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Life as a lady-in-waiting for Mary Queen of Scots isn’t at all what Isabel Tait expected. But she must either tolerate the mindless partying and ceaseless backstabbing of Mary’s other ladies, or risk being sent home to a forced marriage. She’d almost rather return to her family—if not for a certain handsome gentleman who arouses a new desire in her, something she’s never before experienced. Of course, he’ll never notice her…

Gavin Cade is on a mission. Tasked with spying on the Queen, he’s found the perfect woman to help. Sweet, shy Isabel is an easy target for his charms. Before he knows what’s happened, he is the one beguiled. With the fate of England in the balance, he must keep his plan to expose the treasonous queen a secret, or he will never seduce his sweet English rose.

Because there’s one thing he’s learned about Isabel Tait…she’s got a backbone of steel and may never forgive him.


An intriguing story with great characters.” -Petula W., Goodreads

“Well written and well executed, with history and fiction interwoven together to make a conflicting, and compelling story. The plot will pull you in from the first page to the last.” -April R., NetGalley

Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle is a complex tale of intrigue and romance.” -Cat Q., Goodreads

“This book gave me everything I would want in a historical romance, our hero was dreamy, our heroine was smart (and not just a beautiful damsel - though she was also that) and the surrounding plot was well thought out with a nicely written world.  I enjoyed a brief escape into this novel and would recommend to anyone looking for the same.” -Jennifer K., Goodreads

“Strong believable characters & a fast paced story all made this a captivating read.” -Janet B., Goodreads

A riveting story of politics and intrigue.” -Suzette P., Goodreads

“This story is filled with intrigue, twists and turns, danger and love. I highly recommend this book.” -Carol B., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640638099
Series: Spies in Love, Book 2
Release Date: Jun 24, 2019
Page Count: 366
Imprint: amara next
Genre: historical
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, friends to lovers

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By Jennifer June 17, 2019

I was given an digital advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for this review and opinions are my own.

Game of Spies is a historical romance novel set in the Elizabethan era and focuses on the little court of Mary Queen of Scotts in he ...more

By Janet June 21, 2019

4.25 Stars
Isabel Tait had lived a very sheltered but abusive life until the day the Countess of Shrewsbury arrived & Isabel suddenly found herself a lady in waiting for Mary Queen of Scots. She must either tolerate the mindless partying and ceaseless backstabbing of Mary’s other ladies, or risk bein ...more

By Lori June 24, 2019

The last thing Isabel wanted to do was marry, but she knew that was her only option since her mother was getting married again and did not seem to want her around. In an unexpected happening, she was asked to be a lady in waiting for Mary Queen of Scots. It seemed like a good idea and would save her ...more

By Jamie Lee June 27, 2019

Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle was my first book by this author and I really liked it. The story was good and I really enjoyed reading it. I will read this author again. ...more

By Scotti LeeMarie, June 14, 2019

3.5 stars, best enjoyed with mulled wine by firelight.

Isabel Tait has known little of the world outside of her home where she lived with her mother, half brothers, and recently deceased step father, who was not a very nice man, other than the world can be a cruel place. Cloistered all her life, she ...more

By April June 10, 2019

Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle is Book 2 in
"The Spies in Love" series, which can be read as a stand alone. Books in the series thus far:
Book 1 "Mistress Spy"
Book 2 "Game of Spies"

Well written and well excuted, with history and fiction interwoven together to make a conflicting, and compelling story ...more

By Nicole June 09, 2019

This novel was an enjoyable read, during the time where Mary, Queen of Scots in under house arrest by Queen Elizabeth. Isabel Tait has had a terrible childhood and at present a not good adulthood. She jumps at the opportunity to be a lady in waiting to Mary. Isabel is kind, intelligent, but naive to ...more

By SH June 30, 2019

Game of Spies centres around the time of Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Elizabeth. Whilst being imprisoned in England, Isabel Tait is given the task to be her lady-in-waiting. Isabel (Bel) at 25 years of age, considers herself a spinster and fears that her only way to marriage is through her mot ...more

By Carole June 11, 2019

I really enjoyed how this author put her own spin on Mary Queen of Scots' story while she was imprisoned in various castles by her cousin Queen Elizabeth.

Isabel Tait finds herself as the new lady-in-waiting to Mary and feels much sympathy for the imprisoned queen. She also vows never to betray her ...more

By Petula June 08, 2019

Isabel Tait has never left home before but her mother wants to get remarried and wants her out of the home.
Luckily before she is forced into a loveless marriage she is offered a respectable alternative. Little does our naive heroine know, that what she's getting into when she joins the exciled Quee ...more

By Roslyn June 24, 2019

This is the second book in the series and more intense and complicated than the first. This book was much longer and had you guessing and waiting to see who the bad guys are. I enjoyed how Queen Mary was portrayed. The hero was very sweet with a big heart that had been hurt but realized he could hav ...more

Game of Spies by Pamela Mingle is book two in the Spies in Love Series. This is the story of Gavin Cade and Isabel Tait. I have read the previous book but feel you could easily make this a standalone book. Isabel is a very smart women who is one of the ladies in waiting for the Queen, but its become ...more

By Zsa July 23, 2019

Amid the royal court shifting alliances, intrigue, schemes and murder coalesce. Lady in waiting to The Queen of Scots, Isabel Tait isn't prepared to the savage realities of palace life. However she must adjust as the alternatives are not desirable for Isabel. Gavin Cade a member of the royal househo ...more

By Suzette June 24, 2019

A riveting story of politics and intrigue. Isabel is thrust into a world for which she is not prepared. It is complicated by her attraction to Gavin who is on a mission and fighting his feelings for her. The author leads us this perilous journey while the two try to unravel all the pieces of the puz ...more

By Jill July 14, 2019

I really liked this book. I wasn't sure what I was getting into with the book set in the late 1500's. However, this book has everything I like in it...mystery,intrigue, a famous character and ROMANCE. ...more

By Marianne June 23, 2019

I really enjoyed our teo heroes. Gavin is such a good man, caught in a political web. Isabel is in over her head, but quickly catches on to the chaos on Mary's court...will they survive? Its a good read, hope you enjoy it. ...more

By Heather June 10, 2019

Game of Spies is a great historical story that is well written and has great characters. This is the second in the series, but can be read as a standalone. I must go back and read the first. A must read. ...more

By Pat June 02, 2020

This historical romance had suspense, action, drama along with nice romance. The story moved at a nice pace and was well-written. The characters were interesting and likable. Very enjoyable read. ...more

By SynergyQuest October 29, 2019

Game of Spies is a captivating story. Pulling from real events in history, the author crafts a tale of two characters, on opposing sides, who find affection in-spite of their allegiances. The only thing I didn’t like about this read was the heroine’s sympathetic nature that edged on lunacy at times. ...more

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Pamela Mingle

About the author

Pamela Mingle

Pamela Mingle found her third career as a writer after many years as a teacher and reference librarian. Her love of historical romance was nurtured by Shakespeare and Jane Austen, and her novels have all been set either in the Elizabethan or Regency periods. Many long walks in England, Scotland, and Wales have given her a strong sense of place around which to build her stories. Game of Spies, her newest book, follows Mistress Spy, both part of the Spies in Love series.

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