Title: The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful Suitors #4)
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books, Gallery, Threshold
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Genre: Historical, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: ~400 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars
Complete with the signature charm, “delectably witty dialogue…and scorching sexual chemistry” (Booklist) she is known for, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is back with the fourth romance in the Sinful Suitors series!
When Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel, he expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.
Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with….But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?
I only have minor reservation over this book, the chief one being the (male on) cover that doesn’t appear Niall-y. Not that THAT even a word, but I do feel the cover didn’t give the Earl of Margrave justice. And I wasn’t that big a fan of Niall – or so I thought – until I read this book.
Forgive my ramblings. It’s just this book was such a delight for me. For a second chance and misunderstanding story, the account and event/action that attributed to the prolonged separation between Niall and Brilliana were believable. Ditto both reason for not wanting to reveal the truth to the other. There’s a lot of hurt and misunderstanding involved, yes. Also not so pretty introspections. Yet somehow, the author weaved her magic and came up with a charming and entertaining tale to reunite the star-crossed lovers.
The alternate POVs gave insight into Bree and Niall’s thought and feeling also show transition from faking affection to real one. Although I often felt Niall to be too fixated on carnal aspects whenever he’s with Bree and the puzzle of whodunnit was too easy to predict to my liking. Even so, in a Sabrina Jeffries‘s fashion the hero and heroine found the way to solve it the unconventional way by engaging help from an unlikely ally.
That brought me to the supporting characters who helped in boosting up the story for me, even those who seemingly annoying then turned up to be more than okay. One such person – Lord Fulkham – is about to have his own story and – after the many mentions and machinations this Baron had in the series so far – I for one just couldn’t wait to get my hand on his book. April 2018 couldn’t come soon enough!
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.