Published by Pocket Books on October 18th 2016
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The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding storyshows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.
To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.
Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?
¬¬Reviewed by Amy¬¬
Sabrina Jeffries has a real talent for taking the desires and fears characters feel deep inside, and laying them out in the open so beautifully that readers can understand with their guts why those characters fall in love.
Delia Trevor is determined to find the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death. Her father, Capt. Mace Trevor, was a card sharp, and she and her brother had been raised on cards. So it was odd that her brother, an expert card player, could lose so much. The only clue she had was her brother’s suicide note that mentioned the tattooed man that was his adversary. So Delia spends her evenings at balls and her late nights in the gaming hells disguised as a man, intent on finding the tattooed man. She would trap him into cheating again, then threaten to expose him if he didn’t return the money he’d stolen. She had no other choice. Her father and brother, both reckless, had abandoned her with their estate in foreclosure. She had to save it for her sister in law and her nephew, who had also had their future taken away.
Warren Corry, Marquess of Knightford, promises his cousin Clarissa to keep an eye on Delia as Clarissa is concerned about Delia since the loss of her brother. On one of his nightly forays into the stews, Warren discovers Delia in her disguise. He doesn’t want to draw attention to her ruse and cause scandal for her, but he can’t allow this dangerous game she is playing to continue. And so begins their own cat and mouse game. But the game quickly evolves in to much more.
As Delia works to avoid Warren and Warren hounds her to keep her from harm, they begin to enjoy each other’s company and the sparring and attraction that ensues. So much so that they both anticipate the sparring and the passion it leads to. Warren’s kisses melted Delia, roused a response in her beyond anything she’d ever known. The feelings he brought out in her thrilled and terrified her. For Warren, Delia was a conundrum and he loved unraveling conundrums. The more he delved into her secrets, the more fascinated he became. But Warren had secrets of his own. He couldn’t let Delia know the reason why he wenched and drank all night. Why he went to such lengths to keep the darkness at bay. There was more to his nightly habits than he would admit, and he didn’t want to reveal his secrets any more than Delia wanted to reveal hers. As their physical relationship blossoms, they both are bold in sharing their needs and desires. Yet they continue to shield their emotional needs and fears from one another, afraid of what would happen if they revealed them. Neither wanted to fall in love with someone who drove them mad, made them risk things they shouldn’t, desire things they’d never desired before. But they had fallen in love. Could they trust each other with their fears and secrets if it meant they could have a future together?
Sabrina Jeffries never disappoints and this book was no exception. The characters completely did it for me. Two strong, clever, loveable characters who were also vulnerable. The romance was sizzling and I loved watching their relationship evolve from physical attraction to something much deeper. The sexual tension of their sparring was delicious but I truly fell in love with them in their sweeter, more poignant moments. I also enjoyed the added mystery of what really occurred with Delia’s brother’s gambling. I’ll admit, I didn’t see that coming. I am new to the Sinful Suitors series but, though it is the 3rd book, I had no problem reading it as a stand alone. I can’t wait to read the previous books in the series and also see what’s in store for Delia’s sister in law.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.