Thursday, March 24, 2016

REVIEW: "The Study of Seduction" by Sabrina Jeffries


The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, #2)
(Sinful Suitors #2)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Victorian England

Pocket Books -- March 22, 2016
eARC, 384 pages
Read in March 2016
Received from Netgalley

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RATING: 4 STARS

SUMMARY
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?


THEMES AND TROPES
Jilted Groom, Opposites Attract, Pretend Relationship, Stoic Hero, Tormented Heroine

READING CHALLENGES
2016 Pick Your Genre Reading Challenge

MY THOUGHTS 
Sabrina Jeffries is one of my go-to authors in historical romance.  Due to that, I have been intrigued by the character of Edwin, the Earl of Blakeborough, for a few books now.  Readers first knew Edwin as the betrothed, and later jilted groom, of Jane in If the Viscount Falls.  He then acted as the protective older brother of Yvette in The Art of Sinning.  Now Edwin gets to take center stage along with Lady Clarissa in the beautifully written and entertaining The Study of Seduction.

Edwin has known Clarissa for a long time and, while he is physically attracted to her, he knows that they would make a terrible match.  So he continues his search for the perfect wife, a woman who would be sweet, sensible, and uncomplicated.  Unfortunately, Clarissa's cousin needs to leave the country for a family matter and he asks Edwin to help keep an eye on her since she has recently been dealing with a stalker.  This starts a series of events that force Clarissa and Edwin to learn more about one another and face their undeniable chemistry.

I just adored both main characters in this book.  Edwin is exactly the type of hero that I love reading about in historical romance.  He is a intelligent, genuine person who does not suffer fools and is uncomfortable in many social situations...very Mr. Darcy-like.  I love seeing these types of heroes fall head over heels for a woman who is perfect for them though they don't ever know it for awhile.  Clarissa gives off an impression of being a carefree, social butterfly, but she is hiding a dark secret that has her avoiding marriage at all costs.  What I loved most about Clarissa's character was her emotional strength and

The plot of The Study of Seduction is complex and full of drama.  In addition to the romantic entanglements, there is also the case of Clarissa's stalker who is a powerful French diplomat.  Edwin and Clarissa must try to stay one step ahead of the diplomat in order to prevent him from destroying both their reputations and their lives.  I did think that the stalker was a bit over-the-top in his villainy and I wish there had been more development of his character rather than just crazy and evil.  But, the danger element did force the protagonists to take steps much quicker than they probably normally would have.

I was very happy with The Study of Seduction.  I found it to be engrossing and stayed up way too late reading which is always a good sign.  Sabrina Jeffries did right by Edwin and also gave readers a heroine who is just as fabulous as him.  Of course, now this makes me excited to try the next book in the series which will feature the Marquess of Knightford, Clarissa's cousin.  I'm also hoping that Clarissa's brother, Niall, will end up with his own book in the future.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1) The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors, #2) The Danger of Desire (Sinful Suitors, #3)

3 comments:

  1. I've never read Sabrina Jeffries! I'm always so nervous to try new-to-me historical romance authors. It's silly, I know. But I think I HAVE to read this, because I can't pass by an Mr. Darcy-like hero!

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    1. This might be a good starting point for you because of the hero. Sabrina Jeffries always delivers an entertaining historical for me. Definitely one of my auto-buy authors.

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  2. Great review! I also really liked this one and will be reading the other books in this series! Edwin was totally Darcy-like and so level headed and awesome for Clarissa! The sparks once they finally got together flew!!

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