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Published by Pocket Books on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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?
The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2)
I’ll take the Reward…and Edwin too.
Romance readers…Historical Romance fans…lovers of LOVE…let me welcome to the stage…Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough. Also known as Hero of the Day!!! Yep, The Study of Seduction is going on my Favourites of 2016 list. This book…geez…I struggle to explain it…but this book is EXACTLY why I love historical romance. The hero is a stuffy, arrogant, know-it-all (think Mr Darcy) who acts like he is surrounded by buffoons. The heroine is an intelligent, quirky and beautiful woman who knows how to keep men in their place. When the two of them are together…the sparks fly. He can’t control his emotions and she loses her ability to control…HIM.
The start of the story sees Edwin and Clarissa butting heads and slinging insults…but there is an attraction that neither can deny.
Clarissa has no plans to marry ever, but unfortunately, some of the men of the ton didn’t get the memo. One, in particular, won’t take no for an answer and has made it very clear that he wants her…and will do ANYTHING to get her. Clarissa, at first, thought she could handle it, but Count Durand’s threats get worse and worse. Her cousin Warren was taking the threat seriously and was very worried about her safety. Unfortunately, Warren can’t be in two places at once and Clarissa’s brother Niall is having some problems overseas and he must go and help him. Warren asks his best friend Edwin to take his place in protecting Clarissa.
Edwin couldn’t think of anything worse. This woman makes him feel…things. Edwin has a reputation for being a little stuffy and very honest. He says things exactly as he sees them which hasn’t exactly helped him when it comes to theladies. He is thinking about finding a wife and plans to spend a season in town when his friend asks him to watch over Clarissa. Edwin is worried. Clarissa makes him feel a lot. Lust, anger, amusement and frustration are emotions he feels regularly in her company. Clarissa has been his little sister’s best friend for many years, so he knows her very well. Or, he thinks he does.
The Study of Seduction sucked me in from the very beginning. I loved Edwin and Clarissa and enjoyed seeing them together. The emotions they bring out in each other vary from anger to humour to passion. Edwin is my favourite type of Historical Romance hero where you can see his bottled-up passions desperate to come out but suppressed because of his gentleman like ways. This guy…I loved seeing him come out of his shell. He thought he wanted a certain type of woman (boring) but the woman he ended up with (exciting), was the exact opposite.
Clarissa and Edwin have dealt with a lot in their past, but what made them perfect for each other was their ability to look past the surface and see what was hiding inside. Edwin was stuffy but with Clarissa’s help learnt to show emotions and feelings. Clarissa had lived through a horrible experience which made her give the outward appearance of happiness, but really hid her loneliness. Edwin gives her the strength to face her past, deal with it and move on a stronger woman.
A story without fault…well pretty damn close. I loved The Study of Seduction and Sabrina Jeffries has done a superb job. She has created a wonderful story with a hero that you can’t help but love and a heroine that you can’t help but admire. I will definitely be reading this story again and again.