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London, 1812. When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin’s murder she never would have guessed she’d end up in the arms of a thief. At least, that’s what she assumes when she discovers Lucas Stone breaking into a private safe.

Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester, has a reputation for arrogance and a
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Published September 26th 2016 by Entangled: Select Historical
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie


One Step Behind is not just a Historical Romance, it's an HR with a strong mystery theme. After the death of her cousin, Gemma Lancaster is set on finding his killer. His murder is said to have been the cause of a robbery gone wrong, but that doesn't sit well with Gemma, so she goes to London and with the help of her aunt begins a dangerous investigation. What she doesn't plan on is catching the interest of Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester who is conducting his own investigation. Wit
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'One Step Behind' by Brianna Labuskes is the story of Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester and Imogen Lancaster.
Imogen was an orphan that was taken in by her Aunt and Uncle. Imogen became close to her cousin and felt like he was a brother. Then he was murdered. So Imogen has left the country to come to town to find out who did this to him. Imogen has it set in her mind that she will remain a spinster for her life. But she is having a hard time keeping that in mind with Lucas.
Lucas is after some
TJ *Book Twins Reviews*
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
Title: One Step Behind
Author: Brianna Labuskes
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Type: Regency Romance

She thinks he’s a thief; he thinks she’s dowdy country mouse, but when Gemma Lancaster and Lucas Stone join forces to catch a murderer they get more than they bargain for. This is a story of intrigue, romance, and adventure. It’s absolutely not what I expected, but boy was I impressed.
What worked well: This regency romance has action, intrigue, and clever dialogue. I thought it would be a sweet pr
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a really good read. There is Gemma who is trying to solve her cousin's murder and Lucas trying to find a blackmailer. They come across each other and decide to team up. I enjoyed this read a great deal. It had a great story and great character development as well. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. ...more
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is one of the rare cases where the story was exactly what I hoped for after reading the synopsis: there is witty banter, romance and mystery, all nicely wrapped up in a nice flowing story. I especially like the secondary romance story. I can definitely recommend the book! For more romance reviews, check out my website: ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Regency romance with a little murder mystery. The main characters were cute.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Isa Lavinia
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I kind of liked it but it was just ok.
Too many historical inaccuracies to allow me to enjoy it fully.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
This book is a fast, fun, and spirited read. I absolutely love Bri's writing: It's simple and elegant, yet full of wit. I don't typically read romances, but this one drew me in with the sharp characters and driving plot. The mystery at the center of the narrative propels the action forward as Gemma and Lucas quip their way to happily ever after (with plenty of doubt, uncertainty, and stiff upper lips along the way). This teasing repartee and lively banter between the two is my favorite part of O ...more
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
London, 1812. When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin’s Nigel’s murder. She is hunting for Nigel’s watch when she encounters Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester who is looking for the person who is blackmailing him. They here someone coming & have to hide behind a curtain. Everyone thinks Gemma is cull & boring but he soon discovers appearances can be deceiving when the country mouse turns into a spitfire in front of ...more
I don't do a lot of historical romance but I found that I enjoyed this one. It was a bit of a slow burn and but more than enough romance, intrigue, action, and great dialogue. The writing in this book is so good that I am certain that I will be rereading it often. It has managed to make my very small historical list. The plot was well planned and I found that I wasn't bored or wanting it hurry up. Gemma Lancaster thinks Lucas Stone is a thief while he thinks she is a dowdy country mouse. They te ...more
Gretchen Anderson
Amazing!!! Loved!!! Fresh & Wonderful!!

Just a few words to describe this wonderful historical romance.

Set in the early 1800’s, there aren’t tons of characters and the story isn’t just about finding a husband and the strange ways they did this during this time. I have read numerous historical romances and they seem to be a fun, albeit strange, way to find a husband. Which is good, it’s the whole premise of historical romance. There is mystery that this romance is wrapped around I enjoyed very muc
Negar Arvanaghi
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ha! He's so shocked that she's calm.

He's totally already in love.

Madame LeCroix is probably Mrs. Cross.

Haha! Take some dancing lessons, Peterson!

Yeah, the couple who commits crime together, stays together.

Good for her. I love how she stands up for herself.

That's what happens when you go all over Town asking questions, Beatrice.

I hate Rathburn.

That was a fun wedding ceremony.

She's definitely not the scared-little-woman type.

Oh, nicely played, Ms. Labuskes. I had forgotten about that guy.
Romancing the Book
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Danielle U
Book provided by the publisher

One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes is a highly entertaining read. This historical romance brings readers to a clandestine mission that's hot, sexy, and too good to miss. Brianna Labuskes has created a female heroine that isn't anything like the normal woman of the time period. The character isn't flawlessly beautifully in a way defined by the ton back then. However, her natural beauty and attitude attract the attention of the one man she c
Amanda Richardson
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 star read, very enjoyable story, likable hero and heroine. Imogen is looking for the person who she believes murdered her cousin. She has breached London society, but pretends to be as dull as dishwater so she can hide in plain sight.
Lucas is also searching for someone. The man who is blackmailing his sister. Imogen and Lucas are shocked when they end up searching the same room at the same house party. Lucas knew there was more to Imogen than met the eye and decided they should join forces -
DNF -- Reason: The first pages killed any desire to keep reading. You were fresh off some really good writers (Courtney Milan, Mary Balogh), so it was hard to swallow the insta-attraction plot of a story where the Hero instinctively knows that the shy, retiring heroine is actually fiery and hiding some deep secrets, and the heroines gasps and blushes at every innuendo the hero throws her way.
Oh, also, you was looking for a friends-to-lovers story a la The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and this was
Inishowen Cailín
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I love Regency set romance and mystery and so I was really looking forward to reading this.

Upon reading the first chapter I felt that I was missing part of the story. Gemma and Lucas had some interactions off page and before begun and so I was at a loss as to how they had made their assumptions about one another. I couldn't understand how Lucas knew by looking at Gemma that she was hiding secrets and playing a role.

The mystery was interesting enough and I quite liked the couple although I didn't
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What can I say about this book? It had me hooked from the first paragraph. Gemma is trying to find a murderer; Lucas is on the trail of a blackmailer. Could they be looking for the same person? Excellent mystery. Loved the tension between Gemma and Lucas, and the plot kept me on edge. Great read.
Laura J.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance and a mystery

Gemma is hunting her cousin’s murderer and Lucas is hunting a blackmailer. Although much in the story has been done before, this was an enjoyable read that kept me engaged until the end
Alexia Adams
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story and the banter between the hero and heroine. Kept me up reading way past my bedtime.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Pretty good though slow in some parts. I liked the characters especially the h and hr.
Lindsey Gray
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

I, for one, love a little intrigue mixed in with my romance fix. When I read the summary for One Step Behind, I knew I would be in for a treat. I got so much more than I ever imagined.

This debut from author Brianna Labuskes hits all the best elements of a romantic mystery. We have the dashing Earl of Winchester, Lucas Stone. He has a huge heart and a smile that would melt wax in two seconds flat. Of course we have his match, Miss Gemma Lancaster. She’s beauty and brains behind her dull
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m going to put Brianna Labuskes in the rare category of a romance author who gets most of it right in her début work. One Step Behind is a great example of a complete romance from strangers, to friends, to lovers and making it believable. Mixed in with all the relationship hurdles is a mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end. Together it makes for a book that I highly recommend.

Gemma Lancaster is banking on the fact that the ton spares no notice for an unassuming wallflower. Behind a
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are books for which I'm willing to suspend a bit more belief than usual, and overlook some editing issues, because I like the characters. This is one.

Regency romance, as far as I can tell from reading several of them, tends to use the social restrictions on women and the class distinctions of the time as plot drivers, while simultaneously having characters who think, talk, and act as much like 21st-century people as possible given those constraints. This book is certainly an example, and
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story is set in London in 1812, when women were wallflowers that attended parties and balls waiting for suitors to as for their hand in marriage. It will have you smiling from the get go, as well as being a love story full of mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is my first Brianna Labuskes story, but it won't be my last, I enjoyed her writing style and well rounded story!
Gemma Lancaster is looking for whoever murdered her cousin Nigel, who was more like her brothe
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's 1812 in London and the season where the high society gather to impress and find suitable spouses.

Gemma is in London to discover what really happened to her cousin. The last thing on her mind is to find herself a husband. She doesn't dress to impress and does her best to go unnoticed. She is succeeding or so she thinks.

Lucas is an Earl with an air of aloofness and arrogance. He too is on a mission. To identify his sister's blackmailer. He is not interested in finding a match but attends th
The bespectacled country bumpkin with no fashion sense is the disguise Gemma Lancaster uses to traipse around ton unnoticed in order to discover who murdered her cousin. The only one who sees through the disguise is Lucas Stone, the infuriatingly handsome Earl of Winchester. The same man who finds Gemma in a gentleman's study one night. Since he's also searching for a villain, someone who's been blackmailing his sister, it makes perfect sense for the two to combine their forces in their pursuit ...more
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**4.5 star review**
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.

One Step Behind is a historical romance novel by Brianna Labuskes. It is set in London, 1812 and we meet the unconventional Miss Gemma Lancaster who is on a mission to avenger her cousin’s murder by infiltrating the high society. There’s no way that Gemma could have foreseen, however, ending up in the arms of a thief. Well that is what she assumes when she witnesses him breaking into a private safe.
Lucas Stone, the Earl of Wi
Eva Scalzo
one step behind is a delightful regency romance with a little hint of mystery mixed in to spice things up. gemma lancaster and lucas stone keep tripping over each other, she is searching for her cousin's murderer and he is searching for his sister's blackmailer. when they realize their suspects overlap they join forces, using a fake engagement as a cover to comply with regency society's standards of respectability.

soon they find themselves battling more than just a murderer-blackmailer, they mus
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Vengeance never dies …

When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin’s murder she never would have guessed she’d end up in the arms of a thief. At least, that’s what she assumes when she discovers Lucas Stone breaking into a private safe.

Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester, has a reputation for arrogance and a soft-spot for his sister, which is how he ends up in the predicament of hiding behind a cur
Lynn Reynolds
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished-reading
Gemma Lancaster is trying hard to be a sleuth. Lucas Stone is good at seeing beyond the surface. I love that Gemma has an attitude and won’t take nothin’ from Lucas. Something else I loved was her supposed animosity toward him. He has a sneaky streak that left me wanting to see what else he had up his sleeve.

This has mystery and intrigue that overshadows the romance which I didn’t mind because Lucas has his work cut out for him where Gemma is concerned. She doesn’t want to be left behind just be
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“I’m far more interested in the beaux you have left mournful in your wake.” His fingers trapped one of the loose curls that bounced around her face, sliding the strands between the pads.
“They were legion. But they were all honorable gentlemen—unlike yourself, I may add.”
He gasped his faux outrage.“Are you saying my behavior is anything less than exemplary?”
She slid her gaze to the fingers that were still toying with her hair.
His free hand flew to his heart. She stifled a wholly unladylike giggle at his shocked and offended expression. “I demand satisfaction for this insult. Pistols at dawn,” he roared into the swaying carriage.
She wrinkled her brow. “I believe, as the challenged party, I get to choose the weapon.”
“A thousand apologies, my lady.” He cut a small bow in her direction. “Would you rather it be slow and tortuous?”
“I am not cruel,” she said loftily. “I can take mercy on you if you so humble yourself before me.”
“What if I like it slow and tortuous?” he murmured.”
“It was a warm summer night of a kiss at first. Gentle. Romanic. It matched the dreaminess he’d seen in her eyes when she talked about lovers bathed in starlight.

She couldn’t know what she did to him when she had peered up at him, a mixture of sweet innocence and curious desire all at once. He had waged a war within himself. He should leave, he’d thought. If nothing else in his life remained true, he was a gentleman. And gentlemen did not ravish young innocents in their guardian’s library.
But when her milky skin flushed pink, he’d lost the battle. Even their talk of consequences had done nothing to tamp down the need that consumed him. For just a taste.

Just a taste.”
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