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Two Sinful Secrets (The Scandalous St. Claires) Mass Market Paperback – November 20, 2012
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Family feuds have a way of destroying everything they touch. The one between the Huntington and St. Claire families is no different. Set in the late 1800's, Two Sinful Secrets is full of lust, action, suspense, devilish romance, and surreptitious pain. It pairs two unlikely foes against each other, but the tale starts as a masked encounter.
Lady Sophia is anything but a Lady. She wants freedom and doesn't live up to the Huntington ideals, no matter how hard she tries. At the young age of twenty-three she rushes off in a whirlwind romance with a young captain. Her family, facing scandal, disowns. Thinking herself in love, she quickly learned that all he cared for was between her thighs. Soon after the thrill's worn off, he dies, and she finds herself a widow and penniless.
Only a respectable marriage would allow her to return home. But Sophie doesn't want another husband to tie her down, and she's all but given up on the notion of love. Until Dominic St. Claire waltzes back into her life, but can they overcome the family feud and their secrets, and fall in love?
Dominic St. Claire is an actor, good at playing dark villains and weaving tales. More so, he's best at hiding his true emotions. With his fiancé deceased and a life to live, he throws himself into the theatre again. On a trip to Paris, he happens upon a woman he never expected to see again, one he spent years searching for to no avail. But when he learns of her family name, can he resist the urge to ruin the Huntington name, or will he open his heart to the woman who stole it all those years ago?
I cried a lot. I didn't want the story to end.Read more ›
I wanted more from the secondary characters, but since this is the first book in the series, I look forward to the sequels. You won’t find a huge cliffhanger by the ending, don’t worry, but you’ll want more for the fun of it.
McKee crafted a highly pleasurable reading experience.
We met Lady Sophia Huntington [now Mrs. Westman] as she `bites more than she can chew' in her first meeting with our hero Dominic St. Claire who owns the Devil's Fancy hell in London.
As her story opens, she's now a widow and residing in Baden-Baden, Germany. As she sits at a gaming table across from a man that is making her skin crawl, playing for very high stakes, we are apprised of the reasons behind her dire straits.
She was always pushing that proverbial envelope and eloping with her Captain Jack Westman, was the last straw for her ever `proper' family and now she's become a `persona non grata' to them. Now that she's been widowed, she harbors a wish to try and get back into their graces and dreams of being welcomed to their bosom by becoming more proper and worthy of their love. That dream requires a lot of money, which she can only earn by only means available to her and that's by playing cards across Europe and working her way toward England.
At present, she finds herself in Paris and helping a friend, Camille Martine, who is opening up a gaming club of her own and knows that Sophia would be a perfect woman to help her with it.
Dominic St. Clair is still weary and not a fan of the Huntington family even after his sister marries one of them. He still harbors bad feelings toward them and it all started with Mary St. Clair, who married John Huntington two hundred years ago.
He accompanies his theatrical family to Paris as they plan to put on a play and while there he is eager to use this time to work through some sad memories that have made him melancholy of late.Read more ›
The two come face to face in Paris, where Dominic is on family business. Sophia is trying to start a new life for herself, after her late husband left her penniless. They are drawn to each other again instantly. But Dominic is caught up in the longstanding animosity that his family holds against hers. At first, he tries to stay away, but goes on to see a relationship with her as a surefire way to get under her family's skin.
I must say, just like in the last book, the family feud is very weak. And the fact that Dominic wanted to use Sophia to hurt her family made it difficult for me to really like him. Yes, he eventually comes around, but it's almost too little, too late.
In the meantime, there is a man from Sophia's past who is stalking her. This is the main external conflict in the book, and it didn't work for me. This is a powerful and attractive man who could have anyone. His actions and obsession with Sophia are over the top and simply don't have enough of a basis to ring true.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
TWO SINFUL SECRETS by Laurel McKee is a wonderful Victorian Historical Romance. #2 in "The Scandalous St. Claires,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"One Naughty Night". Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by My Book Addiction and More
So, I got a chance to get Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee.
I wanted to read this story:
1) The cover. If y'all don't know I'm a pink girl. Read more
Lady Sophia Huntington is estranged from her family because she was never good enough. She can't seem to avoid giving in to her desire for adventure, and her family wants her to be... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love how daring, sexy and bold Laurel McKee characters tend to be, but in this book I can only say that there really isn't much of a suspense or deeply embedded plot for that... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Suzy Q-ed
I just finished reading Two Sinful Secrets and it was witty and sensual. You get story telling at its best. The main characters were Lady Sophia Huntington and Dominic St. Clair. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Queen of Books
This is a good second installment in the Scandalous St. Claire's series.
Sophia Huntington Westman is in Baden Baden Germany, desperate to leave, as she has been stuck... Read more
A young Lady Sophia Huntington wears a mask when she goes to gamble at the handsome Dominic St. Claire's London club, the Devil's Fancy. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Kimberly R
Oh I have found a new love.. Laurel McKee aka Amanda McCabe writes an absolutely brilliant book. Set in Early Victorian England, tells the story of two lost souls from feuding... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Shauni