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An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  199 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
He's turned seduction into an art form...

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 a
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Joanna Loves Reading
Another charming story by Galen with this third installment in the series. I really enjoyed it as I have the other two in the series, but I don’t think it will appeal to as many readers as the previous two. The beginning and ending were fantastic, and the middle was solid though it had some slow parts.

Rafe is a rake. A true rake. And a sort of former spy, embarking on a new mission because his country needs him and his seductive ways. He is swoon-worthy, irresistibly gorgeous and has women schem
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This was a delightful Regency intrigue with characters involved in a relationship all the while spying on each other.

Rafe Beaumont has been a spy for the English government for some time, using his charms to persuade women to give up their secrets. But he isn't sure of his ethics when he is told to spy on the daughter of one of the most notorious French assassins that plagued England during the war with France. For her part, Collette Fortier is being forced to spy for the French regime that hold
If this book was a rollercoaster, the climb would be really, really, really slow, like you can easily look around the at scenery, chat with the person next to you, take out your phone and take selfies for a while, tuck your phone safely back in, maybe chat some more before it finally climbs and drops. But when it drops, it's insane.

You can split this book into two parts. The first part I'd describe as incredibly boring and infuriating at the same time. Collette insists on being called a spy, and
Michelle Cunliffe
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in the Survivors series, I didn't realise this book was part of a series, but don't let that put you off I found you can read this book without reading the others first....but I will definitely be buying books 1 and 2, to find out how it all started.

Rafe is asked by Colonel Draven to gather intelligence on Collette Fortier, because she is under suspicion by the Foreign Office and to do this Rafe has to seduce. Well he does try and at times not so successful.

Unaware what Rafe is tr
Barbara Rogers
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: The Survivors #3
Publication Date: 7/3/18

This book is filled with spies, assassins, danger, trickery, betrayal, and yes, love and lust. The writing is excellent, the plots well thought-out and executed and the characters are very relatable and likable. The series focuses on the few survivors of a suicide team from the Napoleonic wars – they were spare heirs whose lives were expendable and they took on the most dangerous secret missions of the war. Most didn’t make it back, but these are t
~ 3.5 stars~
This third installment in the Survivors series showcases the Seducer. Rafe Beaumont’s role in Lt. Colonel Draven’s regiment in the war was nothing like the other soldiers'. Just as dangerous, but not quite as heroic, at least not in his eyes. Now that the war is over and everyone is trying to live a more or less tranquil life, Rafe feels the chance to prove himself as a true hero is still yet to come. However when Draven pretty much orders him to reprise the role of the Seducer, he a
Maggie Whitworth
Nobody does it like Shana Galen.
If i want a Witty, amusing and intriguing plot Shana is my go to every time , and this is no exception .
Absolutely loved this book , from the Hedgehogs to the Ton Ballrooms, this is one for all fans.
With Spies , traitors, tension, assassins, runaway vehicles , and men who can’t commit it’s one to keep you hooked from the first to the last .
Get ready for some serious love and laughter , relax and enjoy.
I received an advanced copy of this book and chose to s
Nicole Normand
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review.
-This is a story with lots of adventure and suspense up until the very end.
-There are also many LOL moments and sadder parts too.
-The chemistry between Rafe and Collette is palpable and reflects in the love/sex scenes.
-It also shows, painfully, that what happens in our youth often marks how we behave later in life.
-It was good to see The Survivors working together yet again.
-Don't miss out, buy the book! This one was really hard to put d
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading Rafe's story! He is too funny when he wonders what the heck is happening to him! I admire Collette for doing what has to be done to survive. I always enjoy reading about a strong heroine. I can always count on a good read from Shana Galen and I look forward to the next in this series. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Tracy Emro
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Collette Fortier is in England under an assumed name staying with Lady Ravensgate trying to get information that will free her father from prison in France. Collette's father was Napoleon's assassin during the war and was arrested when the Bourbon's reclaimed the throne. Collette's only chance to free him is to get close to someone in the foreign office and steal codes that the Royalists want. Finally she makes the acquaintance of Col Draven, but in her nervousness, begins babbling about hedgeho ...more
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Collette Fortier will do anything to spring her father out of jail, at the cost of her own life if it comes to that. Pierre Fortier, who was one of Napoleon’s assassins, is the only thing on Collette’s mind, and not even Rafe Beaumont will distract her from her mission: getting her hands on codes from the Foreign Office. Rafe, the celebrated London rogue, who has women begging for his favours, and Collette can understand why, but she cannot help but be smitten, but he would not look twice in her ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The third story in the Survivors series, An Affair with a Spare was a little different than the first two because it involved a somewhat devious french spy, Collette Fortier, and the son of an earl and war hero, Rafe Beaumont. Collette seemed like an unlikely match for Rafe and it took me a while to warm up to her. The more I learned about her situation - that she was being forced to spy by people who were holding her father hostage, the more I could sympathize with her. Not only was her father ...more
Maria Christine
I don't know.

Forced. Everything is forced.

Don't get me started on the heroine, because I still want to strangle her.

Rafe could have done better.

I don't know. Can I have Jasper's book now?

I am sorely disappointed in this book, I ended skimming the rest just so it can end.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
The Survivors series introduces readers to the varied members of an elite squad of men who took on the toughest missions during the Napoleonic War. Rafe Beaumont, a distant spare to his father’s earldom, was recruited into the team not for his prowess on the battlefields but his skills in the boudoir. Known by the code name The Seducer, Rafe charmed secrets from even the most reluctant French noblewoman and passed on vital information to save lives. In peacetimes Rafe has found himself still usi ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As the eighth child of an earl, Rafe Beaumont is most definitely a spare. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, even when he joined the army he ended up using his unique abilities to seduce information from Frenchwomen to serve his country.

Now the war is over, and Rafe is at a loose end. Weary of being literally chased around London society by eager women, when instructed by his commanding officer to find out if a young Frenchwoman is a spy, he jumps at the opportunity. The only problem? Collet
*The Angry Reader*
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, historicals
***ARC received for an honest review***

I’ve heard such good things about this author, and I was excited to break away from the Sarina Bowen and dive into an historical with an exciting plot.

Rafe is a slutty boy spy who sleeps with women to get info. Collette is trying to rescue her father through a convoluted plan of getting some kind of cipher from Rafe’s boss. I didn’t necessarily understand that. Rafe is super gorgeous. Collette is so shy around him she seems disinterested. They’re both secr
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Interesting storyline.
Rafe Beaumont is tasked by his old commanding officer to ascertain whether Miss Fournay is in fact Collette Fortier, and if she is in London spying. If she is, he is to discover what secrets she hopes to unearth and then kill her. Rafe is a lover, not a fighter but he has never had to work at it before; women tend to throw themselves at him and he doesn’t know what to do with a woman who blushes and is tongue tied in his presence (except when talking about the mating habits
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and now believed that this is my favourite in the series. Who could not love Rafe Beaumont, the fifth son of an earl. Rafe is assigned an unusual mission; to gather information from Collette Fortier, even if he has to seduce her to get it. Having worked with Colonel Draven, he was known as ‘The Seducer’ but soon finds that any skill he thought he possessed, is quickly ignored by Collette. However, Collette finds it hard to resist Rafe, but must if she is to uncover the codes to ...more
Nancy Ku
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors, #3) by Shana Galen ...This is the third book in THE SURVIVORS series and I have loved them all ...thanks to #NetGalley for allowing me to preview this book... Rafe Beaumont is the 5th son of an Earl..a war hero..called The Seducer because he could get information needed from any woman. Collette Fortier ...daughter of Napoleon's "assassin" spying for the French to try to save her father. This story takes you on a journey of laughs, intrigue, danger, steamy s ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This has a nice twist. This survivor spent his time seducing secrets from the local women while his squad mates fought. Rafe is a great character. He is so charming that no one takes him seriously. Enter Collette Fortie, a French woman on a quest. Everything changes as Rafe first sees her as a job and then gets drawn into more danger than he ever faced during the war. This has great characters an interesting plot, a unexpected romance and a surprise ending. Another survivor finds his HEA but the ...more
Debra Martin
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoy this series and this book didn't not disappoint. Rafe Beaumont, fifth son of an earl, is charged with a new mission: capture an elusive assassin by seducing his daughter. It shouldn't be too hard because Rafe had used his seduction skills well in the war. However, Collette Fortier seems immune to his flattery. Against everything he knows, Rafe must try to earn Colette's trust by becoming her friend, something that has never happened to Rafe before.

Ms. Galen leads the reader on
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I read this book a couple weeks ago and honestly not much of it stuck with me other than how amusing it was that whenever Collette would get nervous she would start spouting random facts about the mating habits of hedgehogs. I also liked Rafe's friends and seeing the banter amongst them. It does make me want to go back and read the first two books in the series.

It was by no means a bad book but it's not likely to be one I would read again.
Amy Alvis
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rafe and Collette's story!!

Rafe is tasked with finding out the true identity of Collette. He tries to use his renown skills as a seducer of women to find the information, but Collette seems to be immune to his tactics. He ends up taking the advice of a friend and tries another tactic. As he spends more time with Collette, he finds himself in danger of losing his heart, which he never thought would happen. But what will Rafe do when he learns that Collette is the daughter of a renown assa
Kim Vanravenswaay
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every time Collette gets nervous she speaks of hedgehogs and their mating habits. I laughed so hard. It was a pleasure to watch Rafe fall for Collette.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful story from Shana Galen.
The gorgeous cover art and Collette’s ramblings about hedgehog mating rituals were about all I liked about An Affair with a Spare. Sad, isn’t it?

Now I had my fair share of problems with the first book, but at least Lorraine and Ewan had SOME special moments. Rafe and Collette had none of the sort. Half of their relationship was based in lust/attraction (lord knows Collette swooned over Rafe’s handsome appearance enough), while the other half was drowned out in lies and secrets. Given that they w
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Publisher's Description:
“An endearing love story that kept me up all hours reading… Wonderful!” —SABRINA JEFFRIES, New York Times bestselling author, for Third Son’s a Charm

He’s turned seduction into an art form…
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
Susan Gorman
Rafe Beaumont is a war hero and a member of an elite group of military men who fought in the Peninsular War. The team was comprised of second and third sons of the nobility. These men were viewed as expendable and were given the most dangerous assignments; except for Rafe.

He used his good looks and sexual charms to get information from the wives and daughters of Napoleon’s generals and advisers. He’d snuck out a few bedroom windows during the war but, he’d never had a challenging assignment. Ra
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
I was not as impressed with this regency novel as I had expected to be. I thought there would be a captivating story about a woman fighting for her father’s life and the rakish spy would would help her. While yes, this novel did have the woman fighting for her father’s life and the rakish spy, the story was not captivating. To be honest, at times, I found the story to be rather plodding.
Rafe Beaumont has fought against Napoleon’s army for years. He obtained his nickname as The Seducer since he w
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, historical
Collette Fortier, aka Fourney, is pretending to be the niece of Lady Ravengate, the contact to the Bourbon government, imprisoning her father. He was Napoleon's most deadly assassin, although forced into that role. To free her father Collette has been tasked with stealing the English secret code so the French can decode Britton's communications. She has come to the notice of Lieutenant Colonel Draven of Britain's Foreign Office. He tasks Rafe Beaumont, one of the surviving members of Draven's el ...more
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more
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