Review: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #1) by Sophie Barnes

April 24, 2015 Review 0

Review: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #1) by Sophie Barnes

Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London's elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart's desire...

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff's conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she's hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher's kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

Title: Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires
Author: Sophie Barnes
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Trouble With Being A Duke, The Scandal in Kissing an Heir , His Scandalous Kiss
Series: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: His Scandalous Kiss
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: May 7th 2015
Genres: Historical Romace, Romance
Pages: 384 pages
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: one-half-flames
Lady Sarah has arrived at Thorncliff Manor to meet her intended, Mr. Denison. Sarah is carrying a juicy secret that could ruin her reputation if it got out. Because of that, she knows that she has to marry Mr. Denison.  She is there so he can start his courtship of her. Then she meets Christopher. He’s an heir, a viscount, a rich lord. How can she go through with a marriage after meeting him? She must do everything in her power to resist him. If the truth about her were revealed neither man would have anything to do with her.

Sarah is a pretty strong girl.  Yes she had a lapse in judgment years ago and hasn’t been able to let it go since.  She has very unsympathetic and downright cruel parents.  All that put together, the guilt is heavy and the self-worth is low.  She, however is a firecracker, friendly, and genuinely likeable.  She clearly was stronger when she started to live her life for herself and not her parents.

Christopher has a broken heart from a past love.  Although his mom is intent on finding a bride for her son, he wants nothing to do with it.  He would rather have fun for the foreseeable future.  All that changes when he meets Sarah.  She speaks her mind and he finds that rather refreshing.  He is drawn to her real quick and seems to find ways to spend time with her.  He is very adorable and oh so sweet.  He knows Sarah is harboring some huge secret but is willing to overlook it to have her.  Does he remain true to his word when the secret is revealed??  

Sophie Barnes’ historical romance takes place at Thorncliff Manor.  A sprawling estate for the rich to spend their summers at. There seems to be plenty of mystery surrounding the Manor and if the walls could talk!  There are so many unattached guys and girls, the Secrets of Thorncliff Manor series has endless possibilities! The only downfall of this book for me, is the lack of spiciness.  The title hints that there should be something sinful going on, but there really isn’t. There are a few scenes but I would have liked less innuendo and more actual scenes.  There is plenty of angst and that should be plenty for some.  I just prefer more. That being said, the book is a very nice romance reminiscent of the Harlequin’s of old.  If that’s your cup of tea, then you will love this book!



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