Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #2
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
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.