Also by this author: The Danger of Desire
Published by Simon and Schuster on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Regency, General
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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?
Sabrina Jeffries in her latest romance A Study in Seduction told a quiet a love story between the stodgy Edwin Barlow, Earl of Blackborough and his friends cousin the very sharped tongue Lady Clarissa Lindsey. The love story that Jeffries writes is a very heartfelt and romantic one, but the danger aspect of the story left me perplexed. I honestly never felt that the young lady was in that big of peril and that I think that aspect just made the plot drag. I know the danger was a plot device, to propel the romantic story, but the aspect of danger was mild at best. If the ‘lady in peril’ aspect was removed from the book, the book is still a solidly written historical romance.
The emotional depth that these two characters come to rely on is what truly makes this book one worth reading. Poor Clarissa has had the weight on her shoulders for so many years it is surprising that she was able to navigate society as well as she does. She has a social face, but also blames herself greatly for the turmoil her family has been in for years. Edwin has cut himself off from life and has decided that he will live as he has unencumbered by emotions. He needs to keep his family safe and above reproach, as his family has somewhat of a scandalous past. Because of this his focus becomes keeping Clarissa safe at all cost. These two characters, at first, when mixed together are like oil and vinegar, at first, but they soon realize that they can blend and do make wonderful romance. They are able to heal each other and bring out the best in one another, even though their past have wounded them, they are not the sum of all that has befallen them.