Friday, 22 May 2015

Review: The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors) - ARC

Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Original Title: The Art of Sinning
Release Year: July 2015
Literary Genre: Romance
Setting: England, Victorian era
Series: 1° of Sinful Suitors series

Vote: 9



It’s official, I’ve fallen desperately in love with Edwin (Lord Blakeborough). But he’s not the hero here, so first things first.

I enjoyed this romance very much, the story is fresh and catching, since the very beginning. I like and I’m fascinated by the idea of describing feelings and emotions through art and I believe that it’s not done enough in historical romances, despite the ages in which the stories are settled which in fact, would probably, give the challenging settings to develop those kind of context (see romances like Once She Was Tempted, My False Heart or even What I Did For A Duke). It’s the salt that gives all another fascinating taste.

In The art of sinning the hero, Jeremy Keane, is a notorious and wealthy American painter, who gained his fame not only thanks to his talent but also thanks to the subjects and twist he’s used to give to his canvas. This, his arrestingly charming appearance and his reputation as a rake have made him very interesting in the eyes of the ton.  

Mr Keane, despite his good fortune as an artist, has his own good measure of demons to fight and during the celebration of the Dom and Jane’s wedding (If the Viscount Falls), which he finds not particularly entertaining, he is suddenly and completely arrested by the appearance of the beautiful and alluring Lady Yvette.

Our heroine is a very spirited and smart young woman, who is encountering some difficulties in finding a suitable husband but moreover is in need of help, and she needs someone discrete and well navigated in London brothels.

Jeremy, from the first moment he’s seen her, has decided she must be the muse for his new opera and Lady Yvette will accept at one condition, he will help her to get access to the city’s brothels.

This story is not what it looks like, the characters are not as understandeable from the first pages, quite the contrary. The chemistry between the protagonists is very sensual and real, enriched by this artistic element that makes everything more enchanting.

But who really stole my heart here is Edwin! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really enjoyed the romance and the hero and heroine, Jeremy is very charming and intriguing but Edwin is everything I like in an historical romance hero, I’ve always had a weakness for those who are a bit of the outsider, not too well suited in the society but at the same time very calm and respectful, with a gentle soul. Therefore obviously I can’t wait for his story, I’m VERY impatient to read it! 

The Art of Sinning is a great first novel of a series which promises amazing developments!

Buona lettura!


Sabrina Jeffires' bibliography 

 ** I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book on courtesy of NetGalley and Threshold (Pocket Books) in exchange for an honest review, thank you for the opportunity.


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