Review: The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

Review: The Art of Sinning by Sabrina JeffriesThe Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Books on July 21st 2015
Genres: Romance, Historical
Pages: 400
Source: Netgalley
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three-half-stars

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?

Review:

This was a nice intro to Sabrina Jeffries new series Sinful Suitors. Our hero is Jeremy Keane, the popular American artist (and cousin of Zoe of How the Scoundrel Seduces) who’s hiding out in London because he doesn’t want to face his past. He meets Lady Yvette Barlow, a headstrong, outspoken, almost on-the-shelf spinster and at first sight, he realizes Yvette is the perfect model for his next masterpiece. Lucky for him, she’s in need of his connections to the grittier side of London and they strike up a mutually agreeable arrangement. An arrangement that leads to unexpected romance, mauahaa,

This series is a little different than Jeffries other as it has a much stronger focus on the characters rather than suspense and ‘crime solving’. While the plot didn’t really wow or surprise me, I really enjoyed the characters and their development throughout the story. Jeremy and Yvette are a great couple and they really grow together. The chemistry, unabashed conversations, and slow simmering romance will have you swooning. There’s a bit of angst but it’s pretty minimal.

She hated conundrums. Especially the kind that involved a certain aloof artist who became a pillar of fire whenever he touched her or kissed her or bedded her.

There’s also a whole host of great secondary characters (and lots of cameos of older characters), including Yvette’s brother, Edwin the Earl of Blakeborough (who also happened to the unfortunate rejected fiance of Jane of If the Viscount Falls). I adored Edwin, and he easily stole the show. Awkward and uptight, but totally endearing, he just wants what’s best for his sister. I love his idea of starting a club that’ll allow the men to determine appropriate suitors for their loved ones. I can’t wait for his story next, he totally deserves a happily ever after!

Overall, The Art of Sinning was an enjoyable read and a lovely intro to a new series. If you like the ‘arrangement’ trope, good couple chemistry, a strong character-based story, and you love Sabrina Jeffries, this is the book for you! I definitely can’t wait for the next book!

I’ve followed the rules my whole life, and what has it gained me? For once, I want to know what I’m missing. And you’re the only man I wan to show me.”

{Thanks to Pocket Books & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

PS. If you’re interested in knowing the background for Jeremy and all the past characters, I’ve reviewed the entire The Duke’s Men series here (:

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About Sabrina Jeffries

Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of over 50 novels and works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 8 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

She always dreams big.

three-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  1. Glad this one had a lot of character development, even though the plot wasn’t that strong. This one isn’t for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it Cyn!

    1. Cyn says: Reply

      Thanks Jeann (: The good character development helped balance out the plot.

  2. I loved the scenes where they painted, and yes the lack of mystery was missed but I enjoyed it 🙂

    1. Cyn says: Reply

      Me, too! It was a little strange to read Sabrina Jeffries without mystery, but agree, still enjoyed it (:

  3. Great review! This wasn’t my favorite book but I do think it was a great intro into the series and now I cannot wait for Edwin’s book!

    1. Cyn says: Reply

      Thanks, Katherine! Agree! Edwin sounds adorable and I can’t wait for his HEA 🙂

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