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At the Spy's Pleasure

(In The Crown's Secret Service #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Every gentleman has his secrets...

London 1821

After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied—a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn’t include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey…until he stea
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Maria Bikaki
It’s the first book of Tina Gabrielle I am reading and I must say I totally liked her writing style and I will definitely check her work in the future. I love historical romances and I really enjoyed this story with these interesting and strong characters.
it is the story about a young woman who has decided that she needs to find a new lover. Jane is now widowed. Her husband was an ignorant man who spent his days gambling instead of fulfill his marital duties. After her husband’s death by commiti
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is am exceptional read. Starting was captivating and ending was perfect. Although in the middle it seemed to drag for a while but overall it is good. Plot and characters are well written. I'd definitely recommend this book to all historical romance lovers.
Gareth Ramsey is a spy. He is supposed to be on a secret mission but Lady Jane Stanwell keeps distracting him. She is a widow in search of a lover, she seeks adventure and pleasure. Gareth is more than willing to fulfill Lady's desires but
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics
Review copy kindly provided by publisher via Net Galley in exchange for a honest review
At the Spy’s Pleasure is my first book from this author and I enjoyed this historical offering from Entangled. A simple tale at first that becomes more intriguing and interesting by the chapter as the author takes us to 1821, where a woman is determined to live life to the fullest with out commitment and love. A typical situation but the author gives us a story that you
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Disclosure: I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing. Thank you to Entangled and Tina Gabrielle for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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Jane, Lady Stanwell, is finally out of mourning and is looking for a lover, but it is not an easy feat. Her husband's suicide has tainted Jane, and has given her a reputation among the lords and ladies of the Ton. Men would be wise to stay clear of her, whose husband chose to end his life over a horse than to continue living with his wife. S
April Hollingworth
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

This is the second book in the fabulous, In the Crown Secret Service series, and I’m loving it. Each book can be read as a standalone.
This book takes you on a journey into the past, during a time of dashing men and women in beautiful gowns, where dark deeds lie hidden behind a smile and danger lurks in the greed hidden behind a charming façade. Where a few good men must do what is necessary to protect Crown and Country, even if it means, becoming the lover o
Trish R.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
An OK read..

In A Spy Unmasked Sophia became TSTL and I’ll be darned if Jane didn’t do this same thing in this book. I just hope she gets over her stupidity as fast as Sophia did. And, of course, she added drunkenness to her stupidity. It’s a really good story but, good grief, why do the heroines have to go off the deep-end. Why do the authors try to make us believe that that’s brave and she’s able to take care of herself when it just makes her look ignorant? Yeah, but not for long. Yay! The auth
Amy Alvis
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in the Crown's Secret Service series.

After years of marriage to a selfish gambler, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell is ready to take a lover. She has made a list of candidates and is slowly making her decision. When Gareth Ramsey gets ahold of her list, he asks her to put his name on it.

Gareth has been attracted to Jane since the first time he saw her. Working for the home office doesn't give him time for a wife, but a lover, he has time for. Getting close to Jane is part o
Lesia Chambliss
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed
This is the first book by Tina Gabrielle's I've read, and it won't be the last. I enjoyed reading this romance, the characters are warm, intelligent, sexy, the story is original and exciting, and was hard to put down once I began reading. I look forward to reading book one in this series, and I hope you read this book and enjoy it as much as I did. This is the story about a spy who sets his sights on saving the lady from, well, herself. Jane, a widow, is determined to find a lover. She's made a ...more
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book to read by Tina Gabrielle. I enjoyed it very much and want to go back to read the first one in this series. But I loved Gareth Ramsey. He was very self-confident and was very good with his words. He was direct, passionate and protective. Jane was a spitfire of a character. She did not let the suicide of her husband destroy her. She found her confidence and did not settle. By the end of the book, she was a character worth her salt.

I enjoyed the secondary characters as much
Diana Quincy
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sexy and charming historical romance.

I love the way it starts: with Jane, our widowed heroine,making a list of potential lovers who will entertain her in bed, with no strings attached. Gareth, our hero, is a spy and his mission quickly becomes to move up to the top of Jane's list of potential lovers.

These two have loads of chemistry and Gabrielle seamlessly intertwines a clever spy plot that kept me guessing. If you enjoy your romance with chemistry and heat, with some intrigue thrown in, this
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent escape into the world of intrigue and romance. Jane was in an unhappy marriage and after mourning for two years has decided to take a lover, but who? She makes a list of possible candidates that ends up in the wrong hands. A wonderful read, I enjoyed the story as well as the characters, it kept me entertained throughout. Enjoy!
Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
* Actual rating: 3.5 stars
* First published on book blog
* I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

At the Spy’s Pleasure is a historical romance that’s actually the second book of author Tina Gabrielle’s series, the Crown’s Secret Service, but if you haven’t read the first book, A Spy Unmasked, never fear. While this book does make mention of the heroes of that
Elle Christensen
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
There is something so fun about reading a romance set in England in the 1800s. Perhaps because it was an era that is associated with love and romance, a fantastical time that probably wasn’t nearly as wonderful as we make it out to be. Even so, I fall easily into the ideas and sink into the story, wooed by the picture we portray. However, that’s only if it’s done correctly, and this book easily swept me away.
Jane has been dealt a rotten in hand in her life so far, with a husband who ignored her
The first I have read from Tina Gabrielle, and I’m wondering just how I missed her books, but am pleased to be offered the opportunity to read At the Spy’s Pleasure, the second in her In the Crown’s Secret Service historic romance series. This book did not require that I had read the first in the series, but you will want to grab that title simply to stay in the world Gabrielle has created.

Set in 1821 London, Jane has decided to strike out on her own and find a lover. Her marriage was wholly un
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
For a romantic novel I think the author is off to a wonderful and an exciting start with this book. I immensely enjoyed the overly romantic plot as well as the characters. Still, I did feel like something was missing that I cannot quite put my finger {or should I say my eyes} on the mysterious extra. This could be strictly from the fact that I have not read the previous book in this series. Although I did not get lost while reading this book I always like to start at the beginning to better unde ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Jane, the widowed Countess of Stanwell has been in mourning for her husband for 2 years but has finally decided to rejoin society even after the scandal of her husband’s suicide - he shot himself after his prized stallion lost a race. After suffering an unhappy marriage with a husband who never loved her but only cared for gambling, Jane wants to savour life & find an uncomplicated lover who will give her pleasure after years of being lonely & starved of affection in her marriage.

May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in 1821, London, this story 'stars' Jane, the widowed Countess of Stanwell. She’s always been ‘good’ and done as she’s told. First following her family’s instructions, including who she should marry, and then having years of marriage to a man who preferred horses and gambling to his young wife before he committed suicide. Now, after two years of mourning, she’s ready to live for herself - starting with finding herself a satisfactory lover. She consults her friend and together they make a lis ...more
Tracy Emro
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book - but I didn't love it. The book is well written and well paced - although it wrapped a bit too quickly at the end - however, I do appreciate the author not dragging out the heartache.

I really liked Gareth, our hero. He is a barrister and a spy for the crown. He says he is no a gentleman - but actions speak louder than words. He is honorable and has a good heart. He falls in love with Jane - but doesn't want to admit it. He also is keeping secrets from her and it weighs heavil
Deanna from Deanna's World
After A Spy Unmasked, I was really looking forward to this book, especially after reading the blurb but unfortunately, Jane ruined it for me.

I found Jane to be willfully naive and intentionally ignorant, and when she got over that (many thanks to Gareth!) she became stuck in the past and intent on protecting herself without giving Gareth the benefit of the doubt. To make matters worse, when she found herself in a rather awkward situation, rather than coming forward and telling Gareth the truth
Susie Fitzwater
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story. It was about a character, Jane who recently becomes widow . Her husband committed suicide over his prized horse. She meets Gareth and becomes entangled with him and his mission. I truly found it captivating, It followed the story line and the characters were fascinating.
Olivia was the best friend to Jane and in my opinion was a great installment and played a great part in this story. Another character character was the Aunt to Jane that played a great part in the stor
Rosemary K
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, has decided that she is entitled to live her life to the fullest. She's going to take a lover. She hasn't know marital happiness. Her late husband was a gambler who had no time for her. Now she has her chance. Jane is a contradiction. She's both innocent and reckless. I liked her zest for life. Unfortunately some of her decisions were not the best. When she meets Gareth Ramsey, she's drawn to him. He exudes power and confidence. He's a barrister with secre ...more
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Gareth Ramsey was born into the aristocracy but has had to make his own living... as a divorce lawyer helping men dispose of their wives. His job alone has made him cynical towards love but add into his dangerous side gig as a spy and he is about the least likely person to marry. Jane, widowed for two years, has decided that the marriage game just isn't for her either and is now in the market for a lover. As Jane becomes unknowingly entangled in one of Gareth's spy missions, the sparks and emoti ...more
Fast paced tale of spies, passion, mystery, suspense and romance. The characters are likeable, believable, engaging and endearing. The storyline is unique, intense at times, well written and intriguing. I enjoyed hope the H/H are passionate, lovable and how their love grew into their HEA.
Fans of Historical Romance, intrigue, dust and romance are bound to enjoy "At the Spy's Pleasure". While, this is Book 2 in "The Crown's Secret Service", it can be read as a stand alone. Well written Historical
Sissy's Romance Book Review
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, trt
This is the first book I have read by Tina Gabrielle and I find that I loved this one so much that I am getting her others. This is the second in a series "In the Crown Secret Service" I found that you didn't have to read the books in order to enjoy them.. so if you are like me reading them out of order don't worry. The heroine is a widowed named Jane, Countess of Stanwell.. Jane has had a bad marriage and takes it into her head to find out what she has been missing from her marriage bed. There ...more
Cathy Skendrovich
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book even more than the first one. The characters are extremely likeable, and their chemistry sizzles right off the page. I liked that, though they were immediately attracted to each other, they didn't fall into bed right off the bat. Much more realistic and true to the times.

The author paid great attention to detail, yet the reader is not bogged down by pages of description. The story flowed page after page, carrying me along much later into the night than I intended to read!

I grea
Kathy Jund
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!!
After two years, it's time to put away the Widow's Weeds...and as a widow Jane, Lady Stanwell has decided to make a list. A list of eligible men of the Ton that she could entice in an affair. Little did she know what she was getting herself into, both with the gentleman she chose and a gentlemen whose name she dared not put ink to paper!
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story started out a little slowly for me but gradually picked up the pace until I was turning pages quickly to see how it all came out. Every time I thought I had a sense of what was going to happen, it went in a slightly different direction. Since this is the first I've read by this author, I'm going back for the first in this series, A Spy Unmasked.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-books
I did not enjoy these characters at all. Jane was so wishy washy I just wanted to tell her to "grow up" and get over it. Gareth was not much better. This was supposed to be a spy story but the little bit of spying was almost thrown in and did not really carry the story. There was more steam than anything and I found my self skimming.
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing In exchange for an honest review. This was great read. I really enjoyed it a great deal. This is a classic story of how two peoples path's cross and they are wanting two different things. It was a fun read I love how their love grew.
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it
There were certain situations where I either had problems with the hero or the heroine, but overall a satisfying story.
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Amazon best-selling author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away.

Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, "Lady Of Scandal," was nominated as best first

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In The Crown's Secret Service (2 books)
  • A Spy Unmasked (In the Crown's Secret Service #1)
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