The Art of Sinning
Book 1 in the Sinful Suitors series
Author Sabrina Jeffries
Narrated by Beverley A. Crick
Tantor Media | Jul 21, 2015 | Running time 10 hrs
Also available from Simon & Schuster in Mass Market Paperback & E-book 400 pages | July 2015
Audio files provided by publisher for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
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?
Spin-Off series from HOW THE SCOUNDREL SEDUCES (Dukes Men #3) by Sabrina Jeffries
There are a lot of interesting features to this story that starts off in 1829. I actually had to tweet Sabrina to ask her for the time period as one issue with audio books is that you cannot easily flip back through the book to check out the top of the chapter. In a story where time is important that can be a real and confusing component of audio books. Fortunately, in this one it was only an issue for my graphic which I try to aim for the generally correct period.
Americans and Brits co-habitating, traveling across the pond willy nilly! By 1829 relations between the former colonies and Britain had become more cordial and people did travel across the pond more regularly. In fact the hero’s cousin’s parents visited the US in the Author’s Dukes Men Series. Later in the nineteenth century, nouveau riche sent their young women to Europe to trade American cash for the cache of nobility.
Also, the hero is an artist, a painter, and I enjoyed reading his thoughts about his work. While his allegorical painting, “Art Sacrificed to Commerce” turns out to have a different, deeper and more personal meaning than he thought it would, reading about this artist and his process was fun.
I liked the reader’s control of the accents, switching between and American Mid-Atlantic accent to the plummy tones of the British ton could not have been easy.
But what I focused on was its treatment on the ruination of a woman of the ton without reason. In this case Yvette could have been ruined just for visiting a bordello with a man to find her nephew, not to have sex or watch sex, or do anything other than investigate a delicate situation. I mean we read a lot about Ruination in historical novels but in this story it is mentioned a lot. And, then being forced into marriage because one is no longer a virgin.
For a woman like Yvette, with her own fortune, she could take the ruin and would probably be better off ostracized from the snobby ton. But imagine a woman dependent on marriage for survival. It is historical romance where women who don’t recall days where gender was much more limiting get an idea of how much better off we are today.
You also get the don’t screw with your best friend’s sister trope, and that is how this new club is born; Yvette’s brother and and Jeremy start a group to protect sisters, guardians and wards from unscrupulous scoundrels. Of course, when a guy then has sex with his friend’s sister he may be that scoundrel.