on June 20th 2017
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When Niall Lindsey, the Earl of Margrave, is forced to flee after killing a man in a duel, he expects his secret love, Brilliana Trevor, to go with him, or at the very least wait for him. To his shock, she does neither and sends him off with no promise for the future. Seven years and one pardon later, Niall returns to England disillusioned and cynical. And being blackmailed by the government into working with his former love to help catch a counterfeiter connected to her father doesn’t improve his mood any. But as his role as Brilliana’s fake fiancé brings his long-buried feelings to the surface once again, he wonders who is more dangerous—the counterfeiter or the woman rapidly stealing his heart.
Forced to marry another man after Niall was exiled, the now widowed Brilliana wants nothing to do with the reckless rogue who she believes abandoned her to a dreary, loveless life. So having to rely on him to save her father is the last thing she wants, much less trusts him with....But as their scheme strips away the lies and secrets of their shared past, can she let go of the old hurt and put her pride aside? Or will the pleasures of their renewed passion finally enable them both to rediscover love?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Pleasures of Passion is the fourth book in the Sinful Suitors series by Sabrina Jeffries. Although part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone book, although if you read the other books first, you will have a better appreciation of this book and it’s characters.
Brilliana Payne and Niall Lindsay were desperately in love. They would meet secretly in the park where they would share passionate kisses. They were just waiting for the right time to let people know they were together. Then the unthinkable happened, Niall ended up fighting a duel and killed his opponent. In order to not be arrested and hung for committing murder Niall had to leave the country, flee to Spain. He asked Brilliana to go with him, but he wouldn’t tell her why he had duelled. Sadly for our couple, Brilliana’s mother was bedridden, and her father spent more time gambling the family’s money away, than helping look after his wife. There was no way that Brilliana could follow her heart and run away with Niall, especially when he wouldn’t trust her enough to tell her why he was in a duel in the first place. He made her promise to keep in touch with him via his father who would pass on any letters. The hope was that at some point they could somehow finally be together. Little did Niall know that his father couldn’t be trusted. The man managed to make both feel betrayed by the other, and their relationship ended in heartbreak for them both.
That was their past, it’s now the present and Niall is back in England after a powerful friend helped him get a pardon for his crime. While abroad he worked for that man, spying for England, and now he is back in England he has another job to do for him. He has to try to infiltrate a counterfeit operation. The problem is, Brilliana’s father is the chief suspect. Niall is told that because of his past dalliance with Brilliana that if she agrees, they will have to pretend to be engaged, allowing Niall to spend more time with her father, hoping to find out if he indeed is involved in counterfeit money making or laundering.
Thrown together again it doesn’t take long for old feelings to resurface between our couple. Unfortunately there is still a lot of anger and hurt between them too. They have a second chance at love, but will either admit they want it, or will they be too scared to have their hearts broken again? Can they have learn to trust each other enough to be honest about how they feel?
What I loved about this book is that there was never a dull moment. There was the thrill of finding out who was counterfeiting money, and trying to capture them, and huzzah, I had no idea who was involved altogether until right at the end. There was the passion between Niall and Brilliana, and wow, the author certainly knows how to write a build up to a climatic scene between the two! Somebody pass me a fan!! There was also the constant battle they struggled with, knowing they still loved each other, but not wanting to give into it because they can’t trust each other. Just waiting to see how they each react when they find out what Niall’s father did to keep them apart kept me on tenterhooks. This book had everything I love in a book and I absolutely recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.