An Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning

January 30, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★

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.

An Affair Downstairs by Sherri BrowningAn Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning
Series: Thornbrook Park #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 6, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: the Publisher
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The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice's improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan's determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society's rules or breaking them...

Lady Alice Emerson is enjoying her first taste of freedom from her parents by living with her sister, Sophia.  Alice not interested in a proper marriage, no matter what her sister Sophia may say.  No, Alice just wants to have an easy, simple affair with the handsome estate manager, Logan Winthrop, and collect the inheritance promised to her by her grandmother.  Logan is more aware of the criticism society will place on Alice for such an arrangement.  But neither can deny the instant attraction they feel towards one another.  Alice has successfully deterred many suitors, but when Sophia brings the Earl of Ralston to her house, Alice discovers not all suitors are so easily rebuffed.

Alice is quite headstrong and independent, a woman ready and willing to fight for the things she wants from life.  She does come off a little too modern for the time period, but since the time period didn’t really play much of a role in this novel, this lapse was forgivable.  She harbors dreams of traveling and enjoying the freedom her grandmother’s inheritance and a marriage-less life would bring her.

Logan is the respectable and honorable gentleman readers come to expect from Edwardian romances.  Loyal down to his very core, Logan is protective of those he loves, which adds to his “perfect hero” traits.  He is actually the younger brother of a Baron and therefore belongs to the minor nobility, but enjoys the quiet life his job as an estate manager affords him.

If you are a reader expecting lengthy, steamy sex scenes in your historical romance, you will be disappointed with this book.  But if you enjoy the journey and the character development instead, then you will be quite pleased.  The romance in this novel comes from the slow build of interest and attachment between Alice and Logan, not from heat between the sheets.  There are a few kisses, but only one sex scene which was short and tasteful.

The plot progressed at a clipped pace, which certainly kept my interests, especially when there were a few unexpected surprises that kept me turning pages to find out what happened next.  I’d definitely consider this a “sweet” romance and the Edwardian era setting made for a nice change of pace.

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