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Monday, December 26, 2016

Review: The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

The current book in The Duke’s Men was good but I was left a little underwhelmed.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: November 22, 2016

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, can he keep her at arm’s length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

In this latest book in the Sinful Suitors series, we have Warren Corry the Marquess of Knightford and Delia Trevor. These two have two things in common, neither one wants to marry and they both have secrets that could bring a lot of trouble to them and their families. During the day Delia is just another young lady among society’s elite but at night she disguises herself as a young man and goes into gaming hells to gamble and look for the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death. She is so desperate and determined to get back what was stolen from her brother that when Warren discovers where she spends her nights and tries to stop her, Delia decides to play a game with him and that’s keeping him on his toes while she continues her search. Only Warren is equally determined to keep Delia from being discovered by someone else and so they play this back and forth game with each other until they get caught up in it and end up having to face their troubles together.

As much of a rascal as Warren seems, he actually has a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to the people he knows. I think his weak spot at the beginning of the book is his former ward and cousin Clarissa. I liked Warren, he was that kind of character that would insist that he was a rogue and irresponsible all while helping take care of a sick or injured member of his inner circle. He was kind and I didn’t expect that from a character with his reputation with the ladies. I expected a selfish, careless, wealthy titled man and while Warren was titled and wealthy he didn’t use either to belittle the people around him and he never made Delia feel inferior to him because of his social status.

Delia was a challenge for Warren and I do love heroines who naturally present a challenge for the hero. She didn’t deliberately set out to make things hard for Warren, she just had places to go and a card sharp to hunt down and since it was basically a matter of honor for her, she wasn’t about to hand her problems over to Warren to solve. I loved that about her, she was going to do her best to save her family and not even a man like Warren was going to distract her from her purpose. I love that Delia defied convention in order to try and save her family, no matter how it turned out in the end it made her more likable to me that she would go to such extremes to get things done instead of trying to get someone else to do it for her. I will say that closer to the end she acted a little out of character for me and kind of came off as immature and a little, well, stupid. I was surprised at this because up until that moment Delia was a pretty solid, logical character.

As a couple Warren and Delia didn’t lack for chemistry but I felt that something was missing from the romance. I just didn’t get that spark that I usually get from a Sabrina Jeffries book. I’m not saying their romance wasn’t believable, just that it wasn’t very notable or special. Still, Warren and Delia’s romance was worth reading about and I enjoyed their snarky banter. Delia could hold her own against Warren and I loved that.

There was quite the build up throughout the whole book about just who the mystery man was that had Delia doing reckless things in order to find him and I loved all the buildup. By the last part of the book I was dying to know who cheated Delia’s brother and why but when that part of the plot was revealed it was done quickly and almost too neatly. I guess I was hoping for a bit more. The conclusion made sense even if it was wrapped up in almost the blink of an eye.

Final Verdict: The Danger of Desire seemed more like a filler book in this series. It was a good read but not what I’m used to with this series or this author. It was good but not one of my favorites.

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