Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Sinfully Yours by Cara Elliott

Sinfully Yours by Cara Elliott
Series: Hellions of High Street, Book 2
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Historical Romance Sinfully Yours Cover
ISBN: 9781455573257
Source: Publisher
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After an eventful Season, Anna Sloane longs for some peace and quiet to pursue her writing. Though her plots might be full of harrowing adventure and heated passion, she'd much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life. Or so she thinks until she encounters the darkly dissolute-and gorgeously charming-Marquess of Davenport.

Davenport has a reputation as a notorious rake whose only forte is wanton seduction. However the real reason he's a guest at the same remote Scottish castle has nothing to do with Anna...until a series of mysterious threats leave him no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport soon learns he's not the only one using a carefully crafted image to hide his true talents. And he's more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings...

The oh-so-proper Sloane sister lets her hellion side out in Sinfully Yours. Once again author Cara Elliott takes a popular romance trope – this time an outwardly proper heroine with a secret falling for a wastrel aristocrat who is more than he seems – and manages to keep if from feeling like a retread. I liked watching Devlin and Anna uncover each other’s secrets, for beneath the masks each shows society the two are quite a bit alike. “The Devil” has a passion for automata, while Anna writes scandalous popular novels. It was fun watching Anna battle her bad case of writer’s block, and I only wish we’d seen a bit more of Devlin the inventor. Still, Devlin and Anna had solid chemistry, even though the sparks that flew between them in the first Hellions of High Street book, Scandalously Yours, seemed a bit dimmer in their own story.

Overall I enjoyed Devlin and Anna together and the pacing of their romance and the mystery revolving around who’s trying to assassinate a German prince kept Sinfully Yours moving at a quick clip. What did pull me out of the story off and on was Ms. Elliott’s writing style. Whether by accident or design, there were an astonishing number of adjectives and a truly alarming amount of alliteration in Sinfully Yours. This may not bother everyone, but it was so noticeable that I had to mention it as it impacted my reading experience. That being said, I liked Sinfully Yours and I’m very much looking forward to reading Caro Sloane’s book, Passionately Yours.

FTC Disclosure: 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.