Narrator: Beverley A. Crick
Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Books, Tantor Audio on July 21, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes
I WAS doing so good reviewing books as soon as I read them. And then I started working. The Art of Sinning was read at the start of my decline… Which means this review is going to be rough. But I enjoyed the book way too much to not give at least a few lines about why you should read it!
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?
First of all, I remember loving the leading lady – whose name I only remember thanks to goodreads… Yvette. Even though her name evaded me, Yvette is firmly embedded in my mind. She’s the sort of historical heroine I love: historically accurate, in that she can’t just go do WHATEVER she wants. But she knows what she wants and she’s very good at figuring out how to accomplish it. She may depend on the men in her life, but she can work them too.
So why not start a new relationship with a bargain to go to infamous brothel in exchange for sitting for a not-so-proper painting? Lol! Like I said, Yvette has guts. And while she may keep a slang dictionary and know how to talk dirty with the most awkwardly refined accent, Yvette still bears the marks of being well cared for and slightly sheltered. I loved that her worldliness was restrained by her circumstances, it made things feel just right.
I also remember really liking ALL of the men in The Art of Sinning – a great sign, since that means I will probably enjoy the rest of the series. I highly suspect that, despite their complaints about their sisters and female wards that they’re trying to protect from rascals, they’re actually going to be watching as the same ones they complain to marry those women. What fun that will be! But clueless as they sometimes can be, I like how they’re seem to be really good guys.
Including the leading man, Jeremy. He has a real nefarious reputation as a scandalous American painter. And he wants to paint Lady Yvette into one of his paintings – so he strikes a bargain with her and her brother. One secret bargain involving a brothel and another involving a portrait to help her get married. The conversations that both those bargains create between Yvette and Jeremy are such fun!
I also happened to listen to The Art of Sinning and really, really enjoyed Beverley A. Crick’s narration. I can’t honestly remember much about the narration specifically, but I do know that I listened at 2x speed and never had any trouble enjoying it still. – – – had distinct voices that came through well, even at that faster rate.
I remember really enjoying everything from the banter to some steam and I know I would recommend The Art of Sinning to anyone who enjoys a good historical.
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