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 witty, 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. Yet 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?
Review: When it comes to Regency romance, Sabrina Jeffries ranks high on my list of “go to” authors.
With her latest Sinful Suitors series, she has created a new cast of characters who easily captivate the reader’s attention, providing a front row seat to watch debutantes reform even the most seasoned rake.
The Study of Seduction marks the second story in the series. As with all of her work, the author creates characters that are full of vim and vigor. Lady Clarissa Lindsey is no shrinking violet, which is even more evident through her witty conversation. Edwin, the Earl of Blakeborough is not the typical swain because he knows better than to tangle with someone like Lady Clarissa.
When the storyline pits these two strong characters together in an alliance, it’s only a matter of time before they discover a shared passion. I found the storyline to be lively and interesting, especially the verbal exchanges between these two. The extra clause inserted into the marriage contract was particularly humorous.
Rather than being an ordinary Regency tale featuring the events of the ton, the author instead delivers a pulse-pounding storyline full of drama and intrigue. When the spice gets added, it quickly heats up.
I’m looking forward to future installments in the series to see who in the St. George’s Club will be next.