Monday, August 27, 2012

Early Review: A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling

The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...

Type: Historical Romance
Length: novella, about 110 pages
Heat: 1 out of 5
3 out of 5 for format, 4 out of 5 for writing/characters
Release Date: September 4, 2012

***A little heads up before you jump into this one. On it's own it's not a complete story and does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger right when things are coming together. It's more of an extended prologue or glimpse into the separate lives of Laura and Bell, their first encounter and what will be a new series releasing in 2013.***

 A Season for Sin was a great read and goodness what a gorgeous cover! I really enjoyed Dreiling's writing style which quickly pulls you into the story and has a very nice flow. I was quite taken with Bell and Laura as well. They're interesting characters that easily captured my heart and left me both curious and eager to read more about them.

Bell is one of those men who likes order, routine and knowing exactly what's going to happen in his life. And that life is definitely not going according to his well laid plans what with mistress troubles, being dumped by his cook and a lovely new widow in town catching his eye. It's going to be deliciously entertaining getting to see how he reacts to a bit of chaos in his life now that he's encountered the lovely widow Laura Davenport.

Laura really pulled at my heart in such a brief amount of time. She's completely devoted to raising her stepson who has gone a bit wild and hit those years where he wants nothing to do with her. Her loneliness and the loss she still feels over her husband's passing were heartbreaking. It'll be interesting to see how she handles her stepson's rebellion, the scoundrel that is Bell and her new life in London.

A Season for Sin was a great set up for Dreiling's future series and an enjoyable read. Dreiling did a fantastic job of introducing Laura and Bell, letting us see their quirks and what makes them tick as well as seeding the way for some future family conflict that looks interesting. I liked both Bell and Laura quite a bit and can't wait to spend more time with them and see what will develop between them.

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