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Advance Review- The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries

The pleasures of passion

Title: The Pleasures of Passion (Sinful suitors, book #4)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Pocketbooks, June 20, 2017, preorder available
Pages: 401
Rating: 4
Sexy rating: 5
Violence rating: 4
Description from Amazon:

When Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel, he expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.

Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with….But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?

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There is a lot going on in the first 50 pages so you better pay attention. This is a lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers trope that works because Ms. Jeffries is really adept at this kind of plotting. She does quite a bit of info dumping in the guise of dialog, which does make it more palatable. There is a mystery going on as to whom is the counterfeiter with some red herrings thrown in the path of our solving. As with most misunderstandings in HR we do wish that the Hero and Heroine would just confess their secrets to each other and get on with it, although, there are good reasons to stay quiet. This gets a bit exciting when the villain is uncovered.

Sabrina Jeffries has once again crafted a lusciously sensuous and intriguing addition to a very entertaining series. This is a standalone book so no problems if you are new to the series. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and recommend them to all Historical Romance readers.

 

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Recent Release Review- The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

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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

Pages: 416

Rating: 4

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?

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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.

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Cover Love- The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jefferies

For some cover love, here we have Sabrina Jeffries new book and Sinful Suitors Series coming in July.  Does this guy make your heart pound? You have to believe he is a Rake and a Rogue and up to no good.  This book is available for pre-order.

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Recent Release Review-How The Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jefferies

Title:  How The Scoundrel Seduces (The Dukes Men, book#3)

How The Scoundrel Seduces

 Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jefferies

Publisher: Pocket Books, August 19,2014

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com:

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life—to make sure that his half-brother George can’t ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke’s Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn’t expect to uncover Lady Zoe’s family secrets, as well…or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.

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This was action packed and it brought a conclusion to the problems of Dominick and Tristan as well as Zoe. Zoe was a bit headstrong and Tristan seemed incapable of saying “no” and meaning it.  But if all works out then we have to be happy for her stubbornness.  There were some surprises that added to the enjoyment of the story.  Side characters from the previous books made cameo appearances and tied the series together.  While this is book#3, it is a standalone novel. There were hints that Dom might find love in a future book.

Ms. Jefferies brought her usual lusciously romantic, well constructed plot along with characters that speak realistic dialog.  Always true to the time period, she brings it alive with her prose.

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Review- Wed Him Before You Bed Him by Sabrina Jefferies

Title: Wed Him Before You Bed Him

(Book  6 in The School for Heiresses series)

Genre: Historical Romance

Author: Sabrina Jefferies

Source: Library

Rating: 3.5

Sexy rating: 5

Description from Amazon.com: At eighteen, Charlotte Page made a life-altering mistake. She wronged a man in an impulsive act that she came to deeply regret, though it led her to her present life as Mrs. Charlotte Harris, owner of Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies. Unbeknownst to her, that man is now her anonymous benefactor, the mysterious “Cousin Michael.” His masquerade began as preparation for a devastating revenge, but became a labor of love. Now Charlotte desperately needs his help. Can he save her from disaster as his real self without revealing the ugly secret behind his charade? Or will the mistakes of both their pasts tear them apart forever?

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This was not my favorite Jefferies novel. Perhaps because I did not read the other books in this series (School For Heiresses) I could not get vested in the characters. When I don’t like the H/h then it puts me off the book. There was just too much deceit on the part of David and not enough mystery surrounding his wife’s death. Charlotte was just too stubborn to be likable. That said, Jefferies is masterful with her words and knows how to move a plot along.

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