The Pleasures of Passion

The Pleasures of Passion

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Complete with the signature charm, "delectably witty dialogue...and scorching sexual chemistry" ( Booklist ) she is known for, New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is back with the fourth romance in the Sinful Suitors series!

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?
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501144462
Characteristics: 387 pages ;,18 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 21, 2017

Even by romance novel standards, this book's title is a-w-f-u-l. I get that Jeffries was trying to stick with her "The ___ of ____" format for the titles in this series, but dear god. ANYWAY, griping over. Sabrina Jeffries is a bit hit or miss for me, and I'm not sure why -- there have certainly been books of hers that I've enjoyed quite a bit (including the earlier titles in this series) but it sometimes feels like I'm enjoying them in spite of myself. I find something about her writing style anachronistic and clunky, which is troublesome in a historical, and while this book had one of my favorite romance tropes -- second-chance romances -- I still felt somehow slightly removed from the characters. I mean, I still tore through this in like 24 hours -- she definitely knows how to keep the pages turning -- and I actually quite liked all of the characters, but... I don't know. I think that if you like Jeffries' previous books, you'll like this one; but if you've been unimpressed by her in the past, this might not be the best one to change your mind. (Also, if you're looking for another new-release historical about a second-chance romance, put yourself on the hold list for Sarah MacLean's forthcoming "The Day of the Duchess", which is a stellar read, and certainly a superior book to this one.)

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