Review: Never Conspire with a Sinful Baron (Infamous Lords #4) by Renee Ann Miller

Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: Zebra (May 26, 2020)

From  Last season, Lady Nina Trent fell for a scoundrel. This year, she intends to choose more wisely...

When a duke more interested in fox hunting and sports than womanizing comes to town, Nina thinks him the perfect catch. Sadly, he doesn't seem to notice her. But Lord Elliot Haverford, Baron Ralston, a notorious flirt, has a proposition: he'll not only pretend to vie for her hand, hoping to draw forth the duke's competitive nature, he'll also give Nina lessons in seduction.

An aristocrat in possession of two dilapidated properties must be in want of a fortune. Elliot's proposition is a subterfuge, for he hopes to capture Nina's hand—and her dowry—by slyly seducing her himself. Though he feels guilty over his deception, their interludes, filled with dancing, flirtation, and increasingly heated kisses, are impossible to regret... until he realizes he has unwittingly placed Nina in grave danger.

What's a scoundrel in love to do, except finally risk his heart for real?


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was another well-written (stand-alone) addition to this series. I enjoyed the characters and their interactions with one another. Nina is a clever mix of an innocent woman and a headstrong suffragist in the making. She very clearly knows her own mind, however, I do wish we would have seen more of a backbone when it came to her grandmother's overbearing ways. 

Elliot was strong in his own way, a little pig-headed at times, but really he was your typical broke, English Lord. There wasn't really anything that stood out to me that separated him from any of the countless other Heros in other books facing the same circumstances. That could have been part of the reason I didn't enjoy this one as much as I had expected - it was the same as every other book in both the "broke lord needs a wealthy wife" and the "lord promises to help girl capture attention of another man only to fall in love with her" tropes. And while Elliot does manage to stand out in that he goes into business in order to salvage his title and lands, I don't feel as though we really got to see that come to fruition either. 

There were some things in the overall story that made it stand out, although not always in a good way. For one thing, there was a lot going on, things that sometimes overshadowed the romance between Nina and Elliot. For instance, there was a scene in which a certain "mean girl" placed her hand upon his chest in the middle of a crowded theater (as he and his brother-in-law were getting refreshments). As this girl had a habit of acting inappropriately, there was really no reason for this exchange to happen aside from causing another rift between Elliot and his brother-in-law. There were other instances as well throughout this book that seemed to contain drama that was altogether unnecessary.

I'm sure these things are things that others will enjoy, however for me, it took away from my overall enjoyment of the romance.  However, I did still enjoy this story, and I will read more from this author (especially considering I am hopeful to hear more about how his business venture goes when we get to Talbot's book).

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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