Title: The Danger of Desire (The Sinful Suitors, book #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket books, Nov. 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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?
Who writes those book blurbs like the one above? Delia and Warren meet at a lawn party where Delia’s friend Clarissa (Warren’s cousin) wants Warren to keep an eye on her friend because she thinks something is wrong but she doesn’t know what it could be. So Warren follows Delia to the gaming hell and discovers what she has been up to. Warren on the other hand has his own secrets. Secrets that would cause him embarrassment if he were to reveal them. He decides that Delia’s refusal to give up her nightly sojourns to the clubs means in all good conscience that he must continue to protect her and try to dissuade her.
There is nothing particularly new in this book. We have a heroine who dresses as a man to wade into the gentleman’s realm, a soul-tortured, rakehell hero and again a will-she-won’t-she scenario. This is a long book with a rather slow start. BUT don’t ever count out a talent like Sabrina Jeffries. This book takes off about a third of the way in and you are in for a wild ride. There are surprises ahead that keep the pages turning and the midnight oil burning. This is a delightful addition to a most entertaining series.