The Study of Seduction
“A marriage of convenience ignites into a passionate love affair in the hotly anticipated second novel in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s addictive Sinful Suitors series!
When Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, agrees to help his best friend’s impetuous ward, Lady Clarissa Lindsey, in her time of need, he knows he’s in for trouble. He’s been hunting for someone to wed, and she’ll just get in the way. Although captivated by the whip-smart, free-spirited beauty, he fears she’d be all wrong as a wife … if she would even take such a gruff cynic for her husband. Too bad he wants nothing more than to have her for his own.
Clarissa has no intention of marrying anyone—not Edwin, whom she’s sure would be an overbearing husband, and certainly not the powerful French diplomat stalking her. But when matters escalate with the diplomat, she chooses Edwin’s gallant offer of a marriage between friends in hopes that it will deter her stalker. She expects nothing more than an amiable union, but their increasingly tempestuous kisses prove more than she bargained for. When her stalker’s vow to expose the lovers’ deepest secrets threatens to destroy their blossoming attraction, will their tenuous bond withstand public ruin, or will Edwin lose all that’s important to him to protect his bride?“ -Goodreads
While I have not read the first novel in the Sinful Suitors series, I have read two other novels by Sabrina Jeffries, “Let Sleeping Rogues Lie” and “What the Duke Desires”, and enjoyed them both. So I am not sure if it is because I took a few months off of reading historical romances, or if I’ve just picked some good ones lately, but I really enjoyed “The Study of Seduction.” This novel felt more real, as Clarissa had to constantly deal with the tragedy that had previously befallen her. While the novel is not overrun with a lot of sensual scenes, I was happy with them because of how it fits into the theme of the novel. Overall the story is very interesting and a new, interesting take on wanting to be a spinster.