Title: The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2)
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books
Expected publishing date: March 22, 2016
Genre: Historical, Romance
Page count: 384 pages
Rating: 3.75 Stars
A marriage of convenience ignites into a passionate love affair in the hotly anticipated second novel in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s addictive Sinful Suitors series!
When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the witty, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife…if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Yet he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.
Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?
♦ Personal Thoughts ♦
Just the thought of Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, and Lady Clarissa Lindsey having their own book had me giddy with anticipation. Reading brief their interactions in “The Heiress and The Hothead” novella (part of What Happens Under the Mistletoe anthology) promised delicious tale between these two. I’m happy to be proven right.
The two characters were just awesome; I loved Edwin and his take no prisoners attitude and Clarissa’s refusal to cower even when cornered and freeze from fear. Throughout the book the suppressed attraction between them were just… Gah! When they finally admitted to their feelings and acted on it; man was I gleefully applauded them.
The St. George’s brotherhood were only involved in the nick of time, of course with the reappearance of Warren Cory (it amazed me that somehow matters settled themselves quickly with his take charge manners as soon as he arrived), which both delighted and irked me. The irk part was on the rushed closing. How within hours Durant made his biggest threat, the challenge, the late hours visit to Lord Fulkham, the villain’s demise, and the solving of big issue.
Another minor issue was pretty trifling. I was just curious that there’s very little mention of Stephen Cory and his wife Amanda (née Keane) given Amanda’s part of Edwin’s relative and Stephen was Warren’s youngest sibling. Nothing significant there, I know.
But overall, I loved this installment of the series and looking forward to Warren’s story in the next book. 🙂
ARC is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the exchange of a fair and honest review.