Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SINFUL LIAISONS by Samantha Holt

Series:  Cynfell Brothers #3
Author:  Samantha Holt
Publish Date:   08.12.15
Publisher:  Samantha Holt
Category /Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Samantha Holt  (in exchange for an honest review)
Goodreads link: Sinful Liaisons
Date completed: 08.11.15

Description from the publisher:
Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?


It’s not every day a duchess comes across a naked man on the roadside. It’s not every day a duchess takes said naked man home with her. But Evelyn Chesworth can hardly leave the poor man in nought but his skin on the dangerous road to London. Particularly when he’s so attractive...

Lord Pierce Cynfell is in a world of trouble. With his brother threatening to cut him off and his gambling debts increasing, his beautiful rescuer couldn’t have come at a better time. He can’t help but be attracted to the worldly, mature woman. 
So he certainly isn’t going to say no when she offers to write off his debts in return for one thing—his body.

However, it soon becomes clear more than his body is becoming involved. While everyone else might think he’s only there for the money, the beautiful widow slowly draws him deeper until he wants to unlock every secret buried beneath those tight corsets. 

Evelyn might let Pierce beneath her corsets but she’s determined it will be no more than that. She has loved and lost twice in her life and won’t let that happen again. Meanwhile, she has too many other things to worry about—like the preservation of her son’s land. 
When Pierce begins to show himself as more than a skilled lover, Evelyn has a choice—let herself be vulnerable again or send away the man who lights a fire in her body, heart and soul


This is the third book in the Cynfell Brothers series.  While each does stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in order because you do get updates on the couples from the previous books.
Each brother is more deliciously sinful than the last.  Julian was full of wrath, until Viola tamed his ire.  Julian lived a life of envy, until Jo-Jo provided a glimpse into a mirror that showed him that he had all that he could need and that envy was wasted energy in his life.  Pierce is allowing greed to lead his days. 

This book’s opening scene is a very naked Pierce on the side of a country road.  Just imagine: you wake up from a night of drinking and partying with your friends to one hell of a hangover and no clothes in sight.  Pierce is the fourth son in the Cynfell family.  He has no responsibilities and lives a life of decadent debauchery.  Greed has had him in the grasps of the gambling halls and now has him naked and alone. 

Lady Evelyn is old enough to have an adult child (barely), but young enough to still crave lust.  (Good God, let us never be too old to crave some good old fashion lust!) 

It’s an interesting proposition she gives Pierce.  She’ll scratch his itch (and pay off his debts) and he’ll scratch her “itch.”  Then they’ll walk away from each other.  After all, their hearts aren’t being affected, simply their bodies.

I loved reading this story of personal growth for both Pierce and Lady Evelyn.  I also loved the intertwining story of intrigue and their actions and reactions that bring the truth to light.  Could Lady Evelyn’s late husband, a man she loved and knew inside and out, have truly gambled away their son’s inheritance?

Seven brothers.  Three have had their stories and each has been more amazing than the last.  Who will be next?  Which sin has him within its jaws?  I’m ready for more!

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Cynfell Brothers series:
  1. Sinful Confessions
  2. Sinful Deeds
  3. Sinful Liaisons
  4. (coming soon)
Books from Samantha Holt:
·         The Crimson Castle
·         A Summer Siege
·         The Sexy Bartender’s Virtual Seduction
·         Buckle Down
·         Eden’s Fire
·         Not Another Soldier
·         Her Dream Cowboy
·         Hunting His Highland Lass
·         Alrek
·         Too Much to Lose
·         Tempting His Mistress
·         Once Upon a Rake
·         Christmas Seduction
·         Kissed at Midnight
·         The Warrior’s Reward
Highland Fae Chronicles:
1.      To Steal a Highlander’s Heart
2.      To Dream of a Highlander
3.      To Avenge Her Highland Warrior
The One Knight Collection:
1.      One Knight
2.      Black Knight
3.      White Knight
4.      Highland Knight
Borderland Legacy:
1.      Borderland Bride
2.      Borderland Beauty
3.      Borderland Betrayal



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