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FINAL DECISION: Darker because of the subject manner, this book is the story of two people who have known one another for ages without really knowing one another. There is a lot of struggle for these two to find one another but that makes the finding sweeter.
THE STORY: Edwin Barlow, Earl of Blakeborough is serious and cynical and believes his best friend is crazy when he asks Edwin to squire his cousin around town to protect her from a stalker. Edwin knows that Lady Clarissa Lindsey will never agree. Edwin and Clarissa have known one another forever and cannot stop sniping at one another. Clarissa believes Edwin too stuffy and judgmental and Edwin thinks Clarissa too flighty and free spirited. The two agree on one thing, Clarissa would make a terrible wife for Edwin. Clarissa has no intention of marrying and Edwin wants to find a wife to give him a heir and little trouble. When the two agree to spend time together to thwart Clarissa’s stalker, they soon find themselves deeper and deeper in a deception to protect Clarissa. They also find out that they don’t know one another as well as they thought.
OPINION: This book made me smile and cry. Edwin and Clarissa are a study in opposites attract. I loved how Edwin is so stuffy, serious and cynical on the outside, but is a bowl of mush on the inside. Having witnessed the disintegration of his parents marriage and emotionally abandoned by his father, Edwin had learned to rely on no one except himself. Loyal and kind, he cannot turn away from those who need him.
Clarissa is bright and lively and hiding a dark secret. She uses her flirty facade to hide her deep pain. When she accepts Edwin’s help, she begins to see the gentle and caring man that Edwin is and begins to reveal her interior self to Edwin.
I loved how Edwin cares for Clarissa is so many ways. He is always a gentleman and shows Clarissa that real men can respect and care for women without degrading them. This is a tricky tale that is well written to respect the emotional journey that each of the characters have to take to find their happen ending together. At times the story tends toward seriousness and darkness but never dwelling in the past or in the pain so much to become depressing.
Ultimately about how love, respect and caring can overcome the dark past, this book has enough lightness to feel redemptive.
WORTH MENTIONING: SPOILERS and Trigger Warning!!! The heroine of this book was raped and is dealing with shame and fear of intimacy as a result.
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION is the second book in the Sinful Suitors series. It can be read as a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
I really enjoyed this book - it was not what I was expecting and parts of it where much darker than i would have liked. Come to think of it, the first book in the series took a bit of a dark turn as well. I hope the next book is a little lighter. Because this book, while an excellent read - was hard to get through, it was by no means a light, easy read and it was emotionally draining at times.
Edwin is an almost perfect hero, he is blunt and he is perceived as cold, but he has a huge heart and is very protective of those he loves.
Clarissa is also a very likable character, she has a painful secret that she has shared with no one, including Yvette, Edwin's sister and her dearest friend. Clarissa is the exact opposite of what Edwin wants in a wife. She is social, he is not. She is witty and lighthearted, his is not (although - he does have his moments) He is convinced that she would drive him crazy - but a bit of crazy is exactly what he needs!
When Warren (Edwin's best friend and Clarissa's cousin) asks Edwin to keep an eye on Clarissa while he is away, Edwin reluctantly agrees. Warren is worried for Clarissa because she is being stalked and harassed by a rejected suitor. Count Durand is seemingly hell bent on claiming Clarissa.
Edwin's protective instincts go into hyper drive and he marries Clarissa to "protect" her (That's his story and he is sticking to it!).
I enjoyed the relationship between Edwin & Clarissa. Here we have two people who have known each other for pretty much their whole lives and believe they know everything there is to know about the other. It was delightful watching them truly learn about each other.
Part of this story were extremely amusing and parts were heart wrenching. The pain and angst were very real and my heart broke for them. But the ending - Sigh.... I don't remember the last time I felt so emotionally invested in a book and this book had me in knots from the beginning right to the very end.
I would highly recommend this book - but be warned - it is not a light, fluffy read. It touches on some extremely sensitive issues! This book could easily be read as a stand alone - but you will understand Edwin better if you have read at least the last book of the The Duke's Men series and/or the first book in this series.
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SUMMARY. Lady Clarissa Lindsey (25) and Edwin Barlow, Earl of Blakeborough (33) have known each other since...Read more