I just had to get it. I’ve been following the author on Facebook for a while, and though you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, I fell in love with the dresses!
From the Cover:
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…
What I Loved: There’s so much to love about this book! It’s well-paced, with a good mix of events and evolving emotions moving the story along. The characters are deep and well-established, so much so that even the side characters are easy to keep track of. Their backgrounds support the choices they make and the insecurities they have.
The story shows a lot of inner feelings (both physical and emotional), but they’re mixed nicely with descriptions of the setting and the characters to keep the reader deeply rooted in the time period.
This being a romance, I have to say the steamy scenes are beautifully written, building the physical and emotional bond between the characters. No cheap erotica here!
Collette, raised in France but now in England, occasionally references the mating habits of hedgehogs since she’d learned much of her English from a book about the subject. She drops facts about hedgehogs when she gets nervous, and it adds just the perfect amount of humor.
What I Didn’t Love So Much: There’s really not much to say here. The only thing I noted was a repeated phrase in one of the later chapters that was missed by the editor. Can’t really complain about that!
Rating and Recommendation: If you love romance, historical fiction, and lots of details about beautiful dresses, then An Affair with a Spare is for you! I’m definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series! 5 stars.
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Paradox, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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