*I received a free copy of The Art of Sinning from Gallery Books via Netgalley. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *|
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?
The Art of Sinning is a delicious tale of forbidden love and attraction, made very tense because of the time it is set in, and I loved every look, pun and touch!
My The Art of Sinning review:
One of the things I love about historical romance novels is that the attraction between the hero and the heroine often has to be hidden, because women in those times weren’t supposed to actually be attracted to anyone. The tension between Jeremy and Yvette was strong from the start, and their verbal sparring made me almost squee with delight! The Art of Sinning unfolds like a flower in spring sunshine, a little hesitantly at first, then suddenly there is a full bloom that is beautiful and fulfilling!
Jeffries has set The Art of Sinning in the same universe as her The Duke’s Men series, and while only a couple of the characters I recognized from those books were present, the possibilities were endless. In the beginning of the story, Jeremy seemed like a complete rake, aloof and only after some fun times. Yvette was very open-minded and out-spoken, so I fell for her straight away. One of her hobbies was to create a dictionary of street slang, and my goodness, the way she would ask people questions about words or turns of phrases they used had me laugh so hard!
As the story moved forward, it was easy to see that Jeremy was hiding behind his artist persona, and that he was much more of a gentleman than many of the actual gentry. I loved the slow friendship between Jeremy and Yvette’s brother, Edwin. And the scandalous painting Jeremy wanted to paint of Yvette was the perfect stage for their burning romance. I really did love everything about this story – the writing was excellent, the character development well done, and both the story and the plot were flawless. The sexy scenes between Jeremy and Yvette were so hot it was impossible to stop reading. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!
Some of my favorite The Art of Sinning quotes:
Perversely, that peeved her. For a scoundrel, he was being awfully gentlemanly. Or was she simply not attractive enough to tempt him? Perhaps she’d imagined all those heated looks. It wouldn’t be the first time she’d misinterpreted a man’s interest in her.
“We’re here,” she said in her low, melodic voice, tightening something deep in his chest. Not his heart. He had no heart. He couldn’t risk having one, because hearts always ended up broken.
But you have a heart! God he hoped she was wrong. Hearts got trampled on. He’d been through enough pain without the crushing agony of a broken heart. Yet he didn’t want her thinking him a scoundrel, either. As usual, he wanted to have his cake and eat it, too.
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