The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries

This is the second book in the Duke Dynasty series. A Duchess was married 3 times and had 5 children, so 3 of her sons are inheriting a dukedom. I love this concept so much!!! But, I wasn't a fan of the first book. Neither character really pulled me, probably just a personality disconnect or something. Still, I love Sabrina Jeffries and will always give her a try. I enjoyed this book a little more, but it still fell flat for me :( This book is about Gwyn, (before mentioned Duchess's daughter), and Joshua. Joshua is the brother of Beatrice, who is the heroine of book 1. This book can be read as a standalone, but I think it would be better if you read the first book for a few reasons. First of all, there seems to be a series long mystery going on, possibly with the mother's past? We didn't find out in the first book, and are also left hanging in this book without much information. Secondly, the first book does a good job of explaining all the family dynamics and establishing character personalities, many of whom are this book as well. I think you would enjoy this story if you like -a war hero, soldier, wounded hero (he does suffer from PTSD) -plenty of plot/mystery/action going on -plenty of secrets held by characters -an 'older' heroine, she is 30 people, break out the cane -bodyguard trope This book had a few things going on that usually aren't my favorite which is probably why it wasn't a high star rating for me. I think plenty of others will love it. I don't love when the heroine has a past, and much of the book covers this, what has happened in the past and how it's affecting the current situation. I don't really love the war/spy theme woven in the book, it's just not my thing. This book didn't have much tension to me, kisses and sexual encounters kept happening but I didn't feel the build up or the wanting necessarily. It just felt more mechanical to me. I guess I just couldn't see why or how they were falling in love. The dialogue didn't make me feel their pasts. Oh yes, they have pasts and baggage but it was more like it was just stated, I saw it, I didn't feel it. They didn't worm their way into my hearts like some characters do. It wasn't an unpleasant read for me, but it didn't have anything standing out that brought it above pleasant for me. It was okay. I am loving the covers for this series though. I adore this cover and it portrays a scene from the story which I love even more. I give 3 stars. Safety warning (possible spoilers) . . . . . . . . . Miscarriage, murder (self defense), PTSD

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Married to the Viscount by Sabrina Jeffries

This is the final book of the Swanlea Spinster series. This book is fine to be read as a stand alone. The characters Clara and Morgan make an appearance (they are from Dance of Seduction, book 4), but you won't be lost or anything without reading that book. I also think Juliet (from After the Abduction, book 3) is briefly mentioned. Abigail and Spencer have a short time together in America. He is there with his brother and getting to know Abigail's father's business. They part with fond memories of each other, so why wouldn't Abigail believe his letters from England courting her and asking to marry by proxy? However, when she travels an ocean to be with him, she finds he knows nothing of the marriage. And worse, Spencer's brother is now missing and he must be the culprit in all of this craziness. Spencer goes along with this pretend marriage, due to gossip, scandal and everyone who witnessed Abigail's arrival. He must hide any and all feelings he has for her and make it a fake marriage until he finds his brother and can legally end this marriage. Spencer. Oh Spencer. Someone pointed out once how so many of Jeffries' heroes just CAN'T MARRY for whatever reason. And he is the same. He must never marry. Is the reason worth it? Perhaps more than other reasons, but is it ever a good enough reason??? haha. Spencer can be such a jerk. He says and does some despicable things. I actually feel quite bad for Abigail in all of this. But, there's something about him. I guess I like the jerks sometimes, because I did like him. You have to wait a long time for him to get his life together though. Abigail is half Seneca (native American). Her mother was daughter of a chief. She has a darker coloring and has heard slurs against her growing up. She is worried about fitting into English society. I felt bad for her in this story. She has no reason to think Spencer would lie to her and now is an ocean away from everything she has known and it's built on a falsehood. She tries to make the best of everything. This book has a bit of angst and a lot of push and pull – I want you! No, we cannot be married. But I love you! Let's kiss. No, go away! Definitely frustrating, yet I did like this book. It was sexy and emotional, not the best Sabrina Jeffries I have read, but many of her good qualities. I give 4 stars. This is my 15th Sabrina Jeffries! And still soooo many more to go hahaha.

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