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Published: March 22, 2016
Number of pages: 357
Genre: Romance, Historical
Series: The Sinful Suitors #2
*This book contains sexual scenes
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?
What did I think of this book:
I absolutely loved this book. In fact I think I may have even liked it better than the first. This was the story of Lady Clarissa and Edwin. In this story we learn of a tragic event that happened in Clarissa's passed and how it has affected her entire life and her relationships. Edwin steps in to protect her when her cousin has to leave the country which is a fun part of the story. Reading how these two banter back and forth was cute. Edwin has his own issues with falling in love and does not believe he will ever be in love due to things he saw in his childhood between his own parents. Another thing I really liked is that you get a sense of both Clarissa's and Edwin's characters, feelings and such to see who they really are. It made them feel like real people. Clarissa's mom was a fun character, I just loved her and the things she says. She kind of reminded me of the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey. We get just a glimpse of Yvette and her husband which was nice as I liked them as well. There are plenty of steamy scenes in this book but there is also some nail biting scences. I could not put this book down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series so we can see who it is about. We shall she what the author gives us.
About the author:Sabrina Jeffries is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than three dozen historical romances. Whatever time is not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, music, and costume parties. With more than eight million books in print in twenty different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. She always dreams big. Facebook (Sabrina's page)