At the Spy’s Pleasure: In the Crown’s Secret Service # 2 by Tina Gabrielle with Excerpt and Giveaway

At the Spy’s Pleasure: In the Crown’s Secret Service # 2 by Tina Gabrielle with Excerpt and Giveaway

Tina Gabrielle is on the blog with the second installment in her historic romance series In the Crown’s Secret Service.  Please be sure to read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the winner of one of these prizes: A $20.00 Amazon eGift Card and Four Digital Copies of A SPY UNMASKED, the first in the series.  You can also check the tour stops to see what others thought about the book.

At the Spy’s Pleasure

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: she’s 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.

At the Spy’s Pleasure: In the Crown’s Secret Service # 2 by Tina Gabrielle with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: At the Spy’s Pleasure
Author: Tina Gabrielle
Series: In the Crown’s Secret Service #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Entangled Publishing, Scandalous
ISBN: 1943336318
Published on: 26 May 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 228
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

Get Your Copy: Amazon Barnes&Noble iTunes Kobo Downpour Book Depository
See this Title on Goodreads

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…

See In the Crown's Secret Service Series on GoodReads

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Tasty Excerpt

 

To Jane’s horror, Gareth Ramsey unfolded the paper and read aloud. “Possible Candidates as Lovers.” For a brief instant his face hardened, then the cool, confident mask descended once again.

“Are you serious?” Gareth asked, mockingly.

Never had she been so embarrassed in her life. Not even when she’d tripped after being announced at Lady Tavistock’s ball as a first year debutante.

But then her humiliation veered into anger. How dare he rip a private document from her hand and then mock her?

She placed her hands on her hips and lifted her chin. “I am quite serious. I’ve decided to turn over a new leaf.”

He cocked an eyebrow. “Turn over a new leaf?”

“Yes.”

Ignoring her dismay, he glanced at the list. “Simon Marbury is on your list.”

Jane met his stare. “You cannot possibly criticize the man.”

Something flickered in his eyes, something dark and unpleasant. “Stay away from him.”

“You cannot tell me what to do.”

“The man is a dissolute pleasure seeker.”

“Half of the gentlemen of my acquaintance match that description.”

“Your behavior is reckless.”

Her anger rose a notch. “There’s nothing reckless about my list. To the contrary, it’s very well planned.”

He looked back at the paper and smiled arrogantly. “If you refuse to come to your senses, then I have just one question for you.”

“What?”

“Why am I last on your list?”

She wanted to laugh. He would have been first, had she dared. “It’s not you,” she lied. Thank heavens she hadn’t written out his full name.

“I don’t believe you,” he said. “It clearly has my initials.”

She placed her hands on her hips. “That could stand for anyone.”

“I’m well versed at reading people. You’re a bad liar.”

“You’re a conceited fool.”

His eyes narrowed and for a heartbeat she thought she had gone too far, but then he threw back his head and laughed.

“You are a handful, Jane. You need a man to keep you in line. A man that can teach you passion, not these fools.” With deliberate movements, he folded the list and slipped it into the inside pocket of his jacket. “I do believe I’ll keep this.”

Reason fled. She threw herself at him, fully intending to strike him and take the list back with physical force. But as she lunged forward, her heel snagged in the thick carpet. She stumbled, lost her balance, and fell headlong into his solid chest.

He grunted as she took him by surprise. Strong arms grasped around her waist as they tumbled onto the settee, Jane sprawled on top of him.

“Oh!”

She was aware of every hard inch of him. He was completely unlike any of the popinjays she had put on her list. He was all male—big, hard, and dangerous. His mouth was mere inches from hers.

“You needn’t have worked yourself up into such a fury although I must admit I don’t mind. I intended to give the list back to you. I was jesting,” he said.

His eyes weren’t black, but deep coffee-brown. His lips full and sensual.

“Oh. I see.” She made no attempt to rise, and he made no effort to assist her to her feet.

“But I am serious about the character of the men on your list. None of them are appropriate for the position, especially Marbury.”

“And you know others who are?”

“Other. And yes.” His eyes raked her face with a sensuality that was unmistakable. She started to rise, but his arms tightened about her, forcing her to remain pressed against him.

“Then you truly are a fool, Mr. Ramsey. You are the last person I’d want as a lov—”

He captured her lips in a searing kiss. Drawing her tightly to him, her breasts were crushed against his solid chest. The heat emanated from his body and seeped into hers, flooding her limbs with languid passion. His lips, which had appeared carved of marble, were not cold, hard, or demanding as she had initially thought, but sinfully seductive. He explored her mouth with tantalizing persuasiveness, and coaxed her response like one would stoke a slow burning fire.

Her eyelids fluttered closed. She grasped his forearms to steady herself, then slid her hands up his arms. His biceps were enormous, rock hard and pulsing with heat. Simon Marbury appeared well built, but she’d suspected his tailor had added padding to his coat to increase the breadth of his shoulders.

Nothing about Gareth Ramsey was padded or soft. The shock of his muscular frame ran through her body. But instead of fear, his strength and power thrilled her and she wanted to be ravaged by him—to know what it felt like to be fiercely desired by a man.

She stopped herself just in time. This wasn’t a man she could control. The passion that inched through her veins was as dangerous as it was thrilling, and without a doubt she knew that she wouldn’t be able to have a casual affair with Gareth.

No. She wanted a lover without complications. A man who would not hurt her.

With Gareth Ramsey she would get scorched.

About Tina Gabrielle

Tina Gabrielle, an award-winning author, is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She's the author of adventurous Regency romances In The Barrister's Bed, In The Barrister's Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books. "A Spy Unmasked" is the first book in her new Regency romance series, "In The Crown's Secret Service," and will be released from Entangled Publishing on November 10, 2014. "At The Spy's Pleasure" will be available in April 2015. Tina's books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.