A Sinful Education
Re-release (2013) Secret Cravings Publishing
Welcome back to the Pleasure Garden Follies series from Regency romance author Layna Pimentel. Danger, arranged marriages, forbidden passion, and a heroine determined to make her own choices will keep you turning the pages of book 2 in the series, A Sinful Education.
Lord Charles Avonlea has evaded marriage over the last year, but his mother is determined to find him a wife. Far from consenting to any of her choices, he sets his sights on the one woman unavailable to him, his best friend's younger sister. With no regard for the law or her impending nuptials, he is determined to make Lady Emily Thompson his bride. The only trouble is, he’s stumbled upon dangerous information and hopes he can get to her before it’s too late.
Stunned and dismayed at discovering the arrangement between her mother and the Duke of Downsbury, Lady Emily Thompson searches for a way to break the marriage pact with the duke. She longs to be with the only man who indulges her curiosity, yet finds herself in the middle of a scandal that will crush her dreams forever.
Will she find a way to get out of marrying the duke, or will she find herself in the same predicament as the previous duchess?
I enjoyed this story a lot more than the first book in the series. I must have a sick sense of curiosity because I was eagerly awaiting what evil plans the Duke of Downsbury was up to. He is positively evil and Emily’s mother definitely does not care one bit that she wants to marry off her only daughter to a suspicious man. Her one goal is to elevate her own status in social circles.
It really was a fun read and I liked both of the main characters. Emily was not prone to over dramatizing anything (no swooning), although she was a bit naive. She was willing to let her mother handle her affairs without protest. It was the constant danger that Emily was in, that kept the story going. Downsbury’s true personality and agenda came out in this book and I couldn’t help but shudder knowing what his plans were. Poor Emily.
But maybe we shouldn’t feel too bad about it. She does have a hero ready to sacrifice anything to protect her honor and life.
Charles Avonlea is a man in want of a wife and who better than his best friend’s sister? Possible shrew of a mother in law aside, he can’t help but defy all and claim Emily as his own. It’s that take charge attitude that really made me like him. He didn’t let his past come in the way. (Which was revealed toward the end of the book.) And he did give Emily a nice sin filled education after all…
Charles and Emily’s story ties up neatly in the end, but the ever mentioned late wife of the Duke of Downsbury’s backstory will leave the only cliffhanger. I do suggest reading the first book in the series, because they all tie in together and it would make more sense knowing the flow of the story. But, I suppose if you were to pick it up mid series, it would still make sense.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*