Review: An Affair Downstairs (Thornbrook Park #2) by Sherri Browning

Though not a baron himself, Logan Winthrop, is from a wealthy family. But he has a colored past. It’s rumored that he killed a man and now lives in shame as an estate manager at Thornbrook Park.

Things are more or less tolerable for Logan…that is until the feisty Lady Alice Emerson sets her sights on him.

Lady Alice has zero interest in marriage but her sister, The Countess of Aberford, intends to make an advantageous match for Alice one way or another.

Alice has a bucket list of sorts….travel and most importantly, have a lover. Nothing major or long term, she just wants to make love once so she can say she did it, and then move on.

But who should the prospect be? Who better than the rugged Logan? Alice intends on making him her conquest but somewhere along the way, the attraction turns into something much deeper.

While Alice and Logan try to understand the feelings they are developing for one another, Alice’s sister introduces her to a dashing Earl.

While Alice initially rejects the idea, Logan forces her hand by abandoning her at the time of need. Will Alice do her duty and marry as she is told or will she follow her heart?

It’s been a while since I’ve read a harlequin romance style novel. So when I saw this Downton Abbey/Edwardian era historic romance I had to give it a go.

I was pleasantly surprised by the story. Most of the harlequin romances I’ve read have been more bodice rippers which lacked any plausible plot.

This book did have a story line–though at times cliche–it was entertaining and fun. There were times that I was like what in the world does this have to do with anything? Though those moments were not frequent.

For example, when Alice bought the cuff links for Logan, I was like is this really relevant or necessary to the overall story? I didn’t think it was necessary at all. The story would have moved along without it.

Over all though, the plot was adequate. As for the characters, Alice was everything a typical romantic heroine should be. She was headstrong, independent, and modern for the historic period. So clearly she was ‘different’ than the typical woman in the book.

Naturally men would be drawn to a woman like Alice and as a reader I liked her just fine. She wasn’t annoying or basic, Alice was fun, spunky, and easy to identify with.

As for the romantic interest, Logan was equally as perfect. I loved that he was so conflicted about his feelings for Alice. I liked that he was honorable and respectable. He was easy to like and easy for readers to fall for.

Now here’s the big question….was it steamy? Yes and no. There was only one real sex scene and it was well written and tasteful. And yes it did register on the steamy scale, but then that was it. More time was spent building up the relationship between Alice and Logan.

There were a few stolen kisses and make out sessions here and there but that was about it… seemed wanting. I don’t know maybe my expectations were high but I guess I just expected more since I thought it was going to be a bodice ripper.

Even though it lacked a lot of salacious activities, it was an adequate story and I enjoyed the characters and plot. I was a little disappointed that the time period wasn’t more relevant to the story.

For me, I like the period to add something to the story. In romances often the period only serves as a catalyst for the presence of Dukes, Earls, and Duchesses. But I think that one can still have a romance novel with those types of characters in a modern novel….I had hoped that the period would add something to the plot but in this case it didn’t.

Overall though, it was an entertaining read and satisfied my need to read something carefree and sexy.

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: An Affair Downstairs (Thornbrook Park #2) by Sherri Browning

  • E-copy, 384 pages
    Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
    ISBN 1402286821 (ISBN13: 9781402286827)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher in exchange for an honest for review.

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 3 out of 5

Genre: Romance, historical fiction

Memorable lines/quotes: NA


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