Title: An Affair Downstairs (A Thornbrook Park Romance, book #2)
Genre: Historical Romance/Edwardian
Author: Sherri Browning
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 6, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
The attraction of the forbidden cannot be suppressed…
Lady Alice Emerson is entirely unsatisfied with the endless stream of boring suitors her family finds appropriate. She wants something more. Something daring. Something real. Each tiresome new suitor only serves to further inflame Lady Alice’s combustible attraction to Thornbrook Park’s rugged, manly estate manager, Logan Winthrop. Despite Logan’s stubborn attempts to avoid her, Lady Alice is irresistible, and so is the forbidden desire exploding between them…
Lady Alice is the daughter of an Earl. Logan Winthrop is the second son of a Baron. Alice’s sister, Sophia, thinks that Alice can and should make an effort to marry someone more aristocratic than her estate manager, Logan. However, Lady Alice doesn’t want to marry at all. She just wants to have an affair with Logan. All manner of trouble ensues as Sophia pushes forth her agenda, Alice refuses to submit to Sophia but attempts to seduce Logan and Logan finds himself falling in love. Toss in The Earl of Ralston, who refuses to take no for an answer and you have this absolutely absorbing read.
I could not put this book down. Two nights in a row I burned the midnight oil well into the wee hours. Every time I thought I had come to a stopping point Ms. Browning upped the ante with another surprise or twist.
This is the second book in Ms. Browning’s A Thornbrook Park Series. It is a standalone novel featuring characters from the first book. I was so impressed with this author’s writing that I’m definitely going to read the first book and any future books in this series. But you will not be lost if you start with this well written entry.
I was put off a bit by the marketing of this book as akin to “Downton Abby” and by the title. No place in this book could I find an “affair downstairs”. Logan, although working as an estate manager for an Earl, was the brother of a Baron and therefore a member of the aristocracy, albeit on the fringe. The only allusion to the Edwardian era was train and auto use and travel. The manners and mores of the era, as portrayed, could have been from any year in the 19th or early 20th century. Normally I would have deducted points on my review for these annoyances but this was such a well written story that I am staying with my 5 star opinion.