XOXperts Review | The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

Title: The Danger of Desire
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors, #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 416
Format: Mass Market Paperback
To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother’s death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London’s gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George’s Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she’s determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted façade, 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?

Sabrina Jeffries has created some quirky and intriguing characters in The Danger of Desire. They aren’t exactly your typical historical romance hero and heroines, but they’re most definitely a breath of fresh air. 

I loved the layers that each character had, and throughly enjoyed seeing them discovered by the one another. The romance was of course a big part of the story, but Delia's search for the truth was my focus, and sadly it felt just a bit short for me. The ending was a little convoluted and perhaps part of my let down came from my high expectations or the fact that I haven’t read the previous books in this series. I like the build up of the mystery and the direction it was taking, but I felt the ending much too rushed.

Warren and Delia had a cute relationship with their witty banter, and his protectiveness over her. There was some sexual tension that continued to rise throughout the novel. I found them to be quite the perfect pairing.
Delia is a captivating woman and Warren instantly sees that. She stands out from people he encounters. She’s quite the independent lady in fact. Her strong personality, charm and differences draw him in. The fact that they continuously cross paths is just another reason to get to know her better. Delia’s mission to get answers concerning her brother’s death becomes Warren’s goal as well. As they slowly find answers, they also slowly fall in love.

Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. 

She always dreams big.