Author: Sabrina Jeffries

THE ART OF SINNING by Sabrina Jeffries

THE ART OF SINNING by Sabrina JeffriesThe Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher


American artist Jeremy Keane is far more interested in completing his next masterpiece than running the family textile mills.  He’s also far more interested in rakish pursuits than settling down.  It would take someone out of the ordinary to capture his interest, and Lady Yvette Barlow is exactly that person.  Jeremy is captivated by her from the first and is desperate to paint her.  Now if only he can convince her…


Yvette can spot a scoundrel a mile away and having been burned once by a rake she is in no hurry to repeat the experience.  But Jeremy catches her off-guard, tempts her and challenges her in ways she’s never known.  And the more time they spend together, the harder it is for either of them to resist the passion brewing between them.  But both Jeremy and Yvette have ghosts that haunt them.  Ghosts that might keep them from ever risking their hearts for a chance at love.


Sabrina Jeffries kicks off her Sinful Suitors series with the utterly charming The Art of Sinning.  Yvette and Jeremy are winning characters and their romance was lovely to watch unfold.  Yvette is outspoken, bright, and a truly fun heroine.  It’s easy to see why Jeremy is taken with her.  She’s no ordinary woman but a veritable Juno (to borrow Jeremy’s favorite description of her).  Not to mention her unusual interests – her work to build a slang dictionary had me grinning.  Yvette has a lot of love to give, but she was badly betrayed in the past and thus is wary of rakes.  And boy is Jeremy a rake in the beginning.  He’s a bold artist, one who wears the mask of rogue rather well.  But beneath the surface is a man with scars caused by the death of his wife and child – scars that have never truly healed.  I loved watching both Yvette and Jeremy come into their own as they worked to leave the past behind, though taking leaps of faith comes more easily to Yvette than Jeremy.


As individuals, Yvette and Jeremy are great characters. But as a couple, they shine.  Their banter made me grin more than once over the course of the story.  They’re so well-matched in every way that it’s easy to root for them.  Their love story develops organically; I liked that they fit as both friends and lovers.  It isn’t easy for them to get their happily ever after, but Ms. Jeffries makes every bump in the road worth it.  The result is a romance that’s emotional as well as sensual and I couldn’t have been more pleased.  I finished The Art of Sinning one well-satisfied reader and I cannot wait to see what Ms. Jeffries has in store for Yvette’s brother, Edwin.

IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS by Sabrina Jeffries

IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS by Sabrina JeffriesIf the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke's Men #4
Published by Pocket Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher


Once upon a time, Dominick Manton had it all: a promising future and the love of his fiancée, Jane Vernon.  Then Dom’s life came crashing down around him, his inheritance stolen and the career he was to have taken from him.  He had no other choice than to trick Jane into jilting him before he dragged her down with him.


Twelve years later, Dom’s brother – the author of all the ills he and his half-siblings suffered – is gone and Dom has not only a successful investigation business, but the viscountcy as well.  There’s just one thing missing from his life: Jane.  She’s engaged to another and Dom won’t let himself think on what he lost by pushing her away all those years ago.  But fate hands him a chance when Jane comes to him for help.  Nancy, her cousin and Dom’s widowed sister-in-law, is missing.  For the first time in well over a decade, Dom and Jane must work together to solve a mystery that could change their lives forever.  And close quarters might just mean that Dom has a chance to win back the heart of the only woman who has ever held his.


I absolutely love a good second chance romance, and If the Viscount Falls is a great one.  Sabrina Jeffries’s final Duke’s Men novel brings this fantastic series to a satisfying close with a romance between two headstrong characters that is sure to make you smile.


I’ve been intrigued by Dom since meeting him in ‘Twas the Night After Christmas (the final Hellions of Halstead Hall book).  Dom can be serious and autocratic, but he’s had to be to survive and thrive in the conditions his brother’s betrayal threw him all those years ago.  Dom may be bossy, but he’ll sacrifice himself in a heartbeat for others.  He’s got a good heart, and when combined with his sharp mind and hidden sensuality, he makes an excellent hero.  It takes a strong heroine to match Dom, and Jane is exactly that.  She’s an intelligent woman who doesn’t back down from anyone or anything.  Long ago, she might have allowed Dom to sweep her up, but now with her feet firmly planted on the ground, he has to work to win her heart.  They’ve been apart twelve years, and it’s not a simple matter of true love making everything right.  Dom and Jane have to work for their happily ever after, and I loved that about them.  Their romance is passionate and engaging, and the back-and-forth between them makes the pages of If the Viscount Falls fly by.


A dash of mystery the missing Nancy and her possible condition provide rounds out If the Viscount Falls.  The Nancy plot isn’t a contrivance that throws Jane and Dom together only to be forgotten.  Instead it’s a storyline (which I won’t spoil) that has real consequences for Dom and Jane, and it only makes you root for these two more.  This subplot also gives previous Duke’s Men heroes and heroines a chance to play their roles in reuniting Jane and Dom, which – as a fan of the series – I adored.  You don’t have to have read What the Duke Desires, When the Rogue Returns, or How the Scoundrel Seduces in order to enjoy Dom and Jane’s story, but I believe having done so made me love the book even more.  But whether you’re a fan of the Duke’s Men series or are just looking for a wonderfully entertaining historical romance, you’re sure to enjoy If the Viscount Falls.

TO WED A WILD LORD by Sabrina Jeffries

TO WED A WILD LORD by Sabrina JeffriesTo Wed a Wild Lord by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Hellions of Halstead Hall #4
Published by Pocket on 2011-11-22
Genres: Historical
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries delights readers with the fourth Regency romance in her sexy Hellions of Halstead Hall series, featuring the dark and dangerous Lord Gabriel Sharpe.To fulfill his grandmother’s ultimatum, Lord Gabriel Sharpe pursues a spitfire he believes desperately needs him. Then the tables are turned…Like everything daredevil Gabe Sharpe does, wooing Virginia Waverly is a high-stakes game. Ever since her brother, Roger, died racing Lord Gabriel, Virginia has yearned to take her revenge on the reckless lord by beating him at his own sport. But when she challenges Lord Gabriel to a race, the hellion called the “Angel of Death” counters with a marriage proposal! Gabe knows Virginia is in dire financial straits—so why not marry her and solve both of their problems? She claims to be appalled by his proposal, but her response to his kisses says otherwise. And when the two of them begin to unravel the truth behind Roger’s death, Gabe takes the greatest gamble of all, offering the courageous beauty something more precious than any inheritance: true love.

After his friend, Roger Waverly, dies in a race, Lord Gabriel Sharpe becomes known as the Angel of Death.  Weighed down with guilt, Gabe doesn’t try to fight the nickname and instead accepts any race challenge that comes his way.  He just never expects Roger’s sister to challenge him.


Gabe doesn’t want to race Virginia Waverly – he wants to marry her.  His grandmother has stated that if he and his siblings don’t all marry within a year, they’ll be disinherited.  Gabe figures he can kill two birds with one stone: satisfy his grandmother and provide for Virginia and her family.  But Virginia ‘s grandfather blames Gabe for Roger’s death and Virginia herself won’t marry any man who doesn’t truly see her.  Can Gabe overcome her grandfather’s fierce objections and Virginia ‘s own stubbornness to prove that she’s the only woman who can tame his wild heart?


To Wed a Wild Lord may just be my favorite Hellions of Halstead Hall book yet!  To Wed a Wild Lord sparks with passion, energy, and life and I couldn’t put it down.  Like all the Sharpe siblings, when Gabe wants something, he goes after it.  And what Gabe wants is Virginia. Though his determination originally springs from his attraction to Virginia and a need to assuage his guilt over her brother’s death, the real joy is watching his feelings for her grow. Gabe sees Virginia for who she really is.  She’s both practical and a romantic, and Gabe treasures all of her.  I too adored Virginia ; she’s both intelligent and loyal.  The dynamic between her and Gabriel was delightful to read and I avidly turned the pages of To Wed a Wild Lord, dying to see how Virginia and Gabe’s romance would turn out.


To Wed a Wild Lord is the fourth book in the Hellions of Halstead Hall series, but readers who have not yet read The Truth About Lord StonevilleA Hellion in Her Bed, and How to Woo a Reluctant Lady will have no problem reading To Wed a Wild Lord as a standalone.  There is an overarching mystery in the series concerning the deaths of the Sharpe siblings’ parents, and each book in the series has only made that plotline more interesting.  I can’t wait to see how that storyline turns out, but most of all I’m on the edge of my seat to see what happens when Celia, the youngest Sharpe sibling, finally meets her match in A Lady Never Surrenders.

WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina Jeffries

WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina Jeffries

WHAT THE DUKE DESIRES by Sabrina JeffriesWhat the Duke Desires by Sabrina Jeffries
Published by Pocket on 2013-06-18
Genres: Historical, Regency
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

They are The Duke’s Men—an investigative agency born out of family pride and irresistible passion . . . and they risk their lives and hearts to unravel any shocking deception or scandalous transgression! Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, accepted long ago that his kidnapped brother was dead. When a cryptic note from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claims otherwise, Max seeks out Tristan’s sister, Lisette—and is infuriated to learn that Tristan has mysteriously vanished. Have the siblings perpetrated an elaborate hoax? Or is the fiercely protective beauty as innocent as she claims? Fearful that the powerful duke will destroy Tristan’s career in his zeal for the truth, the clever Lisette convinces Max to accompany her to Paris in a joint search for their loved ones. But their journey takes a seductive twist when they pose as an ordinary husband and wife—not an English duke with a tarnished family name and the illegitimate daughter of a viscount—and discover an exhilarating passion free from the damning secrets of the past. With the line between danger and desire enticingly blurred, they discover that some mysteries, like those of the heart, are answered tenfold in the bliss of a true and trusting love.


Maximilian Cale, the Duke of Lyons, has long known that he will live his life alone.  Madness cursed his father and his uncle and his elder brother died under mysterious circumstances.  So when he receives a cryptic message from investigator Tristan Bonnaud claiming that Max’s brother is alive, the duke is cautiously hopeful.  But the meeting Tristan arranged never takes place, as neither Tristan nor Max’s supposed brother show up.  The duke is furious and determined to hunt Tristan down, only to cross paths with a different Bonnaud.

As the illegitimate daughter of an English viscount and a French actress, Lisette Bonnaud learned at a young age never to be dependent on a man, particularly an aristocrat.  Which is why she’s shocked to find herself attracted to the powerful Duke of Lyons, a man who could ruin the lives of her and her siblings.  Worried that her brother is missing and determined to ensure the duke doesn’t ruin Tristan’s career, Lisette courts disaster by posing as Max’s wife on a trip to France.  But it isn’t only scandal Max and Lisette risk by travelling together — the longer they remain in close quarters the more these two very different people risk losing their hearts to one another.

The Duke’s Men series is off to a fantastic start with What the Duke Desires.  Sabrina Jeffries has penned a marvelously entertaining story filled to the brim with romance, humor, heartbreak, and even a surprising revelation or two.

Lisette might just be my favorite Sabrina Jeffries heroine to date.  She’s smart, fiercely loyal, and very aware of the consequences of her illegitimacy in a way that Tristan and her legitimate half-brother, Dom, simply aren’t.  Her parents’ relationship and the fallout after her father’s death had a deep impact on Lisette, adding a touch of vulnerability to the strong and brave heroine.  Max, in turn, is a delicious hero with fears of his own.  His father’s very public descent into madness has made Max fearful of his own potential for insanity.  He’s afraid to love, afraid to get too close to a woman who will see him ultimately go mad.  Max is very much alone until he meets Lisette and I loved seeing her fight for him and for their relationship.  These two were a fantastic pair and their love story was a joy to watch unfold.

What the Duke Desires is the first book in Ms. Jeffries’s The Duke’s Men series, but fans of the Hellions of Halstead Hall books keep an eye out — Dominick Manton, Lisette’s half-brother, first appeared in ‘Twas the Night After Christmas, so it should be no surprise that past heroes and heroines get a mention in this book.  I Joyfully Recommend What the Duke Desires.  The only issue I had with the story is that Ms. Jeffries made Dom and Tristan so compelling that I can’t wait for them to get books of their own!

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