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In nearly two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has barely spoken to her husband and shared a bed even less. Both activities would require they actually live together. As it is, the Earl of Aldington attends to his seat in the House of Commons, while she and her crippling social anxiety tend to his country house and gardens.
Their arrangement is quite civilized, and their letters are painfully polite. Their twice-yearly visits are…awkward. But, if Sabrina can muster the necessary courage, all of that is about to change. Starting tonight.
Heir to a dukedom, Constantine Westbrook knows his duty: to country, to family, and to the shy, retiring wife whose beauty stole his breath the moment they met. Whose arousing, enticing body he’s never seen in the light of day. Or any light at all.
However, there’s something different about the woman who shows up in London unannounced. For the first time in their marriage, Sabrina has a request. No, a demand. But wanting and having are two different things. And to give Sabrina her heart’s desire, they’ll both need a few lessons in love…
Constantine & Sabrina
Sabrina is married to Constantine Westbrook, the Earl of Aldington. He is the future Duke of Evesham. They have been married almost two years and hardly see each other. Sabrina has decided she wants a child and has come to London to make it happen. Sabrina has always been shy and timid. She wants to break out of her shell and claim her position as Countess of Aldington. Constantine is surprised she is not the shy malleable woman he married. He is shocked she demands she wants a child. This was a fun and enjoyable courtship for the two of them. When they first met they never had a chance to get to know each other. Their marriage was arranged by their parents and they were told they must marry. Constantine and Sabrina have great chemistry. They are both very inexperienced in courtship and love. They learn they can be very passionate together. Constantine has always done what was expected of him as the future Duke. He has always done what his father wanted. He is slowly learning that he must do what he feels is right. He learns he doesn’t have to be the boring future Duke. Both Constantine and Sabrina break their shells to become the couple they were meant to be. This was an entertaining story of a couple who fit so well together but they never realized. They are lucky they have a second chance. During their courtship they realize they can have a real marriage. This is the second book in the Phoenix Club series. There are many wonderful characters we have met in the first book and I’m sure we will see in future books of this series. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
She demands her martial rights
I really liked Sabrina, who has to fight her crispy anxiety to demand her martial right from her frigid husband.
I was verily disappointed in Constantine, her husband who we are introduced to as he’s about to bed his hired lady of the night. He’s mortified when they walk in on another couple and runs away from his hookup. He’s firmly under his father’s thumb, doesn’t take the time to introduce Sabrina to the marriage bed properly and is overall kind of a jerk.
Okay, I guess he gets a pass for not actually cheating on his wife but not by choice, more that he’s foiled. I just wish he had more integrity and charisma.
Props to Sabrina for being the adult with the balls to ask for what she wants.
I did like the growth Constantine did and I did like that he wasn't that experienced (refreshing) and that this focused on a married couple and that the marriage bed was something that had to be learned and worked at, not a magical bang that fixes everything (it does not).
Steamy and Fun
After two years of marriage, Sabrina Westbrook has had enough. Enough of a cold marriage, enough of being alone. When she arrives in London to demand her marital rights, Constantine, Earl of Westbrook, is shocked (to say the least). The truth is they both would like a better marriage, a real marriage. The problem, neither knows how to go about it. There is help. Con’s bother Lucien and Evie, his partner in the Phoenix Club, are willing to help, and attack the problem from both sides. What ensues is a fast-paced, sometimes dramatic and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, and often steamy adventure in falling in love. We learn a lot about Con and Sabrina, as well as Lucien and the Duke, and what makes them tick. Mr. and Mrs. Haddock and a kitten of chaos are delightful and bring a bit of welcome humor to the household (it teaches Con to relax). This is a wonderfully entertaining story with engaging characters. I love the new Con (so does Sabrina). Enjoyable story and series. I look forward to more.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.