A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

Posted January 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 6 Comments

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 BradfordA Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford
Series: Breconridge Brothers #2
Published by Ballantine on February 24, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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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?


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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.

About Isabella Bradford

Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott.

Susan Holloway Scott is the author of over forty historical novels and novellas. Writing under her own name as well as Miranda Jarrett and Isabella Bradford, her bestselling books have received numerous awards and honors. With more than three million copies of her books in print, she has been published in nineteen foreign countries around the world. Her most recent historical novels have been set in 17th century England, in the decadent, politically-charged royal court of King Charles II.

Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (twonerdyhistorygirls.com), an entertaining history blog and Twitter account (@2nerdyhistgirls) with an international following.

She is a graduate of Brown University, and lives with her family in a book-filled house outside of Philadelphia, PA.

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6 responses to “A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford

  1. I didn’t know about this is author in her historicals. Thanks fro the intro Jonetta.
    I went and checked on audible and they have the first one. I don’t know the narrator, is a male narrator, how do you think that could work out? Does the story seem to fit a male narrator to you?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Oh, I think a male narrator for this series is ideal. The focus is on the three brothers, though the story is well balanced between Serena and Geoffrey.

      I didn’t know it was available on audio! Would love to have listened to it.

  2. I haven’t read her! I can’t believe I haven’t read her. Right now I am Car Listening to Katie MacAlister’s historical Nobel Intentions. It is getting me back into a historical mood. I love that cover!

    • You HAVE to read her!:) The first series is the Wylder Sisters and I think you’d love them. All of her covers are gorgeous and the dresses play a role in each story.

      Hope you enjoy!

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      This is a spinoff series and though the characters from the first series appear here, it’s not enough to have to read that first. However, I strongly urge reading this series in order. The characters are too connected.

      Hope this is helpful!