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A Sinful Deception

(Breconridge Brothers #2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  83 reviews
For fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries: the seductively charming second historical romance in Isabella Bradford's Breconridge Brothers trilogy.

Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed existence. As the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, he has none of the responsibilities of his older brother and all of the advantages, leaving handsome Geoffrey free
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by Ballantine Books
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Confirmed bachelor Geoffrey Fitzroy approached the aloof, exotic Lady Serena Carew at a gala event on a dare. She had a reputation for maintaining distance from her many suitors and Lord Geoffrey loved a challenge. After their initial introduction, it was kismet. The bet was forgotten and the two became enthralled with each other after discovering a unique connection. However, Serena is keeping a major secret related to her life in Calcutta, India that no one knows and it could change everything ...more
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I've given this a C at AAR - 3 stars.

I was intrigued by the blurb for this, the second in the author’s Breconridge Brothers series, because the heroine, Lady Serena Carew, is described as being “a noble-born heiress raised in India”, which is a little out of the ordinary for the genre. I will admit to having been slightly underwhelmed by Ms Bradford’s previous trilogy (I rated all three books at between 3 and 4 stars), but was interested enough in this one to be willing to give the author anothe
Susan (susayq ~)
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Why haven't I read anything by Isabella Bradford before? I own several of her books and for some reason they've been pushed to the side. I'll be digging them out since I've had a taste of her writing :)

This was the perfect mix of romance and angst. Serena Carew had a secret. A big secret that no one knew. At least that is what she thought. She's spent the last 10 or so years in London after being rescued from her father's home in India. She is exotic and rather aloof and Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, b
Lover of Romance
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Geoffrey Fitzroy, is the second son, and enjoys everything that London has to offer. He is a appreciator of women, but has yet to meet a woman to hold his passion and heart, until he meets Serena Palmer. Serena is a exotic beauty, and grew up in India, but she has a horrific past, and Serena is determined to stay unattached and never to marry. When Geoffrey sees her at a ball, he can't resist dancing with her, but then he is captivated by Serena and how set apart she is from the others. And even ...more
Lady Wesley
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars.

My thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for an advance copy of this book.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Original Post 3/9/2015

A young Lady with a secret she has maintained through strict discipline finds that past threatened when she falls in love with the second son of a well-connected duke.


There’s a clever device in A SINFUL DECEPTION of the brothers in this series getting together to have breakfast each morning and hashing out their problems and differences. It reminded me of a local lecture series: Eggs and Issu
3.75 out of 5 stars or B-

I had a difficult time deciding just how to rate this book. It was a very good book in so many ways. I've read several of this author's historical fiction novels, which she writes as Susan Holloway, and I've greatly enjoyed them. Her historical research is impeccable, and she's a fine writer who makes the history interesting and engaging, and seamlessly balances it with the story . And she usually does a great job in developing and flushing out her characters. Plus, she'
Katherine P
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm running a little low on historical romance authors right now so when I see a new to me author it's hard to resist - especially when the cover is gorgeous (and the heroine is wearing a dress that actually appears in the book!) and the blurb compares the book to Julia Quinn, Sabrina Jeffires, and Eloisa James.

This wasn't the fun romp that I normally associate with Quinn but I found the comparison to Jeffries and James to be spot on. Serena is a serious young woman who has been through some in
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from Netgalley for an honest review. How can you not love this story? I mean there are so many twists … something for me – 100%
“A Sinful Desception” is book #2 in the “Breconridge Brothers”-Series by Isabella Bradford.

There is Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy – a handsome rake who doesn’t plan to get married. One night he sees her – Serena. She’s not like every other woman. She ignores him. She ignores every single man, doesn’t dance or anything else. She simply attends musicales etc. wit
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A Sinful Deception, the second offering in the (Breconridge Brothers series) proves just as captivating as it's predecessor.
This time it is the secrets and hidden passions of the exotic Indian born blossom Serena Carew, that serve to stoke passion's flame and enthrall the minds of one Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, and readers alike.

The granddaughter of the Marquis of Allwyn, and the only surviving heir to her father's sizable fortune.
It is no wonder that the raven haired beauty with the somewhat guarde
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

Oh this was good!!

Susan Holloway writing as Isabella Bradford gives us her second book in her fabulous Breconridge Brothers Series and I promise it totally lives up to book one, A Wicked Pursuit. *Whispers* it might be even better.

Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, second son to the Duke is what we would call a playboy.. but a fun loving much desired playboy, think Prince Harry. Suave and smooth, rakish and randy.. he's every girls dream. Tot
Verity W
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, netgalley
******Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review*****

Another fun historical romance with a quirky plot and interesting heroine. I was puzzled for a while as to how it was going to work out happily and was intrigued and pleased with the resolution. The love scenes were sexy, the hero was an attractive rogue (even if his name was Geoffrey - which is a name which reads nerd or accountant to me) and the secondary characters were interesting. I haven't read any Isabella Bradford before, but I
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing






Cover: Loved it!!!!



Book was gifted to me through Netgalley for a honest review.


I like a good hot Historical Romance from time to time and this book hit the spot. Great characters, this is the second book in the Breconridge Brothers series. I have not read the first book but I was not at all lost in this one.


We are introduced to Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy a playboy not looking for anything serious especially a wife. But at a ball he goes out of his way to meet Mi
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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karen frick
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hearts from very different worlds overcome stereotypes with love!

A man and a women from two very different worlds meet and the sparks fly! Eventually the lovers and their families come to understand and accept their differences!
Shala Howell
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
First one in the series was fun enough I tried another. Hey, what can I say. Had more road tripping to do. (I love summer!)
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Plot was good. Nice to have a heroine who is truly exotic.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holly
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Isabella Bradford is a new author to me, but that will soon be fixed! Her lush and vivid descriptions of the life the heroine led in India both drove the story line and captivated this reader; they also formed a large part of the delicate and intimate relationship between the two main characters.

Serena’s character is trapped by her terrible secret–and a past that defines her present. She can never fall in love, get married, and have children. But unde
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
A Sinful Deception Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed existence. As the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, he has none of the responsibilities of his older brother and all of the advantages, leaving handsome Geoffrey free to enjoy his rakish pursuits. And pursue them he does, leaving hearts fluttering all over London. But one night, at a ball teeming with high society's most sought-after beauties, only one truly intrigues him: the regal, aloof, and mysterious Miss Serena Palmer. Magnifice ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Sinful Deception (The Breconridge Brothers Book #2) by Isabella Bradford

Keeping secrets is very hard. It’s an impossible task when you feel the crushing guilt of a secret that if known would devastate your life. That’s the theme of this love story. Lady Serena Carew keeps herself guarded from the ton of London as she carries a burden that no one knows and has the power to destroy her very life. The author makes you feel her pain and the guilt that she carries. As the reader, you feel the lodes
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This next book in the Breconridge Brothers series features second son Geoffrey, a rakish young man who enjoys his lot in life yet he is captivated by a beautiful mysterious woman.
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy never wants to be a Duke when his father dies, that is why he rushes home from India when his brother Harry was seriously injured hoping to help in any way he could. When his brother recovers and marries the lovely Gus, Geoffrey stays in town and relishes the role of the second son. One night duri
This book has a rakish second-son (Lord Geoffrey) chasing after an aloof and mysterious English heiress (Lady Serena) who has no inclination to marry. But she has a secret - a dark secret - the darkest of secrets - through a contrivance of mistaken identity (as happens a lot to romance types) she's not who she claims to be, but in fact the late Lady Serena's half-sister by an Indian servant woman, brought to England after the death of her immediate family and raised by relatives.

This book gets
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy leads a charmed life as second son of the Duke of Breconridge. He doesn’t have to worry about the responsibilities his older brother has to deal with so he can concentrate on his pursuits and the ladies. When he goes to another ball brimming with all the eligible ladies, he finds himself captivated by the mysterious Serena Carew. A beauty with a regal bearing and is considered the catch of the season. But Serena is determined to stay single and alone until Geoffrey captures ...more
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First Reviewed on Once Upon a Romance Blog -

For anyone who enjoys historical romance, this author is a must read! “A Sinful Deception” is the second in the Breconridge Brothers Trilogy. The story features Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy, the second son of the Duke of Breconridge. He is, of course, the “spare” and has always felt out of place with his father. While many see being an heir as a fortuitous circumstance, Lord Geoffrey has always eschewed the thought of being an heir. Becaus
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this book. The heroine, Serena Carew, was born and raised in India, and though she had come to London when her family died of a mysterious illness, she has little use for the Ton. This was because she had a secret that could ruin her, and unlike most of the insubstantial secrets that heroines have in books, Serena's is really major.

This was one of the reasons that I really liked this book. The stakes and dangers for Serena are serious. Not to give too much away with spoilers, but l
Marilyn Rondeau
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy is the second son of the Duke of Breconridge, with none of the responsibilities of his older brother Harry and all of the advantages. This leaves Geoffrey free to enjoy his rakish pursuits,leaving hearts fluttering all over London. But one night, at a ball brimming with high society’s most sought-after beauties, only one truly intrigues him: the regal, aloof, and mysterious Miss Serena Carew.
Looking like a crown jewel herself the lady is considered the prize of the season:
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 A straightforward, if rather bland, historical romance melodrama. Born and raised in India until the age of 13, when (in a scene straight out of THE SECRET GARDEN), her entire family is stricken by a fever and dies, Serena Carew maintains a quiet, self-contained facade in London's ton society. Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy is immediately taken by her beauty and her calm, and bets his brother, the Earl of Hargreave, that he can convince her to dance, despite the fact that she never dances with anyone ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Sinful Deception was a delightful and truly enjoyable historical romance. Romantic, emotional, with a few secrets in store, this book was wonderful and I really liked it.

Serena was an interesting heroine. She had secrets in her past that kept her distant from everyone in her life, but she was also likable and clever enough to know when she found something worth fighting for. My only issue was how much stock she put in her secrets. She was so convinced that they would ruin everything that she n
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a very good read and I love this series. Those Breconridge Brothers are so completely handsome, hunky and honorable. I thought that at the beginning of the story. You get a sense of wanting to know what makes each brother tick. Even though Lord Geoffrey Fitzroy is the second son, he is not so pompous or too proud. He has a family who supports him, but he is his own man. His affairs and pursuits of pleasure are all he lives for leaving broken hearts along the way. His fate is sealed ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this title from Net Galley for an honest review. Lady Serena Carew was orphaned in India at a young age when her father, sister, and their servants were killed by a epidemic. After being sent home to England, she has lived with her Grandfather and and Aunt for the past 7 years. Serena meets Lord Geoffrey, the second son of the Duke of Breconridge. Breconridge is a difficult character to like at times; for example, his treatment of Gus when she gives birth to a second daughte ...more
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Isabella Bradford is a pseudonym for Susan Holloway Scott, the award-winning author of more than fifty historical novels and historical romances. Her bestselling books have been published in nineteen countries and translated into fourteen languages with more than three million copies in print. Bradford also writes as half of the Two Nerdy History Girls (, an entertaining h ...more

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Breconridge Brothers (3 books)
  • A Wicked Pursuit (Breconridge Brothers, #1)
  • A Reckless Desire (Breconridge Brothers, #3)