Book Review: The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

danger of desireISBN-10: 1501144448
ISBN-13: 978-1501144448
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (November 22, 2016)


The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

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?

Book Review

Warren has enough of his own problems, one in particular that’s plagued him for years. He’s not proud of the fear that haunts him; but he manages – thanks to booze and women. When his cousin Clarissa requests he keep an eye on her friend, he sees it as an opportunity to not only give him something else to do with his evenings, but as a way to get her off her matchmaking binge. Being happily married, she’s made it her mission to see that everyone she cares about gets to experience that same joy; and her best friend, Delia, acting suspicious gives her the in to match Warren and Delia without it being obvious – well, sort of.

Delia has cards to shuffle, debt to clear, and revenge to win. She refuses to sit idly by and let Warren ruin her carefully orchestrated plan. It doesn’t matter that he’s handsome, funny, and makes waterfalls beneath her skirts. She has a manor to protect and family to provide for. However, Warren has given his word to his cousin that he’ll watch out for the defiant chit, and that’s what he intends to do, especially when he finds out what she’s been up to. His determination to keep her close has nothing to do with the fact that she has the most alluring blue eyes and backside he’s every seen. No, those things bear no weight on his duty. He’s a gentleman, after all. At least that’s his story, and he’s sticking to it.

There’s nothing boring about these two. Thanks to Delia, Warren’s life gets a new kind of spice; and she gets pleasure out of trying to one-up the handsome Marquess. Her aunt added a bit of comical relief herself, and once she pulls her bunnies out her hat, it becomes clear where Delia inherited her behavior. There’s enough mystery to keep the pages turning, and I must say, there’s good balance between the romance and suspense. I was surprised when I found out who the culprit was. I mean, who would’ve thunk it? Definitely not me, which made this the best kind of suspense. I always enjoy it when I can’t figure it out.

This was a great addition to the series. I’m excited to find out how Brilliana and Niall will find their HEA, so I will be watching out for their story.

Rating system: Cups of Coffee (the less the better)

0: You won’t need any coffee to stay up for this one. It’s intriguing enough all on its own.
1: You’ll stay up late, but not all night. Brew one cup.
2: You’ll read as long as you’re not tired. If you are, two cups should do the trick.
3: I hope you got plenty of rest; you’ll need it, or at least 3 cups.
4: If the cable goes out, read the book. It’s better than nothing, I guess. Oh, don’t forget your brew!
5: Find anything else to do- it doesn’t matter what it is. Don’t waste your coffee. Too much caffeine is bad for you.

My rating: 1/2 cup of coffee

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