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A Sense of Sin (Dartmouth Brides) (Volume 2) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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Essex pits a delightful bluestocking against a mysterious blackmailer and a vengeful rake in late 18th-century Dartmouth in this well-researched but uneven tale, a loose sequel to The Pursuit of Pleasure. Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling, blames the beautiful Celia Burke, who would rather study botany than attend balls, for his sister Emily's suicide. He vows to ruin her in return. When Rupert and Celia are anonymously blackmailed, they initially suspect each other, but are soon drawn together by their shared loss and an intense sensual attraction as they struggle to uncover the real culprit. Celia is effectively characterized as a would-be academic with a charming mix of intelligence and innocence. Despite some overwrought prose and clumsy handling of the mystery element, the slow buildup of the romance is skillfully handled and takes impressive advantage of the sexual tension created by delayed gratification. (Apr.)
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"Ms. Essex is an accomplished writer and she deftly depicts not only Celia and Del, but a host of interesting secondary characters...Cyrano has nothing on Viscount Darling. Del's language of love - Ms. Essex's language of love - is beautiful, carnal, and utterly seductive. And when he and Celia finally do touch, their passion is incendiary." -All About Romance, B+ Review
"The slow buildup of the romance is skillfully handled and takes impressive advantage of the sexual tension created by delayed gratification." -Publisher's Weekly
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Rupert Delacorte (Del), Viscount Darling hates Celia Burke and he is so angry he has decided to ruin her reputation even though he has never met her. He is convinced that Celia is a shallow, vain uncaring woman who only pretended to be his younger sister, Emily's, friend at their finishing school. Rupert's sister committed suicide and Rupert blames Celia based on letters he received. Not only that, Rupert has received a threatening letter that he believes Celia sent to him demanding money in exchange for silence about his sister's death.
Celia turns out to be very different from what he expects. She is gorgeous, a little shy, and unaffected. When she tries to express her condolences on his loss he gives her the cut direct.
Celia is surprised at Del's reaction. When she was at school she read Del's letter to her friend Emily and fell in love with him through his letters. She is dismayed to feel that he does not like her and even more upset when she receives threatening letters too. Celia believes Del is behind them as they reference his sister.
Del wrestles with his feelings for Celia, she seems to be so generous and he falls into a wager of being able to seduce her without ever touching her. Even though she seems genuine, Del still cannot forget about the blackmail note.
Celia is captivated by Del and thinks she can control the situation with him and what she believes to be his blackmail attempt. Celia is actually very very kind and forgiving of people's faults and this is what wins Del over.
This novel certainly has passion and the double blackmail is a good idea but hero Del just seems all over the place with his feelings. At first he hates Celia, then he wants her, then he loves her, then he is resentful of her and I never really understood why he was so distant with Celia toward the end of the novel. There are portions of this novel that move slowly and the blackmail plot was too easy to figure out.
A Sense of Sin by Elizabeth Essex is a great read with impressive dialog, obe ignited, a incendiary passion and redemption. "A Dartmouth Brides" novel, a sequel to "A Pursuit of Pleasure", but can be read as a stand alone. Set in late 18th-century Dartmouth.
This is the story of Colonel Rupert Delacorte, Viscount Darling and Miss Celia Burke, a ravishing beauty and a friend of Rupert's sister, Emily, who committed suicide. Celia enjoys botany, she's intelligent, and innocent. Rupert blames Celia for his beloved sister's death and plans to ruin her. Rupert and Celia are both blackmailed, anonymously, initially, they suspect each other, but their shared loss of Emily and their attraction to each other, soon has them struggling to find the blackmailer, before it's to late. I enjoyed how Ms. Essex, slowly built Celia and Rupert's sensual tension to fruition, and into a full blown seduction. Whew, it ignites the pages!
With blackmail, secrets, danger, passion, seduction, rebuilding trust, a few surprises, and a few twists and turns, readers will find themselves fully engrossed in "A Sense of Sin".
I enjoyed "A Sense of Sin" and fully intend to read the next installment, "The Danger of Desire", coming April 4, 2017.
Ms. Essex is a talented author, who writes with attention to details, characterizations and a sense of decorum when writing sensual scenes. One of my favorite Georgian-Regency Romance authors. Strongly recommend, you give "A Sense of Sin" a try, I think you will enjoy your choice.
I received a complimentary copy.
Heat rating: Steamy
Reviewed by: AprilR
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