on October 2nd 2017
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Filled with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s signature charm and wit, this novella in the hugely popular Sinful Suitors series is sure to tempt you!
Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are struggling with her abductor, Meriel accidentally stabs Quinn with a knife.
Unbeknownst to Meriel, Quinn set up the fake abduction so he could play the hero and win her hand in marriage. But now that his plan has gone disastrously awry, can he convince her that he’s still the man for her?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Talent for Temptation by Sabrina Jeffries is book 4.5 in the Sinful Suitors series. It’s a short but sweet novella.
Widow Meriel Vyse is the sister in law of Spymaster Gregory Vyse. She owes him a big debt of gratitude and for that reason, she goes above and beyond to help him when he needs her to spy for him. Even cancelling her secret dates with the love of her life Quinn Raines. She does love Quinn, but she hasn’t yet said the words, and although he wants marriage, she doesn’t believe she is good enough for him, so she tries to settle for knowing she will never be his wife.
Quinn is getting fed up of all the times that their plans are put on hold because of Gregory, not knowing why, he believes it’s because perhaps she is in love with the man. He thinks that she perhaps finds him too staid and boring compared to Gregory. He has often broached the subject of marriage to her and she always changes the subject just as quickly. In a bid to get her to think more highly of him, to think him a hero, he plans a fake abduction of her. He’ll stop the bad guy, and yay, he’ll be the hero and convince Meriel to marry him.
Unfortunately, his plans go awry when he ends up being stabbed by Mariel. Why on Earth is she carrying a knife? He can’t believe it. Still, it gets her attention and he is further surprised when she sees to his wound herself. They have a heartfelt talk and when he realises that Meriel doesn’t want a man of action, she just wants a man she can trust and feel safe with, Quinn realises his huge mistake in arranging the false kidnapping. What will she do when she finds out, does she even have to know? What a predicament Quinn finds himself in.
This was such a sweet story, our couple both have insecurities that they have to learn to overcome before they can even think of moving on in their relationship together. Gregory plays a great part, especially towards the end when he finds out that Mariel has pretty much been putting her own life on hold in order to help him with his spy duties. It may have been a short story but it didn’t lack in content, and I really did enjoy it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.