The Secrets of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5)

Another review of a book that’s been out for a while as I try to clear up my backlog. This is the last full-length book in the “Sinful Suitors” series.

The Secrets of Flirting front cover (Pocket Books/Simion & Schuster)

THE PLOT: When British spymaster Gregory, Baron Fulkham first meets actress Monique, it’s hate at first sight. Something about her sass sticks with him, though, and years later, he’s sure that Monique is now playing the role of a princess vying for the throne of Belgium.
Monique is masquerading as her sick cousin, Aurore of Chanay, until Aurore is well. If Monique can claim the throne of Belgium on behalf of Aurore over Prince Leopold, then Monique’s grandmother will be cared for in Chanay for the rest of her life. Monique will be able to go back to the acting life she loves.
Unfortunately, Baron Fulkham is involved in security for the meetings in London, and he knows darn well that “Aurore” is really Monique, whose memory has been under his skin all these years. He just can’t get her to break character…unless maybe he seduces her into forgetting her role.

MY TWO CENTS: Cards on the table here: I didn’t like Gregory. He turned me off in his very first scene with his grumpy picking on Monique and he never won me back over. I really wanted a book on “flirting” to have a light-hearted feel to it, but Gregory was just so heavy and serious! He was so hell-bent on “catching” Monique that I never believed he fell in love with her. She was an obsession or a puzzle to him, almost more like a criminal he longed to nab, but not a romantic partner.

I liked Monique much more; she was just trying to do the best she could for her grandmother. BUT, here’s something that’s been annoying me from a couple different authors now. When the female character is French, they suddenly throw in “Mon Dieu!” Or “merde!” And just these two phrases are supposed to remind the reader over and over that the character is French…even though everything else they say and think is in English. “Mon Dieu!” is especially distracting to me during love scenes; it just seems so artificial that it pulls me right out of the action.

Now that I’ve been totally negative, let me say that did not HATE this book or anything. I especially liked the historical aspect involving Belgium and Leopold I. The mystery of who was trying to kill Aurore was interesting, too.

BOTTOM LINE: I just didn’t like the hero, but the historical setting of the story was good.

TEACUP RATING: Three out of five teacups.

ON SALE DATE: Available now in paperback, audio, and eformats.

Note: Review is based on an ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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