One Thing Leads to a Lover

· Love and Let Spy Book 2 · Lyrical Press
11 reviews

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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, 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. . . .
"Craig delights with a fast-paced, intrigue-filled plot and expertly developed characters. Regency fans will eagerly anticipate future installments."
Publishers Weekly, STARRED review 

Ratings and reviews

11 reviews
Cathy Geha
April 9, 2021
One Thing Leads to a Lover by Susanna Craig Love and Let Spy #2 Wonderful way to escape! Thoroughly enjoyed this book that might not be very realistic but was definitely a fun and engaging read! What I liked: * Amanda: good mother, good wife-widowed, good daughter, complies with societal rules, non-assertive, bored, wants “more” – ripe for…what is coming her way. * Magpie: major, spy, knight, mimic, good with disguises, more than he appears to be, interesting past, carrying heavy guilt, a good man – deserving of so much more. * Major Zebadiah Scott: spymaster, matchmaker, interesting, good man, looks out for his operatives, likable. * Jamie and Philip: Amanda’s sons, loving, intelligent, opposites, added something special to the story * Mrs. West: Amanda’s mother, caring, overprotective, controlling, loving, put society before her daughter’s wellbeing (in my opinion) * The plot, writing, and series * The romance as it grew between the main characters…so much fun! Both Amanda and Langley were matched well, both said what they thought and acted assertively to achieve their goals in life and in their relationship. * That neither of the main characters were easily cowed by the other * The growth in both characters * It made me smile and care and hope there would be a happy ending for everyone * Hearing about the other spies and people working with The Magpie…wondering about them, would Hopkins be okay, Fanny, Collins, Jeremy, and others – hope to hear about them in the future. * The intriguing snippet that is a lead into the next book * That this book stands alone and is not a cliffhanger * The smile it left on my face when I finished the book. * All of it except… What I didn’t like: * Those I was meant not to like…they were easy to dislike and wish the worst upon Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington-Lyrical for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars
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Peggy Collins
April 10, 2021
Amanda Bartlett, a widow with two sons, is bored. When the book she purchased for her son is somehow swapped for a French cookbook, things begin to happen in her life, exciting things. The most exciting thing of all is Langley Stanhope, master of disguises and Agent for the Crown (spy). When more than one person tries to hold of the cookbook, and Langley seems to be everywhere she is, it doesn’t take long for Amanda to deduce that the book and Langley are more than meets the eye. Amanda and Langley embark on a delightful adventure. There is action, danger, espionage, trickery, a bossy mother, a not-too-bright co-guardian for her sons, two absolutely adorable boys, a villain that is a surprise, and a general with a penchant for match-making. Amid danger, Langley tries to protect Amanda while she insists on being part of action. There is one more exciting thing – a sizzling romance. This a captivating story, a page-turner. The characters, especially Amanda and Langley, are fantastic. This one is a winner. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.
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Diane Mobley
April 9, 2021
Held my interest ALL the way through. The children ,the mother and the spy network involved. The principle characters were so likeable. The twisting story, though easy to follow, some real danger, and hard enough successful happy conclusions. Thank you
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About the author

Susanna Craig is the award-winning author of historical romance novels, including the Goode’s Guide to Misconduct Novels, the Love and Let Spy series, Rogues & Rebels, and the Runaway Desires series. An English professor, she’s currently finding her happily ever after in Kentucky while holding onto her Midwestern roots. Find her online at

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