TWO SINFUL SECRETS by Laurel McKee
Two Sinful Secrets by Laurel McKee
The Scandalous St. Claires, Book 2
Reviewed by Vanessa
Lady Sophia Huntington is estranged from her family because she was never good enough. She can’t seem to avoid giving in to her desire for adventure, and her family wants her to be more staid and upright as befits her position in the ton. After her latest escapade and realizing that she needs her family, Sophia has determined that she will give in to their wants. However, she soon meets a gentleman that embodies everything that the Huntington’s disapprove of for their family. Will she be able to resist this man?
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.