The Girl with the Sweetest Secret (Sin and Sensibility, #2)
New York Times bestselling author Betina Krahn's warmhearted and witty new romance is filled with sparkling surprises...When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is "The Fox," a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England's aristocracy, she's tempted to take a second swing.Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. This chiseled intruder has sparked an infuriating physical sensation unlike anything the feisty Nevada silver heiress has experienced. In fact, the noblemen of London are so dull, Frankie's sworn off marriage entirely. She will, however, help her younger sister win her own love match—even if it means secretly enlisting Reynard's enquiring mind.But secrets, as Reynard knows too well, can be costly. For Frankie is yet unaware that a villainous duke is scheming to claim her—and ruin him. Soon they're racing to uncover the truth—and fueling a passion that won’t stay hidden.

The Girl with the Sweetest Secret (Sin and Sensibility, #2) Details

TitleThe Girl with the Sweetest Secret (Sin and Sensibility, #2)
Author
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherZebra
ISBN-139781420143492
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Regency

The Girl with the Sweetest Secret (Sin and Sensibility, #2) Review

  • Joanna Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Filled with colorful characters and an interesting plot, I thought this was a charming book, my second by Betina Krahn. There are probably aspects of this story that I may not like as much in a different mood, but at this time, I thought it overall charming and delightful. This is the second in series, and I have not read the first one. I thought it mostly worked as a stand-alone, but there was probably some background info that would have been helpful on why the family was in London.This story Filled with colorful characters and an interesting plot, I thought this was a charming book, my second by Betina Krahn. There are probably aspects of this story that I may not like as much in a different mood, but at this time, I thought it overall charming and delightful. This is the second in series, and I have not read the first one. I thought it mostly worked as a stand-alone, but there was probably some background info that would have been helpful on why the family was in London.This story primarily takes place in 1890’s London and Paris. Frankie, the heroine, is the second oldest of four girls from Nevada. The oldest was the heroine from the first book, and she had moved back to the States so does not feature much here. Frankie and her unmarried younger sisters live with their mother and uncle, who struck rich silver mining. I believe they are in London for the girls’ marital prospects. Frankie is not keen on marriage, so she is trying to use evasion and diversion tactics. But, nevertheless, she catches the eye of a German Duke, much to the approval of her title-hungry mother. The hero, Raynard, aka the Fox, is known as a gossip-monger and secret keeper. He is also the good friend of the first book’s hero and promised to keep an eye on the girls. When he discovers that their uncle, Red, has wasted their fortune and is in deep debt, Raynard realizes it is time to be more hands-on in the “watching over”. He is the heir to a viscount and has a strained relationship with his uncle, the viscount. When he notices the Duke paying Frankie extra attention, he investigates and warns her of the Duke’s shady ways.There was much about this that felt relevant to current events. The dynamics between the familial characters and the secondary characters. There were some great interactions between Frankie and her mom, who thought the title meant and that Frankie could make allowances for an important man. And Frankie’s subsequent anger later felt very valid. The romance had some truly sweet moments, and I enjoyed there interactions and support for each other. They felt like equals, and their relationship seemed to grow organically. There was a secondary romance between Frankie’s younger sister Claire and a musician that was integral to the plot and worked well. There was a third romance for their uncle Red that seemed unnecessary.This was a good read, and I look forward to trying more by Ms.Krahn, who certainly has an unique voice in HR. This was not a wallpaper story.*I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    January 1, 1970
    After two weeks of forcing myself to keep reading this one, I'm throwing in the towel at 77%.Look, many people may love The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by new-to-me author,Betina Krahn, but I had a really hard time with it. I seem to be in the minority, but gah, how this book dragged on. The book didn't feel well-plotted to me. I read a ton of historical romance, and The Girl with the Sweetest Secret was all over the place. We get a head-hopping, ever-changing POV (I really dislike that), and After two weeks of forcing myself to keep reading this one, I'm throwing in the towel at 77%.Look, many people may love The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by new-to-me author,Betina Krahn, but I had a really hard time with it. I seem to be in the minority, but gah, how this book dragged on. The book didn't feel well-plotted to me. I read a ton of historical romance, and The Girl with the Sweetest Secret was all over the place. We get a head-hopping, ever-changing POV (I really dislike that), and a plot that throws way too much in the pot. There is just too much going on for there to be any real focus, and I often lost sight of the developing romance due to the side stories and confusing POV changes. I don't know why the book came across as boring as it did, but I was bored the entire time I was reading. I didn't dislike the story, per se, but it didn't hold my attention. I had to force myself to read in chunks, and even then I was thinking about what else I could be reading. I think there was something about the style or the multiple tangents that made it hard for me to focus.In a sea of wonderful historical romances, The Girl with the Sweetest Secret was not a winner for me. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog
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  • Caitlyn Lynch
    January 1, 1970
    There’s an absolutely amazing scene late in this book where the heroine Frances ‘Frankie’ confronts her social-climbing mother. Accusing her of not listening when Frankie told her about the cruel and violent proclivities of the duke her mother was trying to marry her off to, Frankie fearlessly points out some unpalatable truths; that her mother was so blinded by the idea of her daughter being a duchess, she didn’t care that Frankie would be the one paying the price for her mother’s ambitions. It There’s an absolutely amazing scene late in this book where the heroine Frances ‘Frankie’ confronts her social-climbing mother. Accusing her of not listening when Frankie told her about the cruel and violent proclivities of the duke her mother was trying to marry her off to, Frankie fearlessly points out some unpalatable truths; that her mother was so blinded by the idea of her daughter being a duchess, she didn’t care that Frankie would be the one paying the price for her mother’s ambitions. It’s a heart-pounding, emotive scene that will strike a chord with every woman in this age of #MeToo, every woman who’s been dismissed as exaggerating or lying when they tell the truth about a man’s bad behaviour.But I’m getting ahead of myself; I’d fallen in love with Frankie Bumgarten long before we get to that incredible scene. Younger sister of Daisy, the fabulous American silver heiress from A Good Day To Marry A Duke, Frankie’s not afraid of anything except failing to live life to the fullest. She’s pretty sure she doesn’t want to marry at all, but spending time with her hero Reynard slowly brings her around to a different way of thinking.One of Frankie’s sisters Claire, a gifted musician, also gets her happy ending in this book, but not without a certain amount of Drama which does play into Frankie’s story significantly, as Frankie and Reynard must make a mad dash to Paris to try and retrieve Claire safely.One of the (many) reasons I love Betina Krahn’s writing is the attention to detail of historical accuracy; she really brings to life the changing world of the late Victorian era, with steamships and trains offering new and faster ways to travel, a rising middle class and a new breed of wealthy industrialists encroaching on the high society traditionally dominated by the hereditary aristocracy. This is a wonderful read in every way, and I’m really looking forward to the youngest sister Sarah’s story! Five stars.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.
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  • Suranjana
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet but dramatic story. At times I felt it was way over the top. But I liked the heroine, Frankie. I liked the way her brain works - a blend of practical and naive courage. The subplot of this story is cute, where the heroine's sister finds her own love story. I find this story easier to read than the book 1 of this series. I haven't managed to read that one after reading the book blurb. But that's my personal preference.
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  • Maggie Whitworth
    January 1, 1970
    ❤❤❤❤❤💋💋I loved this book with a passion , in fact I want to read it again straight away . There are so many twists ,turns and storylines , it’s like running through a maze , not knowing where you’ll end up , but assured it’s going to be good . Excellent characters, setting and story .And an immense feeling of satisfaction at the end . Wonderful! I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋I loved this book with a passion , in fact I want to read it again straight away . There are so many twists ,turns and storylines , it’s like running through a maze , not knowing where you’ll end up , but assured it’s going to be good . Excellent characters, setting and story .And an immense feeling of satisfaction at the end . Wonderful! I received an advance copy of this book and chose to submit a review
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl with Sweetest Secret is an American brought over to London by her family to use their money to capture a title. American Frances “Frankie” Bumgarten is surprised by a stranger in her family’s kitchen late at night. After almost braining the stranger with an old bread paddle, Frankie is embarrassed by her lack of a robe or any covering other than a thin nightgown. Frankie recognizes Reynard Boulton, aka the Fox, who is an heir to a Viscount and collects gossip as his trade. He is helping The Girl with Sweetest Secret is an American brought over to London by her family to use their money to capture a title. American Frances “Frankie” Bumgarten is surprised by a stranger in her family’s kitchen late at night. After almost braining the stranger with an old bread paddle, Frankie is embarrassed by her lack of a robe or any covering other than a thin nightgown. Frankie recognizes Reynard Boulton, aka the Fox, who is an heir to a Viscount and collects gossip as his trade. He is helping her Uncle Red return home from a long evening of gambling and drinking. The Fox has agreed to watch over Frankie and her sister in her brother-in-law’s absence so he was unable to use the gossip he acquired against Frankie and her family. Later when the Fox and Frankie meet at a dance, they both feel a connection. Unfortunately, Frankie’s mother wants her to marry high in the aristocracy and a Prussian Duke is interested in her. When later, the Fox is almost ensnared in a family’s marriage trap, Frankie saves him from immediate shame. However, the Fox must have a duel with the family’s father. While Frankie, dressed as a boy, is watching, the duel is held. The action just escalates from there.The Girl with Sweetest Secret is an action-packed and enjoyable Victorian historical romance. It is highly recommended for readers of that genre. 4 stars!Thanks to Zebra Books and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is “The Fox,” a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing even though he’s very handsome. Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. Frankie’s sworn off marriag When Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, her first impulse is to wallop the scoundrel on the head with a bread paddle. And when Frankie discovers he is “The Fox,” a disarmingly arrogant purveyor of gossip among England’s aristocracy, she’s tempted to take a second swing even though he’s very handsome. Never mind that Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, is returning her inebriated uncle safely home. Frankie’s sworn off marriage entirely. She will, however, help her younger sister win her own love match. Then Frankie catches the eye of the villainous duke of Ottenberg who is scheming to claim her.This is the second book in the series but could easily be read on its own. However a couple of issues from the first book were resolved in the book, which added to my enjoyment & if I hadn’t read the previous book I’d definitely would have wanted to read it. This book takes place three years after the first. The pace was good & kept my interest all the way through, there was plenty of adventure that added to the story. Reynard & Frankie were very likeable & fought their feelings for quite some time but both did have secrets, which finally came to light. The secondary characters are well drawn & I particularly liked RedMy honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read
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  • Lori D
    January 1, 1970
    An exciting story with compelling characters you cannot help but love and plenty of twist and turns, it is hard to keep up with it all! The second story of the four American Baumgarten sisters and this time with Frankie. She finds the gentlemen in London boring and is not in a hurry to marry, if ever. Of course her mother wants all of her daughters to marry a titled husband if possible.What starts as an unexpected meeting, brings Raynard, aka the Fox into contact with her. He had been given the An exciting story with compelling characters you cannot help but love and plenty of twist and turns, it is hard to keep up with it all! The second story of the four American Baumgarten sisters and this time with Frankie. She finds the gentlemen in London boring and is not in a hurry to marry, if ever. Of course her mother wants all of her daughters to marry a titled husband if possible.What starts as an unexpected meeting, brings Raynard, aka the Fox into contact with her. He had been given the duty of watching over the girls by his best friend, although he has kept a distance. But being around Frankie they both started feeling attracted to each other. Full of suspense, secrets, romance, betrayal and humor this tale had a little of it all. With lovable characters and the chemistry between Frankie and Raynard strong, I could not put it down until the end. I am looking forward to the next story in this series with the another delightful sister!
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    A fun book full of twists and turns that are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. Frankie is in London with her uncle, mother, and sisters. The family made a fortune in silver mining in Nevada, and mom has brought the girls to England looking for improved marital opportunities. In other words, mom wants to snag titled men for her girls. Frankie is the independent sort and has no interest in falling in with her mother's plans. She has no intention of marrying at all. The fun started o A fun book full of twists and turns that are sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. Frankie is in London with her uncle, mother, and sisters. The family made a fortune in silver mining in Nevada, and mom has brought the girls to England looking for improved marital opportunities. In other words, mom wants to snag titled men for her girls. Frankie is the independent sort and has no interest in falling in with her mother's plans. She has no intention of marrying at all. The fun started one night when Frankie caught a man sneaking into her house and whacked him on the head. It turned out that it was Reynard trying to sneak her Uncle Red into the house after finding him drunk. As Reynard had promised his friend, who is also Frankie's brother-in-law, that he would watch over the family, Reynard felt he had no choice. Though horrified by the realization that she was dealing with the notorious gossip, it didn't stop Frankie from demanding his help with her uncle. Previous meetings had been somewhat less than cordial, but both Frankie and Reynard suddenly find themselves taking a deeper notice of each other. That connection increased when Frankie saved Reynard from an attempt to trick him into marriage.I really liked both Frankie and Reynard. Frankie is plain-spoken, loyal to her family, and a little bit naïve. While she had an enjoyable time in London, she thought the men were boring, until she got to know Reynard. She is a bit impulsive, especially when it comes to taking care of her family, and that gets her into some interesting predicaments. Reynard is terrific. He hasn't had an easy life, in spite of being the heir to a viscount. His parents died when he was young, leaving him to be raised by his uncle, the viscount. That uncle treated Reynard terribly, insinuating that his parents hadn't been married, that Reynard wasn't truly the heir and other things along those lines. There was no love in Reynard's life. As an adult, Reynard was treated like dirt by his uncle. He isn't even allowed to live in the house but has quarters above the carriage house. I ached for him and his feelings of not knowing who he really was.I loved the development of the relationship between Frankie and Reynard. There was a simmering chemistry between them that took them both by surprise. I liked the way that Frankie couldn't stand by and let Reynard be railroaded into marriage even though she didn't like him at that point. Things became a little more heated between them when she disguised herself as a boy so she could observe his duel and he caught her at it. Even though they had their differences, Frankie knew she could depend on Reynard when she needed help. He was the one she went to for help finding out about the man her sister Claire was interested in, and again when Claire snuck away to follow the man to France. I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between them, as Reynard would get frustrated by Frankie's headstrong stubbornness and her by his unexpected cautiousness. Despite the frustration, they also grew closer, developing a friendship that allowed them to share some of the bad times in their lives. Each of them also realized that their feelings for each other were changing, but there were obstacles to doing anything about it. Reynard knows that he is in no position to marry and he refused to do anything that would harm Frankie. Frankie was frustrated by her inability to get past Reynard's scruples, but she also respected him for them. I loved seeing them work together to track Claire. There were some terrific twists to their time in Paris that added to both the fun and the heartbreak.The group's return to England brought more trouble to both Reynard and Frankie. Her mother pushed hard for Frankie to find a titled gentleman to marry and was ecstatic when the Prussian Duke Ottenberg showed a marked interest in Frankie. Though initially flattered by the attention, Frankie quickly realized that there was something about the duke that made her very uncomfortable. The scenes with him definitely pegged my creep-o-meter, and each encounter made it worse. Besides the duke's attitude toward Frankie, he also knew that Reynard was a threat to him and took steps to neutralize the threat. No one realized just how big a problem the duke was until it was almost too late. I was on the edge of my seat until that problem was resolved by a truly exciting confrontation between the duke and Reynard. Through it all, I wanted to shake Frankie's mother, and I loved seeing Frankie tell her mother exactly what was what in an eye-opening conversation.I liked how Frankie's love for Reynard gave him the courage to finally confront his uncle, though things did not go quite as he expected. I loved that Frankie was by his side, giving him the support he needed. While I wasn't completely surprised by the truth Reynard uncovered, there were a couple of unexpected twists. I ached for Reynard and didn't blame him for his initial reaction. It was interesting to see what happened once he calmed down and had a chance to learn all the details. I loved how he was completely upfront with Frankie about all of it. The scene in the parlor at her house was sweet, funny, and emotional, and showed just how perfect they were for each other.There were two other romances going on at the same time. The first was the romance between Frankie's sister, Claire, and the orchestra conductor, Julian. Both Claire and Julian were incredible musicians, which is what brought them together. But Julian came nowhere near what Claire's mother wanted for her. Though there were times I thought that Claire was naïve in her belief that she would be able to marry him, she turned out to be more determined than expected. She was also incredibly lucky during her trip to Paris. It was great to see how, once again, it was Reynard and his connections that brought a satisfactory conclusion to that romance.There was also a sweet second-chance romance between Uncle Red and family friend Countess Evelyn. Uncle Red was in a whole heap of trouble because of his drinking and gambling. The countess was asked by the girls' mother to take them in hand because of their bad attitudes toward her plans. But when the girls didn't show up at Evelyn's country home, she and Red teamed up to find them. This gave them the chance to get to know each other again and deal with the mistakes of the past. I loved seeing all three stories converge in Paris and how their teamwork brought about so many happy endings.I really need to go back and read the first book in the series, A Good Day to Marry a Duke, before the next book comes out.
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  • Pelusa Rivera
    January 1, 1970
    Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley)This was a new author for me but not anymore, I liked this book., apparently this was a second book so yes I plan to go back and read the first one because I truly did enjoy this one and can't wait for the next one. So in this one we meet Francis an american heiress and she stumbles upon a secret and discovers she is not crazy about them. She ends up saving Reynard who is known as the Fox and he is also known for knowing and keeping a lot of secrets a Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley)This was a new author for me but not anymore, I liked this book., apparently this was a second book so yes I plan to go back and read the first one because I truly did enjoy this one and can't wait for the next one. So in this one we meet Francis an american heiress and she stumbles upon a secret and discovers she is not crazy about them. She ends up saving Reynard who is known as the Fox and he is also known for knowing and keeping a lot of secrets and using them as needed. These horrible girls were trying to get caught having a liason so that the gentleman was forced into marriage because this one woman the one who set the trap was particularly not pretty, but it wasn't that she was not pretty she was ugly inside and out so no don't feel bad for her she was not nice. Anyhoo Francis speaks up, and things are off, duels, lies, betrayals and eventually love...I loved it and can't wait for the next sister!!!
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  • Wren
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC version of the book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.I was very excited for this book. It sounded great. However, the book comes accross as slow and (I'm sorry to say) boring. It's not that there isn't drama. There's a duel, a woman trying to force a man to marry her, a notorious gossip/spy and more. I have no idea why the book is boring but it is. If I had to say anything it would be the sentence structure; the sentences are often very long and give I received a free ARC version of the book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.I was very excited for this book. It sounded great. However, the book comes accross as slow and (I'm sorry to say) boring. It's not that there isn't drama. There's a duel, a woman trying to force a man to marry her, a notorious gossip/spy and more. I have no idea why the book is boring but it is. If I had to say anything it would be the sentence structure; the sentences are often very long and give the book a slow pace as a result.Out of the two main characters, I love the fox the most. He intense but broody. I wish he more like everyone thought of him (dark, notorious for knowing everyone's secret, selfish). He doesn't really fufill any of his promise. However, I did like how Frankie's uncle said ' he is all those things but not with you). At least that was a paraphrase of that.
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  • ShariB
    January 1, 1970
    This highly entertaining story is the 2nd in the Sin and Sensibility Series and will make you cry, smile and cheer for the lovers. This standalone, HEA historical romance incorporates the love lives of three different couples, the main characters being Frances Bumgarten and Reynard Boulton. The story has great flow, fully fleshed out characters, secrets kept, secrets shared, intrigue, an evil villain, and warm romance. This author pulls you into the story and the characters lives, making you fee This highly entertaining story is the 2nd in the Sin and Sensibility Series and will make you cry, smile and cheer for the lovers. This standalone, HEA historical romance incorporates the love lives of three different couples, the main characters being Frances Bumgarten and Reynard Boulton. The story has great flow, fully fleshed out characters, secrets kept, secrets shared, intrigue, an evil villain, and warm romance. This author pulls you into the story and the characters lives, making you feel all of their emotions every step of the way. I can hardly wait until the next story is written and will go back to read the first in this series.I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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  • Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger
    January 1, 1970
    To see the whole review: https://wickedcoolflight.net/2018/11/...I liked this one. It was a cute story of a wealthy heiress whose mother wants her to marry a title to legitimize the family wealth. She was unsuccessful with the oldest daughter (A Good Day to Marry a Duke) so she works on the next oldest, Frankie.Frankie has no desire to get married even when a Prussian Duke tries for her hand. Her mother is throwing Frankie at him, but all the while Frankie is trying to show her mother what an as To see the whole review: https://wickedcoolflight.net/2018/11/...I liked this one. It was a cute story of a wealthy heiress whose mother wants her to marry a title to legitimize the family wealth. She was unsuccessful with the oldest daughter (A Good Day to Marry a Duke) so she works on the next oldest, Frankie.Frankie has no desire to get married even when a Prussian Duke tries for her hand. Her mother is throwing Frankie at him, but all the while Frankie is trying to show her mother what an ass the Duke is. And boy is he into some dirty dealings…Along comes the soon to be titled Viscount Tannehill who she slowly woos, unbeknownst to her. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time to save her from herself or her crimes. Oh the wickedness of the three sisters that are left. They all seem to help one another into and out of trouble through the whole book. Whether it is with the horses, a duel, or a cross channel trip to Paris. There is nothing the three sisters won’t do for one another. The funniest stuff happens when they are trying to help each other out. There is a great sense of family in this one, both pride and love.I’m giving this one a 4 or 5 because I don’t think it will last with me like all my other 5’s do, but it was a great story to read. If you like Historical Romance with a little comedy, this one is right up your alley. Enjoy!!
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Betina Krahn is book Two in the Sin and Sensibility series. This is the story of Frances 'Frankie' Bumgarten and Reynard Boulton. I have read the previous book, but feel this can be a standalone book. Frankie has settled not to marry but does want to help her sister who has fallen for a musician but is unsure of him. Frankie knows that Reynard could help her find out more about her sister love interest since he knows all the gossip. But working with him bring The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Betina Krahn is book Two in the Sin and Sensibility series. This is the story of Frances 'Frankie' Bumgarten and Reynard Boulton. I have read the previous book, but feel this can be a standalone book. Frankie has settled not to marry but does want to help her sister who has fallen for a musician but is unsure of him. Frankie knows that Reynard could help her find out more about her sister love interest since he knows all the gossip. But working with him brings up feelings she didn't think she would have and has her thinking of marriage. Reynard has promised to keep an eye on the sisters so when Frankie asked for his help he didn't have much choice which has lead him to finding his own feelings. But Reynards has other things to workout before he can make a marriage promise to anyone if ever. But when a evil Duke tries to take him down and take Frankie it moves everything forward for them to work and be together. Great characters and a joy to read for me.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    This book was good but it took me a bit to get into it. Once I did I couldn't put it down. Frankie is a stubborn, determined, young lady who is used to running around doing the things she loves without repercussions. Now she in London and not Nevada anymore. Her mother is determined to make marriage matches that will rise the girls and make them comfortable for life. HOwever each of the Baumgarten sisters have their own plans. Reynard has had his own set of issues and thanks to a promise to his This book was good but it took me a bit to get into it. Once I did I couldn't put it down. Frankie is a stubborn, determined, young lady who is used to running around doing the things she loves without repercussions. Now she in London and not Nevada anymore. Her mother is determined to make marriage matches that will rise the girls and make them comfortable for life. HOwever each of the Baumgarten sisters have their own plans. Reynard has had his own set of issues and thanks to a promise to his friend from school, he's now in Frankie's path. What he once valued now doesn't make him feel the same any more. The adventures they are put on are going to test not only each other but quite a few of their other acquaintances and family as well. All in all it was a good book.
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  • Books Her
    January 1, 1970
    Available November 27: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Bettina Krahn***** 4.5/5 stars: Ignore the mediocre cover, because The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is witty, and action-packed.Recommended readers:If you like plenty of action in your historical romancesIf you like characters who disregard societyIf you like anything Candace CampHere's my Rankings:4/5 for characters5/5 for plot4.5/5 overall3/5 steaminessREVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:Don't let the frilly purple dress on the mediocre cover Available November 27: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Bettina Krahn***** 4.5/5 stars: Ignore the mediocre cover, because The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is witty, and action-packed.Recommended readers:If you like plenty of action in your historical romancesIf you like characters who disregard societyIf you like anything Candace CampHere's my Rankings:4/5 for characters5/5 for plot4.5/5 overall3/5 steaminessREVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:Don't let the frilly purple dress on the mediocre cover fool you, The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is one of my favorite historical romance reads this year. Frances "Frankie" Bumgarten is a wealthy American debutante and her mother is striving to impress the English aristocrats. When Frankie runs into Viscount Tannehill, who is bringing her uncle home from drinking and gambling, the two decide to help each other. While Frankie is being pursued by a Duke, the Viscount does some sleuthing.The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is one of the best historical romances I've recently read. A multi-faceted plot keeps you on your toes. A lovable character - Frankie - makes you want her end up happy. And the combination along with some fun, quick-witted dialogue and you won't want to stop reading. A definite must-read for any historical romance lover.Available November 27: The Girl with the Sweetest Secret by Bettina Krahn
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic! I was hesitant at first to read this book because one of its main characters is from America. Sometimes American’s in the London scene are portrayed as outlandish, simpleminded or uncivilized. This author was quite the opposite and portrayed them perfectly. The chemistry between Reynard and Frankie was amazing. This is not a rip you clothes off kind of story. Their emotions and actions were perfectly simmering until fully realized. I like romances that have a secondary story line not Fantastic! I was hesitant at first to read this book because one of its main characters is from America. Sometimes American’s in the London scene are portrayed as outlandish, simpleminded or uncivilized. This author was quite the opposite and portrayed them perfectly. The chemistry between Reynard and Frankie was amazing. This is not a rip you clothes off kind of story. Their emotions and actions were perfectly simmering until fully realized. I like romances that have a secondary story line not just about two people falling in love but also includes some sort of obstacle or conflict to overcome. This story did not fail. Dialogue was lively and made me laugh. There are several conflicts in the story that come together beautifully for a perfect ending. Several times I went to work the next day still tired because I couldn’t put the book down at night. This is the second book and can stand alone if you haven’t read the first. I had not read the first but am going to now. I highly recommend. I was provided this as an ARC from NetGalley and am giving an honest review.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    There was a lot going on in this book. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT! My emotions were all over the place, my heart would drop and then I would be so happy for Frankie. It was a Rollercoaster for sure. An enjoyable read and a hard earned HEA.
  • Amy Alvis
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Frances and Reynard's story. After meeting Reynard in book one of the series, I was excited to watch him fall in love!When Frances's sister finds herself in love with a musician, she needs to know if the man is good enough for her. She decides to go to Reynard as he is well known for having the latest gossip and the sources to dirt up dirt. Having long ago decided never to marry, she is surprised to find herself falling for Reynard.When Frances approaches Reynard for help, he ca I really enjoyed Frances and Reynard's story. After meeting Reynard in book one of the series, I was excited to watch him fall in love!When Frances's sister finds herself in love with a musician, she needs to know if the man is good enough for her. She decides to go to Reynard as he is well known for having the latest gossip and the sources to dirt up dirt. Having long ago decided never to marry, she is surprised to find herself falling for Reynard.When Frances approaches Reynard for help, he can't refuse. He promised his best friend to look out for the Bumgarten sisters while they were in town. He had mostly kept his distance from the women and after spending time with Frances, can't seem to help but fall in love. But with his inheritance in question, he can't offer for anyone. But when an evil duke schemes to marry Frances, Reynard has to decide if his love is enough. Can Reynard save Frances from the evil duke and make her his own?I loved watching these two come together. The bantering between them had me laughing out loud. I can't wait to read the last book in the trilogy and see what Krahn has in store for the last Bumgarten sister!
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  • Roslyn Stillman
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book by Ms Krahn that I have read and what a read it was. It was a long read but it kept you turning the page with no boredom in it. The characters were well written and worked well together and although it was long, there was not a lot of filler. There was romance, adventure, suspense, secrets, action and lots of romance. I loved that the fact that there was more than one romance and that you got to see the end in this book instead of having to wait for the next book. Although This is the first book by Ms Krahn that I have read and what a read it was. It was a long read but it kept you turning the page with no boredom in it. The characters were well written and worked well together and although it was long, there was not a lot of filler. There was romance, adventure, suspense, secrets, action and lots of romance. I loved that the fact that there was more than one romance and that you got to see the end in this book instead of having to wait for the next book. Although this is the second in the series it can be read as a standalone book. There was a sex scene and as usual this reviewer skipped it but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this book. I will be reading many more from this author. I received this book as an ARC.
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  • Allyce
    January 1, 1970
    This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals: https://wp.me/p37L0Q-14KThe Girl with the Sweetest Secret is a great example of what historical romance novels can be - the book was well written, engaging, and funny!  From start to finish I found myself reading with a smile on my face.One of the draws for me was the language that Frankie used throughout the book. With a backstory that sees her travelling from Nevada to upper-crust England, Frankie walks the line between propriety and he This review first appeared on the blog Ally's Appraisals: https://wp.me/p37L0Q-14KThe Girl with the Sweetest Secret is a great example of what historical romance novels can be - the book was well written, engaging, and funny!  From start to finish I found myself reading with a smile on my face.One of the draws for me was the language that Frankie used throughout the book. With a backstory that sees her travelling from Nevada to upper-crust England, Frankie walks the line between propriety and her ranching background. The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is littered with great examples of American lingo that hilariously slip out of Frankie. It was really great being able to read such a developed and distinct character, I found myself connecting and enjoying Frankie from the first page.The overall plot of the novel is way more expansive and interesting than other historical romances. With backdrops that branch from Nevada, to London, to Paris. The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is simply put, interesting. The book takes you on an adventure that spans across multiple countries and brings so many interesting characters to life.The mix of nationalities and language aside, The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is well written and incredibly entertaining. I enjoyed the book so much I am planning on reading the first book of the series. Betina Krahn has officially been added to my authors to watch list.Best Bits:*That cover! I absolutely adore this cover! The colour scheme combined with the floral background looks so amazing! I know that if I was working in the library and saw this on the shelf, I would definitely pick it up!*That title! I kept waiting for a reference to the title to make an appearance and when it did, it did not disappoint <3Recommendations: If you're after a historical romance that breaks away from the pack, then The Girl with the Sweetest Secret is for you. The book was so interesting and well written, any fan of the genre should give it a go!Please note: I received a copy of The Girl with the Sweetest Secret from NetGalley.
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  • Sally Lindsay-briggs
    January 1, 1970
    This was a Goodreads gift that I heartily endorse. It had everything in it. There were characters, like Frankie who doesn't want to marry the earl her mother has demanded of her. Frankie is full of spirit, humor and determination. She's interested in Reynard, who is handsome but doesn't want to tie the knot. There is lots of action, her sister runs off after her musician, the earl tries desperately to wrangle Frankie into marriage and there is steamy romance and just pure enjoyment all around. W This was a Goodreads gift that I heartily endorse. It had everything in it. There were characters, like Frankie who doesn't want to marry the earl her mother has demanded of her. Frankie is full of spirit, humor and determination. She's interested in Reynard, who is handsome but doesn't want to tie the knot. There is lots of action, her sister runs off after her musician, the earl tries desperately to wrangle Frankie into marriage and there is steamy romance and just pure enjoyment all around. Well done Betina. If there are sequels. I want them!
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    After finding a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, Frances Bumgarten's first impulse is to whack him in the head with a bread paddle. After the damage is done, she discovers he is the nephew of the Viscount of Tannehill who was just bringing her inebriated uncle home. This is an entertaining love story filled with action and twists and turns. It will keep you reading to see what trouble Frances gets into next. It is sure to please lovers of historical romance. I receive After finding a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night, Frances Bumgarten's first impulse is to whack him in the head with a bread paddle. After the damage is done, she discovers he is the nephew of the Viscount of Tannehill who was just bringing her inebriated uncle home. This is an entertaining love story filled with action and twists and turns. It will keep you reading to see what trouble Frances gets into next. It is sure to please lovers of historical romance. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. This is the first time I have read this author and it won't be the last, she has made me a fan. The story was intriguing, the characters were interesting and the romance was sweet.
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    First time I have read anything by this author. She is a great writer. I absolutely loved this book. Frances or Frankie's family is from America, making their money from silver mining . She lives with her mother, Elizabeth and her two sisters, Claire and Sarah. The head of the house is Redmond Strait, their mother's brother. It is most important to Elizabeth that her daughters marry a titled gentleman. The family knows Reynard Boulton as he is their brother in law's best friend. He is also, know First time I have read anything by this author. She is a great writer. I absolutely loved this book. Frances or Frankie's family is from America, making their money from silver mining . She lives with her mother, Elizabeth and her two sisters, Claire and Sarah. The head of the house is Redmond Strait, their mother's brother. It is most important to Elizabeth that her daughters marry a titled gentleman. The family knows Reynard Boulton as he is their brother in law's best friend. He is also, known as Fox, since he is someone who knows many secrets. There is attraction between Fox and Frankie but they annoy each other as well. While at a ball, the Duke of Ottenberg from Prussia notices Frankie and decides he wants to court her. Frankie knows he is not a nice or kind man, but her mother insists that she accept his attention. Fox saved her from him a few times, but Fox has not come into his title at this time and he hasn't enough money or clout to suit Elizabeth. Meanwhile there are other romances happening and a sudden trip to Paris to save a family member. There's a kidnapping, intrigue and steamy love scenes. What an amazing book with different stories woven into Frankie's and Fox's romance. I don't want to give the ending away. Can't wait for the next book. 5+ I received this book from Net Galley and Kensington Books for a honest review and no compensation otherwise. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Becka
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. God. How have I never read anything by this author before?!It’s been such a long time since I read a book that kept me engaged throughout, that told a love story but also held me captive with it’s intrigue. I think that Frankie and Reynard might be one of my favourite hero and heroine duos ever and the secondary characters are all amazing! I am so looking forward to Sarah’s book, but until then I’ll be catching up on all of Betina Krahn’s other books! ARC received from Netgalley in excha Oh. My. God. How have I never read anything by this author before?!It’s been such a long time since I read a book that kept me engaged throughout, that told a love story but also held me captive with it’s intrigue. I think that Frankie and Reynard might be one of my favourite hero and heroine duos ever and the secondary characters are all amazing! I am so looking forward to Sarah’s book, but until then I’ll be catching up on all of Betina Krahn’s other books! ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Patricia’s Book Summaries
    January 1, 1970
    The couple meets when she wacks him over the head when he brings home her drunk uncle. She thought that he might have been a thief. They have instant sexual attraction. Later, she is courted by a Prussian duke. However, his polite exterior a sick man who wants to break the female lead’s spirits. He has been buying debts and coercing the victims to do unsavory things. He may have been been doing some very unsavory things to the daughters of the house he got from forcing people to pay their debts. The couple meets when she wacks him over the head when he brings home her drunk uncle. She thought that he might have been a thief. They have instant sexual attraction. Later, she is courted by a Prussian duke. However, his polite exterior a sick man who wants to break the female lead’s spirits. He has been buying debts and coercing the victims to do unsavory things. He may have been been doing some very unsavory things to the daughters of the house he got from forcing people to pay their debts. (It is never mentioned how unsavory his acts to those girls were.) Even though the duke holds her hard enough to bruise her, her mother makes excuses for him because she really wants her daughters to married titled gentlemen. Her younger sister and a musician start to fall in love. When he goes to Paris to make a name for himself to propose to her in honor later, the little sister follows him to Paris without his knowing. The female lead enlists the aid fo the male lead to go after her. This is all done behind their mom’s back because she thinks they have been sent or a countess for discipline. When their uncle/father figure finds out, he goes with the countess to chase after them. They meet up and realize that they don’t know where the younger sister is. Some Romani help her because of her musical talent with the violin. It turns out that the musician’s parents are rich and (titled?). They arrange a marriage between the two, and that they will live in Paris because he has recently offered the post of conductor for a very prestigious orchestra. During this time, the uncle proposes to his ex-love, the countess. When they arrive back in England, the duke kidnaps the female lead. The male lead and her uncle save her. The male lead kills the duke. Since it was honorably done, there will be no charges brought against him. Although the male lead’s uncle tried to disinherit the male lead, the male lead is able to meet the conditions. He finally realizes that the reason why the male lead’s uncle hates him is because the uncle was in love with the male lead’s mother, who instead married his brother. After the male lead’s uncle dies, he is able to become the viscount and is able to help the female lead’s uncle with his debts. The couple get married in the end.
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  • Debbie Glenn Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night. Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, and a friend to her brother-in-law is returning her inebriated uncle, Redmond Straight safely home. Reynard’s the “the Fox” the arrogant purveyor of gossip among England's aristocracy and their family has a lot of secrets. Frances aka Frankie has social climbing Mother who notices the Duke of Ottenberg on the hunt for a bride. Her Mother is a force to rec Frances Bumgarten encounters a handsome stranger in her kitchen in the middle of the night. Reynard Boulton, nephew of the Viscount Tannehill, and a friend to her brother-in-law is returning her inebriated uncle, Redmond Straight safely home. Reynard’s the “the Fox” the arrogant purveyor of gossip among England's aristocracy and their family has a lot of secrets. Frances aka Frankie has social climbing Mother who notices the Duke of Ottenberg on the hunt for a bride. Her Mother is a force to reckoned, her goal is daughter married to the Duke. Frankie’s sworn off marriage entirely and only wants to help her sister find a love match this season. I loved this book as Reynard and Frankie join forces to save a loved one. The attraction between Fox and Frankie continues to grow even as they annoy each other, I love it fire and sparks fly. This my honest opinions after I voluntarily read a copy of this book that was provided to me with no requirements for a review.
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  • wonderfullyweird88
    January 1, 1970
    The girl with the sweetest secret is the second instalment in Betina Krahn's Sin and Sensibilities series. This book, while part of a series can be read as a standalone. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts and opinions are my own. American Frances “Frankie” Bumgarten is surprised to find a stranger in her family’s kitchen late at night. She is even more shocked to discover the man is Reynard Boulton, aka the Fox, who is heir to a Viscount and collects go The girl with the sweetest secret is the second instalment in Betina Krahn's Sin and Sensibilities series. This book, while part of a series can be read as a standalone. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts and opinions are my own. American Frances “Frankie” Bumgarten is surprised to find a stranger in her family’s kitchen late at night. She is even more shocked to discover the man is Reynard Boulton, aka the Fox, who is heir to a Viscount and collects gossip and secrets. Reynard was tasked by his friend, who happens to be Frankie’s brother in law, to look after the family. When he discovers Frankie’s uncle has lost all the family’s money he realises he needs to keep closer watch. This book is full of enough twists and turns to keep the reader hooked. An engaging read set in Victorian England this book has plenty to offer.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the free ARC!I'm fairly new to the whole historical romance genre,I've only read one other,The Charm School by Susan Wiggs.I have to say I really liked The Girl with the Sweetest Secret,it kept me turning the pages to see what would happen with The Fox and Frankie,those two should have their own series,they're chemistry was something else!The subplots within the story served to keep everything moving forward at a nice pace too,for the most part.I o Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the free ARC!I'm fairly new to the whole historical romance genre,I've only read one other,The Charm School by Susan Wiggs.I have to say I really liked The Girl with the Sweetest Secret,it kept me turning the pages to see what would happen with The Fox and Frankie,those two should have their own series,they're chemistry was something else!The subplots within the story served to keep everything moving forward at a nice pace too,for the most part.I only wish the "wedding" scene had been more in depth,after all that build up between The Fox and Frankie,I was expecting more fireworks,if you know what I mean (wink wink,nudge nudge) it ended too quickly in my opinion,but still a great read though!
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