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Lust (The Sins and The Virtues #1)

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Of old, humans and Faeries have dwelt side by side in parallel realms. Only the canniest mortals recognize the alluring creatures that often walk—and lie—among them.

The Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love—honestly, w
Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Spice (first published January 17th 2011)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

“High and mighty they call me. Frigid. But I am neither of those things. I am Chastity—my name and my virtue. It is who I am, my entire being. It, I fear, is my prison.”

Every one hundred years, seven women are born, each the embodiment of one of the seven blessed virtues; chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. Chastity Lennox is one of four sisters who were born Virtues and she has lived her life believing that she’d never feel what a woman should feel for a
I don't judge books for their covers, but I have to want to start this review saying that I think the cover of this book is beau-ti-ful and fits the title perfectly. Having said that, I'm shallow enough to point out that the male model on the cover isn't exactly my type and I replaced him with someone else. Here's "my" Thane:

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It is said that the fey have always lived amongst mortals, their world lying parallel to ours. They live in tw
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
Two and a half stars for me.
This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.

Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no spine and no interesting qualities. I don't believe I've ever read of a character who felt more fake. She is flat and simple and stupid and pathetic. She falls under Thane's spell every time he approaches her. Then, after one night of sex with him, she suddenly loves him for no reason. All she does in this book is go around thinking, Oh, woe is me!
Feb 03, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing
I have always been intrigued and fascinated by stories about the fey, and I have to say this story and the possibility of the additional Sin & Virtues stories definitely has me anxiously wanting more!

The only hope the Unseelie Court (Dark Fey) have of survival is to have the mortal women who possess the seven virtues come willingly to the Dark Fey that possess the seven sins. I know that the Unseelie are suppose to be bad and the Seelie are supposed to be good, but I believe it is for each
Jun 07, 2014 Willow rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, faeries
I have always dreamed of writing a Faerie story, but I could never think up a storyline, so I was excited that Charlotte Featherstone came up with such an awesome idea involving the Faerie world.

Seven Dark Fey lords have all been cursed with the seven deadly sins and each must win over the heart of their virtues to save their dying kingdom. This story is about Lust trying to win over Chastity. The idea alone cracked me up. It's the perfect conflict. Thane (Lust) and Chastity are both drawn to e
Lady Heather
FAVORITE FAVORITE 'things' about Ms. Featherstone's books are her Dark Alpha Males... all I can say is THANE.
Love his character and his carnal sin Lust. His is at constant struggle with the Dark Fey, this Sin, and his desire to have a full relationship with Chastity (Chaste) His Virtue.
Chastity is everything her virtue is..but deep inside she wants more. Thane awakens in her the part of her that wants to be a women and not just a 'virtue'.. or rather someone who hides b
Dec 09, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Make that a BIG 4 1/2 star from me. I wanted so badly to give it a 5 star and I'm sure many more will give it that. The reason I just could not give it a 5 star is because Charlotte had so much setting up to do for this series that it took a while to get going for me. I must say that I enjoyed all of this book and LOVED the last 70 pages or so. I have no doubt in my mind now that the series is all set up that the rest of it will be fantastic.
The sexual tension in the book was very good. It took
Jan 16, 2011 Alisha rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of very visceral tales with a lot of lush description...and fae!
Shelves: ac-g
(Thought about it s'more, wrote the review, and realized I'm wanting to go with 3 stars. Which is still an "I liked it," mind you. ^_^)

Quick Take:
This ethereal, fairy-tale-like story is imbued with deft use of sensuality, which I rather enjoyed. There's plenty of character posturing and subtle insidiousness, so don't look for high-octane action here or you'll be disappointed.

Okay, so I've got to put my Forthright Cap on…because while I enjoyed this book overall, I also recognize that it's not yo
I truly have mixed feelings about this book. While reading it, I couldn't help but think that some of the things that Chastity was "enacting" with Thane... was wrong. Apparently, I let my morals get the best of me. Which is why I wasn't able to finish this book as fast as I thought I would have. But even with some issues concerning Chastity, the foreplay and the sexual tension between the two was hot-- as always from the one and only, Charlotte Featherstone. You have to admit that the descriptio ...more
Ronda  Tutt
Excellent Writing! Boiling Hot Erotica!

Wow, the built up sexual tension in this book will blow your mind away and when the climax comes, Damn! All I can say is have your significant other nearby so you can pounce on them or get ready for a cold shower.

The story line between the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court fighting over the seven virtues was brilliant and the seven sins being blessed upon the Unseelie Feys is fitting. The Unseelie Fey’s in this story are wickedly erotic and darkly direct
Jan 02, 2011 Dee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: arc, netgalley, read-2011
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley

Previous to reading this I had heard the name Charlotte Featherstone mentioned as an author I should check out and I even have one of her other books sitting in my TBR pile, but for some reason I just kept bypassing her - now I want to kick myself for doing that. I loved this first book in her new series that mixed Georgian England with the legend of the Seelie and Unseelie in a hot erotic romance.

The premise is simple 7 Unseelie, including the King,
May 05, 2011 Anthi rated it liked it
Boy if I am baffled about this one!! I really had a hard time trying to decide how to rate this novel and I am torn between 2 1/2 and 3 stars but I'm leaning towards 3 since I did enjoy the book despite its faults.

They are two Fey courts, the Seelie Court of light and gaiety and the Unseelie Court of dark sensuality and voluptuousness. Centuries ago King Duir of the Dark Court saw the beautiful Queen Aine of the light Court and was immediately besotted by her, but the queen spurned Duir and an
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This is my first Featherstone novel. I am happy to say, it probably will not be my last. I like my reviews simple even if my thoughts are a jumbled mess most of the time.

The players:


• Thane- He’s been cursed with one of the seven cardinal sins. His sin- lust.
• Thane’s brothers- Yup, you got it. The other brothers are cursed with the six remaining sins- vanity, gluttony, envy, wrath, greed, and sloth.
• Thane’s dad- He did a major no-no. He decided he really wanted the Queen of the Seeli
I found this book to be a pleasant surprise. It is difficult to find good fantasy romance centered around the fey. Ms. Featherstone builds an erotic tension amongst her characters that is tangible. You feel the anxiety and longing as Chastity, one of the Virtues, struggles with her desire to remain chaste or give in to her desire for Thane, her Dark Fey prince.

This love story is about breaking a curse placed on the Dark Fey court by the Queen of the Light Fey court after she was abducted and hel
Dec 05, 2010 Tina rated it really liked it
Heat Level: 5 out of 5
Kink: voyeurism, public sex, anal, questionable consent

Charlotte Featherstone is a pretty new author for me. I have read Sinful and thought it was one of the best romance/erotica reads I have read this year or ever. So I was looking forward to reading this book and I read it in one sitting! While Sinful was primarily historical this book is more Paranormal historical due to the Fey aspect of the story. However this aspect to me was not the focal point of the story. Charlott
Lupdilup Duffy
Mar 28, 2011 Lupdilup Duffy rated it liked it
3.1/2 stars
Well, let me start by saying, I'm not a prude, but I must be a true romantic at heart, I like when a relationships develops, I'm crazy addicted to sexual tension, I loved it when an Author makes me want the hero in the story just as much as the heroine does, but that only happens when I get to know the men I'm going to get involve with, I want to know him, really know him .. and I felt this wasn't the story for that., but just like the title implied, it was about lust, don't get me wr
Ellen W-S
Jun 10, 2011 Ellen W-S rated it really liked it
For me this is a 3.5/5 but I rated it up one star as I love this author. I liked this book but not as much as Sinful & Epilogue or Addicted. I think this is due to the fact that the characters were less tortured than the other books. I love that you get just as much viewpoint from the man's perspective as the woman's. I look forward to reading Wedding of the Century soon! Keep writing Charlotte!
Jess the Romanceaholic
I received this book free from the publisher

If I had to sum up Charlotte Featherstone' newest novel, Lust, in a single word, it would be "lush".

What worked for me:
*The worldbuilding is simply breathtaking; it's so beautifully descriptive without making the story feel bogged down. There's a certain earthiness to her writing that engages all of your senses while reading.
*The sensuality was amazing. It was incredibly sensual, sexy, and erotic, without being vulgar. At one point in reading, I though
Laurie Garrison
Jan 08, 2011 Laurie Garrison rated it liked it
Reviwed by Cynthia for bittenbyparanormalromance

Cynthia's review
The Unseelie King (Dark Fae) falls in love/lust with the Seelie Queen (Good Fae), but she doesn’t love him - - so, he kidnaps her. Fast forward. . . She bears him twin sons and then takes off with one, Crom, but leaves the other one, Niall. Oh yeah, she also leaves one nasty curse behind too. Each of the Unseelie King’s sons will be cursed with a Cardinal Sin. In order for the Unseelie Court to thrive, the Sons will have to find the
Although there were some parts that I didn't care for and that bothered me I really liked this book and look forward to the rest of the series. I'm not a fan of stereotypes although they do have their place. That's what struck me about this book the Feys and the People were defined a certain way because they had been given a label but as you get to know the characters the stereotype doesn't exactly fit and if you ignore the label it might be hard to tell who is good and who is bad. Another thing ...more
Lust by Charlotte Featherstone is a very sensual anddecent read.

However, I felt the story relied too heavily on the narrative, which at times became repetitive. There should have been more dialogue between the characters, as this would have created the emotional intimacy that I felt was lacking in the story.

Also, the paranormal world the author created confused me at times. I had a hard time keeping track of all the different characters and how they related to the plot. In the end, this issue di
Jan 21, 2011 Mitzi marked it as wishlist
I should read this....but I am simply sick and tired of PNR and just want some good old fashioned human loving between real men and women. I've loved many books from this author.....but I think I'll pass for now and find something else to read.
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Marquetta (LoveToReadForFun)
I love Charlotte Featherstone's erotic, historical romances. Sinful was one of my favorite reads in 2010. When I saw that she was starting a new series that's a mixture of historical and erotic romance mixed in with the paranormal, I was so excited!

Lust starts off with the history of the Fae. The Unseelie King falls in love with the Seelie Queen and kidnaps her and holds her against her will. She becomes pregnant with twin boys (Crom and Niall). The Unseelie King is obsessed with his sons. The S
Among The Muses
At a time when literature is reintroducing us to the fantasy creatures of faeries, Lust provides adult readers a whole new erotic escape where dreams, magic, and passionate seduction enchant you like never before. This book hasn't even hit the shelves yet, and already I'm anxiously waiting for the next installment!

There's something magically delicious about fantasizing that somewhere out there is a dangerously dark and handsome creature hell bent on seducing you in to a passionate frenzy, slowly
Dec 26, 2010 Sassafrass rated it it was amazing
This review was originally done for The Romance Reviews and can be found here:

This book was so good, I don't even think I could begin to do it justice. I was totally immersed in the sensual world of the Fey while entranced by a young woman's introduction to the most erotic delights.

The cursed princes of the Unseelie Court (Dark Fey) are trying to find a way to save their dying kingdom. They feel that the Lennox sisters are just the way to do that. If they
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
4 Stars

Review also posted at link: Under The Covers Bookblog

Lust is the first installment of The Sins and The Virtue Series by Charlotte Featherstone but not my first read of Ms. Featherstone’s work. I have read her novella Forever Yours, which I loved and I must say the same for this book.

The series is called “The Sins and The Virtues”, true to the name, the plot revolves around the Sins and the Virtues who possess them (rather reminds me of the LOTU by Showalter who possess demons in their bo
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Jan 15, 2011 Crystal ♥ RBtWBC rated it really liked it
This is a story of two Fae Courts, The Seelie (Light) and the Unseelie (Dark), and of both their sins and virtues.
Several centuries ago the Dark King Duir became besotted with the Seelie Queen Aine and kidnapped her, making Light Queen his prisoner and concubine in the Dark Court. Aine despised the Dark King and vowed to escape him. After birthing him twin sons she finally had her chance; escaping with one of her sons, the one resembling her Seelie side and leaving the other that resembled the h
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie queen and got her pregnant with twins. She managed to escape, taking with her the one son that looked light like her and leaving behind the dark one, like the unseelies. When she left she put a curse on them that would only be lifted if they brought a virtue to lay with them willingly and be with them at the unseelie court.

Seven virtues are born
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Nov 15, 2015 Rachel- Goodbye Borders rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
So, there is this curse. The curse can only be broken with the 7 Virtues coming to the Unseelie court of their own free will to mate with the 7 Sins. This first book (looks like no further books are forthcoming) is Chastity's (as her name implies) and Thane (Lust's) story.
Chastity also has 3 sisters- Prudence, Mercy, and Mary. There was a wonderful twist on Mary at the end of the book. However, I don't think that plot line will come to fruition since this appears to be it.
I didn't like how all t
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Hi I write erotic historical romance for Harlequin Spice, as well as erotic paranormal romance under the name Sophie Renwick. In 2011, I'll be debuting my mainstream, Victorian set historicals through HQN.

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“He towered over her, dwarfing her with his height and the bulk of his body which was clothed in the way of a mortal gentleman. He felt and heard that voice tremble inside her, replaced the rational voice she allowed to go unchecked. 'He could break me, hurt me, dominate me'.

"Not break. Not hurt." he murmured as he raised a hand to her cheek and smoothed his fingers down its softness, "But dominate you? Yes. Master you? yes. Make you yield to what you want, make you surrender to who you truly are? Yes.”
“Why?" She asked in a confused whisper. "Out of all the women in the world, why did you choose this mortal?"
"Because fate drove me to you.”
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