The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling 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?
I like that the woman on the cover is wearing a dress that features in the book!
I’ll admit: I read this one because the author is Sabrina Jeffries; not because of the blurb. If there’s one thing I dislike in historical romance, it’s the lady who dresses as a man and goes gallivanting about London at night.
However, I thought this one was done well, and it wasn’t as farfetched as this theme usually is. Jeffries always writes in an engaging way – she’s one of those authors whose style I always enjoy.
There are plenty of popular historical romance tropes in this book, but I think they were all tweaked a little and made fresh. I liked the way the forced marriage was dealt with, and the fact both characters were actually okay with it. I liked that both of them were (largely) sensible when it came to dealing with problems they fell into.
I’m usually bored out of my mind by scenes involving card-playing (no idea why; it’s just a thing for me), but I didn’t mind those in this book either!
While past characters from the series are in the book, I don’t think it will be a problem for readers new to the series.
A few little things:
Firstly, I’m not sure why there’s a fad in historical romance at the moment to have all the characters masturbating or at least talking about masturbating, but it’s weird. The scene where the hero stopped in Bedford Square for a quick wank on his way home from spying on the heroine was… I really wish that hadn’t been in there!
The other thing was that near the end hero and heroine have a conversation in front of his brother. In that conversation she tells him she loves him, and she talks about her nephew. Shortly afterwards the brother doesn’t seem to know either of those things!
And I wish the characters didn’t keep saying ‘off of’!
A solid read, however.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.