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A Talent for Temptation

(Sinful Suitors #4.5)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  602 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Filled with New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries’s signature charm and wit, this novella in the hugely popular Sinful Suitors series is sure to tempt you!

Widow Meriel Vyse is stunned speechless when someone tries to abduct her on her way to a ball. Fortunately, Quinn Raines, her secret beau, shows up to foil the attack. Unfortunately, as the two of them are s
ebook, 68 pages
Published October 2nd 2017 by Pocket Star
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Stacey is Sassy
Let’s do a little time-warping…again.

I love stepping back in time and living the life of a lady. Historical Romance Novellas are fantastic, in my opinion. We get to dress up in fancy dresses, tighten the corset strings and head to a ball. I love a good ball, but unfortunately, I was abducted before the ball…well, the heroine was. I’m busy in my life and sometimes I just want a little hit of historical romance to tide me over. A Talent for Temptation gave me that hit and left me satisfied.

What I
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
This was a fast paced story with interesting characters and a great story.I have not read others in this series but I didn't have problem with this one, but I'm planning to read the next books since I loved the writing and the set up.I liked both hero and heroine and I wish there was more.A Talent for Temptation is a romantic and sweet story. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very, very short story, but satisfying. A young widow and her new love learn that keeping secrets is not the best way to keep a romance.

**Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.**
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin

A Talent for Temptation is a fast and fun romance featuring a hero and heroine who just need that little extra push to be together. Meriel and Quinn have been dancing around one another for quite some time, but her secrets and his uncertainty about her feelings are keeping them from taking that final leap and opening their hearts. When Quinn finally has enough and takes a chance at playing the dashing hero (by setting up a pretend kidnap
Barbara Rogers
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Series: Sinful Suitors #4.5
Publication Date: 10/2/17

What a heartwarmingly sweet novella! The flirtatious relationship between widowed Meriel Vyse and banker Quinn Raines has been months long, but this novella covers only a few very pivotal hours in that relationship.

Meriel is the sister-in-law of Gregory Vyse, Baron Fulkham who is a spymaster. Not only is she his sister-in-law, but she is one of his spies even though it is grudgingly done. She has come to care for Quinn, but even though he spea
Meriel and Quinn have been meeting secretly for a few months. However, she is repeatedly canceling their rendezvous in order to do as her brother-in-law requests. Quinn has finally had enough and he instigates an outrageous plan to prove to her that he is more than a boring, staid banker. In doing so, he learns that Meriel is more than what she seems as well.

This is a very quick read that I really enjoyed. It has all the quirky dialogue and interesting characters this author is known for in a sm
Sissy's Romance Book Review
'A Talent for Temptation' by Sabrina Jeffries is Book 4.5 in The "Sinful Suitors" series. This is the story of Meriel Vyse and Quinn Raines. I have read the other books in this series (and Loved Them!) but feel this is easily a standalone book. Also be warned this is a Novella with around 82 pages long.
Meriel is a widow after her husband who was also a friend to her was killed. Quinn is smitten with Meriel but she seems to just try to avoid him when ever he tries to meet with her. Quinn makes p
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Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meriel Vyse and Quinn Raines LIKE each other. Except Quinn sets up a fake abduction which Meriel handles with APLOMB because her hair is FULL OF SECRETS. But then: CONFESSIONS! SEX! BETRAYAL! ADDITIONAL CONFESSIONS! TEARFUL MAKEOUTS IN THE STREET!

1. This was fine but EXTREMELY SHORT and therefore kind of silly. The premise is that both Quinn and Meriel are in LURVE with one another but neither will confess their feelings because of stupid reasons until an additional Stupid Thing happens that all
Joanna Loves Reading
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, reviewed, hr, novella
This is a delightful quick read. It was very short, but well done and entertaining. I have not read others in this series, so I am not sure how it fits in. I didn't feel like I was missing anything. Besides the MCs, there are two other characters. My guess is the heroine's brother-in-law is the hero in the next book.

The synopsis provided by the publisher seemed like it may be a convoluted plot, but most of the action happens early on and the focus turns to the love story. The MCs have been enga
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

Again, I have NOT read any novels of this series - except the other novella, The Risk of Rogues - so I have no preconception about these characters. I still found it adorable!! Yes, it is a short story. Yes, there's not enough relationship built (maybe it happened off page, or appeared in the novels?) but I still thought this one was satisfying enough.

Maybe because I found Quinn's plan to fake kidnap Meriel was stupidly adorable? *laugh*. Or maybe because my heart was sighin
Pelusa Rivera
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I am a Ms. Jeffries fan, I enjoy historical's, and this was one of them, but it was too short, I wish it were longer. This story is that of a widow Meriel Vyse and Quinn Raines. Meeredith and Quinn have been dancing around each other, and Quinn decides to take action and sets up a fake kidnapping. They both keep secrets, and eventualky have to open up . Now what? I can't tell you. ...more
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review

Plot: 3/5
Characterisation: 3/5
Prose: 4/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5

Since the book is a novella, the plot is very short and simple. Quinn decides to stage a fake abduction and gallantly tries to rescue Meriel hoping to have Meriel's gratitude and adoration and got stabbed instead.

They spend the rest of the book clearing any misunderstandings and secrets hidden from each other. All in one night... The End.

There's not much I
Candy Briggs
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Meriel Vyse was married to Gregory's younger brother. Now she is a widow and helps Gregory. Quinn Raines is a banker, he is like an open book and Meriel loves him.
I thought this was a marvelous story, there was a chance of danger and many secrets. The characters were true to themselves and the dialogue seemed very natural. The plot was a touch complex but the feelings invoked made it all worthwhile. The author did an amazing job of weaving all into a comfortable and easy to read tale.
I rece
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This short novella is a very quick read on the relationship between Meriel, who is a widow, and Quinn who wants desperately to marry the reluctant Meriel. I think it's supposed to be a historical romance but it wasn't entirely realistic. The premise has Quinn setting up a fake abduction while Meriel is on the way to a so that he can play hero. This is a bit of a spoiler but Meriel has come up in the world from quite a low position and I don't think she would have even ever been invited to a ball ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I wasn't sold on the premise but knowing how good this author is at story telling, I decided to read it.

Tired to be seen as the boring banker, Quinn plot the fake abduction of his... how should I say this... They are not lovers, but they shared kisses and petting. Quinn and Meriel are in love but a difference in station and a secret she can't share stopped them from pursuing a more meaningful relationship. But stupid plan never goes according to plan, right ? No matter what, Quinn will have
Tracy Emro
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Meriel Vyse, widow and sister in law to Gregory Vyse, Baron Fulkman has secrets. Those secrets are holding her captive in her current life. Months ago she met Quinn Raines and the two have been meeting in secret ever since. As much as Meriel would love to pursue a lasting relationship with Quinn, the aforementioned secrets make that impossible.

Quinn is at his wits end, he wants Meriel and can't understand why she keeps him at arm's length. When she cancels yet another planned rendezvous, he hatc
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
3.50 / 3 Stars

Most of us who enjoy novels understand that novellas can be harder. The page count only allows for so much detail and storyline. Most of the time I'll give them 3 stars with an occasional 4. This plot was pretty basic, to the point, and predictable. Not that that's bad...just normal.

Meriel Vyse is now a widow. A man of trade (a banker) is interested in her. His name is Quinn Raines and he plots a silly scheme to have a servant of his kidnap her and he'd come to her rescue and be t
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3 Stars

Another quick little novella, that I did enjoy. This story takes place over the coarse of just a few hours and the relationship is already established. It was quick and cute. If you have read or are reading the Sinful Suitors series, I recommend you pick this one up.
Jessica Robbins
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, own-kindle
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I'm still laughing at Quinn's attempt to prove to Meriel that he's not a boring banker, that he can also be The Hero, and that he's also capable of giving excitement. Oh, you hopeless man, you tried so hard.

I'm very excited for Fulkham's book now. Spymaster!

E-ARC is received thanks to the publisher via Netgalley.
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
A Talent for Temptation is short, sweet, and to the point.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very short story. Good read as per usual with this author
3 Stars

This was a quick, decent read. I liked both Meriel and Quinn, but would have loved to see them in a full-length novel. This story just moved so fast and I never really got a handle on their relationship.
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Novellas and short stories are difficult for writers to get across a believable character and interesting plot in a shorter work. While I usually really enjoy Sabrina Jeffries’ longer novels, I just didn’t find that this novella worked.

Meriel is a reluctant spy for her former brother-in-law but she wants to leave off spying. Quinn Raines has come to love her but decides to stage a fake kidnapping so he can rescue her and thus somehow earn her love. Unfortunately, he’s just as inept in planning a
Amy A
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who's been reading the Sinful Suitors series will recognize Meriel Vyse and Quinn Raines from their short appearances in The Pleasures of Passion.

Interest in Meriel was strongly hinted at by Quinn in the aforementioned book, and it was those minute innuendos that made me really hope they would be the next ones to get a book in the series.

Well, with A Talent for Temptation, Meriel and Quinn have earned themselves a novella. While I was a bit disappointed at first that they didn't warrant
Stephanie (Jump)
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nouvella
3.5 stars
In this light nouvella from one of my favourite authors Sabrina Jeffries, our hero Quinn sets up a fake abduction so he could play a hero and win the lady's hand in marriage.

I liked the concept. It was well written. But because we got both main characters POV readers knew more of less both of the characters feelings, and that they just need to overcome objections and talk it out. In fact most of the action happened in the first few pages and the rest is really dialogue. SJ did give our
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Super short story, probably the shortest story I have read. Two people love each other but neither is brave enough to stand up and say something until Quinn decides to fake an abduction in order to save her and be her hero. He thinks she loves another and wants for her to see that he can be what she needs. She desperately wants a normal life with him away from all of the spying she has been doing, but she doesn't think he will be able to accept who she really is. When the truth of the abduction ...more
Sonya Heaney
Sabrina Jeffries is always a good bet for an entertaining historical romance. This is a SHORT novella that fits into the author’s current (and very good) series, but it is perfect as a standalone.

I liked both hero and heroine, and especially liked that they were so *normal*. The hero was adorably disastrous, and the plot (such as it is in such a short story) was funny.

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to have a story you can read in one sitting, and Jeffries’ humour and sparkling writing makes her
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Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 9 million book ...more

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