The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

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To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother's death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings at high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling at London's gaming hells. When handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George's Club, recognizes her and threatens to reveal her secret, she's determined to stop the enigmatic rakehell from ruining her plans.

Warren refuses to watch Delia risk everything in a dangerous game to gain justice for her brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted fa├žade, can he keep her at arm's length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?



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The colder, darker nights means that I’m much more drawn to the gorgeously decadent world of historical romances. And where better to start than with the queen of such romances - Sabrina Jeffries.

I have an unashamed girl-crush on Sabrina Jeffries, her writing and how she can make her characters - and their romance - come alive in their Regency world.

This is the third book in Jeffries’ Sinful Suitors series - after The Art of Sinning and The Study of Seduction - but completely stands alone if you’re new to the books. The characters from the previous two books do appear, however, which is definitely nice if you have read the earlier books and want to catch up with ‘old friends’.

So onto this book…I just adored Warren and Delia both individually and together. Delia is a fantastic mix of feisty and unsure - definitely a girl that you could see being your friend or aspiring to be yourself. Warren is my ideal kind of hero. He’s slightly arrogant, very cheeky but has a dark, tortured part of his soul that makes you just want to wrap him up in a big ol’ cuddle. Or let Delia do it for you. Together the pair really blend well and their romance sparkles with chemistry.

Aside from the romance, the best part of this book is definitely that is has depth. I loved the fact that Warren’s problems didn’t magically disappear as soon as he married Delia - it made things more real. I also liked the way they had their fall-out and make-up. And despite it hardly being the biggest twist of the century - I honestly didn’t see the resolution of Delia’s quest coming in quite the way that it did!

Sabrina Jeffries writes rich characters with a deliciously real connection to each other and their surroundings. Everything lives in a well-rounded, richly described world that makes this a book that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. I would definitely recommend it to you if you enjoy fun, rich and romantic historical romance.


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416 pages


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By Firelight by Janice Maynard

Maybe it’s the mistletoe—or maybe there’s something magical in the air this Christmas...

Hot Arctic Nights
In North Pole, Alaska, Christmas spirit is everywhere—except in Hallie Prentiss’s heart. At least her
two-week stint managing the Dancing Elves B&B will pay the bills. Then she gets a look at long-term guest Daniel Reynolds. Whether dressed as Santa or (even better) wearing next to nothing, the man is gorgeous, charming, and sexy as hell. Workaholic Hallie is tempted to take a walk on the naughty side for once. But when she does, will she ever want to leave?

By Firelight
There’s nothing like nearly freezing to death on the Appalachian Trail to make a woman want to live a little. And when Madison Tierney stumbles upon Grant Monroe’s mountain cabin during a blizzard, she’s gripped by something more than gratitude. Soon, the glow of firelight sparks hot, sweet kisses… and the start of a Christmas adventure she’ll never forget.



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As everyone knows, I can’t resist a Christmas romance - add in some chocolate and you have a trifecta of awesomeness that means I’m in heaven.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that the cover is just amazing. It’s got a sparkly tree, Christmas lights, a fire and a snog between a hot man and a girl with good hair. Love it.

And then we have the stories, both by Janice Maynard…


By Firelight

If I’m honest, it took me a good long while to wade through this story. I could get behind the premise and who doesn’t like the fantasy of being stranded in a log cabin in a blizzard with a hunky man? It just didn’t ever feel quite right.


Maddy has had a near-death experience and I could kind of understand why she would want to jump straight into sex with Grant. Yet…it felt creepy somehow. Maddy felt too innocent (although she would change to sexually aggressive at certain moments) and Grant was too keen to say he knew how she ticked.

It wasn’t offensive - although the end was a bit daft - but it wasn’t my cup of tea.


Hot Arctic Nights

In North Pole, Alaska, Christmas spirit is everywhere—except in Hallie Prentiss’s heart. At least her
two-week stint managing the Dancing Elves B&B will pay the bills. Then she gets a look at long-term guest Daniel Reynolds. Whether dressed as Santa or (even better) wearing next to nothing, the man is gorgeous, charming, and sexy as hell. Workaholic Hallie is tempted to take a walk on the naughty side for once. But when she does, will she ever want to leave?


Another cute premise and, for me, a better story than the first. It was more drawn out and I felt Hallie was a more relatable character although she did have some unnecessary back story that felt out of place in a short story.

The relationship between Hallie and Daniel built slowly after a quick attraction and I believed in their budding feelings for each other.

Unfortunately, like the first story, the ending was rushed and a happily ever after came about quite suddenly. There was a sweetness to it but little believability.



For me, both stories were sweet, festive and a slow burn. There wasn’t a lot of depth to either but an awful lot of conversation. I think I would have preferred the stories to be half the length they are but a bit more punchy. For me, I’m giving 3 stars.


Previously published as By Firelight in A Very Merry Christmas and Hot Arctic Nights in Wicked Wonderland.

* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *



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150 pages


* I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. *






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