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One Thing Leads to a Lover by Susanna Craig | #BookReview @susannamcraig @KensingtonBooks #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

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.

It is book #2 in the Love and Let Spy series but can be read as a standalone. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first book in the series. To read my review of Who’s That Earl, CLICK HERE.

My thanks to the author,  Kensington Books / Lyrical Press, and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Title: One Thing Leads to a Lover by Susanna Craig
Lenght: 291 pages
Publication Date: Lyrical Press (April 6, 2021)
Language: English

Book Description

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, has become more than a trifle dull. So when an adventure literally drops into her lap, in the shape of a mysterious book, she intends to make the most of it—especially if it brings her closer to a charismatic stranger. . . .

Major Langley Stanhope, an intelligence officer and master mimic known as the Magpie, needs to retrieve the code book that has fallen into Amanda’s hands. The mistaken delivery has put them both in grave danger and in a desperate race to unearth a traitor. It’s also stirred an intense, reckless attraction. Langley believes the life he leads is not suitable for a delicate widow, but it seems he may have underestimated the lady’s daring . . . and the depths of their mutual desire. . . .

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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 of espionage, Amanda was approached by Major Langley Stanhope, the agent placed by the Crown to investigate the case and protect Amanda’s family.

I love Amanda so very much! She was strong and brave but did not hide from her fears and insecurities.

It was special to see her undying respect for her mother despite their disagreements. In time, she understood her mother’s motives and avoided making the same mistakes with her sons.

Stanhope is my kind of hero! Who can resist a man who is good with kids? Not me. He was sweet, troubled, and loyal. He had me after a few pages.

The relationship between them was sensual and romantic. They felt very right together.

My favorite side characters were Amanda’s sons, Jamie and Philip. They were so different, and yet, so lovely. I’m also hoping that Mrs. Drummond, a determined widow who worked for the spies, will have a book of her own in the series.

The book has a great combination of romance, adventure, family, and friendship.

My favorite so far in the series!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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About the Author

Author Susanna Craig

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.

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