The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

Posted March 30, 2016 | 31 Comments

The Study of Seduction by Sabrina JeffriesThe Study of Seduction
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #2
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Source: Publisher

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?

I rarely read this genre, but that’s slowly changing. I’ve had great luck with the historical romances I have read lately, and it’s making me crave more. The Study of Seduction was my first Sabrina Jeffries book, but will not be my last.

This was a delightful read. Edwin and Clarissa have known each other for ages and always had this amusing antagonistic relationship. He’s all blunt and logical, with a reputation for not having much of a sense of humor. Then Clarissa is witty and flirty, who has no intention of marrying.

It’s always fun when two characters like this are forced to stick together because of extenuating circumstances. Even though they’ve know each other for so long, they discover that there’s actually a lot more to one another than what they assumed. I thoroughly enjoyed their banter and teasing, and how they got such joy from poking at each other. There were certainly plenty of smiles and laughing on my part.

Edwin is in charge of watching over Clarissa while her cousin is away, because Durand the dastardly diplomat is all up on her and doesn’t understand she doesn’t want him. Dude is a creepy stalker. There’s a whole plot surrounding this that I enjoyed, but won’t get into details. But there’s definitely more going on than originally thought. Dun dun duuuun!

So, yeah, The Study of Seduction was a lot of fun and has me looking forward to more.


31 responses to “The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

    • Christy

      This book is good and you should read it, but read How the Scott Tied the Knot by Tessa Dare. Seriously! I’m tempted to force you to. lol. You will not regret it.

  1. Oooo, I have this so I will NEED to get to this STAT!! I like the historicals that are FUN with great bantering relationships between the hero and heroine so I think this will do just fiiiiiinnnne….

  2. Wohoo! I’m so glad you’re reading more historical romances! I know Eva loved this one so it’s been on my radar since. I love a good antagonistic romance! Plus with all that banter and teasing, I know I’m in for a ride!
    You should check out some Lisa Kleypas next! She’s the queen of HR! 😀

  3. I was sold at “antagonistic relationship” Christy! Those are my very favorite, so I need this on my Kindle immediately. Plus, it’s been way too long since I’ve read a historical romance so I’m especially excited to give this a try:)

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  4. Exploring a new genre can be fun trying to figure out what authors you like and what style and settings. I haven’t read any of her books either. Two people at odds with each other because they have a long history and a creepy stalker sound just the thing. Da da dum. 🙂 Love it!

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  5. I like the sound of this one, Christy. I go through phases with my reading. I used to read a ton of HR but only read them once in a while lately. I am kind of in the mood for one to be honest. I love books with great banter so this one really appeals to me. Great review!

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  6. I am trying to read more historical romances, but haven’t really found my way yet. I have some interesting ones for review, but haven’t been in the mood for them yet, so I hope that changes later this year.

    This one sounds like a good one with how the characters have known each other for so long already. I also like the trope when they are forced together due to circumstances. And it’s a fun opportunity for the characters to get to know each other better. I might have to check this one out! great review!

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  7. I am so glad you liked this one so much. I love this author, and have for years. The chemistry between these two was so great. They definitely gave me the giggles multiple times. I would highly recommend trying out her other books too!!

  8. Sabrina Jeffries is one of my favourite historical romance author! I have yet to read this book but will definitely pick up this series. Would love to find out what happened after they are forced together and especially since this is a delightful read.

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