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Peek Inside One Step Behind

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 Imogen Lancaster. But he soon discovers appearances can be deceiving when the country mouse turns into a spitfire in front of his eyes. 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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Vengeance never dies …

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.

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757585
Release Date: Sep 26, 2016
Page Count: 307
Imprint: select historical
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: fake engagement, revenge

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By Sissy's Romance Book Review September 25, 2016

'One Step Behind' by Brianna Labuskes is the story of Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester and Imogen Lancaster.
Imogen was an orphan that was taken in by her Aunt and Uncle. Imogen became close to her cousin and felt like he was a brother. Then he was murdered. So Imogen has left the country to c... ...more

By Tijuana *BookTwinsReviews* September 12, 2016

Title: One Step Behind
Author: Brianna Labuskes
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Type: Regency Romance

She thinks he’s a thief; he thinks she’s dowdy country mouse, but when Gemma Lancaster and Lucas Stone join forces to catch a murderer they get more than they bargain for. This is a story of intrigu... ...more

By Brittany September 03, 2016

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a really good read. There is Gemma who is trying to solve her cousin's murder and Lucas trying to find a blackmailer. They come across each other and decide to team up. I enjoyed this read a great deal. It had a great story... ...more

By Katherina September 27, 2016

This book is one of the rare cases where the story was exactly what I hoped for after reading the synopsis: there is witty banter, romance and mystery, all nicely wrapped up in a nice flowing story. I especially like the secondary romance story. I can definitely recommend the book! For more roman... ...more

By Bookwormlover September 05, 2016

A Regency romance with a little murder mystery. The main characters were cute.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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By Abby October 11, 2016

This book is a fast, fun, and spirited read. I absolutely love Bri's writing: It's simple and elegant, yet full of wit. I don't typically read romances, but this one drew me in with the sharp characters and driving plot. The mystery at the center of the narrative propels the action forward as Gem... ...more

By Janet September 09, 2016

London, 1812. When the unconventional Gemma Lancaster embarked on a mission to infiltrate high society and avenge her beloved cousin’s Nigel’s murder. She is hunting for Nigel’s watch when she encounters Lucas Stone, the Earl of Winchester who is looking for the person who is blackmailing him. Th... ...more

By Gretchen September 30, 2016

Amazing!!! Loved!!! Fresh & Wonderful!!

Just a few words to describe this wonderful historical romance.

Set in the early 1800’s, there aren’t tons of characters and the story isn’t just about finding a husband and the strange ways they did this during this time. I have read numerous historical... ...more

By Negar August 28, 2016

Ha! He's so shocked that she's calm.

He's totally already in love.

Madame LeCroix is probably Mrs. Cross.

Haha! Take some dancing lessons, Peterson!

Yeah, the couple who commits crime together, stays together.

Good for her. I love how she stands up for herself.

That's what happens when you go all... ...more

By Amanda December 14, 2016

4 star read, very enjoyable story, likable hero and heroine. Imogen is looking for the person who she believes murdered her cousin. She has breached London society, but pretends to be as dull as dishwater so she can hide in plain sight.
Lucas is also searching for someone. The man who is blackmai... ...more

By Patricia June 07, 2017

Wow. What can I say about this book? It had me hooked from the first paragraph. Gemma is trying to find a murderer; Lucas is on the trail of a blackmailer. Could they be looking for the same person? Excellent mystery. Loved the tension between Gemma and Lucas, and the plot kept me on edge. Great... ...more

By Alexia February 09, 2017

I really enjoyed this story and the banter between the hero and heroine. Kept me up reading way past my bedtime. ...more

By Lindsey October 25, 2016

4.5 Stars!

I, for one, love a little intrigue mixed in with my romance fix. When I read the summary for One Step Behind, I knew I would be in for a treat. I got so much more than I ever imagined.

This debut from author Brianna Labuskes hits all the best elements of a romantic mystery. We have the d... ...more

By Phoenix77 October 26, 2016

I’m going to put Brianna Labuskes in the rare category of a romance author who gets most of it right in her début work. One Step Behind is a great example of a complete romance from strangers, to friends, to lovers and making it believable. Mixed in with all the relationship hurdles is a mystery... ...more

By Mike November 25, 2016

There are books for which I'm willing to suspend a bit more belief than usual, and overlook some editing issues, because I like the characters. This is one.

Regency romance, as far as I can tell from reading several of them, tends to use the social restrictions on women and the class distinctions... ...more

By Austine (NovelKnight) September 26, 2016

What's romance without a little murder?

We're back in regency London where the ton are gossiping away about one scandal or another, playing matchmakers with their children, and ignoring one Gemma Lancaster. All except Lord Lucas Stone who knows there is more to the young woman than her easily over... ...more

By Mommaleena September 30, 2016

•Murderer—Blackmailer
This story is set in London in 1812, when women were wallflowers that attended parties and balls waiting for suitors to as for their hand in marriage. It will have you smiling from the get go, as well as being a love story full of mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is my... ...more

By Brigitte February 07, 2017

It's 1812 in London and the season where the high society gather to impress and find suitable spouses.

Gemma is in London to discover what really happened to her cousin. The last thing on her mind is to find herself a husband. She doesn't dress to impress and does her best to go unnoticed. She is... ...more

By Katie September 24, 2016

**4.5 star review**
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog.

One Step Behind is a historical romance novel by Brianna Labuskes. It is set in London, 1812 and we meet the unconventional Miss Gemma Lancaster who is on a mission to avenger her cousin’s murder by infiltrating the high societ... ...more

By Eva September 26, 2016

one step behind is a delightful regency romance with a little hint of mystery mixed in to spice things up. gemma lancaster and lucas stone keep tripping over each other, she is searching for her cousin's murderer and he is searching for his sister's blackmailer. when they realize their suspects o... ...more

By Brenda September 26, 2016

Publisher's Description:

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 Luc... ...more

By Lynn October 05, 2016

Gemma Lancaster is trying hard to be a sleuth. Lucas Stone is good at seeing beyond the surface. I love that Gemma has an attitude and won’t take nothin’ from Lucas. Something else I loved was her supposed animosity toward him. He has a sneaky streak that left me wanting to see what else he had u... ...more

By Marie September 27, 2016

I don't do a lot of historical romance but I found that I enjoyed this one. It was a bit of a slow burn and but more than enough romance, intrigue, action, and great dialogue. The writing in this book is so good that I am certain that I will be rereading it often. It has managed to make my very s... ...more

By Rachel October 01, 2016

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 inter... ...more

By Harmony October 02, 2016

This book hooked me from the very first chapter. The characters were dynamic and fun. Gemma is a strong woman able to take care of herself. She is fearless and loyal and loving. I identified with her straight away.

Lucas is the kind of hero that makes me melt. Protective, but respectful and doesn... ...more

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Brianna Labuskes

About the author

Brianna Labuskes

My life-long dream was to join the ranks of the superstar women who penned the romance novels — from historicals to contemporaries and everything in between — of which I could never quite get enough. I try to write the books I want to read, with spunky heroines who save the day while their heroes watch in awe and admiration. My debut novel, One Step Behind, is being released Sept. 26 through Entangled Publishing. I’m so excited for everyone to read it! Pre-order it here! When I’m not writing, you can find me playing with my two adorable nieces (but, really, how cute are they?), editing health care policy news (while expounding the virtues of journalism) and watching too much Netflix (and no chill. just Netflix). I also love travel, feminism, country music and hearing from you, so please reach out! All my love, Bri

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