The Gentleman next door is surely a criminal who could undo all of Clara's good works. So why can't the lady get the dashing rogue out of her dreams?
Again, a wonderful book by this auther. Love and regency England. No I don't trust you because...... the heroine knows there is something the hero isn't telling her, but she is still willing to beleive in his actions of a good heart instead of what he trying to put forth.
This was one of the more erotic books of Sabrina Jeffries. The art and dance of seduction was breath-taking and so passionate. I nearly fell in love with Morgan myself. He was a very sensual hero. Perhaps one of my favorite by Jeffries.
Lady Clara is a spinster 28 year old who is involved in charity work at a home for pickpocket children. Morgan is an ex-spy naval captian who is posing as a "fence" in order to catch a master thief named Spector. They are at odds from the beginning, fighting a powerful attraction, and losing quickly. The interchanges between the two main characters are so witty and funny I couldn't resist liking them immediately. The part of the story I really enjoyed is Morgan's desperation for Clara's love. It made the hot scenes practical smoulder on the page. A nice departure from the norm because Morgan is a strong man totally undone. So romantic..sigh...
Great writer. Regency romance.
quick easy read with likable characters and interesting story line.
This was a great read and re-read. The story is fast paced and filled with excitement and romance. You will really enjoy the strong female character and the way she takes charge. A great read.
Loved the series . . . enjoyable and fun to read.
Good book. I especially enjoyed a setting outside the usual balls and house parties. Clara runs a home for reformed pickpockets in one of the seedier parts of London. She works hard to show them a better way of life and find them proper employment. She is dismayed and angry when a man who deals in stolen goods moves in so close to her property. She doesn't need him tempting her children, let alone herself! Morgan is there for one reason only - working undercover to catch the leader of a crime ring. The last thing he needs is the distraction posed by the beautiful and passionate Clara. The sooner he can fulfill his mission and get away from her temptation the happier he will be.
I really liked both Clara and Morgan. Clara is determined, spirited, and passionate about her work with the children. She refuses to let the Morgan's arrival undo her hard work and has no trouble charging in to save one of her boys from his evil influence. She is quite stubborn, and when things don't add up she takes matters into her own hands. Morgan is a man who is haunted by his past. Though eventually rescued from a bad childhood, the things he did have influenced the man he is now. Though he gives the impression of being a ruthless criminal, he is actually an honorable man doing what he can to serve his country.
Clara and Morgan struck sparks off each other from the moment they met. I loved watching Clara stand up to his threats. Morgan wasn't sure at times if he wanted to shake her or kiss her, and the kissing usually won out. It was fun to see him do his best to scare her off, especially since her reaction was usually the opposite. It didn't take long for Clara to realize that his words and actions didn't match up, making her even more determined to get at the truth. I enjoyed how she persisted until Morgan had no choice but to tell her what was going on. I found it amusing that in spite of his worry that she wouldn't be able to keep the secret, he was the one who couldn't stay away from her. I also liked the fact that when Morgan proposed marriage to protect her reputation, she refused to settle for what he was offering. She made it plain to him that she deserved more. I loved how well she understood him and wanted him to see the same man that she did. It was an emotional scene when he was finally able to let go of the past and see a bright future. The epilogue was a nice wrap-up for the book.
The part of the book dealing with Morgan's mission to capture the Spectre was pretty good. Morgan's past made him uniquely suited for the mission. I enjoyed Morgan's interactions with Johnny the pickpocket and Samuel the footman, as he tried to maintain his cover without putting them in danger. The first encounter with Spectre was pretty creepy, especially with his disguise. It was easy to feel the threat that he posed to both Morgan and Clara. As the book progressed, I suspected who it might be, but wasn't sure how he pulled it off until the end. The final confrontation was intense and had me on the edge of my seat until it was over.
The secondary characters also added depth to the story. I loved Clara's Aunt Verity and her dogs. It was easy to picture them as I was reading, along with her attempts to fix Clara up with Lord Winthrop. My favorites were Johnny and Samuel. Johnny's struggle with giving up pickpocketing was real. It was easy to see that he wanted to please Clara, but giving up that independence was hard. He had that teenage bravado that tried to hide his vulnerability, and I liked the way that Morgan tried to help him. I also loved Samuel, the reformed pickpocket who is now Clara's footman. I loved his protectiveness toward Clara, and his growth into the position as Morgan took him under his wing. He was really sweet with Lucy, too.
I definitely want to read the other books in the series, especially the one about Juliet and Morgan's brother.
It took me a little while to figure out how this related to the Swanlea Spinsters series. Well, to save you time-the hero in the story, Morgan, is the twin brother of the hero in the last book, Sebastian. He is married to Juliet, the youngest Swanlea Spinster. I really liked this story, because for the first time the heroine, Clara, actually tells the hero when she knows something that is crucial to solving the mystery and everyone's life. She is also honest about her feelings toward Morgan and tells him instead of agonizing for 50+ pages. Keep in mind that Sabrina Jeffries can string out a story until you find yourself skip, skip, skipping through most of it.
Another wonderful book in thhis series!
Great historical romance - what can a lady do when she can't get a dashing rogue out of her dreams?
The "gentleman"next door is surely and criminal who could undo all of Clara's good works.
So why can't the lady get the dashing rogue out of her dreams?
The "gentleman" next door is surely a criminal who could undo all of Clara's good works. So why can't the lady get the dashing rogue out of her dreams