Review: One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes

One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 237
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



London, 1812. 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.


Review:  One Step Behind by Brianna Labuskes is a highly entertaining read. This historical romance brings readers to a clandestine mission that’s hot, sexy, and too good to miss. Brianna Labuskes has created a female heroine that isn’t anything like the normal woman of the time period. The character isn’t flawlessly beautifully in a way defined by the ton back then. However, her natural beauty and attitude attract the attention of the one man she can’t stop thinking about…and it so happens that they are one step behind each other. Bringing forth a man whose reputation and looks make him the most eligible bachelor and to have him fall for a normal, everyday, looking woman made me cheer for Brianna Labuskes novel. I loved how the writer brilliantly made her tale more three-dimensional to her readers. I felt like I had traveled back in time to watch the scenes unfold.

One Step Behind brings forth two unlikely characters and places them into each other’s lives. From there the heat rises and readers’ curiosity will be prickling with suspense. Every page is thrilling with adventure, mystery, and romance. I am in awe of Brianna Labuskes talent. Her characters are charming, strong, and sassy. The determination and good looks combo from both characters created a feisty spark that never dies. The build up of desire is an intensity that will shake readers’ core. Hearts may just fall and crumble from the relationship that draws all into the plot. A murder being searched for and a top bachelor who knows how to steal…will captivate readers attention quickly. Fast-paced and daring. I loved reading One Step Behind. It’s a regency era novel, I couldn’t put down…