Title: The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books, July 21, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
The first novel in the Sinful Suitors series by New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries! At St. George’s Club, guardians conspire to keep their unattached sisters and wards out of the clutches of sinful suitors. Which works fine…except when the sinful suitors are members! 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?
This is a grand start to a new series. The synopsis gives you the pertinent details so I will not elaborate. Jeremy Keane is a character we have met in a previous book by Sabrina Jeffries and it is good to see him get his own love story. Yevette Barlow’s brother the Earl was jilted in the last book of Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men Series. He has no hard feelings and thus attends the wedding of his former fiancé where he meets Jeremy and hires him to paint his sister’s portrait. The book slows down a bit in the beginning but not for long. This is a romance with some surprises and secrets that long to be uncovered. The Close proximity of the H/h while the paintings are being painted leads to lust and love. An easy, comfortable read even if it is a bit long at 400 pages.
(This book takes place in the 1820’s, technically not the Regency period as pointed out by fellow blogger Sonya at Sonya’s Stuff. The period after 1820 is when The Regent, George IV, became king following his father’s death. George IV only reigned for the next 10 years when at his death his younger brother William became king. When William died without a legitimate heir the crown went to his niece, Victoria. For purposes of ease of qualifying the timeline, the Regency period is often referred to as being through George IV’s reign as king and his brother William’s short reign when the next era is referred to as the Victorian Era. So that although not technically Regency Period the time from 1810-1837 is referred to as “Regency”, especially in works of Historical Romance. After that is the Victorian Era.)