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The Back of the Book (from NetGalley):  When the ton’s most notorious heartbreaker…

Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society’s most sought after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she’s never yet failed to accomplish her mission of  diverting a groom-to-be. Until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who’d once taught her
an intimate lesson in heartache…

Meets London’s most disreputable rake…

James Devlin has everything he’s always wanted: a title, a rich fiancée and a place in society. But the woman who’s just met his eyes across a crowded ballroom threatens it all. Not because she’d once claimed his heart, or that every sinuous swirl of her ball gown takes his breath away. But because the secrets she carries could cost him everything. To put the past to rest once and for all, Dev just might have to play Susanna at her own wicked game…

Let the seduction begin!

NotJustLaura’s Comments:  I requested a digital copy of this book for review via NetGalley.

I was really enjoying this book when I decided to stop.  I like romance, I like historical fiction and I loved Nicola Cornick’s writing.  The characters in this book really jumped off the pages of rich description and I was totally caught up in Ms Cornick’s plotting.  So what went wrong?

Well, there’s no delicate way to put it so I’ll just have to take a deep breath and say:  Sex!  There was too much and it was far too evocatively presented for this reader, especially when I’ve been focussing a lot of my reading time on Christian non-fiction dealing with sexuality recently!  Reading Notorious (Hqn) made me feel like a hypocrite as its content didn’t match up with the Christian views on sexuality I hold.

I suspect this is a conflict I’d feel with any book of this kind rather than an indictment of the author’s abilities – as I’ve said, the book has much to recommend it but it wasn’t a good fit for me.  We live and learn though and I’ll be making more conservative choices in the future.

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