Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Sinful Suitors
Format: Paperback; 416 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
Author's Website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com
Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Miss Delia Trevor is on a mission to find the man who cheated her brother at cards sending him into financial ruin shortly before his death. As a result, his young widow and son are currently swimming in debt and dealing with the repercussions. Using her debut in London as a shield, every night she dresses like a man and stalks the local gambling establishments in hopes of finding the thief. Armed with a keen mind for cards and a flair for winning, she sets out. Consequences be damned.
Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, is notorious for his bad behavior but is, ironically, a member of St. George's Club. St. George's is known for providing its patrons with a place where they can discreetly inquire about the character and financial status of their female relation's suitors. While Miss Trevor is not a relation, when his cousin, Clarissa, asks that he inquire about any gossip concerning surrounding Delia, he feels duty bound to do so. Clarissa worries an unsuitable gentleman has stolen Delia's affection. Surprisingly, Warren finds Delia to be nothing like the simpering Misses of the ton, and soon it looks like Knightford's attention may be what Clarissa should really be concerned about.
Delia is an unconventional woman for her time. She's not really interested in marrying, although she has nothing against it. She just doesn't believe its right thing for her. Her main goal, at the moment, is to make sure she and her sister-in-law can marry whomever they want or no one at all. That is why she is so desperate to find the person who cheated her brother. By catching that person in the act, she is convinced she can shame them into paying back what they stole. Incidentally, she, as was her brother, is practically unbeatable at cards. That's how she knows that whoever won the money from her brother didn't play fair.
Warren is a self proclaimed bachelor. Delia, from the beginning, surprises him at every turn. She's smart, witty, and constantly does the unexpected.She also utterly confounds him. She brings out his protective nature, and he finds himself thinking marriage doesn't sound half bad when he thinks about it with her. There is an obstacle that needs to be addressed and dealt with before a happily-ever-after can ever be achieved.
I gave this one 4 1/2 out of 5 roses. A fast paced, charming, and fun filled romance that left me with a silly grin on my face. I loved watching these two lead each other on a merry dance before finally giving in to the inevitable. I also love a good story where the female goes masquerading as a male to get something she wants. On the Lisarenee Romance Scale this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.