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"In this intriguiging first St. Claire Regency romance, McKee introduces a delightfully down-to-earth heroine. Readers will cheer Lily in her quest for happiness, and look forward to the sequels."―Publishers Weekly on One Naughty Night
"I loved this story! I found this whole book hard to put down."―Romance Reviews Magazine on One Naught Night
"I've found me a new series!! Swoon. How nice life will be. It could only get better if the next book were available RIGHT NOW!!"―Examiner.com on One Naughty Night
"As powerful and romantic as McKee's fans could desire. McKee shows readers she is a force to be reckoned with, an author who can turn a villain into a delicious hero. The action, romance, suspense and intriguing historical details all add to readers' pleasure."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Lady of Seduction
"With fascinating characters including a young, impulsive, yet mature and brave heroine...readers will be eager to read the final story."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Duchess of Sin
"McKee sets the stage for a romantic adventure that captures the spirit of Ireland and a pair of star-crossed lovers to perfection."―4 Stars! RT Book Reviews on Countess of Scandal
"COUNTESS OF SCANDAL reads like a captivating love story of epic proportions. The ultimate page turner."―RomanceJunkies.com on Countess of Scandal
"My kind of story!"―Mary Balogh, NYT bestselling author, on Countess of Scandal
"A hero to steal your heart!"―Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times bestselling author, on Countess of Scandal
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Laurel McKee lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a pug, and a bossy miniature poodle, and loves dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network-even though she doesn't cook.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Family feuds have a way of destroying everything they touch. The one between the Huntington and St. Claire families is no different. Set in the late 1800's, Two Sinful Secrets is full of lust, action, suspense, devilish romance, and surreptitious pain. It pairs two unlikely foes against each other, but the tale starts as a masked encounter.
Lady Sophia is anything but a Lady. She wants freedom and doesn't live up to the Huntington ideals, no matter how hard she tries. At the young age of twenty-three she rushes off in a whirlwind romance with a young captain. Her family, facing scandal, disowns. Thinking herself in love, she quickly learned that all he cared for was between her thighs. Soon after the thrill's worn off, he dies, and she finds herself a widow and penniless.
Only a respectable marriage would allow her to return home. But Sophie doesn't want another husband to tie her down, and she's all but given up on the notion of love. Until Dominic St. Claire waltzes back into her life, but can they overcome the family feud and their secrets, and fall in love?
Dominic St. Claire is an actor, good at playing dark villains and weaving tales. More so, he's best at hiding his true emotions. With his fiancé deceased and a life to live, he throws himself into the theatre again. On a trip to Paris, he happens upon a woman he never expected to see again, one he spent years searching for to no avail. But when he learns of her family name, can he resist the urge to ruin the Huntington name, or will he open his heart to the woman who stole it all those years ago?
I cried a lot. I didn't want the story to end. This tale was weaved magnificently, and I found myself transported to Paris. It's surreal when a historical really comes to life because we can't physically step back in time.
The romance, oh there aren't words to describe the hurdles the couple faced. This is where I cried the most. Every time they got close, something would happen or some new tidbit would come to life. Dominic St. Claire may not have one any book boyfriend awards, but by the end, I finally felt like I knew some of his holdout. To think a feud could destroy so many years after the fact.
Well done, and I look forward to reading more Laurel McKee and her two series: The Scandalous St. Claire's and The Daughters of Erin.
We met Lady Sophia Huntington [now Mrs. Westman] as she `bites more than she can chew' in her first meeting with our hero Dominic St. Claire who owns the Devil's Fancy hell in London.
As her story opens, she's now a widow and residing in Baden-Baden, Germany. As she sits at a gaming table across from a man that is making her skin crawl, playing for very high stakes, we are apprised of the reasons behind her dire straits.
She was always pushing that proverbial envelope and eloping with her Captain Jack Westman, was the last straw for her ever `proper' family and now she's become a `persona non grata' to them. Now that she's been widowed, she harbors a wish to try and get back into their graces and dreams of being welcomed to their bosom by becoming more proper and worthy of their love. That dream requires a lot of money, which she can only earn by only means available to her and that's by playing cards across Europe and working her way toward England.
At present, she finds herself in Paris and helping a friend, Camille Martine, who is opening up a gaming club of her own and knows that Sophia would be a perfect woman to help her with it.
Dominic St. Clair is still weary and not a fan of the Huntington family even after his sister marries one of them. He still harbors bad feelings toward them and it all started with Mary St. Clair, who married John Huntington two hundred years ago.
He accompanies his theatrical family to Paris as they plan to put on a play and while there he is eager to use this time to work through some sad memories that have made him melancholy of late.
He also wouldn't mind looking into what Paris has to offer in regards to the gaming hells and that's where Camille comes in as she invites them to her brand new establishment. While Sophia recognizes Dominic right off, it takes him a bit longer to realize that Mrs. Westman is one and the same masked woman that got under his skin a few years back and almost unmanned him after one passionate kiss they shared.
While the kiss scared Sophia into retreat, Dominic was always intrigued by the masqued lady and wondered why she ran from him.
Once they reveal to each other their identities it becomes more and more evident that they have many things in common and slowly friendship and attraction come ever so close and Dominic is more than happy to offer Sophia a marriage in order to protect her from a very dangerous man who is obsessed with her and won't take no for an answer.
I may have not liked Sophia at the start of this book, but boy did she grow on me. I came to like her spunk, determination and her free spirit most of all. I also thought using Mary St. Claire's diary excerpts was helpful to all of us understand why the two families became mortal enemies.
Ms. McKee's "Two Sinful Secrets" is an enjoyable, intriguing, witty and sensual love story that I'm happy to give my Five Quills!
Melanie for RCJR eZine
Book provided by NetGalley.
The two come face to face in Paris, where Dominic is on family business. Sophia is trying to start a new life for herself, after her late husband left her penniless. They are drawn to each other again instantly. But Dominic is caught up in the longstanding animosity that his family holds against hers. At first, he tries to stay away, but goes on to see a relationship with her as a surefire way to get under her family's skin.
I must say, just like in the last book, the family feud is very weak. And the fact that Dominic wanted to use Sophia to hurt her family made it difficult for me to really like him. Yes, he eventually comes around, but it's almost too little, too late.
In the meantime, there is a man from Sophia's past who is stalking her. This is the main external conflict in the book, and it didn't work for me. This is a powerful and attractive man who could have anyone. His actions and obsession with Sophia are over the top and simply don't have enough of a basis to ring true. It made him seem almost like a caricature of a villain, instead of a believable threat.
There were some parts of the book I really liked, though. Sophia, for instance, was a pretty good heroine. She was sympathetic with her cold family and loser husband. You could really see that she has grown a lot, and she does her best to do right by Dominic. Also... the sex was hot. Solid tension and great payoff. Plus, McKee is really great at laying the groundwork for future books. She did it last time, and she does it here again. I can't wait for Elizabeth and Brendan's book. There is so much angst there!!!
I definitely enjoyed it more than One Naughty Night... and I have high hopes for book 3.
I wanted to read this story:
1) The cover. If y'all don't know I'm a pink girl. Love the color pink and any other girly color you can find.
2) The story intrigued me. Seriously. Here's what I mean:
You have two people that should stay away from each, because there family hate each other. Some of you might think of Romeo & Juliet, but I actually think of the Hatfields and McCoys. Then again Romeo & Juliet might work because one family does work in theater.
In 1665 there was a young woman, by the name of Mary St. Clair and she ended up marrying John Huntington. Which brings the St. Clair and Huntington families together. However, her tale is a sad one, which tore the two families apart.
Jump ahead to 1847, we meet are heroine, Sophia Huntington Westman, trying to make another escape this time from the wicked Lord Hammond. Yes, he is charming and handsome, but there is something that doesn't sit well. Seriously, I got the heebie-jeebies from him and I'm just reading the book.
Anyways, Sophia makes her escape from Baden-Baden to Paris where she meets up with an old friend and starts working with her. Along the way, she meets a blast from her past, Dominic St. Clair. These two know that they should stay away from each other, but each of them is drawn to the other (like a moth to the light).
Throughout the book you have a sad undertone to the story. Sophia wants nothing more than to be accept for who she is, but her family doesn't understand her. Which leaves her to be lonely in so many ways. Being a niece of a Duke doesn't help the situation, especially when they expect her to be meek and biddable. Kind of hard when she has a free spirit that just wants to be free. She was born into the wrong family.
Dominic St. Clair use to be so charismatic until he lost his betrothal and is living a shadow of himself. Yet, I love how Sophia strikes something back to life in him. In away, both of them similar in so many ways.
Even though you have the sad undercurrent, this is a really good book. I mean with her trying to escape Lord Hammond and trying to find who she really is. Plus, you have the feud. However, I think there is hope that one day the Huntington and St. Clair feud will disappear. I think the families are destine to come back together and I hope that is true. Not only that, I really do hope that we will see more St. Clairs finding happiness and who knows they might destine to be with a Huntington. So, if you are looking for something to read, you might want to checkout Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee.
Dominic St. Claire would love to enact revenge upon the Huntingtons for their part in ruining his family two hundred years ago. When he discovers that the beautiful widow that he has recently met in Paris is the former Lady Sophia Huntington, he believes fate has served him the means to get justice. However, Dominic's plans soon go awry when he looks to kill two birds with one stone. Dominic proposes to save Sophia from the unwanted attentions of a powerful man, and he could then cause her family further embarrassment by eloping with her.
Two Sinful Secrets is an intriguing historical romance that provides enough mystery to keep you going...for a while. Sophia was a daring young woman, and I liked her for the most part. Dominic seemed to want to play a wolf in sheep's clothes, but I just didn't feel like he pulled it off.
Sophia and Dominic initially came off as being drawn very deeply. However, I kept feeling like once I got them centered, they would morph into something else and forget other things for no apparent reason. I couldn't understand why Sophia claimed she knew how Dominic felt about her family in the beginning of Two Sinful Secrets, and yet, she conveniently forgot this later. Some secondary characters seemed to cause me to question things as well in Two Sinful Secrets, as they came across as inconsistent for the most part.
I felt like entire conversations/explanations of things in Two Sinful Secrets were left out or not even addressed, and this frustrated me. I was looking for more between Sophia and Dominic, like the prologue promised, and I wanted more resolution for the diary entries, too. There was a timing issue in Two Sinful Secrets and other contradictory events, as well. I would have preferred that Sophia and Dominic had more of a conflict when she discovered his duplicity, as well, in Two Sinful Secrets. I would also like to know what the financial secrets of the Huntingtons were that Dominic supposedly discovered as I don't recall that in Two Sinful Secrets.
Vanessa for Joyfully Reviewed