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First Look: Sabrina Jeffries’ The Danger of Desire (November 22, 2016)

The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

Sabrina Jeffries
The Danger of Desire (The Sinful Suitors #3)
Pocket Books / November 22, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

If you are a fan of historical romances, or socially conscious romances, and if you pull double back handsprings just thinking about the two of those things worked together into one novel, then you need to be reading The Danger of Desire.

With the same aplomb with which she tackled complicated but vital themes in the first two books of her Sinful Suitors series, Sabrina Jeffries has brought it home again with this newest addition. This book is a must-read, with enough humor and heart to leave you vaulting between tears and laughter.

In The Danger of Desire, Sabrina Jeffries gives her readers the long-awaited story (for me anyway - oh gosh I couldn’t wait for his book) of Warren, Marquess of Knightford and friend to Jeremy and Edwin - AKA the first two Sinful Suitors. Like his friends Warren is a charming mix of vaguely disreputable rogue and warm, loving protector. He falls somewhere between Alpha and Beta, with the best traits of both worlds. 

And his match for wit and charm in this book, Delia Trevor, may just be the most relatable heroine I’ve encountered since Sophie Talbot in Sarah MacLean’s The Rogue Not Taken. Delia, forced to grow up too fast, is constantly straddling a line between bold, driven, crossdressing card sharp, and frightened, isolated, unsure young woman just trying to find her way in the world. It’s a difficult balance that I think most readers who are living in, or who have lived through, their tempestuous 20s can empathize with (minus the card sharp bit, perhaps).

In a romp that was pure joy to read Jeffries employs a number of fan-favorite plot and character tropes (the crossdressing heroine, the jaded rake, the meddling matron, the SCANDALOUS reveal *gasp*, and the marriage of convenience, to name a few), all the while weaving her plot expertly between them without losing track of the novel’s intensely emotional soul: two people, maybe the most unlikely of people, finding a way together through secrets, scarred pasts, and the figurative and literal darkness.

But what made this novel a winner for me was Jeffries’ decision to center her plot around a modern social issue, as she did with rape and rape culture in book two of the series, The Study of Seduction. In The Danger of Desire she takes on the notion of toxic masculinity, settling it so effortlessly into her historical landscape that in doing so she reveals the shamefully long history of shaming men. As readers, and writers, and academics, we in the romance community are always referring to the value of the romance novel as a means of looking at and exploring social issues. Jeffries’ latest novel demonstrates that she is willing and able to participate in that tradition.

The Danger of Desire is a must-not-miss if you love historical romances that go straight to your heart and sticks there. It’s sexy (really sexy), fresh, witty, and warm. Like the previous books in the Sinful Suitors series it invites you to come inside, make yourself at home, and put your faith in love as the one thing that will always see you through.  

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Jessica Avery grew up in the frosty, but not quite frozen, woods of Western Maine, where for seven or so chilly months of the year there’s not much to do but read. She got her start with romance novels early and in the last few years has set out to make a career of it, but in blogging about and pursuing the academic study of Popular Romance. You think she would have moved somewhere warm by now, but those Maine roots grow deep.

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