Rae reads... One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes

About the book:

Vengeance never dies …
When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin’s murder she never would have guessed she’d end up in the arms of a thief. At least, that’s what she assumes when she discovers Lucas Stone breaking into a private safe.
Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester, has a reputation for arrogance and a soft-spot for his sister, which is how he ends up in the predicament of hiding behind a curtain at midnight with the dreadfully dull Miss Gemma Lancaster. But he soon discovers appearances can be deceiving when the country mouse turns into a spitfire in front of his eyes and she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with him.
Though one is chasing a blackmailer and the other a murderer, they quickly realize they are on the hunt for the same villain. Now they must work together, which would be fine, if they could decide if they’d rather fall in love or kill one another.

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My thoughts:

Gemma and Lucas had great chemistry and their interactions were fiery and passionate. They worked great as a team to find out the identity of the blackmailer and murderer. I loved that Gemma was so determined to discover the truth. Lucas was perfect as a strong and likeable love interest. I also thought Beatrice was a great addition to the story. It was interesting to see her character develop.

The mystery over who was behind everything kept my interest throughout. I loved the brisk pace of the plot and my attention was held right through to the conclusion of the story.

Overall:

The characters and story were well written and at times I felt totally immersed in the story.

Four and a half stars from me!

Thank you to Entangled Publishing & Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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