Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: Something Reckless (Albright Sisters #2) by Jess Michaels

Something Reckless (Albright Sisters #2)
by Jess Michaels
Published April 22nd 2008 by Avon Red
HarperCollins Publishing

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Prim, headstrong, and beautiful Penelope is determined to expose the licentious affairs of the ton's randiest rakes. Now one of their powerful number—the unrepentant libertine Jeremy Vaughn, Duke of Kilgrath—has been selected to put an end to the prudish lady's interference. Jeremy's plan is devilishly clever: He will join Penelope's war against immorality, fighting passionately by her side, all the while showering her with anonymous erotic missives designed to titillate even the coldest, most unwilling maid. He will break down her defenses and inflame her repressed desires by escorting her (in the interests of their "noble campaign") to London's most notorious pleasure palaces. And he will visit her boudoir—masked—during the night to school her in the deliciously sinful arts she wishes to abolish. Then he will expose her hypocrisy to the world.

But the handsome rogue's scheme is doomed to go awry, even as the lovely Penelope sheds her every inhibition and freely gives in to his every whim. For in this sensuous game of hearts, it's the seducer who becomes seduced . . .

The second installment of the Allbright Sisters left me with a major suspension of disbelief. It's not a bad book by any means but I find the plot a teensy bit reaching for my taste, although I enjoyed every minute of it.

First of all, Penelope is not a woman I would personally like to have as a friend, so this reaction blocks my liking this character. First, she cuts off her sister Miranda into the first book after finding out that Miranda 'sold herself' to Ethan to pay for her Season after catching them in the act. Never mind that they loved each other and got married! She had to play the martyr and marry the first man who asked.

Unfortunately, the man was much older and was most likely at the height of his andropause stage, suffering a midlife crisis. Unable to do much with his beautiful young wife, he makes up for it by mentally and emotionally abusing her. This scars Penelope even further and turns her into the cold and unhappy woman we are introduced to.

Enter Jeremy. Another rake seemingly set to destroy another of the Allbright sisters. What is it about these sisters that have all these men out to get them?

Jeremy is bent on seducing and destroying Penelope so men in Society can continue their affairs and keep their mistresses. He has, however, seen a sensuality in Penelope that she has tried to keep hidden. For him, that is the very key to stop her crusade.

That sensuality isn't hidden as well as they both thought. Just a few erotic letters from Jeremy as a secret admirer bring them to the fore. Penelope has long known she was missing something (after comparing her love life to her sister's, no doubt) and longed for the passion she was denied. Who better to give it to her than a ghost lover? The problem is, she keeps seeing her frenemy's face (Jeremy) when she has sexual experiments with said ghost lover.

I wish that she had some suspicions as to who her lover was. Something always tips a female off - his scent, the way he walks, his body build, something! Smoldering fires aren't that dark either since the eye adjusts. Oh well.

Jeremy at least sees reason by the end of the story and cuts ties with his 'friends' and acknowledges why Penelope became so twisted. As to why the sisters fell in again so quickly, that is just how sisters are.

I didn't hate this book, believe me, I was just bothered by some of the glaring gaps in the plot. I kept reminding myself this was a fantasy, erotic fiction - which it is - and should just go along with Ms Michaels' imagination and enjoy the ride. 

Again, there are sex scenes aplenty, not just with the hero and heroine, but with some side and supporting characters in the story that Jeremy uses for "show and tell." What I liked about the flow of this light read installment is that none of the scenes were forced, they just developed naturally and felt right at that point in time. 

And that abrupt ending. Just makes you want to go on to the next part and read more!

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