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Game of Spies

(Spies in Love #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Life as a lady-in-waiting for Mary Queen of Scots isn’t at all what Isabel Tait expected. But she must either tolerate the mindless partying and ceaseless backstabbing of Mary’s other ladies, or risk being sent home to a forced marriage. She’d almost rather return to her family—if not for a certain handsome gentleman who arouses a new desire in her, something she’s never b ...more
ebook, 366 pages
Published June 24th 2019 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
When Isabel Tait is offered a position as a lady in waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots, it seems like a good opportunity for her to avoid a marriage she doesn't want or being forced to live with a mother who doesn't want her around. But life at court is nothing like she expected and Isabel has lived such a sheltered life that she's inept at social maneuvering. The other ladies are immediately catty and when one man, Gavin, is kind to her, she finds herself drawn to him and noticing him in a physica ...more
Jennifer Lynn
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an digital advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review and opinions are my own.

Game of Spies is a historical romance novel set in the Elizabethan era and focuses on the little court of Mary Queen of Scotts in her prison in England. Our heroine is a 25-year-old, nearly spinster woman, Isobel, who repeatedly describes herself as being plain, unfashionable, clumsy and very sheltered. Immediately upon arriving a
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars
Isabel Tait had lived a very sheltered but abusive life until the day the Countess of Shrewsbury arrived & Isabel suddenly found herself a lady in waiting for Mary Queen of Scots. She must either tolerate the mindless partying and ceaseless backstabbing of Mary’s other ladies, or risk being sent home to a forced marriage. The only 2 people who brightens her day are Bisou the Queen’s dog & the far too handsome Gavin Cade. Gavin is on a mission recruited by Nicholas Ryder & t
Lori D
The last thing Isabel wanted to do was marry, but she knew that was her only option since her mother was getting married again and did not seem to want her around. In an unexpected happening, she was asked to be a lady in waiting for Mary Queen of Scots. It seemed like a good idea and would save her from having to choose a husband! Isabel had never ventured anywhere, having lived a very shelted life so she was in for an adventure but it maybe not of the best sort!
Gavin Cade was ready for a chang
Cathy Geha
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle
Spies in Love #2

Gavin Cade is at loose ends and looking for “more” when Ryder approaches him with an opportunity to spy on Mary, Queen of Scots. He thinks a bit and knowing what he knows decides to take the offer. He is on the spot when Isabel Tait arrives as Mary’s new lady in waiting. Isabel is eager to be away from home and thus didn’t hesitate to take the position when it was offered. At 25 years of age she is “on the shelf” and a “burden” to her mother. Gavin,
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle was my first book by this author and I really liked it. The story was good and I really enjoyed reading it. I will read this author again.
Scotti LeeMarie,
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, best enjoyed with mulled wine by firelight.

Isabel Tait has known little of the world outside of her home where she lived with her mother, half brothers, and recently deceased step father, who was not a very nice man, other than the world can be a cruel place. Cloistered all her life, she is both grateful and afraid when her mother tells her that she is getting remarried and her spinster daughter is to be married off or sent elsewhere. Hope comes in the form of Bess Shrewsbury, an acq
Jun 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Library recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance ebook collections.

Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story.


Number of titles I have read by this author: 2

Love story speed: Medium burn

Relationship dynamics: The Reluctant Spy (H); The
Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle is Book 2 in
"The Spies in Love" series, which can be read as a stand alone. Books in the series thus far:
Book 1 "Mistress Spy"
Book 2 "Game of Spies"

Well written and well excuted, with history and fiction interwoven together to make a conflicting, and compelling story. The plot will pull you in from the first page to the last. The characters are charming, engaging and believable.

Follow, Isabel Tait and Gavin Cade, whose on a mission to spy on Mary Queen of Scots.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. I was drawn to this title because it was set during the Tudor era of England instead of the 1800s. Isabel Tait's mother wants her to be married as soon as possible to clear the way for her remarriage, but Isabel doesn't want to marry without love. When an opportunity is offered to become a lady-in-waiting to Mary Queen of Scots who is currently a "guest" of Elizabeth I. Isabel agrees and quickly finds herself part of Mary's ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel was an enjoyable read, during the time where Mary, Queen of Scots in under house arrest by Queen Elizabeth. Isabel Tait has had a terrible childhood and at present a not good adulthood. She jumps at the opportunity to be a lady in waiting to Mary. Isabel is kind, intelligent, but naive to the workings of the court. Gavin Cade is a spy for Queen Elizabeth. He does not trust any woman, after the betrayal from his deceased wife. He immediately likes Isabel, but has intentions to use her ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Game of Spies centres around the time of Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth. Whilst being imprisoned in England, Isabel Tait is given the task to be her lady-in-waiting. Isabel (Bel) at 25 years of age, considers herself a spinster and fears that her only way to marriage is through her mother’s organisation. She gladly takes on the job but finds herself targeted by the other ladies-in-waiting. However, she soon befriends Gavin Cade, who is working as an undercover spy, in the household ...more
Carole Burant
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed how this author put her own spin on Mary Queen of Scots' story while she was imprisoned in various castles by her cousin Queen Elizabeth.

Isabel Tait finds herself as the new lady-in-waiting to Mary and feels much sympathy for the imprisoned queen. She also vows never to betray her or repeat anything told to her in confidence. Sadly, she is not treated very well by the other ladies-in-waiting and they take every opportunity to try to shame her. They soon find out that the "littl
Synergy Quest
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Game of Spies is a captivating story. Pulling from real events in history, the author crafts a tale of two characters, on opposing sides, who find affection in-spite of their allegiances. The only thing I didn’t like about this read was the heroine’s sympathetic nature that edged on lunacy at times. She constantly refused to trust a man she says she loves; risks her life to save a woman who tried to take hers; and despite proof, defends a woman complicit in the death and potential deaths of many ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This historical romance is set in the court of Mary, Queen of Scots, during the time of the Ridolfi Plot. The author is the new-to-me Pamela Mingle.

Gavin is Equerry to the Earl of Shrewsbury, Mary’s “host”. He is embedded in the household to spy on Mary and her retinue for Elizabeth. Isabel is a lady in waiting to Mary. There loyalties are very much to their respective mistresses, but matters are complicated in this political snake pit, and the natural attractions of men and women bring them to
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I settled in, I had enough of a fun time with the characters to stick through to the end. This is not the super cool mystery I was expecting when I saw the word "spies". This is actually Gavin's first job as a spy, and he's not that good at it. Similarly, Isabel is smart, but grew up sheltered and isolated so she has zero social or political savvy. Both characters had no business being inside a royal court with all the intrigue and murder. This story is really about two crazy kids who got i ...more
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Isabel Tait has never left home before but her mother wants to get remarried and wants her out of the home.
Luckily before she is forced into a loveless marriage she is offered a respectable alternative. Little does our naive heroine know, that what she's getting into when she joins the exciled Queen Mary's ladies could kill her.
Gavin Cade has been sent to spy on Mary. It's a job he hates but it needs to be done. Danger is everywhere and nobody can be trusted. Our hero has reason not to trust e
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Shrewsbury recruits Isabel Tait to serve as one of Mary Stewart's ladies-in-waiting at Tutbury Castle, thus allowing Isabel to escape a possible arranged marriage engineered by her distant mother and scheming half-brother. There Isabel encounters Gavin Cade, recruited by MISTRESS SPY's Nicholas Ryder to keep an eye on the Scottish Queen while ostensibly serving as Equerry to the Earl of Shrewsbury. The two become players in the dangerous game played by those loyal to Queen Elizabeth, Mary's ...more
Roslyn Stillman
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

This is the second book in the series and more intense and complicated than the first. This book was much longer and had you guessing and waiting to see who the bad guys are. I enjoyed how Queen Mary was portrayed. The hero was very sweet with a big heart that had been hurt but realized he could have love again. Isabel also had her own struggles with her traumatic past and it was lovely how the two characters came together and found love. There were many characters to keep you reading. Well wort
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle is book two in the Spies in Love Series. This is the story of Gavin Cade and Isabel Tait. I have read the previous book but feel you could easily make this a standalone book. Isabel is a very smart women who is one of the ladies in waiting for the Queen, but its become harder for her to put up with the nonsense that the young ladies are doing. Gavin needs to spy on the Queen and thinks to use his charm on one of the ladies in waiting...Isabel. But what he starts to ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting story of politics and intrigue. Isabel is thrust into a world for which she is not prepared. It is complicated by her attraction to Gavin who is on a mission and fighting his feelings for her. The author leads us this perilous journey while the two try to unravel all the pieces of the puzzle around them, stay alive and protect their budding romance.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Game of Spies is the second book in the Spies in Love. It was fast paced, well written and full of danger and intrigue. The characters were strong and well developed. The story described the court of Mary, the Queen of Scotland, and all the intrigue Gavin and Isabel encountered during that time frame. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Amanda Hanson
DNF at 37%.

Meh. I just wasn't into the writing or pacing of this book. The concept sounded so cool, but it didn't live up to what was promised. I'm honestly pretty disappointed. But yeah, I'm not into putting in effort where I'm not getting any reward these days, especially when it comes to my hobbies.
Amy Alvis
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was just an ok read for me. Isabel and Gavin just didn't inspire my need to want to know more about them and to keep me reading the book. I did finish, but it was slow going. I've really enjoyed Mingle's other books, so i not certain why this one fell flat for me...
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what I was getting into with the book set in the late 1500's. However, this book has everything I like in it...mystery,intrigue, a famous character and ROMANCE.
Marie Patlan
Meh. DNF at 37%.

The writing and pacing weren't strong enough to tackle something as historically grand as a Mary, Queen of Scots storyline. And at 37% we hadn't even had any sexy time between the two main characters. So yeah, I love romance, but this wasn't for me.

Blog review coming soon!
Marianne Denning
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed our teo heroes. Gavin is such a good man, caught in a political web. Isabel is in over her head, but quickly catches on to the chaos on Mary's court...will they survive? Its a good read, hope you enjoy it.
Heather Bennett
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Game of Spies is a great historical story that is well written and has great characters. This is the second in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I must go back and read the first. A must read.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
I saw wanted to like this books as much as the first but I couldn't quite get there. I enjoyed it but it didn't flow enough for me and I didn't get invested in the characters as much.
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Pamela Mingle is a former teacher and librarian who was fortunate enough to choose writing as a third career. Or maybe it chose her. :) She loves to create romantic tales that play out against historical events and always includes some humor in her books.

Pam and her husband enjoy walking in the UK--even though she's done her share of whining on the longer days. The walking trips have been an idea

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