the-dangers-of-desireTitle:  The Danger of Desire
Series:  Sinful Suitors #3
Author:  Sabrina Jeffries
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  November 22, 2016
Publisher:  Pocket Books
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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?

Titles in this series include:  The Art of Sinning – The Study of Seduction – The Danger of Desire

Delia is playing a dangerous game.  While seeking justice from the cause behind her brother’s death by his own hand may be a noble pursuit, the means that she is employing are extremely risky.  Disguised as a man, Delia is haunting the gaming hells of London searching for the tattooed, card cheat who brought about the ruin of her brother and their financial ruin.  While she is putting herself at risk with only one manservant to keep her safe and from another type of ruin, Delia is determined to continue with her plan, no matter the cost.

Warren has been enlisted by a mutual friend to get to the bottom of Delia’s strange behavior.  She should be reaping the rewards of her friend’s matchmaking efforts, instead she’s making herself as unattractive as possible and avoiding possible suitors.  Clarissa is worried about her friend and asks Warren to keep an eye on her to insure she isn’t being taken advantage of by a fortune hunter.  If only Delia’s situation were that easily taken care of.  Warren will discover what Delia is up to and will confront her… with interesting and unexpected results.

The Danger of Desire puts two people together who have secrets.  Even though their attraction is strong they will avoid revealing their true selves for far too long.  Warren’s secret will lead them into a compromising situation, and even when they’ve married he will avoid spending the night in their marriage bed – which of course, hurts Delia and causes her to become even more stubborn in pursuit of her own goals.

I enjoyed Delia and Warren’s romance.  Rocky, a bit shaky most of the time but their attraction for each other is obvious.  While they each have what they consider good reason for keeping their secrets, in the end opening up to all they could be together becomes more important.  When you put two equally stubborn people together with some steamy fireworks surrounding them they will either burn out or take a risk.  The road to their trust seemed long but worth it in the end.  There are a few openings for possible future couples, and I look forward to how that may play out in future stories.

It’s hard to go wrong with a Sabrina Jeffries novel, and The Danger of Desire is no exception.  If you love Regency Romance, a couple who set sparks off of each other and a bit of a mystery to solve, then you’d enjoy this novel and this series.  I would definitely recommend this one for anyone who enjoys a good, solid romance with interesting, and at times, frustrating characters.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

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