The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a sweet but definitely spicy tale of a woman who isn’t looking for a husband and a man who isn’t looking for a wife – and they end up finding each other.
This is the third book in a series, though it can be read as a standalone. However, I must say that events is previous books are talked about and tie into the plot. Just be warned if you’re a series purist (which I am not).
The novel enters on Warren and Delia. Delia just lost her brother, who gambled away most of the family’s money and lost to a man with a distinct tattoo. Now, she’s trying to find that man by hanging around gaming hells disguised as a man. Warren’s cousin Clarissa asks him to see if Delia’s recent strange behavior is anything to be concerned about. When he investigates, he not only discovers her activities, but begins to fall for her.
The love story, IMO was very sweet, but I wish there was a little more. Like, i don’t know how to describe it, but they lacked a romantic flair. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I loved them together, but I guess I like the sugary sweet moments and they didn’t have many. They kind of danced around their feelings and gave lame excuses instead of just giving in – and some of the backstory was a little much. It wasn’t needed with so much plot already in there.
But the ending is wonderful and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more of these characters, which would please me. I would for sure read more of this series.
This book has a great blend of spicy love scenes and enough plot to keep things moving. Highly recommended for Regency romance fans.
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Stormswept by Deborah Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Today, I am officially declaring my love of Regency romances. They’re my guilty pleasure read when I need a pick-me-up. When you find a great romance, it just makes you feel good inside.
And Stormswept was AMAZING.
It centers around Juliana and Rhys, who married young and in secret. And when her family finds out, they make sure the young, hot-headed Rhys is put out of the way, they think for good.
But they were wrong. Rhys makes his reappearance as Juliana finally accepts his death and becomes engaged to another man. Rhys demands that Juliana submit to him as a wife, convinced that she is the reason he spent six years in torment, but he begins to discover that not only do the embers of passion still burn brightly, but that Juliana may have never lost them.
This book not only had a great storyline, but it had the romance and passion to go along with it. And while the storyline was intense, it didn’t suck up too much of the book. (I hate when some random subplot takes the focus off of the couple: they’re the reason we’re reading in the first place!)
And the love scenes were hot. Uh….that’s all I’ll say about that *wink*.
I don’t think it’s too much of a shock that there was a happy ending, and it came at just the right pace. As I’ve said, there was just the right amount of conflict to keep the story going, some twists, but worth the focus firmly on Rhys and Juliana, with the perfect resolution.
Bottom line: HIGHLY recommended.
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