Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 21, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the publisher
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?
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
The Art of Sinning was my first Sabrina Jeffries book, and it won’t be my last!
I really enjoyed both Yvette and Jeremy, and the somewhat complex relationship between them. Yvette’s propensity for collecting and using street cant, along with her independence and feistiness, endeared her to me. I sometimes get frustrated with the whole emotionally-wounded-hero trope, but Jeffries pulled it off well in Jeremy. I’m also intrigued by Yvette’s brother Edwin, who’s not nearly the stuffed shirt he thinks he is.
I also appreciated the humor of the banter, particularly between Yvette and Jeremy, as well as the depth of the hero and heroine’s emotions. There were moments when I could feel myself tensing in sympathy with their pain, or laughing along with them. I was less happy with some of the language in the steamy scenes (personally, I tend to prefer euphemisms over blunt Anglo-Saxon terms, as long as they’re well-chosen.) But that’s a minor complaint in light of the overall strength of the story.
The Art of Sinning is the first in the Sinful Suitors series. Edwin gets his own book next (yay!). The Study of Seduction comes out next March.
Challenges: COYER Scavenger Hunt #12: a book set in the Regency era; Historical Romance Challenge
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Historical Romance Reading Challenge
- COYER Scavenger Hunt - Summer 2015