An Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning

An Affair Downstairs by Sherri Browning
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (384 pgs)
Heat: Spicy
Rated: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Snapdragon

The Countess of Aberford is determined to make a match for her sister, Lady Alice Emerson, but each man she brings to Thornbrook Park only inflames Alice’s improper interest in unsuitable Logan Winthrop, a rugged man once accused of murdering his great rival.

Logan’s determined to shelter himself from the pain of unrequited love—he knows the feeling all too well—but something about Alice stirs his desire to start living again. Though they fight their urges, the pair can only resist for so long; eventually they must choose between bowing to society’s rules or breaking them…

An Affair Downstairs is surprisingly, delightfully, unpredictable. Between the cover and the title, one might well be forgiven for suspecting the storyline, but this is not the case.

England 1907: and Miss Alice Emerson is not quietly going along with family efforts to marry her off: oh, no. Alice has her own list of things she wants out of life, and marrying successfully is not one of them. She’s a very singular character for her time period. Loads of leading ladies long to marry the wrong fellow, while Alice really just wants a lover and a life of adventure.

Of course, she’s not worried about falling in love, is she?

Her family wants no part in that plan. Her Countess sister is hell-bent to be a successful matchmaker. Logan, the rather ‘fallen’ son of a baron is both not-suitable and (although interested) not the sort to ruin someone’s chances to make a good marriage. He might be attractive for a host of physical reasons, but he’s not going to allow himself to give in to simple attraction. He’s a thoughtful man, and is acutely aware of his own reduced circumstances, regardless of his heritage.

Then there is always the good man; dutiful, reliable… still not what Alice wanted.

An Affair Downstairs is warm; in fact, its surprisingly heartfelt. Readers will sympathize with Alice, but truly fall, head-over-heels, for Logan. All the characters seem very real. Each has goals, expectations and disappointments.

There is a rather steamy moment in this, but well-suits the plot and there is more sexual tension than activity.

Fans of historical romance will find An Affair Downstairs entirely satisfying.

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