Monday, March 21, 2016

Quote-tastic/Review-- it's just so...delicious!-- The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

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Sabrina Jeffries is on dock today! Long time favorite and one of my local authors! Woots! I've been dying for this one and oh it was worth the wait for Edwin and his oh so serious and practical self. I just loved these two and the little bit of fire between them...
Her gaze swung back to him, a roil of flashing green that took his breath away. "Why should I slow him down?"

He shrugged. "You'll need servants. You can't travel without a maid at the very least, so arrangements will have to be made, more luggage accounted for, more time spent in customs--"

"Enough." She fisted her hands at her sides. "I hate it when you're logical."

"I'm always logical. You hate it when I'm right."

To his surprise, her lips twitched as if fighting a smile. "That too."
 Okay and this one made me smirk. Yes. Clarissa's a handful. lol
"Take care," he drawled. "You might lead me to think you actually like me."

"I do like you. Sometimes." She thrust out her chin. "But I also can't resist provoking you. You get so deliciously annoyed. And you take my remarks far too seriously."

The Study of Seduction (Sinful Suitors #2)

Alright the quick of it is that Edwin and Clarissa have known each other for practically ever and they just...get under each others skin! And now Edwin's been asked by his friend-- her guardian-- to keep an eye out for her while he's away on a trip. So these two? Gonna have to figure out how to play nice with each other as he escorts her about town for a few weeks. They might just discover a few things about one another they never expected too! Or, you know, kinda sorta marry each other.

Sooooo...I'm totally smitten with Edwin. Won't even lie. He's my kind of hero. He's a bit starched up an can be grumbly. (I love grumbly!) He's matter of fact and the logical sort who always thinks things through and he's totally got a thing for automatons and how things work. But he has some unexpected sides too. And Lady Clarissa? His total opposite. She's lively and spirited and flirty though she's hiding some pretty dark secrets under it all.

I loved their match and how their differences managed to compliment one another. They had a nice bit of fire between them--whew they could bicker and poke at each other--which was made all the more interesting when they wound up marrying in a desperate attempt to protect her. Things are slow in both the romance and the heat department (with good reason) but they do heat up very nicely in the end as they work through certain issues from her past. 

Now the suspense. Whew! Yes, the romance was lovely and touching but it came with tense background of a clearly unstable individual fixating on her for some unknown reason. That--along with some secrets she was keeping--brought a somewhat dark feeling to this one. Much more serious than I've come to expect from Jeffries (this isn't a bad thing, swear!). The issues with the suitor kept things curious and eventful though they may be triggery for some people --> highlight to see--> Clarissa was raped years earlier and is dealing with the emotional fall out from that.

All in all, The Study of Seduction was a lovely read from Jeffries. As always she pulls together a beautiful tale of romance, healing and love all mixed together with bits of humor and heart. It's a fabulous mix. This time a spot darker and not as make-a-girl-giggle but still a wonderful read with dynamic characters, mystery, multiple bets with delightful outcomes and a slowly building sweet romance that'll make your knees weak. 

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?


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