The first novel in the Sinful Suitors series by New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries! At St. George’s Club, guardians conspire to keep their unattached sisters and wards out of the clutches of sinful suitors. Which works fine…except when the sinful suitors are members!
American artist Jeremy Keane refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s driven to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work—and determines to capture the young heiress’s defiant spirit and breathtaking sensuality on canvas.
No stranger to scandal, Yvette agrees to be Keane’s subject—in exchange for his help gaining entry to the city’s brothels he knows intimately, so she can track a missing woman and solve a family mystery. But when their practical partnership leads to lessons in the art of sinning, can they find a bold and lasting love?
Source: ARC from Pocket Books via NetGalley
Sabrina Jeffries is one of a trusted few historical romances authors who I can rely on to deliver and fun romp of a tale, with a hint of scandalous behaviour, a touch of heat and a plot that can make me smile as well as stir my emotions. And that’s what I got with the first of this new series.
I liked Jeremy a lot. On the surface he’s a charming, talented rogue, blowing with the wind and landing wherever something takes his artistic fancy. However, there is much more to him than that, not least his mysterious past and the reasons why he won’t go back home to America any time soon. He also likes to keep to himself as much as possible, while still coming across as friendly and witty. I loved the way he saw Yvette and how he treated her. He might let people think he’s a rogue, but in truth he’s a gentleman through and through. Except for those wicked thoughts, of course.
As for Yvette, well, I wanted to like her, I really did. She’s tall and outspoken, capable and managing and definitely in control of her life. Or at least, she tries to be. I loved her relationship with her older brother and admired her attempts at loyalty to her degenerate other brother. But I couldn’t like her because she’s pushy when it comes to Jeremy. Even when she thinks him a terrible rogue who she wants no part of, she pushes and pushes at him to admit that he’s attracted to her. And even though she knows she doesn’t want anything more than kisses, she gets annoyed when he holds back. When it comes to his secrets she just picked at him until he gave in, and then…
Well, I won’t say any more, but she annoyed me. Every time I thought I was starting to like her, she’d push or pick and I’d be annoyed all over again. Never enough to stop reading, but enough to grumble about it.
Which is a shame, because I actually really enjoyed this book. Jeffries always creates a wonderful cast (which often run through from one series to another, as happens here) and I loved Yvette’s big brother. His growing friendship with Jeremy was good fun, laying the foundations of the St. George’s Club, which will run throughout this series. The plot isn’t overly complicated, but it has plenty of little things going on that held my interest right until the end. Overall, though, this was fun, light and lovely.
If you’re looking for an enjoyable historical romance, with a hint of artistic endeavour, a steady growing romance, a bit of heat, a touch of heartache and more street cant than you can shake a dictionary at, then this could well be for you. If you’re already a Sabrina Jeffries fan then you’ll know what to expect, but if you’re new, prepare to have fun with a bunch of characters that will leave you wanting to know so much more.
The Art of Sinning is Out Now!
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