I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford
Series: Breconridge Brothers #2
Published by Ballantine on February 24, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
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Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed existence. As the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, he has none of the responsibilities of his older brother and all of the advantages, leaving handsome Geoffrey free to enjoy his rakish pursuits. And pursue them he does, leaving hearts fluttering all over London. But one night, at a ball teeming with high society’s most sought-after beauties, only one truly intrigues him: the regal, aloof, and mysterious Miss Serena Carew.
Magnificently dressed and wearing jewels befitting a queen, the lady is considered the prize of the season, a noble-born heiress raised in India. But even as Geoffrey’s fascination grows, Serena deftly deflects his curiosity—and with good reason: Serena’s exotic past contains a perilous secret that could destroy her. Yet her plan to live in safe solitude is thwarted by her hungry heart, and soon Geoffrey’s passionate seduction finds her blissfully bed—and wed. Will her deception destroy her chance at happiness as Geoffrey’s wife? Or will the devotion of her new husband reveal the only truth worth embracing: her undying love?
Confirmed bachelor Geoffrey Fitzroy approached the aloof, exotic Lady Serena Carew at a gala event on a dare. She had a reputation for maintaining distance from her many suitors and Lord Geoffrey loved a challenge. After their initial introduction, it was kismet. The bet was forgotten and the two became enthralled with each other after discovering a unique connection. However, Serena is keeping a major secret related to her life in Calcutta, India that no one knows and it could change everything.
It didn’t take long for the inevitable to happen and both Geoffrey and Serena were faced with a betrothal neither wanted…at first…she because of her deception and he because he didn’t think he was ready.
I loved Geoffrey and Serena! She has a lovely spirit influenced by her roots in Calcutta. He’s charming but genuinely so and recognizes Serena’s special qualities pretty quickly. Her secret is pretty explosive and it’s central to the story, driving a slight wedge in the relationship as he tries to gain her complete trust.
The story’s climax is different from my typical experience in this genre and it’s exciting. The dialogue appears very true to the era and I love how the dresses on the covers for Bradford’s books are always featured in the story, adding an authenticity that’s rare these days. And, though this may not be historically accurate, the romance is steamy and sensual. Still loving this writer and the series.
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