Clarissa Kincaid has been raised to be the perfect English lady. She knows precisely the sort of match she should make and she’s fairly certain she’s found that with a respectable gentleman. But the man won’t commit and she finds herself seeking assistance in the form of seduction lessons from Justin.
This is a challenge the charming Justin can not resist. She may think that he knows nothing about her needs, but he’s determined to show her that he knows plenty about her secret desires. He has no intention of publicly ruining the girl, but he’s determined to privately tempt her into some slightly sinful behavior.
Type: Historical Romance
Heat: 2.5 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5
Mmmm. Sometimes being A Little Bit Sinful is a very, very good thing. This was my second time reading DeHart and I'm definitely a fan at this point. She writes such entertaining characters that are a little bit scandalous and a little bit, well, sinful. And that are completely charming and absolutely addictive.
The book centers around Clarissa who is trying to catch a husband--a certain man her deceased sister-in-law told her was perfect for her. But the man is an absolute disgusting lying cheating no good ass. Which she just can't see that despite what everyone tells her. She's GOING to marry this man --she just needs help getting him to see her as a woman. And that's where Justin comes in because she wants Justin to teach her how to be more...worldly.
As soon as I finished the first book in the series I was already dying for Justin's story. He and Chrissy caused a bit of a scandal which is what brought her brother and his wife together in book one and I was just so intrigued by the man.
And damn. He so did not disappoint. Justin is Drool. Worthy. Seriously. Seeing he's the bastard son of a Duke he's got a bit of an outcast thing going on with polite society. He owns a gaming hell. Wears his hair a little too long and has a tendency to do as he pleases. And I pretty much loved every second of him. He's tough and honorable and sexy as hell. But he also has some insecurities and anger issues because of his birth and how society sees him (and really how he sees himself) that made him so endearing to me. He's one of those heroes I wanted to do naughty things to but at the same time one I just wanted to wrap in a huge hug and do anything to make him see how worthy he was. Just loved him.
I loved Chrissy as well but the girl drove me a little mad and made me want to just shake some sense into her now and again. She's also what kept this from being a 5 star read. I totally got where she was coming from and that she was trying to hold on to the last bit of her sister-in-laws advice to keep her close but it got to me a bit after a while.
"You are not concerned about your virtue?"
"Are you planning to ravish me?"
He gripped her arm, resisting the urge to do precisely that. She would never ask such a question if she had any idea the kinds of thoughts he'd been entertaining since she'd walked into the room. Thoughts of stripping off her lovely clothes and doing sinful things to her body. Of showing her all the sinful things she could to do his. He could take her three different ways on the rug alone. "Only if you want me to."
I really did enjoy the two of them together though. They've known each other for ages and I always love that shared history and closeness it brings. And I really loved that they cared about each other in their own ways. They weren't always perfect but they did want the other to be happy and I can appreciate that. I did enjoy watching the two feel each other out and eventually start falling in love. There were some oh-so-yummy toe curling kisses along the way but heat wise outside of that it's a little tame for my usual taste.
All in all I'm really looking forward to what comes next in the series. DeHart has a way with secondary characters and peaking your interest with just a glimpse or two at them. I'm already half in love with Justin's brother Roe and can't wait to hear more about him. If the first two books in the series are any indication it'll be a lovely little read to get lost in for a while.
Have you read DeHart? Have a favorite?
Do you like a "proper" hero or one a little more scandalous?