An Affair With A Spare Review
Title: An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors, #3)
Author: Shana Galen
Publication Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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 as Rafe. But her father's life is at stake, and succumbing to Rafe would be disastrous. But when Rafe turns the tables on her, offering support and friendship instead of a fleeting affair, Collette finds herself tempted in ways she never could have imagined...
***Warning*** This is the THIRD book in The Survivors series. You can read these books out of order- but why do that?!?! You get the full experience and appreciation for the story when you read them in order. The first book is Third Son’s A Charm and the second book is No Earls Allowed. You can read this review without getting spoilers for the series. ***Warning over- Review beginning 🙂***
Shan Galen has turned into an automatic buy for me and I have to thank Page Habit for that! They were the first books I got when I tried out their book subscription box. And now, every time I see Shana Galen’s name I buy the book. No questions asked. When I read romance I usually steer clear of regency romances, I’m more of a fantasy/sci-fi romance person, but Galen is able to draw me into these stories easily. And An Affair with A Spare was no different. This was just as much fun to read as her other two books in the series. It contains all of her usual wit, humor, and steamy situations.
The reason I loved this book so much was because of the character development. It was so well done and believable. Sometimes romances can just skip over all the growing pains of character development and go straight to the happily-ever-after. Galen does not do that. She makes Rafe go through the confusion and what-the-hell-is-happening-to-me with no mercy. And it is hilarious. Especially when Rafe if begging his friends for help, these situations made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Rafe may be my favorite male lead in this series so far, although, Jasper may top him (I can't wait for Jasper's book!!!!). Rafe was just everything I thought he would be and more. His character arc was bumpy and funny and so puzzling to him, you just had to feel just a little bit bad for the poor guy.
And Collette, she was nothing close to what I expected from the female lead! She was so much better than I could have hoped for. Her love and dedication to her father was admirable and her struggle between loving her father and loving Rafe was strong. She was just trying to be happy- that’s all she wanted. And it was so relatable. Her and Rafe’s interactions were the best! She did not take his shit at all. Of course she was attracted to him but she did not let that stop her from helping her father and Rafe just could not wrap his head around the fact that a woman did not fall at his feet. Yes, Collette was the girl that was different but she wasn’t trying to be. And that’s what I liked most about her and this story. Galen beautifully danced around that romance trope.
Although I did love this book and the characters the ending felt a little unfinished to me. But this series is supposed to be rather large with 13 or so books in it so I’m hoping we will see Rafe and Collette again. They were just such a fun couple- I want to see them again and I want to see them interact with the rest of the guys.
If you’ve never read Shana Galen before or if you have but haven’t read this series yet, do so- NOW! Galen has become a go-to read for me. Her books just make me happy! I love the way she writes and is able to bring her character to life with such mastery. Even if you are not a regency romance person, like me, you will love these books! An Affair with A Spare comes out on July 3rd but if you need a fix, read the first two books again or one of Galen’s other regency books. So GOOOD!!!!!