Monday, July 20, 2015

REVIEW: "The Art of Sinning" by Sabrina Jeffries

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, #1)

The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
(Sinful Suitors #1)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Regency  England

Pocket Books -- Published on July 21, 2015
e-ARC, 400 pages
Read in July 2015
Received from Netgalley


Artist Hero

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?

"London's loftiest lords and ladies packed the ballroom in the duke's mansion for the wedding breakfast of Dominick Manton and his new bride, Jane."

I received a free copy of this book from Pocket Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Art of Sinning is the first book in Sabrina Jeffries's new Sinful Suitors series which is a spin-off to her Duke's Men series.  I have been reading Jeffries for years now and enjoy how consistently she entertains me.  As far as I can tell, the basis for this series is going to be an informal "club" of gentleman who spend their time protecting their sisters/cousins/wards from unsuitable suitors.  I appreciate the protectiveness that this storyline emphasizes though I know that the meddling will not end well for anyone.

First out of the gate is an American painter, Jeremy Keane, who was first introduced as the cousin of the heroine of How the Scoundrel Seduces.  He has been living and working in England for awhile now and is desperate for a muse to help him complete his ultimate project.  Thankfully, for him, he spots the perfect model at a ball and pretty much forces his way into a introduction with Yvette, sister of the stoic Earl of Blakeborough.  Jeremy convinces Yvette to model for him in exchange for helping her solve a family problem that her brother refuses to deal with.

The majority of this book involves Jeremy and Yvette spending time together at Blakeborough's country house.  There is a great deal of sneaking around since they are making her brother believe they are just working on a perfectly suitable portrait while, at night, they are making their way through the scandalous painting of Jeremy's dreams.

It is obvious early on how well-suited these two are on an emotional level.  Yvette has always felt out of place in society due to her height and blunt personality, but Jeremy is thrown for a loop by her which greatly improves her confidence.  I absolutely adored Yvette!  She isn't afraid to voice her opinions though she is never mean about it.  I also enjoyed watching her interact with her older brother, Edwin, who gets his own story next.

For his part, Jeremy is hiding a dark secret about his life in America which is forcing him to resist his attraction to Yvette.  The hidden past plot point went on a bit longer than I would have preferred, but it really helps explain Jeremy's behavior.  I just wanted to give him the biggest hug once the whole truth was revealed.  Sabrina Jeffries does a wonderful job with researching unique historical topics and, in this book, she clearly had a blast working in little tidbits about the 19th century artistic process.

The Art of Sinning was very easy to get into and I quickly sped through it.  Jeremy and Yvette had so much chemistry together and I was rooting for them to get their heads on right and figure out how perfect they are as a couple.  And I cannot say enough how excited I am for The Study of Seduction which pairs Yvette's brother (who was a huge surprise in this story) and her best friend, Clarissa.

She moved so close that her mouth was a breath from his.  "That's what happens when a woman craves fire and life and the thrill of the night for too long.  She gets tired of waiting for it to come to her and she goes out to grab it herself.  I've followed the rules my whole life and what has it gotten me?  For once, I want to know what I'm missing.  And you're the only man I want to show me."

1. The Art of Sinning
2. The Study of Seduction (Coming 2016)

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  1. Great review. I just had a fun time with this book as well. I also liked the theme of the series too, and Jeffries is just great right? I just enjoy all of her books, and it was interesting having the hero be a artist.

    1. She is one of my favorite authors. I don't love every book of hers, but I always enjoy them. What is your favorite?

  2. Yay! A spin off! I do like a good spin off, even if the hidden-past-drags-on-too-long thing puts me off a little.

    1. It was a little frustrating since he had a valid reason to be hesitant about marriage. But, everything ended up fine so it was not that big of deal in the end.

  3. Good review! This one is sitting on my nightstand waiting for me to finish my current book. Now I'm even more eager to get to it!

    1. I hope you enjoy it! Jeremy is a great hero!

  4. I've been seeing a lot of reviews popping up for this one, lately. I have never read Sabrina Jeffries. I do want to give her books a try, but none of them really grab my attention. But those summaries on the back aren't always the best.

    Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed this.

    1. The back blurbs aren't very good for many historicals I've read lately. My favorite series of hers is the School for Heiresses which starts with Never Seduce a Scoundrel. I also like the Royal Brotherhood trilogy which is about three "bastard" sons of Prinny. I know Renee (Addicted to Romance) also loves SJ!

  5. I really liked the idea of a club. All those poor poor men who are going to be taken for a ride by the women in their lives. lol


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