The sin of not reviewing The Art of Sinning right away….

November 5, 2015 Reviews 16

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
The sin of not reviewing The Art of Sinning right away….The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
Narrator: Beverley A. Crick
Series: Sinful Suitors #1
Published by Pocket Books, Tantor Audio on July 21, 2015
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 400
Length: 9 hours 29 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed

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?

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!

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.

4 stars Pretty Great

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About Sabrina Jeffries

Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of 39 novels and 10 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 7 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.


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16 Responses to “The sin of not reviewing The Art of Sinning right away….”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    *squee* I can’t wait to get started on this series, Berls. Of course, I have to finish The Duke’s Men first. 😉 You have to read What the Duke Desires…the MCs, the banter between them, reminded me of Elizabeth and Darcy. *sigh* I love Jeffries’ writing and am hooked after just one. Plus I met her at a writer’s conference in October…she’s fantastic in person, too. I’m glad The Art of Sinning left such an impression. 😀
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    • Berls

      Isn’t it just great when you meet an author and it makes you like everything about them that much more?! This was actually my first book by Jeffries but I’m sold 🙂 now Duke’s Desires is going straight to my list – Elizabeth & Darcy is all you had to say to sell me on it!!!

    • Berls

      I know I really loved that about her too. Her slang dictionary was probably my favorite thing lol! I’m surviving the week and it’s almost over 🙂 Hope you’re having a good reading/writing week!

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