Published by Pocket Star on July 2, 2018
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Featuring New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’ “hallmark humor, poignancy, and sensuality” (Romantic Times), this entry in the Sinful Suitors series inspires you to risk all for love.
Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.
Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing. Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Risk of Rogues is a novella in the Sinful Suitors series by Sabrina Jeffries. It can easily be read as a standalone story.
Captain Lord Hartley Corry (Hart) was very much in love with his sweetheart, Anne, several years ago. Her father didn’t want them to marry, so they talked about eloping together. Before they had a chance to do just that, Hart joined the army and went to India without even saying goodbye to Anne.
In the time that he was away, Hart wrote to Anne many times but she never answered his letters. He still loved her, was very hurt by her but guessed that she must have moved on and had married somebody else. Although he never stopped loving her, he didn’t look too hard for her when he returned to England, so convinced was he that she had married another.
Hart was invited to a house party his brother was throwing, and it was to his complete shock that he saw Anne there too. He had been correct, she had remarried, and she has gone from being just a merchant’s daughter to a Lady, a widowed one at that.
When Anne and Hart see each other again sparks fly. They are both hurting after what they see as a betrayal from each other. Anne thinks he left and didn’t care enough about her to even keep in touch. Hart thinks she didn’t care enough about him to answer his letters, and then, of course, she married another man! Despite the feelings of hurt, the instant they set eyes on each other the lust was still there. Dare I say love too, although each hated to admit it to themselves.
Can our couple have a second chance at love, will they get the other to understand what happened in the past, and will they be able to trust each other enough again to give in to their feelings for each other?
Although this was a short story which easily could have been expanded on, there was enough time to make their reunion believable. I thoroughly enjoyed reading as their story unfolded and they realised that neither of them had betrayed the other. I also loved reading about Anne’s love of hats and the creations she came up with! That’s something novel that I haven’t come across before in the many historical romances that I have read! All in all, this was a fun, sexy, romance that I fully enjoyed and recommend.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.