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  • Posted February 22, 2013

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    TWO SINFUL SECRETS by Laurel McKee is a wonderful Victorian Hist

    TWO SINFUL SECRETS by Laurel McKee is a wonderful Victorian Historical Romance. #2 in "The Scandalous St. Claires,but can be read as a stand alone. See,"One Naughty Night".

    "A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London, the feud goes on . .."

    With gambling,secrets,danger,family,theater,romance and love. Fast paced and filled with action and sizzling passion. Follow, Dominic St. Claire,out for revenge and Lady Sophia Huntington,an actress, on a journey of discovery as they fight their passion,feelings and learn the meaning of true love. The feud between the Huntingtons and the St. Claires has gone on for years and generations but will history repeat itself or find happiness. A not so magical romance filled with danger and passion. Ms. McKee has done it again with this series. I can hardly wait to see what happens in the next installment of "The Scandalous St. Claires". Received for an honest review from the publisher and Net Galley.

    RATING: 4


    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted November 26, 2012

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    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Co

    Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Kimberly & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    “Laurel McKee is a truly talented author, bringing to life her characters in this awesome tale.” ~Under the Covers

    A young Lady Sophia Huntington wears a mask when she goes to gamble at the handsome Dominic St. Claire’s London club, the Devil’s Fancy. Even masked the Sophia attracts Dominic, who quickly takes Sophia’s breath away. When the Lady leaves St. Claire doubled over in pain after a passionate kiss, he vows to find the mysterious woman.

    After running away to marry beneath her station, so to speak, Lady Sophia Huntington, now the widowed Mrs. Sophia Westman is making her way across Europe surviving by occasionally winning at cards. After escaping a rather creepy Lord Hammond hands in Baden-Baden, a little bit richer Sophia heads to Paris where she begins to work in a new gaming club owned by a wealthy woman.

    Much to Sophia’s surprise, she becomes reacquainted with Dominic St. Claire and his acting family, for the St. Claires are a famous family of stage actors in Paris to present a play. Dominic quickly realizes that Sophia is the masked woman from London years ago, and more importantly, he discovers that she is from the dreaded Huntington family. You see the St. Claires and the Huntingtons have had a feud going on for over 150 years, when a Mary St. Claire married a Huntington who apparently to the Huntingtons was mistreated and died of a broken heart.

    After a whirlwind affair begins and trouble comes to Sophia’s doorstep, Dominic marries Sophia with the intention of protecting her. The unconventional couple have neither declared their love for one another nor come to terms with the relationship. Sophia’s dream of reconciling with the Huntington family is all but dashed when Dominic and Sophia come upon Sophia’s mother in the park and the meeting is ridiculously cold on the mother’s part. Such incidents begin to show what Dominic what a gem he actually has in Sophia, but is he willing to forget over 150 years of animosity and open his heart to his wife? Will Sophia come to terms that she is no longer a Huntington, but a St. Claire, and will they fully accept her? Well you are just going to have to read Two Sinful Secrets to find out, won’t you?

    I thoroughly enjoyed Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee. This is first read by this author and I will most definitely read her again. I love how unconventional these families are. The way the St. Claire family members relate to one another makes me want to be adopted by them. How could Sophia resist when he family was so different, so flawed? Although Sophia has had a life fraught with let-down and sadness, she is not bitter, in fact she is quite refreshing and I really liked her. Dominic may seem like a self-absorbed rake, but those thoughts are quickly dispelled when we find the true Dominic St. Claire as he relates to Sophia and those around him. Laurel McKee is a truly talented author, bringing to life her characters in this awesome tale.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

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    Such a treat!

    ABOUT THE BOOK: A hundred years has passed since the bitter rivalry between the St. Claires and the Huntingtons began. But in London, the feud goes on . . .

    Lady Sophia Huntington isn't what she appears to be. Born into a noble family, the impulsive, wild-hearted beauty has fallen on difficult times. Banished from her home, Sophia dreams of the day she can finally win her father's forgiveness and return to London. Until the sudden appearance of a suitor from the scandalous St. Claire family threatens to reveal her darkest secrets . . .

    Dominic St. Claire vows to exact revenge upon the Huntingtons, who destroyed his family's fortune generations ago. His perfect target is the lovely but proud Lady Sophia. After using her to discover the Huntingtons' financial secrets, he will cause a great scandal by eloping-and then abandoning his bride. But his plot soon unravels when he finds his own heart ensnared-in a trap not of his own making.

    REVIEW: What a different read. I adore historical, and that’s no secret and this one held all the carvings for such a scandalous affair. Dominic was dashing and broody all at once. His pursuit of Sophia would make any woman swoon. Sophia, too, was a force to be reckoned with and I like how the author didn’t make her the modern lady you find in historicals usually. She stood out as unique and the concept between those two discovering one another was great. While a step was taken between them that I think is rushed, the tale of them falling in love is one that will send your heart thumping.

    The writing was descriptive and the dialogue flowed. It seemed at times with the extra words, the flow of the style was interrupted a bit but otherwise it was a fantastic read. One that will have you up at night, reading more delicious things she brings to mind.

    I did mark this down to a 4 and ½ but it was only due to the rushed scene I spoke of above and some of the interrupted flows. Truly, this is very enjoyable and one I whole heartily recommend.

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