Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance.
Hartley is equally shocked to literally run into his past love upon arriving at his brother’s house. Though he yearns to take advantage of this second chance to woo his beloved, he can hardly admit that he is secretly a spy—at least not until he can be sure he trusts her. But convincing Lady Anne to let him prove his sincerity by courting her respectably all over again might be his undoing. Because all he wants is to show her how much of a rogue he can be when the right woman is in his arms…
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The Risk of Rogues One
CAPTAIN LORD HARTLEY Corry had come to his brother Warren’s Shropshire hunting lodge, Hatton Hall, to play cards, drink fine brandy, and do some shooting with his male friends. So when, upon his arrival, he was shown into a ballroom filled with dancing couples, Hart could only groan.
“You came!” a decidedly female voice exclaimed behind him.
He turned to find his sister-in-law Delia approaching. “I don’t understand,” he muttered. “Warren invited me here to do things men do. Without women.”
Her eyes twinkled. “Ah, but that was before I reminded him that he’d chosen the week of St. Valentine’s Day and that his friends were all married. Once I did, he very sensibly altered his plans, changing this into—”
“A marriage mart?” he growled.
She blinked. “No, indeed. Why would I have a marriage mart and invite married couples?”
Uneasily, he glanced about. “Not just married couples. I see a few bachelors from St. George’s Club—not to mention a few unmarried friends of yours.” He narrowed his gaze on her. “All eyeing me as if I’m dinner. I know a matchmaking scheme when I see one, dear lady.”
“Well, aren’t you full of yourself?” she said archly. “I would never foist you on my friends. You’re a cantankerous second son with a penchant for trouble, a tendency to gamble, and no fortune to speak of. Why on earth would I want them to marry you?”
“Now see here, I’m still the son of a marquess.” He didn’t like being characterized as some wastrel, even if he understood why, given their history. “And I’ve paid back, with interest, every penny I owed your family.”
Her features softened. “Yes, you have, which is admirable. But honestly, matchmaking was the farthest thing from my mind when I invited you. Warren misses you. These days, you spend all your time doing heaven knows what for Lord Fulkham.”
That was precisely how Hart had gained the money to repay the funds he’d purposely cheated her brother out of to keep the man from hunting down his exiled cousin.
For the past few years, Hart had been spying, first abroad and more recently in England, for the undersecretary of the foreign office. Indeed, Fulkham was grooming him to step into the position of spymaster, something Hart was considering now that Fulkham had become foreign secretary.
Hart liked the work. It challenged and intrigued him in ways his position in the army hadn’t. That was why he’d sold his commission a few months ago. His future looked brighter by the day.
So he ought to find a wife. Unfortunately, he’d only ever wanted to wed one woman, and he’d lost her long ago. She’d vanished during those years he was posted abroad, and his few brief leaves hadn’t enabled him to find her. He’d even considered searching for her now that he was permanently situated in England—now that his skills as a spy had been perfected.
But after eleven years, Miss Anne Barkley was probably the wife of some squire up in the north country, whom she was steadily providing with a string of progeny. It would explain why he hadn’t been able to locate her—her name had changed. And he simply couldn’t bear the thought of finding her happily married and thus out of his reach forever. So instead, he did nothing.
Yet there didn’t seem much point in courting anyone else, when his image of the perfect woman was still only her.
“You will stay, won’t you?” Delia asked, jerking him back to the present. “You don’t have to speak to a single young lady if you don’t want.”
He snorted. He didn’t believe that for one minute. If Delia was here, then the other wives were, too, and they were all bent on marrying him off.
“Besides,” she continued, “on Saint Valentine’s Day we’re having a charity sale of handiwork made by the Ladies of St. George’s Club.”
“Wait a minute, who are they?”
“You know, wives of the members. We’ve formed a charitable group.”
A hen party, no doubt.
“Anyway, the proceeds of our sale go to Burke Orphanage in nearby Shrewsbury. It’s for a good cause and I could use your help with it.”
“How?” he asked, suspicious.
“Entertaining the ladies from town who will be coming to buy things, of course. Having a few gentlemen around to charm them will help them be more generous with their purses.” When he eyed her askance, she added, “Do stay, Hart. It would please Warren enormously.”
God, but the woman knew how to tug at a man’s guilt. “Will there still be cards? And shooting?”
She brightened. “Of course. And fishing, too. You’ll have fun, I promise.” She surveyed his slapdash traveling clothes—a frock coat of brown wool, buff trousers, and a waistcoat he generally only wore among other men bent on masculine endeavors. “Although not until you change into appropriate attire for dancing.”
“I have a better idea.” He winked. “I’ll simply go find my friends in the card room. No one there will care about my attire.”
“You’re incorrigible,” she said with a rueful shake of her head.
“That’s what all women say when a man won’t bend to their will.” He glanced about. “What room did you designate for cards?”
She sighed. “The breakfast room. I take it you know your way there?”
With a nod, he set off for the hall. Unfortunately, just at that moment the dance ended, so he was caught up in the swirl of ladies being led from the floor by their partners. In the confusion, he collided with a young miss.
Or rather, with the young miss’s hat. The bloody thing was huge—a purple turban that billowed out so far from her head that the gauze ribbon trailing from it caught in his watch fob.
“Good heavens!” she cried as she twisted around to face him.
Then three things happened at once. Her turban fell off to dangle briefly from his watch fob before its weight carried it to the floor. The lady’s flaming red hair tumbled down about her ears. And as she pushed back the gorgeous locks to get a good look at him, he came face-to-face with the woman he’d given up on ever seeing again.
“Anne!” he said hoarsely.
She started, recognition showing in her freckled features. Then she narrowed her amber eyes on him. “How dare you!” And, scooping her turban up off the floor, she shoved past him to head for the door.
“You’re in trouble now,” her dance partner said. “One thing you must never do to Lady Anne: come between her and her hats.”
Hart well remembered those hats, each of them carefully trimmed by her to fit her unique, intriguing taste.
Then the rest of the man’s words registered. Lady Anne? What the hell?
He stalked out into the hall after her.
Anne fumed as she marched toward the retiring room with her embarrassing hair bouncing about her shoulders. Hart wasn’t supposed to be here. Delia had been sure he wouldn’t attend, which was the only reason Anne had dared to come. The last thing she’d wanted was to encounter the scoundrel who’d courted her years ago and then given her up when the going got tough.
Then to have him destroy her favorite turban, probably out of sheer spite, though she should be the one doing things out of spite, considering that—
“Anne!” he called from behind her.
Oh no. He didn’t even have the decency to leave her be. She quickened her pace, but the rascal caught up to her with deplorable ease, thanks to those long legs of his. Catching her by the arm, he pulled her around to face him. “Anne, stop and listen to me, for God’s sake.”
The words, spoken in that familiar husky voice, burrowed under her skin the way he had done years ago, with his eyes the color of a fir forest and his wavy, chocolaty locks so very tempting to touch—
Heavens, what was she thinking? She didn’t want to touch any part of him!
She snatched her arm free. “What do you want, my lord?”
The sharpness in her question made him pale. “To talk to you. You owe me that, at least.”
“Why would I owe you anything?”
The question seemed to genuinely surprise him. “Why do you think? You never answered my letters, for one thing.”
Letters? He’d written her letters? “They probably never reached me,” she said baldly. “Father always had the mail delivered to him first, and he wouldn’t have passed on any missives from you. He didn’t approve of you, which is why he refused to let me marry you, which I’m sure you know.”
Now he looked stunned. “I did not know. When I asked for your hand, he said he was refusing because you were only sixteen and too young to marry. I got the impression that once you were older, I might have a chance.”
That surprised her. For years after his proposal, Papa had waxed eloquent to her and Mama on the subject of Hart’s reputation. “My age was one reason, yes. But not the main one.”
“Then what was?” He crossed his arms over his chest, which had grown even more impressively broad in his years in the army. “I realize I’m merely a second son, but your father was merely a merchant in Stilford. How could he not have approved?”
“Quite frankly, Papa thought you a gambler and a wastrel.”
Hart winced. “I suppose the gambler part is fair.” He squared the massive shoulders that had always made her heart flip over, then got the stubborn look on his face that had always put her back up. “But I kept up with my pursuit of law at Cambridge. And if he didn’t approve of me, why didn’t he say so?”
“How should I know?”
A muffled whisper behind him caught her attention. They had an audience. It was only a few ladies, far enough down the hall to be unable to hear.
Still, it reminded her to be cautious. Hart was Delia’s brother-in-law, and the last thing she wanted was to risk Delia’s friendship by being seen in a public argument with him.
She lowered her voice to a placating murmur. “Perhaps Papa didn’t want to offend a marquess’s son and figured that telling you I was too young would end the matter.”
A stormy expression crossed Hart’s features. “Then he ignored how passionately I expressed my wish to marry you. Otherwise, he would at least have had the courtesy to demand that I cease writing to you. Rather than confiscate my letters and never make me—or you—aware that—”
“It was not—is not—proper for a gentleman to write a young lady without her parents’ permission.” Heat rose in her cheeks. “You know that.”
He stepped closer, his eyes the soft green of freshly sprouted grass. “That didn’t seem to matter so much to you when I sent them through your maid,” he said in a decidedly intimate voice.
“Step back, sir!” she hissed. “We’re being watched, and I do not wish to be grist for the gossip mill.”
He set his shoulders. “I don’t care. And the Anne I used to know wouldn’t have cared, either.”
Her temper flared, and she forgot all about the people behind him. Sarcasm dripped from her voice. “The Anne you used to know wasn’t worldly and didn’t realize that a young man might need money. That he might crave a young lady for her fortune. That he might go about with her, make her promises, and then merrily troop off to join the army without so much as a fare-thee-well once her fortune was denied to him.”
She stared him down. “Meanwhile, a lady is always left to pick up the pieces, no matter what the circumstances. Even when she’s done nothing wrong except believe those promises.”
“What? I tried to keep them! And I was not after your fortune, damn it.”
“For pity’s sake, keep your voice down!” she whispered.
Glancing back at the crowd forming behind him, he grimaced. When he faced her again, he kept his tone low and even. “Only if you agree to meet me in the library in an hour’s time. Otherwise, I swear I will dog you everywhere until we can discuss this more thoroughly and I can get my answers. That ought to give the gossips something to talk about.”
“You . . . you . . . devil! I answered your questions!”
“You answered one. You didn’t explain why, when I finally returned from India and went to Stilford in search of you, you were gone and no one knew where. Or why you—”
“Fine,” she said tightly.
Because she had questions, too. Like whether he really had gone in search of her. Why he was here. Why he acted as if he still cared about her.
That was the only reason she would meet him. Not because it was so very good to see him and talk to him again, and certainly not because she wanted to take up with him again after all these years.
Sadly, she could guess why he might renew his pursuit. But she would set him straight on that score, and then, when he abandoned his pursuit of her yet again, she would exorcise him from her heart forever.
“We’ll meet in the library in one hour,” she confirmed.
“Thank you,” he said.
His heated gaze alarmed her anew. “But only if you promise to behave.”
With the smile of a practiced seducer, he bowed. “Of course.”
“You know what I mean,” she said, painfully aware that although the onlookers probably couldn’t hear them from down the hall, she dared not take any chances and be more explicit.
“I will be a perfect gentleman,” he said blandly, though his eyes still held a certain wicked look she well remembered.
“Good.” She tossed her ruined coiffure over one shoulder. She had too many memories of furtive, heart-stopping kisses in country lanes when he would sneak away from Cambridge and ride down to Stilford to meet her. She was having no more of those. “Because the moment you misbehave, I will march out of the room and you will never get your answers.”
That wiped the wickedness from his face. “I only want the truth.”
With a nod, she turned and hurried to the retiring room. She wanted the truth as well, and she meant to get it. But not by letting him lure her into his snare once more. Oh no. She would never do that.
Now, if only she could convince her battered heart to heed her warnings.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lady Anne is shocked when Captain Lord Hartley Corry—her former fiancé who left for India after her father forbade their marriage—returns to England and acts as if everything is all water under the bridge. He never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised and he thinks she’d still be willing to marry him? Not a chance. Nobody writes jilting and redemption like Sabrina Jeffries!! I’m not much of a second-chance romance but I just love the way she writes them. This was a quick read but she still packed a full story in it that I enjoyed. I highly recommend. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
I'm a big fan of Jeffries but I'm sorry to say this book did not impress me as her other books do. I did not connect with the H/H and the flow of the book moved a little slow and it fell a little flat, IMO. I've read to many books by this author to let my disappointment of this book deter me from being a fan!
Love means choosing what matters the most. Lady Anne is quite an interesting person. With her outrageous hats and her kind heart the reader will fall in love with her like her Captain Lord Hartley Corry did when they were younger. She guards her heart and though her life situation had changed since she last saw Hart, she's lost her willingness to be open hearted concerning him. Her bluntness in dealing with Hart and Fulkham is not only extremely entertaining for the reader but Fulkham also is quite amused with her. Hart never got over his loss of his love who was now a lady. In this story Hart realizes so many things would have been different in his life if he made different decisions when he was younger and originally in love with Anne. He is persistent yet allowing Anne space to get to know him again and to hopefully fall in love with him all over. What Author Sabrina Jefferies does really well is showing what went wrong in the past and why on both of their parts, as well as showing that even the worse situation can change with a heart full of love and the courage to admit your part in the mistakes. I give it 4 stars for showing readers that there is always hope to overcome devastating errors made in the past and that sometimes being honest means giving up something you also love for something or someone you love more.
I received The Rick of Rogues by Sabrina Jeffries from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is a novella and the latest of her Sinful Suitors series. It can be read as stand alone but this series is so wonderful, it's worth reading all of the books in the series A second chance love story about Captain Lord Hartley (Hart) Corry and Lady Anne Barkley. Both are surprised to find themselves at the same house party and Hart begins a "re-courtship." Lady Anne is more cautious about everything but is unable to suppress her feelings in the end. A wonderful novella that goes into just enough depth of their past relationship to answer questions. Hart comes off in the public eyes as a devil may care person without responsibility and has to prove to Lady Anne he is indeed responsible and mature. Delightful and charming, I always enjoy Sabrina Jeffries' stories. #TheRiskofRogues #NetGalley
I am hoping the Risk of Rogues is a bridge between The Secret of Flirting and what ever books comes next. A lovely teasing taste, an amuse-bouche to sate the appetite between books in the Sinful Sinner Series. . Two young lovers, Hartly Corry and Lady Anne are planning to elope, but Anne is just sixteen. Do to a father, penury and the vagaries of fate this does not work out. They meet 11 years later at a house party where honesty prevails between them. I’m with Lady Anne; Capt Corry’s explanations are a bit weak, especially in his refusal to find her again. Jeffries does not quite give us an ardent lover. The writing is her usual smooth effort, and I am as always in awe of her historical detailing. I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
3.5 stars--THE RISK OF ROGUES is instalment 5.5 (and final?) in Sabrina Jeffries SINFUL SUITORS historical romance series - a spin off from Jeffries’ ‘The Duke’s Men’ series. This is Lady Anne Barkley and Captain Lord Hartley ‘Hart’ Corry’s story line. THE RISK OF ROGUES can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Anne and Hart) THE RISK OF ROGUES is a second chance romance between Lady Anne Barkley and Captain Lord Hartley ‘Hart’ Corry. Eleven years earlier Hart asked a then sixteen-year old Anne to be his wife but without her father’s permission Hart disappeared without a trace. Fast forward to present day wherein a much more mature Anne but secretive Hart must face the truth about what happened years before-a truth that is much different than the stories they know. Captain Lord Hartley Corry is a man of secrets whose current position with Baron Fulkham keeps our hero in the shadows as a spymaster for the government. Loyal to a fault, it is these secrets that keep Anne at a distance when Hart offers up his heart, once again. Lady Anne considers herself an oddity, and hides behind her flamboyant hats that are the talk of the ton. Never married, Lady Anne pines for what was, and what will never be, again. THE RISK OF ROGUES is a very quick read; a fast paced, second chance story line with a feisty and stubborn heroine, and passionate hero. The back and forth rhetoric between our leading couple is both comedic and sad, as Anne refuses to accept the truth that is shrouded in secrets. The premise is engaging; the romance is intimate and sweet; the characters are familiar and charming.
I love old loves finding each other again and this one is no smooth ride. This is a fast-paced story that will keep you on your toes. I loved how they found each other again and that they got to know each other again. They have changed over the years, but are still drawn to each other. I loved the ending and how everyone was there to see it. Anne never knew the full truth of what happened when he left. She is ready to be on the warpath with him, but her heart can't let go that easily. I loved that wasn't afraid to question his boss, but she was still scared. Hart is all heart and did what he thought best years ago. I loved him from the start with how he wasn't going to stop and wanted to tell her the truth. He didn't realize how many had his back.
Great addition to this series. This quick read gives us Captain Lord Hartley Corry's story. When Hart asked for Miss Anne Barkley's hand in marriage when they were teenagers, he was flatly refused by her father. Hoping she was still going to run away and elope with him, he was very disappointed when she didn't show. After time in the service, and his current work as a spy, Hart is finally back in England after 11 years of being away. Imagine his surprise when he sees Anne at his brother's house! It is obvious that the spark is still there and Hart wants to pursue Anne again but he is reluctant to tell her about his past since it could harm his current position as a spy. Through some soul searching and a few stolen kisses, these two finally get their happy ending. I loved these characters and their story. It was a fun, sweet story
This is always a good series can’t wait for the next book
An amusing second-chance novella, The Risk of Rogues is a quick read. For all that it’s short, we learn plenty about Anne and Hart, their past and present “struggles” to be together. Things are resolved at a rapid rate, but there’s really no point in stretching the story unnecessarily. I like that they talk. I like that they take a good long look into themselves to figure out their feelings and acknowledge their mistakes. I like Anne’s character- a full-figured lady who loves hats. That’s so me. I also like Hart. He realizes his feelings for Anne right away and is dogged in his pursuit. I also really like the re-courtship. Overall, I spent an enjoyable time reading this novella and would recommend it to anyone looking for a light read.
Lady Anne and Hartley Corry were once in love and wanted to marry, her father said no. Now eleven years they meet unexpectedly at a house party. Hart had been looking everywhere for Anne, he knew she was the only woman for him. Lady Anne is skeptical of Hart’s motives and he has to prove himself worthy of her affections before she give in to him. Anne feels he never fought for her hand or eloped with her as he promised so it’s hard to believe he really ever loved her. I loved this second chance at love novella it’s a fast paced book. Can Hart win over his lady love and will she be willing to marry him when she finds out everything there is to know of the new Hartley and his career choice. The author does an excellent job of bringing these two together to let nature take its course and their love will win the day if only they will reach out a grab their HEA!!!. This is my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
Novella about Lord Hartley and Lady Anne, who had intended to marry until her father refused him. When Hart's father also rejected her, he sent Hart into the military in India. Neither one followed the other's progression through the years. As a spy, Hart gained a reputation as a gambler that kept Lady Anne from trusting him anew. Rediscovering their love and trust as Hart is up for a promotion keeps the story moving.
I enjoyed the final installment in Sabrina Jeffries' Sinful Suitors series. Because it's a novella the story moves to the resolution extremely quickly, but that doesn't detract from the story. The characters are not as well-developed as if it had been a full-length novel, but I didn't feel like the characters were in any way flat. I really liked that the heroine was strong enough to look out for and stand up for herself, and that the hero understands and respects that. This was a quick and easy read, bringing closure to the series. Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy of this book.
I really enjoyed Anne and Hart's story, although I do wish it had been a full length novel. This is a second chance romance, which is always one of my favorites. Lady Anne is heart broken when she learns that Hart left for India after her father refused to give his permission for them to marry. When she runs into him at a house party years later and he renews his interest in her, she thinks it is because she now has Lady in front of her name. Hart is ecstatic that he finally has a second chance at winning Anne, but she doesn't seem to think he is sincere. He can't reveal to her that he has been a spy for years and soon hopes to be the head of that organization to prove to her that he can support her. Can he convince Anne that he is sincere in his attention and that they can finally get their HEA? This was a great addition to the Sinful Suitors series and I can't wait to see what Jeffries comes up with next!
Entertaining short historical novella; the final book in the series. Second chance romance where a young couple are separated by controlling parents and meet again years later. Fast moving story, nice plot and good characters. Story moved a little too quickly. Good, quick read. Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher. for honest review.
FINAL DECISION: Nice little story that wraps up the series but isn't particularly deep. I enjoyed it and seeing the characters from the series. THE STORY: Captain Lord Hartley Corry lost the woman he loved years ago when her father refused his suit and he joined the army. On the verge of getting a promotion to spymaster, Hart meets Lady Anne at a houseparty with his friends. Hart is determined to claim that woman he has never forgotten but he has to convince her that he is not the reckless and irresponsible man her father believed he was. And he has to do it while keeping secret his work as a spy. OPINION: This is a nice little story. It isn't particularly deep and there aren't many surprises, but I enjoyed the characters -- especially the quirky Anne with her hats. This second chance at love story springs from youth and misunderstanding, but these two are so clearly meant for one another that I knew that they would always work things out. I think this story works best as a wrap up to the series because knowing all the characters makes this little story more meaningful. I liked that we get to see Hart having his happy ending. I enjoyed the story and I recommend that those who have followed the series read this little coda. WORTH MENTIONING: This is a short story. CONNECTED BOOKS: THE RISK OF ROGUES is book 5.5 of the Sinful Suitors series. The story can be read as a standalone although there are lots of characters from the series that a new readers might be puzzled by. STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars. NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to prepare this review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
An entry in the Sinful Suitors series. Captain Lord Hartley has returned from India and is still looking for love with Lady Anne his previous fiancé. Hart as a second son had no prospects for Anne so was rejected by her father for been a gambler and a wastrel. Anne is now a Lady due to her father inheriting a Earldom from a distant relative. Hart has secretly become a spy and is now ready to woo Anne again. Will his profession become a problem to true love. Will Anne’s outrageous hats play a part. This is a lovely lighthearted romance with a very unconventional couple looking to catch love the second time round. I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A short and super charming conclusion to a great series I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency romance novella. It has vivacious characters with sizzling chemistry, smart dialogue, a few secrets, and lots of fashionable hats! This is a second chance romance between Hart and Lady Anne, whose desire to get married in their youth was thwarted by both of their families. I am so glad that Hart got his own novella. He was jovial minor character in this series' previous book, “The Secret of Flirting”, which got 5 stars from me. Hart was employed as a spy for the English Foreign Office, and now he has the chance to get a promotion to Undersecretary since his boss just got promoted. Hart encounters Lady Anne at his family’s house. Unfortunately, he can’t tell his first love about his secret career until he can trust her. Meanwhile, Anne can’t commit to a relationship with Hart until she know that he can bring in a reliable salary to provide for future children. What a pickle! This novella was everything I could hope for, and it serves as a nice cherry on top of this fantastic Regency romance series. I recommend it for all historical romance fans who like a little steaminess. I received a free advanced reading copy from the publisher via Netgalley, and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
Eleven years ago Hart left behind Anne and their plans of elopement. Seeing her again stirs a desire to make her his wife if they can get past all their bad decisions and current obstacles. I found this story to be just ok. Anne does a lot of pushing away but considering what happened years ago, as well as events that have changed her during the past decade, it’s understandable. Hart was playing his cards close to his chest, unsure how much he could share about his current status. Both of them struggled with trust. I struggled a bit with both of them. Due to its length we don’t get a ton of goodness but we do get a look at the re-courtship between these two characters as well as the chemistry they share. Secondary characters are minimal, the pace is fast, and there is no skimming required here. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley and Gallery Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Last installment in the series, this second chance story was entertaining and sweet. Anne and Hart were young and very much in love when they decided to take the next step. Unfortunately life happened and they had to part ways before that came to fruition. Now that they’ve met again and Anne’s circumstances are different, it’s up to Hart to prove to her he’s the man she deserves and not just the woman he needs. To tell the truth, I wasn’t expecting such a short read as the last of the series but even so it was still enjoyable. I particularly liked the fact that both Anne and Hart were well-defined characters and I as a reader was able to connect with them and understand their struggles. Although more than struggles it was a tangle of misunderstandings and misinformation that was preventing them to reach their HEA. I don’t want to give anything away but I had an issue with Hart though. In his attempt to regain Anne’s love, he was willing to trap her into marriage by seducing her. That might be something we see a lot in historicals because it actually tended to happen quite often but it still sounds wrong in my book, historical or not. I know, I know, I’m too modern for my own good but that’s the way I prefer my stories, or not, as is the case here. Overall a good read that most people will be able to tackle in one evening. As a side note, that cover is so pretty and I think it’s the perfection depiction of our heroine. I just loved it! **I received this book at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher**
4.5* Second chance romance is one of my favorite troupes. Eleven years ago Hartley Corry and Lady Anne were very much in love and on the verge of eloping. Suddenly with out word Hartley leave and joins the army leaving Anne devastated and to wonder why he left without word. Years later they meet again at a house party, Anne wants nothing to do with him. Hartley sees a chance to possibly rekindle their love but can he trust Anne with his secrets? Anne can’t deny her heart but is Hartley using her to advance his career? This novella has everything that’s needed to make the story complete, heartache, humor and a love that never died. This has been a fantastic series and I’m hoping for more. Sabrina Jeffries has a way of sucking you into the story and keeping you turning the pages until the very end.
I think I need to accept that Sabrina Jeffries is just not an author for me. Her synopses always draw me in, but then I end up disappointed.
I think I need to accept that Sabrina Jeffries is just not an author for me. Her synopses always draw me in, but then I end up disappointed.
Captain Lord Hartley Corry is headed to his brother Warren’s hunting lodge for some male bonding, cards, brandy only to discover women and dancing! His sister-in-law reminds him it’s St. Valentine’s week and that most of his friends are married. He notices the guests also include single ladies and bachelors. Hart has spent the past years spying for England and is soon to be made spymaster for the Foreign Office. He’s only ever loved one woman, Anne Barkley, but he can’t find her and fears she is married. Lady Anne is also at the house party and is shocked to see him again. The man who broke her heart. As this is a novella, and you know there will be a HEA, I will not write more and spoil this wonderful book. I really enjoyed it. It’s a perfect ending to this series.