Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: NetGalley
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 Palmer.
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?
This next book in the Breconridge Brothers series features second son Geoffrey, a rakish young man who enjoys his lot in life yet he is captivated by a beautiful mysterious woman.
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy never wants to be a Duke when his father dies, that is why he rushes home from India when his brother Harry was seriously injured hoping to help in any way he could. When his brother recovers and marries the lovely Gus, Geoffrey stays in town and relishes the role of the second son. One night during the height of the season, he notices a lovely young woman who many find standoffish and he vows to get to know her.
Serena has lived most of her life in India, her father moved there to work for the East India Company but soon was dissatisfied and moved his family away from Calcutta. After his wife died, her father often had several mistresses but never married again. During one rainy season when she was thirteen, illness took the lives of everyone but Serena. She soon found herself living with her grandfather and aunt in England, enjoying the life of a proper English lady. Yet she is hiding a secret that could ruin several lives and causes her frequent nightmares.
These Breconridge brothers have captivated me from book one. I thought older brother Harry was adorable and so much fun and although Geoffrey is more calm, he does have a rakish side that makes him oh so sexy.
Serena is this quiet, beautiful woman who has an aura of mystery surrounding her. She rarely dances with men and often deflects those that want to know more about her. She was raised as an heiress in India and when she came to England, she was determined to be an independent woman who lives on her own terms and will never marry. However, as soon as Geoffrey and Serena meet the attraction is apparent and they can’t seem to stay away from each other.
Being the second son, Geoffrey has none of the responsibilities that his older brother has, so has enjoyed his life of leisure, yet one look at Serena and his pursuit changes. They are so cute together, often telling themselves they will not seek each other out, and then they make plans. Their quiet courtship starts slow but heats up as they long to be together, only to make one misstep that changes their plans forever.
The pace of the story works well, it is a slow build as the two gradually get to know each other and fall in love. Serena is constantly reminded of the secret she holds that could destroy everything and it often interferes with her life. However I love how Geoffrey treats her and when he learns of her past he does not miss a beat, the love is so true. Secondary characters play important roles, her aunt Morley is often around and is frequently her champion with both her grandfather and an uncle that causes problems. We see a lot of Harry and Gus as the brothers are close and I enjoyed catching up with these two. We even get a peek at Rivers, who will be featured in the next book, a sexy bookish hero in historical times is always a treat. This can easily be read as a standalone however book one was very enjoyable so I recommend reading both for those that enjoy a romance set in historical times with a bit of mystery.
I give A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford 4 stars!