Series: Book Club Belles Society, #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on December 2nd 2014
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Teaching scandalous young men a lesson? This is not your typical book club...
To Rebecca Sherringham, all men are open books—read quickly and forgotten. Perhaps she's just too practical for love. The last thing she needs is another bore around—especially one that's supposed to be dead.
Captain Lucius "Luke" Wainwright turns up a decade after disappearing without a trace. He's on a mission to claim his birthright, and he's not going away again until he gets it. But Becky and the ladies of the village Book Club Belles Society won't let this rogue get away with his sins. He'll soon find that certain young ladies are accustomed to dealing with villains.
I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Sinfully Ever After is the second book in this series, and the first book I have ever read from this author. Now some of you may wonder why I gave it a lower rating, well I wish I could say that I fell in love with this one, but frankly I had a hard time keeping up with this one. Now I will say that there were some aspects I really enjoyed, but the consistency was way off, and had a hard time keeping focus on the story. The beginning started out good, in my mind at the time, I was excited, thinking this story would capture me completely, until I met the heroine and I didn’t like her very well. I really had a tough time with her character, mostly because she treats Luke horribly. When they first meet, they cross words and Rebecca comes to Luke with good intentions, wanting him to save her brother’s foolhardy action, and Rebecca ends up owing Luke a kiss, now skip ahead five years. Rebecca is twenty too years old, and Luke is thirty seven. This is a bit of a may and december romance. They are about fifteen years apart. Now for some of us that may seem like a huge distance, but not really. If you look at the time period, these type of marriage were very common. My own grandmother had a thirteen year distance with my grandfather. So it is more realistic than we think.
The story is about Luke coming home after being thought dead by his brother, having made his own way in the world, fought in the war, and has come back with a injured leg and a faithful companion of a dog who never leaves his side. When he comes to his home, to his brother, and to the daughter he has never known, he meets up with Rebecca, a lovely mature woman who is still unmarried, and owes him a kiss. The moment they kiss, his life changes, but Rebecca has high expectations from a man, and the last thing she wants is a rake. When Luke finds that he feels a pull to Rebecca, he endeavors to change his behavior and show her that he can be a true gentleman…well Rebecca is more stubborn than a mule. Rebbeca is very picky, and knows exactly what she wants. She is already being courted by another man that fits every bill, except he doesn’t keep her up at night dreaming of his kisses, or the desire he stirs in her.
What I liked was the way this story was so lighthearted and full of wit and humor. I can almost imagine that Jayne Fresina has a great sense of humor, because you can see it come through in the story and the writing style. What I didn’t feel in this story, was the connection between Rebecca and Luke, at least not fully. At times I felt it, but it was a bit scattered throughout the book, and at times I had a difficult time keeping up with it, and the flow felt a bit off. I enjoyed the set up, and some of the scenes were quite engaging and fun. I loved the sense of a sweet and playful romance that comes through…but it just didn’t fully come through for me. I would love to read the first book though, because I am just aching to read Luke’s brothers story. Overall a enjoyable pastime in this cooler weather with a steaming cup of cocoa on hand. FUN AND PLAYFUL!!