Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor

Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor

by Sophie Barnes

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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?

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ISBN-13: 9780062358882
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 37,846
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Born in Denmark, USA TODAY bestselling author Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires: Secrets at Thorncliff Manor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
def618 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Sophie Barnes book! It was well written, a good love story and was hard to put down. This is Sarah and Christopher's story. They meet when their families are visiting Thorncliff Manor. Both are hesitant to trust someone having been hurt before. The hero's sisters are very willing to through them together whenever possible. There are so many wonderful characters in this book I hope the author writes a lot more books or novellas about the guests at Thorncliff. The hero's brother, Richard, is especially deserving of his own HEA! I recommend this book.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires by Sophie Barnes Book One of the Secrets at Thorncliff Manor series Publisher: Avon Publication Date: April 28, 2015 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: Contrary to the title, this book is not all that you think it might be. I thought there would be a lot of lust and passion and fire and sex and shenanigans in this book, and there was a dose of each... but it wasn't wild and overwhelming, like I half-expected. This is good! I found this to be a great thing! So if you were like me, and was wary of this book because of the title ("Sinful Desires", oooo), don't be turned off! And if you were hoping for example what the title promised - trust me, the author still delivered! Lady Sarah made a terrible mistake several years ago, and her father and stepmother have not let her forget it. They bring her and her stepsisters to Thorncliff Manor, where Mr. Denison will court Sarah, thus avoiding scandal and an unwed daughter. The problem is, Sarah doesn't want to marry Mr. Denison - for one, he's older than her father. But Sarah knows what she did years ago was wrong, and that she must do as her parents ask, in order to secure a stable match and have a decent future. Christopher, Lord Spencer, is heir to the viscountcy, and has no intentions of marrying anytime soon. But he meets Sarah and is intrigued by her bold, sarcastic, feisty nature. But she's promised to another - will Christopher and Sarah act on their feelings? I really liked this book. It reminded me of It Started With a Scandal by Julie Anne Long, and I wasn't bothered by the similarities. The protagonist went through something that she thought would work out, but didn't, leaving her with a mess, an almost-ruined reputation, and a bleak future. The protagonist does not want to grow attached to anyone, because she knows it's her duty to set things right. For Sarah, that is doing as her father and stepmother say, and marry the awful and disgusting Mr. Denison. I like Sarah. I think it's noble of her to follow through with the courtship, despite the fact that she didn't want to do so. Of course, this is historical fiction, and it's not like she had many choices. But Sarah has every intention of doing what her parents says, because she knows the blame rests on her shoulders. Still, Sarah is very outspoken, and often says too much. But I like this about her. Christopher does too - when they first meet, Sarah insults him intentionally and unintentionally, which is quite the feat. He's an heir, a viscount, a rich lord. He doesn't want to marry, because of his broken heart from years ago. Sarah captures his interest and cracks the stone wall around his heart. But he knows something is wrong with her situation with Mr. Denison, so he thinks to keep his distance from her... but he finds he cannot do that. I love Christopher and Sarah together. Believe it or not, they don't even kiss until about three quarters of the way into the book. That is a looooong time, for a romance novel, especially historical romance. But this is actually a really great thing, because the slow burn romance is impeccably written. Christopher and Sarah are friends first, because they know they must be proper around each other, especially since Sarah is already in a courtship with Mr. Denison when she meets Lord Spencer (Christopher). But sparks are constantly flying between them, and it's so fun to watch them fall for each other and keep denying it - all without the physical aspect of a romance novel. But once they kiss, it's pretty much all over. Lots of physical scenes after that! The story centers around Sarah's struggle with Mr. Denison and his courtship, her controlling, cold parents, her desire to disobey her parents, and her desire for Christopher. Sarah wants to do right by her parents, but she needs to do is forgive herself and move on. Christopher needs to forget about his long-gone lady and move on too. Together, the two of them help each other. In the end, Christopher and Sarah make a lovely couple.  The setting is quite notable; Thorncliff Manor is huge, beautiful manor, owned by an eccentric old lady who loves to do and say as she pleases. She's like an older version of Sarah. There is plenty of mystery and intrigue surrounding this manor, and plenty of budding relationships. This series has so much potential - there are sooooo many eligible ladies and gentlemen that Barnes could write about next! What I Did Not Like: While I liked the lack of physical scenes in the first three quarters of the book, I wouldn't have minded more ;) Would I Recommend It: I definitely recommend this one, especially if you're not a fan of explicit romance novels - because this one has only a few physical scenes, which is quite atypical of a historical romance novel. I loved the book, the romance, the chemistry, the story, the characters... this is probably going to be a year-end favorite. Much love! Rating: 4 stars. This new series by Sophie Barnes is very promising! I can't wait to see which characters she chooses to write about next. Richard, perhaps? That's Christopher's younger brother. Or maybe one of Christopher's sisters, with Chadwick. Gah! The possibilities!
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julieford More than 1 year ago
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires is a story of secrets, betrayal, love and redemption. Lady Sarah is being pressured by her parents to marry a man who is vulgar, unattractive and socially beneath her. The reason being a past indiscretion and the harm it could cause her younger sisters if it was found out. Viscount Spencer also had a bad experience with love and is not ready to marry, but his family is pressuring him to find a bride. Spencer and Sarah meet at Thorncliff Manor and strike up an unlikely friendship in which feelings grow but the secrets they keep threaten to destroy their budding love. This story will have you laughing out loud, feeling moments of anger and rooting for justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly sweet
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
Despite the title of this story, there is almost no sex in it. Surprised? Yeah, so was I. *smiles* But the lack of intimacy didn't deter from the story at all. Neither Sarah nor Christopher were looking for a relationship during their stay at Thorncliff. Sarah was there to meet her soon-to-be husband. Christopher was there out of obligation, even though he knew his mother would do her best to foist some unmarried miss on him. They met by accident, their friendship starting off with sarcasm and thoughtlessly spoken words. The more time they spent together, the more they got along. Christopher confided in Sarah his experience with love and why he doesn't believe in it, but Sarah can't bring herself to tell him why she's marrying a man beneath her social class. Sarah's lack of purity was a big deal, to her parents and to society. Marrying her off to someone beneath her was the easiest way for her parents to deal with it. Of course, they weren't exactly nice about it either. They seemed to delight in reminding her that she wasn't a virgin, that she didn't have a choice in whom she married, that she should be happy someone wanted to marry her all things considered. I hated them for their treatment of her. I hated their view of her because she'd given herself to a man she thought she loved. She made a mistake, yes, but she didn't deserve to be treated like that. But then, Christopher didn't treat her any better when he discovered her reason for marrying down. My heart broke when he turned away from her. I wanted him to say it didn't matter to him, wanted him to reinforce all the good he knew she possessed rather than dwell on a past mistake. He didn't but his lapse in common sense was only brief, thank God. I really enjoyed this story. I wanted and needed so much from Christopher and Sarah, and they didn't disappoint in the end. They struggled with themselves, had to find out that their futures didn't have to be determined by someone else or a mistake. They needed to see that what they felt for one another was greater than what they thought they'd felt in the past. They had to understand that what they shared was worth having despite what society might say about Sarah if her past was ever discovered. Because, really, in the grand scheme of things, who cares what others think so long as you are happy? 3.5* (Received from Edelweiss via Tasty Book Tours for an honest review)
gaele More than 1 year ago
Sarah’s desire is to live her own life, with a man of her choosing.  Unfortunately a youthful mistake nearly ruined her reputation and severely limited her chances for an acceptable match, a fact that her father and stepmother will NOT let her forget.  To avoid further temptation for his willful daughter, her father has moved her and her stepsisters to Thorncliff Manor in an effort to ease the match between her and Mr. Dennison, her father’s choice for her husband.  Unimpressed by her chosen suitor, Sarah is chafing under the responsibility of a ‘good daughter’ and is not thrilled with the match.  Unfortunately, despite her own wishes, she is very solidly a creature of her time, and her life is not her own.  But then, a new and intriguing opportunity arises, to at least remove the boredom and sameness of her life at Thorncliff.  Christopher, Lord Spencer is obligated by position to marry, but it’s an obligation he plans to put off to the last  possible moment.  An affair of the heart gone wrong, he is not interested in tying the knot, until the sharp-tongued Sarah challenges his person, position and humor with her forthright manner and often  inappropriate utterances.  Seeing the sadness and sense of resignation that follows Sarah, already in a courtship, has Christopher alternately wanting to help and knowing he should stay away. But Sarah has thawed the ice around his heart, and that is a rarity for him.   Interactions between these two are often closer to fireworks than polite conversation: as Sarah realizes that  Christopher is interested, she allows her own thoughts to stray to the potential for more than the match her  father has decided on.  Slowly (actually quite slowly) their connection builds for readers to see just as they  discover the growing affections.  Written with a patient hand, Barnes allows the characters to grow toward one  another before they kiss, and the long wait makes it sweeter. I honestly wanted to reach in and push them together – they are well-suited and it took them long enough to see it!  Secondary characters are clever and add to the budding courtship and add life to the story away from our couple, setting up potential matches for future stories with a sense of anticipation.  Thorncliff Manor itself is also well-described and detailed with nods to history and mystery within, and the addition of a pet hamster with a Houdini complex gave a touch of fun and whimsy to the story.  A great start to a new series.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Fantastic job of describing the characters and their emotions. Lord and Lady Andover, Sarah's parents, and Mr. Denison, the man she will have to marry are hateful. Sarah is so sweet, she does not deserve the way they treat her because of her mistakes. She is resigned to her fate, but then she meets Christopher and begins to secretly dream of a different future. What starts off as friendship soon turns to more with a little meddling from their hostess and his family. Christopher's sisters are great and his brother Richard is intriguing, I hope he gets his own story. Highly recommended - I can't wait for the next book in this series!  ARC via Edelweiss
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Lady Sarah's Sinful Desires is a beautifully written historical romance , Sophie Barnes did a fantastic job. It is the story of a ruined heroine and a broken heart hero with meddlesome families. The last thing Christopher, the viscount Spence, wants is searching for a bride in Thorncliff Manor. He knows he needs to marry and has an heir but not anytime soon until he meets Sarah, a beautiful and strong young lady who is not chasing after a handsome titled gentleman. Lady Sarah is beautiful, sweet and ruined two years ago. Her father and stepmother has not forgiven her single indiscretion and have bargained her hand in the marriage with the awful Mr Denisen in Thorncliff Manor. This is a delightful, fun and entertaining historical romance. I loved Sarah, Christopher and his sibling, they were so fun and interesting I can't wait for their stories. Thank you Sophie Barnes
TheSassyBookster More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars The title of the book hints at a scandalous and sensual Lady Sarah but she is very far from that. Lady Sarah has spent the last five years making up for her past indiscretion, one with the potential to ruin her reputation and the latest scheme by her father and step-mother to make her pay involves giving her away in marriage to a very detestable and lecherous older gentleman. On a trip to Thorncliff Manor to meet her intended, she meets Christopher Heartly,Viscount Spencer. Christopher is obligated to marry but he is reluctant to do so because he has experienced heartbreak and is not willing to open himself up to that again. He finds himself spending time with Lady Sarah and convinced that she is scheming to trap him into marriage, he is quite rude to her. However, they gradually begin to enjoy each other’s company and Christopher is quite taken with the outspoken Lady Sarah. The story is predictable but an enjoyable one all the same as the main characters go from antagonists to friends to more. There is also the predictable cast of secondary characters – the insufferable parents, the eccentric older woman dispensing advice and manipulating the main characters for their own good and the odious and dirty older man. The pace is slow but steady and the heat level is quite tame. My only issue with the story was that for an outspoken and spirited person, Lady Sarah was uncharacteristically a doormat in her responses to her parents and her circumstance. In spite of that, LADY SARAH’S SINFUL DESIRES is a nice friends to lovers story and I will be checking out the rest of the series, especially for a story on Christopher’s younger brother Richard. *I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Plot and Story Line Every time I read a book by Sophie Barnes, I always know that I will have a fun time, but this latest book had a different feeling to it, but what a fantastic read this turned out to be, and it surprised me how much I loved it. This is the first book in her newest series, this series takes place at Thorncliff Manor, a huge estate, and focuses on one family and each of the siblings’ stories. The first book is Christopher’s story. We see the bantering back and forth between himself and his siblings, and what a lovely family this is. They all have affection for each other, and his siblings is different from the other, you see the difference of opinion, and I can hardly wait for the second book now. This story was quite emotional at times, and I loved Christopher and Sarah together, and struggling for a way to find their HEA. I can promise you it does happen, so no worries, but they do have some hills and valley to get through before they get there. What I loved most about this story was the tender and sweet love story. It’s very light as far as sexual scenes, we have more focus on the emotional building of their relationship, which is quite necessary. They do have some sparks, and boy when they kiss…watch out or you may get burned. But due to certain circumstances of the heroine, you see how the way the plot unravels is quite needed at times, and I loved seeing them come together in such a poignant manner that evokes quite a few emotions I wasn’t expecting. We also see quite a bit of strong development in growth of characters…especially in our heroine. Where she decides to stand up to her family and choose her own fate and not one that suits them easier. Quite frankly I couldn’t stand her family, they were horrid to her, and treated her quite poorly just because she made a mistake, and they knew the why and how. But I enjoyed seeing Sarah find a man who would love and appreciate her for who she is underneath and I loved that quality to the story. The Cover  Now who wouldn’t love this cover? And its perfect for this time of year right? I just loved the manor in the back, and the “spring” feel of colors and what a dress….and the male model….mmm delicious…I just can’t enough of the half shirt open…quite the teaser. Overall View  Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires is a fresh start to a wonderful series, it’s a tale of loyalty, love, and sacrifice, and learning to stand up for what you deserve and a life full of affection and joy. A SWEET AND CHARMING GEM!