This was an entertaining book. I liked Darius. He really tried to do everything right, and the circumstances were just against him. I, mean, that father in law and late wife! Snakes! Both of them. I just wish something worse had happened to them.
I liked Mary, but was frustrated with how she handled her unwanted attraction to Darius. If she had truly been dedicated to her sister, I would have hoped she would have truly rejected Darius' advances (given what she thought). I think it reflects more poorly on her than him. That doesn't mean I don't like her. I did feel for her, and I'm glad that she ended up happy.
I enjoyed this story a lot. The two main characters, Cass Linford and Adam Grey, were three-dimensional, interesting in their own rights, and played well with each other. They respected and helped each other, and shared some really nice chemistry. The side characters, especially Cass' brother, sister-in-law, and Adam's brother, were entertaining while revealing new information about the main characters.
The main plot wasn't exactly unique, but Adam's backstory was seemed very fresh (at least in the context of fake engagement/marriage stories) and was handled artfully.
I actually read this story back on October 27, 2015 when it was published in the Christmas-themed anthology What Happens Under the Mistletoe.
Anyway... I was kind of disappointed with this one. It's super short, the characters seemed two-dimensional compared to what I'd come to expect from Sabrina Jeffries, and the plot didn't draw me in as much as The Art of Seduction did. But, it was entertaining without any major flaws, and for that I'll give this book 3 stars.
This is by far my favorite book in the series (so far—given there will be The Pleasures of Passion coming out in 2017). Delia is probably the most unique historical romance heroine that I've read to this date. I mean, there aren't that many female characters dressing as men anymore (in fiction, obviously historically it's been over for a while since women have gained more autonomy—thank god). Her determination was admirable, if not foolhardy at times (I definitely understood Warren's frustration with her regarding that). Her dedication to her family was amazing, and her stubborness was definitely relatable.
I loved Edwin in The Art of Sinning, and I was so glad to see him get his own happy ending in this book. But, like any good story, it's not easy sailing. A lot of the sources of conflict in romances are super flimsy, especially in historical romances, but Clarrissa's stalker and Edwin's secret really did pose a challenge to the lover's union.
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