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One Thing Leads to a Lover

(Love and Let Spy #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Opposites attract more than trouble in the latest captivating Regency romance from Susanna Craig.

Amanda Bartlett, widowed Countess of Kingston, is a woman beyond reproach. Married at nineteen, she dutifully provided the Earl with an heir and a spare before his death three years ago. Since then, Amanda has lived a simple, quiet life. A life that, if she were honest, ha
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Published April 6th 2021 by Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing Corp. (New York)
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Jun 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My learning curve is not very impressive with regard to what authors not to read anymore. I already knew that Craig's most recent HRs have not been to my taste. But pickings were slim and this book was being offered for only 99 cents. Sometimes I just can't resist a bargain. So I suppose I should not complain about not really liking this. But then, what fun would that be?

I was once fond of Susanna Craig's historical romances. Unfortunately, her plots and characters have become too been-there, do
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series! Fun, slow burn romances with plenty of tension and intrigue. One Thing Leads to a Lover follows Amanda, a widow with two young sons and an overprotective mother who shares guardianship of her children with one of her late husbands friends. A rather dull man (it's literally part of his name which was funny) who intends to make her his bride. But Amanda is tired of having her behavior constrained and is excited by the prospect of a small adventure where unforeseen circum ...more
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

With the first book in this series I expressed my disappointment that the 'spyness' of the book was practically non-existing. It seems that Craig had it all bottled up for this book, because she certainly brought it here! However, there was one thing that... confused me. And I am not certain whether it is a 'plot hole' or just me, who missed some vital information. No matter what, it bothered me and lessened the reading experience for me...

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Amanda Bartlett, widowed Countess of Kingston, has led a somewhat dull life. She had a respectable society marriage, birthed an heir and a spare, and always followed her mother's guidance to "mind her step." When a mysterious book comes into her possession, she's more than a bit excited for the unexpected consequences. Sir Langley Stanhope is a major, an intelligence officer, and a master mimic. He's tasked with retrieving said book. But when it ends up in someone else's hands, Langley has to pr ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Susanna Craig, a new to me author, writes a great story about a widow, Amanda, who has no control of her own life. Amanda is dictated to by her children’s guardian as well as her own widowed mother who lives with her. When her family is accidently put in danger an intelligence officer named Langley is sent to protect her. Amanda realizes that she not only wants more control of the decisions in her life, but she also wants Langley. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my hone ...more
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 stars - Reviewed for Wit and Sin

A widowed countess’s dull life gets a lot more exciting in One Thing Leads to a Lover . Amanda Bartlett, Countess of Kingston, has always done her duty, acted the perfect lady, and never put one toe out of line. Then a mysterious French cookbook winds up in her possession instead of the geometry book she had purchased and her life is upended. For the book in question is a codebook both the French and the English would kill to get their hands on. Enter
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

Amanda Bartlett, the widowed Countess of Kingston, has always been told to watch her step. Married at 19, she is finally free to be herself, but with two young children in her care, her mother living in her home, and a suitor dogging her heels, she is still trapped in some way. While out shopping for a birthday present from her eldest son, she is jolted in the street, and the book she thinks sh
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this story. Langley is a spy who has a hard time becoming his true self and connecting with people. Amanda is a widow with a over protective mother, she longs for adventure and passion. The two meet and have a almost instant connection. I really enjoyed the family dynamic of this story. I also liked that Amanda was a older heroine, which is rare in historical romance. There was just enough passion, danger, and intrigue to keep me turning the pages. I’ve read the first book in ...more
Apr 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A huge thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the fact that this book featured a mature hero and heroine. Amanda is a devoted mother who has lived a shrouded life since her husband's death. But Amanda is sick and tired of shadows. She is sick and tired of decisions being made on her behalf about what she can wear, how she raises her children, even what she instructs her cook to prepare for dinner.

When she opens up the
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Amanda Bartlett is a widowed countess at the age of 32 and mother to two children. She’s spent her whole life doing exactly what was expected of her, and it’s just as boring as one would expect. Her entire life has been dictated by her mother, then her husband, and then her mother again. While buying a book for her son she is bumped into by a stranger on the streets wherein she leaves with the wrong book. Unbeknownst to her, the book she has in her possession is vital to the Crown and Langley St ...more
Jun 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-received
This was SO much dang fun. Older/mature widow meets handsome bespectacled spy when she accidentally picks up a codebook intended for someone else and he needs to get it into the right hands on behalf of the secret organization he works for. The attraction levels between these two were off the charts, and I think the thing that made it stand out so distinctively as a spy romance is that Amanda knew Stanhope was a spy from pretty much the beginning of their relationship, so it wasn’t really someth ...more
Kristen Keats
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: single-parent
I really like the premise of this series! It's spies and adventure, but not too dark or angsty. I do enjoy a meddling matchmaker, and General Scott gets to order his men around while scheming to get them settled with just the right woman.

In this second book, the hero is a knighted agent to the crown, Sir Langley Stanhope, known as Magpie. He is skilled in mimicry and disguise, and he's the first historical romance hero I've read who wears glasses. (I never knew what I was missing until now.) His
Feb 20, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While the writing, and story was perfectly adequate, I did have some trouble getting into it. I also can't quite put my finger on it, might have had too much other stuff on my mind to really escape.

I like Amanda's mind, unfortunately with a mother like hers, she turned out to be a bit of a pushover. I kept waiting for that moment where she truly stood up for herself, and I didn't feel like it was ever there. The one time where it was crucial, Langley came to the rescue, and I understood plot wis
Laura J.
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Amanda, a countess, is a widow in her 30’s with two young boys. She married the man her parents picked out when she was 19, is constantly told to mind her step by her mother and is expected to marry her sons’ dull guardian. She needs an adventure when she becomes in possession of a code book and meets Langley. Langley is a spy, in his 40’s, knighted for his services and the perfect lover for Amanda. The boys are charming, the mother and would be fiancé are bullies and Langley’s boss is manipulat ...more
She was his assignment. He was her opportunity for adventure.

One Thing Leads to a Lover is a lovely story of a gentle and proper widow that finds herself involved in a case of espionage and can't help but fall for the brave but insecure spy assigned to the case.

Amanda was a 32yo widow of a man she admired but never loved. With her kids growing up and about to leave for school, she struggled to accept the imminent empty nest and the dullness of her life.

Inadvertently getting involved in a case o
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, arc, historical
3.75 stars

One Thing Leads to a Lover is a fun, slow-burn historical romance with a very True Lies flair.

Amanda is a widowed Countess that is suffering the doldrums of being a widow. She is caring for her aging and meddling mother as well as her two young boys. She is a respectable lady of society and is always following her mother's guidance to "mind her step." Amanda's mother is pushing one of her late husband's friends, Lord Dulsworthy, to be a potential suitor as society expects. One day, Am
Amy Hay
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected encounters reveal hidden talents

/One Thing Leads to a Lover/, the second book in Susanna Craig's Love and Let Spy Series, offers the story of an accidental encounter between widow Amanda Bartlett and Major Langley Stanhope, spy. Given the opportunity to step beyond the constraints of her very respectable life, Amanda finds a real talent for intrigue. She also discovers an intense attraction to Magpie, Langley's alter ego. Even as Langley fights his own feelings for Amanda as he strugg
Lauren loves llamas
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In true llama fashion, I picked up the first book in this series because of the interesting cover: the bold neon title juxtaposed with the women in regency dress. The book itself was just as fun as the cover suggested, so I was excited to pick up this one, and even more happy that it’s just as delightfully fu
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
This series has been so fun thus far! The only real connection between the books is the matchmaking General, so you can definitely jump into this as a standalone. I can't wait for book 3!

Amanda Bartlett, Countess of Kingston, is a young widow with 2 sons. Her husband, the Earl, died 3 years earlier, and her mother has been living with them since, to help out. Also, her late husband's good friend, George, Lord Dulsworthy, was named the boys' co-guardian in the will, so he has been around a lot as
Finding adventure and love lead Amanda to decide of her own path and future and fight for her family and happiness without doubt or fear, with the help of a sexy dashing military spy...

"Til tomorrow night, Lady Kingston. Don’t look for me. I’ll find you.” Excitement surged through her, like flames roaring up a chimney. “Really?”

One thing leads to a lover is the second instalment of a regency spy romance serie by Susanna Craig and oh, it was exciting, compelling and sexy!
After picking up a fren
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
Although her mom frequently reminds her to “mind her step,” Amanda, The Dowager Countess Kingston, wants nothing more than a little excitement in her world. After the death of her husband, Amanda is living comfortably, if boringly, with her 2 beloved sons and her mom in her London home. She never suspects that accidentally picking up the wrong package after she bumps into a man on the street could lead to adventure, but it does. Before Amanda knows it Major Langley Stanhope is everywher
Tracy Emro
4.5 stars, rounded up.

Amanda Bartlett, the Countess of Kingston has been widowed for nearly three years and her life has become somewhat boring and predictable. She lives with her two young sons and her mother, who came to “help” after her husband’s death and hasn’t left since. Her mother has taken over the role of chatelaine and Amanda doesn’t want to upset her by resuming her duties. The same goes for her boys, her husband named her and his friend George, Lord Dulsworthy as guardians, but with
Michelle Louise
For Crown and Country, that is the maxim that Major Langley Stanhope has lived his life by. A spy in His Majesty's Service he's on the hunt for an elusive codebook. He's almost got his hands on it when disaster strikes. His operative has been discovered, followed. And worse, must ditch the book, swapping it out with another's, before the precious codebook could fall into enemy hands. Now it is up to Stanhope to retrieve it... a task that is more difficult than it first appears.

All Lady Amanda Ba
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One Thing Leads to a Lover
Love and Let Spy Series #2
Susanna Craig
Release Date 04/06/2021
Publisher Kensington Books / Lyrical Press


Opposites attract more than trouble in the latest captivating Regency romancefromSusanna Craig.
Amanda Bartlett, widowed Countess of Kingston, is a woman beyond reproach. Married at nineteen, she dutifully provided the Earl with an heir and a spare before his death three years ago. Since then, Amanda has lived a simple,
Caitlyn Lynch
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-georgian
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, Who’s That Earl, but don’t worry if you missed it; the main characters from that barely get a mention here, so it stands perfectly well alone. Although they’re part of the same series, this one feels different tonally; I’m not sure if it’s the setting - the first book was set in a remote location, this one in the heart of busy Regency London.

It’s definitely nice to see a heroine who’s a little bit older and more worldly for once. Amanda, Lady K
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Amanda Bartlett has always done what was expected of her, which has resulted in a rather dull life. Now the eminently respectable widowed Countess of Kingston and mother of two young boys, she craves a bit of adventure. When just such a thing quite literally bumps into her on a London street in the form of a small book, she takes advantage of the situation and the closeness it brings her with a fascinating man.

Major Sir Langley Stanhope, expert mimic better known to his fellow intelligence opera
Lee Hall
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First off, I have only read a few novels by Ms. Craig, but every one of them has been well-written and researched, and that has always made me happy. One Thing Leads to a Lover--the second in her Love and Let Spy series--is a perfect example of her excellent storytelling.

The story revolves around Amanda, a young widow who lives a dull life, even though she absolutely adores her children. After mistakenly grabbing the wrong book in town, she is visited by by a spy to retrieve it. The spy--and ou
Rose Blue
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As reviewed at Roses Are Blue:

Though Amanda Bartlett has been widowed for three years, she has not yet found the motivation to take control of her life and decide her future. Her ten year marriage to the Earl of Kingston, a much older man, was not a love match, but she did develop a fondness for him. Upon his death, Amanda’s mother arrived to “help,” and hasn’t let up since, keeping control of Amanda’s social engagements, much of the running of the household, and even go
Eleanor Lynn
I enjoy a good historical mystery romance novel. I mean what’s there not to love. One Thing Leads to a Lover had the perfect set up for that kind of novel. With it being the second novel in Susanna Craig’s Love & Let Spy Series it doesn’t require you to have read the previous novel. I did. Let me say that they are not the same at all. Who’s That Earl definitely hung out more in the romance section than the mystery section and One Thing Leads to a Lover was more in the mystery.

I enjoye
Winnifred D.
Jun 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a nice refreshing change to come across a KU book that is both excellently written and error-free. I don't know why I haven't heard of this writer sooner. Stylistically she is difficult to fault and this book contains few anachronisms. Also, as much as I have a soft spot for Regency romances involving spies, they can be very hard to pull off. A few of the books I've read recently left irritating plot holes that turned a 4 star book into 3 stars. But Ms. Craig does a nice job of balancing th ...more
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Almost as soon as she could hold a pencil, Susanna Craig began writing stories. Today, she pens award-winning Regency-era romance novels that blend history and heart with a dash of heat. An English professor, wife, and mom, she’s currently finding her happily ever after in Kentucky while holding onto her Midwestern roots. Find her online at ...more

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