The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2) by Sabrina Jeffries
Release Date: March 22, 2016
Synopsis: 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 whip-smart, 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. Too bad 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?
Review: The story starts off a bit slow, but once they are married and at his country residence, things pick up. The villain and conflict were believable, the passion good (not great), and the characters were well rounded. The second book in the series wasn’t as good as the first, but I do like the two main characters and their story was entertaining. Sabrina Jeffries knows how to tell a great regency romantic tale, and Clarissa is a strong female character. I did sort of want more from the male lead, Edwin, but he didn’t disappoint either. Nothing stands out as awesome, but it was not a bad read at all. It was enjoyable and I do look forward to Warren’s story. Jeffries Hellions of Halstead Hall still stands as my absolute favorite series by Jeffries, and this story doesn’t stack up in comparison to those books or her School for Heiresses series. In the end, not my favorite of hers, but not bad or poorly written (wonderfully written as always), I just couldn’t connect with Edwin as a male character and the plot could have had more.
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.