Title: The Danger of Desire
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #3
Genre: Historical Romance (1830s)
Available: 22nd Nov
The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Timesbestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.
To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.
Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?
Source: ARC from Pocket Books via NetGalley
The Sinful Suitors return for a fun third installment featuring an unconventional miss who excels at cards and a hero who makes no secret of his night time habits. There’s a mystery, an unwanted attraction and more family dramas than you could shake an elegant sword stick at. All of which adds up to an easy, enjoyable read.
I liked both Warren and Delia, for the most part. I liked that Warren makes no secret of what he gets up to at night and he does have reasons for his behaviour. He’s roguish and charming and witty, but also protective and caring, with secrets of his own that he tries very hard to hide. Delia is clever too and I loved how easily she spars with Warren, how she never has to hide her intelligence from him. However, her mix of worldliness and naivety got rather annoying with regards to her gaming. The longer that went on the more obvious it became that she was just headstrong and stubborn, rather than willing to listen to reason.
The romance is given plenty of time to grow from initial intrigue and attraction into something deeper. Delia isn’t conventionally beautiful, but I liked that even from the start Warren could see beauty in her. I wasn’t entirely convinced by some of the chemistry between them at times – the folly scene seemed more because it was expected than anything else – but they do make a good partnership and I enjoyed seeing them grow closer.
The mystery is intriguing for most of the book, but resolved a little quickly, and I’ll admit I was a bit confused at the start about who was related to who (and I’ve read the rest of the series). On the whole, though, this is a fun, enjoyable read that should standalone well enough for newcomers to enjoy as much as existing fans of the series.
The Danger of Desire is out November 22nd.
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