Review: The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

The Study of Seduction - Sabrina JeffriesPublisher: Pocket Books (March 22nd 2015)
Paperback: 384 pages
Series: Sinful Suitors #2
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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?

Review:

A lovely addition to the Sinful Suitors series! After every book, I like Edwin a little more. He started of as a jilt suitor, than a slightly aloof older brother, to the unexpected swoony hero!

Edwin agrees to escort Clarissa for the season after her brother has to leave for the continent, forcing the two to spend some unwanted time together. They’re always been a  bit attraction between the two, but Edwin needs to find a new bride that fits his mold and Clarissa doesn’t plan on ever getting married. Of course, when Clarissa’s unwanted suitor can’t seem to take no for an answer, Edwin sweeps in to save the day with a fake betrothal that definitely leads to more! Yay, marriage of convenience trope!

Like I mentioned, I really liked Edwin in this and I love the Clarissa brings out a more roguish and charming Edwin. From the previous book we know Edwin is blunt and kind of a stick in the mud, never would I have guess that he’s knows the art of seduction as well as any hero.

A faint smile touched his lips. “Call it one of these whims you seem to think I have.” He straightened, than tugged her closer. “And here’s another.”

Then he kissed her lips.

Clarissa was pretty awesome too! She’s bright and independent and knows exactly how to wreak a little havoc on Edwin’s life. The chemistry between Clarissa and Edwin was perfect. There’s banter and flirting and oh so much amazing tension. What I loved most was how Edwin knew how to handle Clarissa’s  traumatic incident with the “vile seducer”.

“I’m not perfect, minx, as you know quite well. And certain women are a potential temptation to me.”

Temper flared in her eyes. “Like Lucia.”

“Like you, you silly fool.”

He lowered his head slowly, giving er a chance to balk. When she merely hazed up at him like a started fawn, he kissed her.

Like most of Jeffries’ stories, there’s also some suspense and tension. In this case the unwanted Count and his threats of blackmail causes some complications for our lovely couple.

Overall, it was a great romance with endearing characters. I loved the dynamic between Edwin and Clarissa and I liked how Jeffries address some of the tougher issues in this book so well. This is easily one of my top Jeffries book and favourite hero. Definitely can’t wait for more of this series! Highly recommended for all HR lovers.

{*Thanks to Pocket Books & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

PS. If you’re interested in knowing the background for Edwin and all the past characters, I’ve reviewed the first book in the series (The Art of Sinning) and the entire The Duke’s Men series here (:

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Author: Cyn

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8 Replies to “Review: The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries”

  1. I have this one to review on audio and can’t wait to get to it I love Jefferies!! 🙂

    1. Yay! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! Hope you it enjoy, I love Jefferies, too! 🙂

  2. oh I really enjoyed this one as well. I liked Edwin so much….he was a blast. And the humor was pretty great. I did have trouble being fully invested in the story on ocassion but the plot and characters were solid. What I like about Jeffries is how she tackles difficult issues in her books.

    1. Glad you enjoyed this, too!
      Edwin totally made my list of top favourite Jeffries heroes (: And agree, I like how she deals with the hard issues, too!

  3. They definitely sound like some fantastic character with an interesting suspenseful angle which really adds to it! Lovely review Cyn!

    1. They were 🙂 Thanks, Jeann!

  4. Cyn! I absolutely love Sabrina and I have been waiting for this book for months but when I finally got a copy and started reading it, Clarissa was annoying me so I put in on hold. I may revisit this soon, though! And I have heard a lot of positive reviews about this!

    1. Oh no! I highly recommend giving it another go, I think Clarissa gets less annoying as you get to know her, haha. Plus Edwin! You don’t want to miss out on him, he’s pretty lovely 😉

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