The Pleasures of Passion
Sinful Suitors #4
by Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher ~ Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Genres ~ Historical Romance
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?
Delightful is what I thought while I was reading this book. I really liked Brilliana's character because it showed a progression of her character from when she was young and somewhat naive to her as a widow, mother and a survivor of multiple betrayals. Her ability to roll with the punches in her life and create a life she loved was impactful.
Niall is portrayed as a man of honor who gives up everything for his family and the enduring part of him is his faithfulness to his sister. The author's portrayal of his push and pull feeling towards the adult Brilliana is done in a manner that the reader will believe as a truth. Though I loved his character I would have liked him to be a little more cynical because of Brilliana's rejection. But his quick comprehension that maybe things weren't as they seemed redeemed him in my eyes.
Brilliana's family contributes to a large part of this story and how the author winds the story around them will delight the reader. Her father and uncle are presented in a manner that causes the reader to instantly wonder who is bad and who is good.
I give this book 4 stars for it fast-pace and entertainment value.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
My Reviews Of The Sinful Suitors Series
The Art of Sinning #1 ~ My Review
The Heiress and the Hothead #1.5 ~ My Review
The Study of Seduction #2 ~ My Review
The Danger of Desire #3 ~ My Review
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.
She always dreams big.
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