What Happens in the Ballroom (Designing Debutants, Book 2) by New York Times Bestselling Author Sabrina Jeffries is a friends to lovers, best friend’s widow, secret courtship romance with a bit of spice and a plot arc that had a nice and steady pace balanced with humor, passion, and unexpected twists. If you’re like me arriving late to the ballroom and not read the first book, have no fears, this was enjoyable as a standalone. Nathaniel “Nat” Stanton, the Earl of Foxstead has returned home from the war accompanying a young widow and her son, in hopes to secure her a suitable husband per her dying father’s wish. Eliza is also the widow of a soldier, something to hopefully help ease the ward in Nat’s care. If his plan is successful, the truth regarding the widow or her son may never need to be revealed avoiding further harm. What will happen when Nat develops feelings towards Eliza and he is unable to deny them? Accusations regarding his feelings towards the young widow are just one of many complications that develop. This story just gets better with each page turned watching the attraction and desire slowly burn hot. If they can sort out and resolve possible deception, secrets, and a percolating scandal, they might be able to move beyond a friendship. Discretion, secrecy, trust, and the truth will set them all free, but who will take a leap of faith first? I enjoyed the journey of Nat and Eliza as a friendship evolves into something deeper, with unexpected twists and turns. With still so many unanswered questions, they both will need to find the courage to express their desires and prepare for whatever truths are revealed. If Eliza has no desire to ever marry again, is there even a possibility of a future with Nat? The suspense, my poor heart. How long will it take Eliza to realize that marriage is not always a prison sentence with a husband who lacks passion and affection. In a good love match, one can find pleasure both in and out of the bedroom for a fulfilling and happy marriage with the right partner. Secrets that fester usually destroy relationships, especially when they are kept with the best of intentions. Let’s hope Eliza and Nat have enough time to find the answers and resolve their concerns before time runs out. After reading this don’t be surprised if you find the urge to go on a carriage ride, take a walk in a garden, or go antique shopping for a few sitting room chairs. I love the bond between the sisters and their support of Eliza figuring out what she desires, even if her journey is a tad unconventional. The chemistry between Eliza and Nat is palpable, the tension is H-O-T, and a first kiss that leaves our heroine Eliza wondering if she really would be satisfied not marrying again. This is best enjoyed with your favorite iced-beverage, a cozy chair, and maybe a fan. Characters comfortably express their desire with kissing and passionate exploration. If you’re looking for a medium level of heat, this should be a satisfying read. While this is part of a series it is enjoyable as a standalone read so go grab a copy today. I received an advance reader copy from Sabrina Jeffries and Authors Umbrella for an honest and fair review.