At the Spy's Pleasure

At the Spy's Pleasure

by Tina Gabrielle

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At the Spy's Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle

Every gentleman has his secrets...

London 1821

After years of marriage to a selfish man who preferred gambling to his young bride, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, now seeks what she was long denied-a satisfying lover. Naturally, a lady needs a list of eligible candidates, which doesn't include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey...until he steals a sinful kiss from Jane's all-too-willing lips.

Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth's real occupation is as a spy in the service of His Majesty, and his suspect is on Jane's list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, there's no safer place for Jane than with him-and in his bed. But Jane is as distracting as she is infuriating, and keeping her by his side while he pursues his mission might just endanger them both...

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ISBN-13: 9781943336319
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

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At the Spy's Pleasure (Entangled Scandalous) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
April-Hollingworth More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is the second book in the fabulous, In the Crown Secret Service series, and I’m loving it. Each book can be read as a standalone.  This book takes you on a journey into the past, during a time of dashing men and women in beautiful gowns, where dark deeds lie hidden behind a smile and danger lurks in the greed hidden behind a charming façade.  Where a few good men must do what is necessary to protect Crown and Country, even if it means, becoming the lover of a woman who can disrupt his orderly life and make a mission that should be simple, become ever so much more dangerous.  The chemistry sparking between Gareth and Jane is practically combustible. Gareth tries to convince her to take a chance at the fire between them, after all neither of them wants anything other than passion. But will secrets and the dangerous mission, Gareth is on, keep them apart?  Opening Scene: June 10, 1821 London Tonight I will find a lover. Jane’s pulse skittered with excitement as she stepped into the glittering ballroom. The Review: The widow Jane, Countess of Stanwell, has decided she has been denied a satisfying lover, after years of being ignored by her, now, deceased husband. A selfish man who preferred to ignore his young wife, for the pleasure found in gambling. Not knowing how to find a suitable lover, she does the logical thing; she gathers a list of eligible candidates. This list does not include the dangerously handsome (if far too arrogant) Gareth Ramsey. Until he steals from her a sinful from her more than willing lips.  Reputed as an arrogant barrister, Gareth’s real occupation is as a spy in His Majesty’s Service, and his suspect is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. With her life in danger, the only safe place for Jane is with him, and in his bed. But the infuriating woman is a complete distraction, and keeping her by his side while he’s in pursuit of his mission, might just put both their lives in danger. Notable Scene: He may be the most masculine man she knew, but he was too intense, and instinct told her that he was not a man to be trifled with. A woman could easily lose control of an affair with Gareth Ramsey. And that wasn’t at all what she wanted. She’d be far better off with the Simon Marburys of the ton. Gareth took a step closer and Jane was suddenly nervous. She could smell his cologne, sandalwood and bergamot, and feel his black eyes taking in her features. “I must return,” Jane said. “Why so soon after your mad flight?” She refused to allow him to bait her. “There is to be a champagne toast to the future happiness of the engaged couple.” “Ah, and you’re eager to participate?” he asked, noting her interest on the dance floor. She shrugged. “Yes, of course. They are fortunate to have found true love.” Gareth scoffed. “Come now, my lady. Only fools believe in true love.” Her gaze narrowed. “Are you calling me a fool?” “It depends,” he drawled. FTC Advisory: Ellie McMahon through Net Galley provided me with a copy of At the Spy’s Pleasure by Tina Gabrielle. Published through Entangled Scandalous, Entangled Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Sissymae1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Tina Gabrielle and I find that I loved this one so much that I am getting her others. This is the second in a series "In the Crown Secret Service" I found that you didn't have to read the books in order to enjoy them.. so if you are like me reading them out of order don't worry. The heroine is a widowed named Jane, Countess of Stanwell.. Jane has had a bad marriage and takes it into her head to find out what she has been missing from her marriage bed. There enters a hero Gareth Ramsey who is a undercover spy. Jane list of possible lovers has name on it! Gareth is also trying to protect Jane so their is a mystery in this story. I also like the secondary charters in this book and would recommend this book!
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This is my first book to read by Tina Gabrielle.  I enjoyed it very much and want to go back to read the first one in this series.  But I loved Gareth Ramsey.  He was very self-confident and was very good with his words. He was direct, passionate and protective.  Jane was a spitfire of a character.  She did not let the suicide of her husband destroy her.  She found her confidence and did not settle.  By the end of the book, she was a character worth her salt.  I enjoyed the secondary characters as much as I did Gareth and Jane. Her Aunt Eleanor was a hoot.  Her knowing eyes and her meddling made me smile and laugh. Her friend Olivia was a very sweet and true friend.  And I am hoping for a book for Gareth's friend Daniel. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
An excellent escape into the world of intrigue and romance. Jane was in an unhappy marriage and after mourning for two years has decided to take a lover, but who? She makes a list of possible candidates that ends up in the wrong hands. A wonderful read, I enjoyed the story as well as the characters, it kept me entertained throughout. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down. Loved the characters. Will definitely read more of this author's books.
littlelorimarie More than 1 year ago
After reading A Spy Unmasked I knew I wanted to read all the books in this series. Is my hint too big that I'd like another Spy from Ms. Gabrielle?  It's a wonderful read with a great couple. I've been noticing some books focus heavily on either the hero or heroine's problems. I think they work better for conflict. This story deals with Jane's problem with being deceived. There is no inner turmoil on Gareth's part. He can't tell her because the job won't let him. A simple plot that reviewers can't blow holes through. I liked it. I liked it a lot. I think I lean toward liking Gareth a little more than Jane. I mean who wouldn't fall for a man that asks to be your lover. Heat level is mild. Which for this book I think worked nicely. They are mild characters without too many wild ideas. I think hot scenes would have left the reader thinking where is this coming from.  My recommendation is, if you like to escape realty pick up a copy of At the Spy's Pleasure.  
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell, has decided that she is entitled to live her life to the fullest. She's going to take a lover. She hasn't know marital happiness. Her late husband was a gambler who had no time for her. Now she has her chance. Jane is a contradiction. She's both innocent and reckless. I liked her zest for life. Unfortunately some of her decisions were not the best. When she meets Gareth Ramsey, she's drawn to him. He exudes power and confidence. He's a barrister with secrets. No one knows that he's an agent of the crown and is working on a case. He finds Jane addictive but he won't commit because of his dangerous profession. I enjoyed the battle of wills between these two. The sparks fly when they are near each other. He cares for her and will protect her when she becomes entangled with his target. Their romance was passionate and made me want them to get their HEA despite all the obstacles.Tina Gabrielle did an excellent job. She wrote a passionate story filled with danger and intrigue. The setting was perfect for romance and the secondary characters were excellent. I couldn't put down At The Spy's Pleasure. I 'm hooked on this series and am looking forward to more books for me to enjoy.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Crown's Secret Service series. After years of marriage to a selfish gambler, Jane, the widowed countess of Stanwell is ready to take a lover. She has made a list of candidates and is slowly making her decision. When Gareth Ramsey gets ahold of her list, he asks her to put his name on it.  Gareth has been attracted to Jane since the first time he saw her. Working for the home office doesn't give him time for a wife, but a lover, he has time for. Getting close to Jane is part of the job, her list includes a man he is investigating, but it definitely has it's perks.  But what happens when Gareth's lust for Jane turns into something much stronger? Jane is tired of men lying to her and Gareth's whole life is a lie. Can he save what they started? Loved this story. I've been reading a lot of stories lately that include the male or female lead as a spy. I think that element just adds to the overall enjoyment of the story. Seeing the tension between Jane and Gareth in the first book in the series, A Spy Unmasked, I had hoped that Gabrielle would pair them up for this story. I was not disappointed! The banter between the H/H is masterful and is always a plus (something that is always a favorite in my book!) I can't wait to see what Gabrielle has in store for us next!! Thanks go out to Entangled Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The first I have read from Tina Gabrielle, and I’m wondering just how I missed her books, but am pleased to be  offered the opportunity to read At the Spy’s Pleasure, the second in her In the Crown’s Secret Service historic romance series. This book did not require that I had read the first in the series, but you will want to grab that title simply to stay in the world Gabrielle has created.   Set in 1821 London, Jane has decided to strike out on her own and find a lover. Her marriage was wholly  unsatisfactory to a selfish man with gambling as his first love, his death by suicide allowed her some freedom  of movement heretofore denied. Yes, there were wagging tongues nastily accusing her of being at fault in her late husband’s choices, but that just stirs Jane to further action.  She compiles a list of potential candidates to  fill the position of lover, and sets out to make her enquiries.  Gareth Ramsey is most notable for NOT being on Jane’s List. She shied away from the arrogant barrister, whose countenance is far too handsome. Until Gareth gets wind of her ‘list’ and discovers that a person he is  targeting in his true occupation as a spy for the Crown is a contender.  The flirtation and stolen kiss to sway Jane to adding him to her list starts a lovely interplay between the two: both determined to NOT fall in love or become attached.   Both of these characters have deep wounds and secrets, Gareth’s are a bit more obvious, but Jane’s solid sense of self and her strong friendships with Olivia and her Aunt give her added confidence in her own choices: survived the worst, what can a dalliance with Gareth do to her?  They truly are made for one another, if only the  secrets that they have concealed won’t tear them apart.  With plenty of tension, action and out of the world  chemistry between them, this story was a lovely diversion and I read it through in one sitting.  Certainly enough  to add the first book in the series (A Spy Unmasked) to my ever-growing slush pile of titles to read, and one that  puts Tina Gabrielle firmly on my shelf of authors to watch. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
rabidreaderSR More than 1 year ago
At the Spy's Pleasure was a sensual and enjoyable read, and just as intriguing as the first book in the Crown Secret Service series. The author has a vivid way of describing settings and people that is captivating, and she drew me in from the opening of the book. Jane and Gareth chemistry was wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed their bantering and simmering attraction from the beginning to the end. Jane was a good character. After mourning two years for a husband who did not love her, she decided to be bold, daring, adventurous, and take a lover. One she could revel in lust with, without losing her heart. I enjoyed her quest for passion, for life, and I even admired her reasons for protecting her heart. The chemistry between her and Gareth was sweet and sensual, and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment they graced the pages together. The only thing I did not love about Jane was that she was willing to deceive someone after she fled from Gareth because he lied to her. A serious case of the pot calling the kettle black. I understood her reason for it, but in that moment I did not like her. It all ended wonderfully of course, and I sighed in satisfaction when the book ended. Gareth, I loved everything about him. Brooding and Handsome, a spy who is dedicated to king and country, confident, assertive, deliciously sexy, and just dying for the right woman to twist in him knots. I loved that Jane shook him up, and I enjoyed the journey to their happy every after. Overall this was well written romance. The plot was also interesting and well-paced, and I loved, loved that it did not overshadow the romance. Instead we got the intriguing mix of a spy seeking justice, and hot and sensual romance. I would recommend to historical romance lovers.
LoriC5 More than 1 year ago
There is something so fun about reading a romance set in England in the 1800s. Perhaps because it was an era that is associated with love and romance, a fantastical time that probably wasn’t nearly as wonderful as we make it out to be. Even so, I fall easily into the ideas and sink into the story, wooed by the picture we portray. However, that’s only if it’s done correctly, and this book easily swept me away. Jane has been dealt a rotten in hand in her life so far, with a husband who ignored her in favor of his gambling addiction, and the subsequent scandal he caused through his death, and then being ostracized by the society for his stupidity.  Luckily, widows are granted much more freedom in their life and Jane is determined to make the most of it. She doesn’t ever want to have her heart trampled again, or be trapped by marriage, but she does want to experience the passion she has read and heard about. So, she sets out to find herself a lover, making a list of possible candidates and actively pursuing her goal. Gareth is the youngest son of a Barron, but has forged his own way in life by becoming a much desired Barrister. Unbeknownst to society, he is also a spy for the crown. His newest assignment is to uncover the source of faulty weaponry being sold to the military. Through sheer happenstance, he runs into Jane and discovers her list, noticing that his prime suspect in at the top.  He pursues her, she runs, sparks erupt, and an explosion ensues!  Jane and Gareth both have strong personalities, which cause some clashing at times. But, their smart banter only fuels the attraction between them. I loved watching their relationship grow, the sexual tension strings the pages tightly together. Even more though, I enjoyed the way they easily fell into a friendship of sorts, outside the bedroom. Enjoying each other’s company and engaging in intelligent conversations and getting to know each other. Without that element, the couple would have fallen rather flat. I wouldn’t have believed it when their feelings began to become involved.  The secondary characters really make the story. I love Jane and Gareth, but without Olivia, David, and Jane’s aunt, it would have lost some of its fun and flare. They really helped move the plot along and put a smile on my face several times. The premise of the story is interesting, though there’s not much in the way of plots twists and action (with the exception of a couple of hot boxing scenes), and it’s actually quite predictable. However, it still kept my attention and had me eager to see exactly how the events would unfold, even if I was sure where the story was going.  This book is well written in general, but kudos to the author for keeping to the time period and not modernizing it, which would have broken my concentration and made the story hard to get into.  I truly enjoyed reading At the Spy’s Pleasure. It’s not a re-read for me, but I highly recommend it.
LesiaCh4 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by Tina Gabrielle's I've read, and it won't be the last. I enjoyed reading this romance, the characters are warm, intelligent, sexy, the story is original and exciting, and was hard to put down once I began reading. I look forward to reading book one in this series, and I hope you read this book and enjoy it as much as I did. This is the story about a spy who sets his sights on saving the lady from, well, herself. Jane, a widow, is determined to find a lover. She's made a list of eligible men, however, Gareth gets his hands on her list, and is determined he will be Jane's lover. Now the chase is on, and Jane can't fight her attraction for Gareth, and she finds herself in the middle of his investigation of another of her potential lover's. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Jane, the widowed Countess of Stanwell has been in mourning for her husband for 2 years but has finally decided to rejoin society even after the scandal of her husband’s suicide - he shot himself after his prized stallion lost a race. After suffering an unhappy marriage with a husband who never loved her but only cared for gambling, Jane wants to savour life & find an uncomplicated lover who will give her pleasure after years of being lonely & starved of affection in her marriage. Gareth Ramsey is the youngest son of a Baron, a successful barrister and also a spy for the crown. His latest assignment has him investigating a man whom Jane has earmarked for her lover. When he finds Jane list of "Possible Candidates for Lovers" he's both alarmed that his mark is on her list and aggrieved that he himself is at the bottom of the list! I was initially a bit put off with the idea of a heroine looking for a lover but Jane’s character was well written & I could sympathize with her reasons. She’s initially somewhat antagonized by Gareth’s extreme masculinity but his powerful maleness quickly becomes a point of attraction instead (not surprisingly!). Gareth has never been one for lasting relationships but he cannot help but be charmed by Jane’s combination of innocence and passion. I liked how both of them worm their way under each other’s skins & their chemistry is quite potent *smirks*. If you object to pre marital sex then be warned that their relationship goes in that direction quite early on as both are adamant at the beginning of having an affair only. The love scenes are well written & fit in with the storyline. A quick easy read tho some of the language was a bit modern & a bit abrupt it was still enjoyable Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Spies, mystery and romance! Set in 1821, London, this story ‘stars’ Jane, the widowed Countess of Stanwell. She’s always been ‘good’ and done as she’s told. First following her family’s instructions, including who she should marry, and then having years of marriage to a man who preferred horses and gambling to his young wife before he committed suicide. Now, after two years of mourning, she’s ready to live for herself – starting with finding herself a satisfactory lover. She consults her friend and together they make a list of possible candidates…. though she only puts the initials of the man she’s most attracted too, Gareth Ramsey. Gareth Ramsey is the second son of an Earl and a barrister famed for helping rich husbands divorce their wives. Secretly he’s also a spy in His Majesty’s service and he finds that the suspect he is currently investigating is on Jane’s list of possible lovers. He finds he is also disturbed to find he’s not top of the list! Neither wants marriage or commitment but, with her reputation and life in danger, their attraction so strong, will they be able to resist each other? With a feisty, independent but naive female lead, an alpha, arrogant, ‘determined not to succumb’ male lead and a crime to be uncovered this is a great read. The author makes it easy to relate to and empathise with the characters. Gareth’s undercover spy work and his determination to keep Jane safe add to the mix, making this a book I have no hesitation in recommending. You do not need to read any other books in this series to enjoy this one – but you may, like me, be tempted to do so! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.