I had a very hard time connecting with this book. I am never great with a Big Secret story, but in this case, that was compounded by the fact that I was unimpressed by the secret itself. The hero is uninspiring. And the bad guy is nothing short of a cookie cutter villain.
Sarah is not a virgin. That’s the big secret. She lost her virginity to a man who she planned to marry and it didn’t work out. Now her parents are forcing her to marry a vile man named Mr. Dennison, because they say no one else will have her, and the shame of her actions may ruin her sisters’ prospects of marriage.
Christopher, the Viscount Spencer, needs to marry but he is gun-shy about love since a woman broke his heart five years ago. He is with his family, visiting the same vacation home as Sarah’s group, when they meet. He’s kind of a jerk to her, sure she is plotting to trap him into marriage, as clearly all other women must want to do. Sarah, however, is resigned to her fate and lets him know right away she is already spoken for.
Circumstances keep throwing them together. Spencer slowly thaws towards her, but Sarah tries to keep herself at arm’s length. This, as the odious Mr. Dennison practically slavers all over her.
Here’s the thing: Sarah is supposed to be strong willed and independent, yet she practically rolls over and plays dead with her situation. Her parents are horrible. Dennison is horrible. And frankly, I didn’t find Spencer to be so great either, both in the beginning and once the secret comes out.
The romance is a slow burn. OK, there isn’t really any burning. It just takes forever for anything to happen. I do mean ANYTHING, and I do mean forever. And I just didn’t care. The only character I was remotely interested in was Spencer’s scarred older brother, who was only in two or three scenes. There just wasn’t a spark anywhere to be found.
Not for me.
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Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires
by Sophie Barnes
Release Date: April 28, 2015