Sabrina Jeffries comes to the blog today with the fifth in her Sinful Suitors series: this one featuring an actress, a spy and deceptions, all narrated by Justine Eyre. Please read on for my review of
The Secret of Flirting
The first I’ve read in this series, the story is clever and quite engaging – with plenty of mystery to ferret out. The hero, Baron Fulkham, Gregory, is in service to the crown, as were many of his station to combat the scourge of Napoleon and the upheaval throughout Europe. In the midst of some delicate manipulations and political delicacies, there is a ball thrown, a ball in which Gregory is destined to meet the formerly reclusive Princess of Chanay. Unfortunately, Gregory is convinced that the woman, posing as the princess is an actress he met a few years back, one Monique Servais. He’s determined to get to the bottom of the charade, and to see just why (and how) she is using her skills to impersonate someone else.
Monique was approached by someone claiming kinship to the ‘real’ princess, and in need of Monique’s skills – skills that she has been using at every opportunity to provide home and security for her ill grandmother. Gregory recognizing her is bad enough, but his digging into her reasons, AND placing her in dangers she didn’t expect as the stakes for gain and political one-upsmanship grow larger each day. Together, both Monique and Gregory are delightful – snark, sizzle and steam rise from their every interaction as they struggle with their own feelings of attachment, and wonder how to uncover truths while not destroying relationships, reputations or negotiations. Fully realized, completely engaging and utterly well-suited in intelligence, temperament and that pesky thing called attraction, it’s time to see another formerly reserved and uptight man find his match in one wholly unexpected, emotionally available and intelligent woman.
Narration for this story is provided by Justine Eyre, and she’s managed to capture the dueling (and dual) characters and personalities with flair – never over-reaching or overacting to make a point. Monique has a flexibility that shows a flash of humor and enjoyment when sparring with Gregory, Gregory’s rather ‘stick up butt’ initial and public persona is quite obvious through tone and pace, while his quiet moments, when he lets his guard down and actually relates with Monique, shows an enjoyment that is evident in the delivery. Never too fast or hesitating far longer than necessary for moments of import, the performance highlighted and served the writing beautifully and helped to hold my interest throughout.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: The Secret of Flirting
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #5
Genre: Historical Romance, Setting: Britain
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Published by: Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster Audio
Published on: 27 March, 2018
Source: Simon and Schuster Audio
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 14 minutes
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The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Anne of Chanay, he's positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she's actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe. But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets...and ruin the woman he's rapidly coming to love.
The Secret of Flirting is a sizzling historical romance filled with fast-paced storytelling, an enchanting heroine, and a sexy hero, perfect for fans of Regency romance.
A copy of this title was provided via Simon and Schuster Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.