Monday, January 11, 2016

A SINFUL DECEPTION by Isabella Bradford

A Breconridge Brothers Novel Book 2
Ballantine Books
February 24th, 2015
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher
3.5 Hearts

Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed life as second son of the Duke of Breconridge. He doesn’t have to worry about the responsibilities his older brother has to deal with so he can concentrate on his pursuits and the ladies. When he goes to another ball brimming with all the eligible ladies, he finds himself captivated by the mysterious Serena Carew. A beauty with a regal bearing and is considered the catch of the season. But Serena is determined to stay single and alone until Geoffrey captures her heart and she finds herself wedded and bedded. But Serena has a secret that could destroy her world. Can she trust her new husband enough with it or will it destroy the happiness that is beginning to bloom between her and Geoffrey?

I really enjoyed this book a lot. Ms. Bradford delivers a different take on historical romance with a heroine who has secrets and is exotic besides the London ladies. The writing was tight, story flowed smoothly and I found myself rooting for Serena and Geoffrey after the first chapter was done. The bookstore scene left me rooting for these two to find happiness with one another.  The author did a great job in capturing the memories of Serena’s life in India and as it was such an exotic place during the regency time, it made the story quite intriguing even more. Those scenes had me flipping the pages quickly as I devoured them. They were quite interesting and made Serena all the more interesting as a character. The characters were quite wonderfully well written and I highly enjoyed them. Geoffrey and Serena were perfect for one another.

Lord Geoffrey was rakish, charming and determined to not get married. Except when he spies Serena, well life has a way of throwing a wrench into your plans and boy does Serena do that to Geoffrey. She is a woman who just calls to Geoffrey’s heart and he can’t stay away from her. She is a woman with a secret that could destroy her and she plans to live a solitary life. But forces are afoot and someone is going to make Serena pay but they don’t anticipate Geoffrey or his devotion to her. I love these two together. You got the devil may care rake, the haughty heroine and a romance that transcends the pages. I loved how the author just lets these two shine-warts and all. The one aspect I had issues with was Serena not having any faith whatsoever in Geoffrey that when her secret did come out she ran away from him instead of standing up to him and everyone. I think that was the issue that had me making this not a higher rating.

A SINFUL DECEPTION is a wonderful read that you can get lost in. It is a stand alone book so it was easy to follow some scenes with older brother who was in Book one, A Wicked Pursuit. I truly enjoyed this latest book from the author and look forward to seeing where she goes with this series.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement

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