Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors #1) by Sabrina Jeffries

Oh oh! One of my favorites....an American in England and dealing with all the stuffiness of the ton. An artist, no less! Heh. It's so fun seeing one of those 'crazy American' among the ton. And The Art of Sinning...such a very good time!

The quick of it is that Yvette is in need of a husband...according to her big brother and he's decided to hire a famous painter to do up her portrait in hopes of getting her a bit more notice on the marriage mart. Though the painter in question has another idea of how to immortalize the lovely Yvette in paints and can't help but strike up a deal with her as well. One that'll bring them scandalously close together (yay) as his vision becomes reality and he helps her with her side of the bargain...a trip into the brothels.

Soooo 5 Things about The Art of Sinning.

  • I loved Jeremy and Yvette. They both have sharp wit and a good bit of sass to them which was really fun when they turned it on each other. The banter was just excellent. I liked them individually too and how they bucked societal norms and did their own thing. 
  • The romance wasn't too romancy. It was more of a connection forming than a full out swoon and wooing happening. But I liked it for them. Both had had trouble in love and trusting themselves ever again. So it worked. There was a little bit of heat but mostly just chemistry and tension humming between them. I think anything else wouldn't have fit them and their pasts all that well. 
  • I loved the art of it. Of Jeremy painting Yvette. Both the prim and proper portrait under her brother's protective eye and their late night rendezvous
    as she posed for his private masterpiece. It could be intimate and awkward in turn and was interesting watching the process happen. 
  • The one off: To get his secret painting of Yvette Jeremy had to help her track down a soiled dove in one of the brothels. Someone Yvette had to find because of a connection to her family. It definitely added an interesting element. She's a determined one and I liked seeing their adventures as the mysterious woman was sought and Yvette got an eyeful of another side of society. 
  • Aaaand then I've got to mention the secondary characters. Eeps! One of the things Jeffries does best is making you fall for all of the support cast. They're there just enough to make you totally smitten and excited but never overshadow the main couple. And gah! They were good here. The hints for future couples and storylines plus appearances of characters from previous series this one is a light spin off from... It totally made me squee a bit when those past characters or connections to them would come to light. Silly of me, maybe, but it left me giddy and smiling. To bring out that connection and love of them really is just a special talent I think.
le sob. I have no quote for you. I let a friend borrow my book and with it my quotes. I coulda sworn I'd written them down but, alas, no. Once again, le sob.
All in all, I enjoyed The Art of Sinning. It was a lovely start to a new series and was full of everything Jeffries does best...amazing characters, unique storylines and the perfect blending of serious moments and delightful humor and wit. You really can't go wrong picking up one of her books, in my opinion. Definitely looking forward to more of the Sinful Suitors.

Do you have a favorite from Jeffries?
Any recommendations for historical artists?
Or fish out of water characters?
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?

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