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An Affair with a Spare

(The Survivors #3)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,226 ratings  ·  258 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, 387 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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✨ Gramy ✨
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is marketed as a Regency, historical romance, with a dash of comedy. I welcome comedy and was not disappointed with that aspect. It is always a delight to be introduced to such strong and capable characters. With your chance meeting, these individuals and those who surround them, willingly welcome you into their realm. Prepare to be entertained and enjoy a chuckle or two along the way.

The most charming of the dozen men from the Draven Club is featured in this installment, Rafe Beaumont. Th
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
Kristy K
3.5 Stars

The Survivors series is definitely one of my favorite historical fiction romance series. I loved the first two books in the series, and while this one was entertaining, I’d agree with others that it wasn’t quite on par with the other two.

I loved Rafe and his backstory. His role as a seducer was well written and sometimes humorous. I struggled a little with Collette’s character though. My favorite scenes were always the ones with The Survivors together.

The epilogue is told from Jasper’
Sammy Loves Books
Finally!! Rafe Beaumont finds love!!

I'm usually not a fan of spies and spy stories, but this was very enjoyable!
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
Simply Love Book Reviews
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
This one was kind of disappointing because book one and two was just so so so good but it's okay! I still enjoyed this one and I like the friendship. But it was just ok. ...more
Juliana Philippa
Finally DNF'd
I couldn't get far in this book. Not far at all. I found the premise absolutely ridiculous and was grew quickly tired of the heroine's waxing on and on about the hero's beauty. From the beginning, it was just a whole bunch of WTF-ery.

Collette is (practically) randomly going up to men and trying to ferret out if they have the secret British codes she needs to free her father ... wow, would I not hire her, that's for sure! The plan has got to be the dumbest one I've ever heard of—pran
3.5 Stars

An Affair with a Spare was a delightful read featuring a romance between two spies.

Known as the Seducer, Rafe Beaumont is an irresistible charmer who uses his skills with ladies to uncover war secrets. His next mission? Seduce a young woman, the daughter of a notorious assassin, and find out what secrets she's hiding. But unfortunately for Rafe, Collette Fortier is immune to his charms. When Rafe tries a different tactic and offers friendship instead, Collette finds herself falling unde
Sara Reads (mostly) Romance
3 Mixed Feelings stars for this one


This book was a bit of a puzzle, however, because the heroine Collette had somewhat of a split personality. At the beginning she was very shy and sweet and her interior monologue was very funny. I absolutely loved her reaction when she met Rafe face to face for the first
Mrs. Bookworm
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.
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

An Affair With A Spare is the third book in the Survivor's Series and I was shocked with how much I actually enjoyed this book here. More than the first two books I believe, it definitely had more of a "Shana Galen" stamp on it than the previous two books and this book has lots of SPIES AND LOVERS themes and I adored it. The dialogue has some contemporary phrasing, which is what keeps this book at a 4 rating but the story was solid and ador
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
Blodeuedd Finland
Rafe is and both is not a total playboy. I men yes he loves women, but women really love him. And he can not say no! So it has come to that point where he is all, omg can't they just find someone else to hunt! Seriously man, learn to say no! ;) But he is also the kind of hero you just have to love, he really is the most charming man in London.

While Colette took some getting used to, because she is a spy for the French. It is a bit hard to like her then. But she is a really good person. She loves
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
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. ...more
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
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog

I love the cover for this book. Actually every single cover in this series is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted something Historical and this cover caught my eye. I’m glad it did since now I want to read the whole series. Shana Galen has a way of drawing you into her stories from the first page and I’d forgotten about that.

Collette is in London to search for a way to help her father. However since she is French and her father was one of Napoleon’s assassins, it
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
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
*The Angry Reader*
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 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
Trigger warnings: war (in the past), assassination (in the past), incarceration of a parent.

I wanted to love this because the "Collette talks about hedgehog mating practices when she's nervous" thing at the beginning of the story was so funny. But the middle of the story was quite slow (mostly because I didn't really give a shit whether Collette managed to get her dad out of prison or not) and the ending was rushed.

So while I liked the dynamic between Collette and Rafe, the spy stuff just sort
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
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not as endearing as the first two in series, but unique and enjoyable.
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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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