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The Deadliest Sin

2.85 of 5 stars 2.85  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Dark DreamsThey had haunted Julia Woolcott all her life, but the strangest of all began with an invitation to a scandalous house party, and a game more dangerously arousing than any she-d ever imagined.Unbound DesiresDriven by his ruthless ambition, Alexander Strathmore would do anything to come face to face with the mystery man who-d challenged him to first debauch Julia, ...more
Kindle Edition, 305 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Kensington Books (first published August 19th 2010)
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I really enjoyed this freebie from Amazon. It was the first book by this author that I have read, and the first in a series of three (the others are The Darkest Sin and The Deepest Sin).

It has a gothic feel to it, but none of the lightness and humor to offset the darkness that, say the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn, but also none of the irritating screeching heroines who faint at the slightest glimpse of the hero's weapon that others seem to have which are a bit gothicky (OK, maybe I'm re
Tammy Walton Grant
My name is Tammy, and I am a lazy reader.

I have a short attention span and I skim read. While this might mean that I have undiagnosed ADD, it also means that, from time to time, if an author doesn't smack me in the face with information I'm left wondering what the fuck is going on. On some occasions it is strictly my fault - lazy reader that I am. Others I must lay at the feet of the author, and I'm going to do that with this book.

I wanted to love this book. I SHOULD have loved it. I enjoyed the
The book started out great and ended great. Julia Woolcott is a spinster who lives a shy and unassuming life with her aunt and sister. She is thrust into a situation that puts her life in jeopordy. Enter Alexander Francis Strathmore. He first saves her from the dungeons then saves her from being ravished (yes, I used the word ravish...this is a historical romance after all). There is an overall villain who is trying to destroy them both, or so it seems.

This becomes the pattern for the rest of th
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
I went into this book thinking it would be a pretty good read. I'm not usually wrong, but this time I was way off. I don't like the writing style or the characters. On the first 100 pages there are plenty of words on the pages, but they say precisely nothing. I was completely lost the entire time. A little mystery is fine, but not having a damn clue about the characters, the plot or the back story irritated the piss out of me. I ended up skimming the rest of the book and only lingering on the se ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
Very glad this was free from Amazon Kindle. I had never heard of this book or author prior to finding this on Amazon, and I guess I really hadn't missed anything. The story and relationship felt terminally slow to me. I don't need action and excitement to whip me to and fro in a frenzy while reading. But, good God, there has to be *something* to keep me going. Perhaps it was just my mood while reading it, but I honestly wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless it's still free and you need an all ...more
Mily Lou
Apr 06, 2012 Mily Lou rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Mily by: no one
This was a free Kindle book. I struggled reading it because it was slow to start. I found my-self reading other books skipping this one for several months. I finally came back to it and forced my-self to read it, and it took me about 8 months to finish it. Sorry guys, this is not a good book to read. But if you find yourself trying to sleep and can not, read this book, I found that it made me sleep quickly. Have a great day guys.
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Tina Theresa
I have mixed feelings about this book. It took me awhile to get into because I didn't understand what was going on. Though I never felt that I should give up. It wasn't until around half way through the book that I had my "oh, I get it now."

The book starts off with Julia Woolcott locked up in a room at a house party that she was invited to take photographs. She was trying to get away when she walked into what the house party was really was about sex parties which the author didn't get into graph
Julia Woolcott is supposedly a shy bluestocking spinster, living in isolation with her sister and aunt. Alexander Strathmore is guided only by his ambition, adventuring across the known world with little thought to others. They are thrown together though the machinations of Montagu Faron. Faron's plans quickly go awry as Julia and Alexander join forces to bring an end to Faron's dark schemes. Julia and Alexander don't trust each other, and don't seem to like each other much, but that doesn't sto ...more
Maggi Andersen
After an invitation to a scandalous house party, sheltered spinster, Julia Woolcott embarks on a dangerous and enlightening journey, beset by dark dreams. A rakehell adventurer, driven by ruthless ambition, Alexander Strathmore seems prepared to commit murder to gain what he wishes from a mysterious foe, who proves to be Julia's nemesis.
As they join forces to chase him together, not fully trusting each other, they emark on a seductive journey of the senses.
The character's metamorphosis is handle
I considered giving this 4*, but decided on 3 since it is more like 3.5*. This was a free ebook and I was very pleased with it. First of all, Alexander is super hot. Second, Julia is complex and plucky; she was easy to root for. (view spoiler) ...more
Christine Strowbridge
Very dark, very intense, very gripping. I really enjoyed this book. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore, it taunted me and made me buy it.

The passion between Julia and Alexander bordered on obsession which I loved. I love reading a book where two completely different people fall in love.

I am thinking there is a next book? Hopefully! Because one of the biggest mysteries wasn't solved! I was so disappointed. But if it's solved in the next book, then all we be well. I'm definitely going to rea
It sucked. I'd give it less than one star....but you can't.
2.5 - Historical mystery romance with a plot that moves along rather quickly. But there were some major gaping holes with the story line that took too long to be organized that took away from the enjoyment of the read. There were also character inconsistencies that made the read a bit frustrating read - and at times almost felt like the author purposely put them there. And the end left you wondering, there was no clear cut answers or resolutions.
This is very different than the majority of the books I read from this time period. The Deadliest Sin is very dark. I found it exciting to read something a little more foreboding than the fluff from a typical regency novel.

This is the first in a trilogy. If it wasn't, the ending may have led me to give it 2 stars instead of 3. It's not completely closed, but it left me relatively satisfied, nonetheless.
Aug 19, 2012 Tracey marked it as could-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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when i'm reading a romance that i don't really like, i still finish it all the way through. at least skip to the sex scenes and call it a day. Hi, my name is Tracey and I'm a smut reader. but with this one i just could not force myself to read on. it was too boring. i can't even tell you what te hell was going on. oh well on to the next book.
Tahlia Newland
This one didn't really work for me somehow. I wondered why they didn't call in the police and why did they play the nasty man's games anyway? We were never given a reason for his actions either, but put that aside and it's an okay read. If you like historical romance with lots of well written juicy bits, then you'll probably like this one.
This is a delightful gothic romance with the requisite villain, hero, and burning house. The salacious twist of a debauched house party and a world explorer meets bluestocking spinster doesn't even begin to relay how fun reading The Deadliest Sin was.
A good old-fashioned historical romance. My only complaint is that by the ending, a LOT of really big questions went unanswered. I enjoyed it enough that I'd read a sequel, but it was disappointing.
Horrible! Soft Porn disguised as a mystery. And they didn't even bother to solve the mystery. What a waste of my time. Wish this website make negative stars...
1/2 star? I don't care if it's free for the kindle, don't waste your time downloading it. Awful read.
Deborah Gura
Good book, leaves you hanging at end though. Hope there is another to follow it. LOL
I hate when I can't finish a book but this is one of them.
This was a borders freebie. I did enjoy it,
Elaine Fisher
nice story line ... several twist and turns
Intense. Different.
Jun 02, 2011 AH marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Before becoming a novelist, Caroline Richards worked in advertising and marketing in North America and Europe. Currently, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband. If there’s one thing she loves more than escaping into a good book, it’s writing one.
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