"You don't love a woman because she is beautiful, but she is beautiful because you love her."
- Author unknown -
4 1/2 stars.Sensually beautiful!
Matthew, Earl of Wallingford knows exactly what human nature consists of - temptation and physical pleasure. Matthew is a leader in things such as depravity and scandal and he avoids any emotional entanglements. He had a secret. A secret he had to hide. Sinful.
Matthew says:"I am a creature of darkness, whose element is night and shadows. I belong in the dark with the other sinful creatures."
And then he meets plain Jane Rankin. Innocent Jane. Jane is a lady's companion by day and a nurse by night. She had never felt moved enough by a man to embark upon the journey that might enlighten her about the aspects of pleasure and passion - until Matthew. He said to Jane:"His hands may have been the one to heal you, Jane. But it will be mine that awaken you."
"I want to make you weep with pleasure, Jane." He slid up the length of her luscious body. "I want to take your tears away on my lips and keep them with me forever. And after, I want to paint you like this, with the shadows on your body and the remnants of pleasure casting a glow over your body."
Jane is full of wisdom:"I offer you forgiveness, if that is what you seek, but more important, I give you my understanding. That is the beauty of being human, I think, to understand another's pain, as though it were our own."
What a beautiful and heartfelt story! Matthew is a dark, tortured soul - a bleeding soul. I loved his protectiveness and passion he felt for Jane. On top of that, he's a gorgeous and handsome hunk! Yum!
I think that Jane was the backbone of Sinful, though. I adored her! She was strong, independent, and full of wisdom. She's a person of honesty, integrity, and worth. Jane is not a beauty by society's standards, yet it was her mind that counted, not her physical appearance. The colorless bird turned out to be a rather stunning woman! She unraveled the mysterious Matthew, and she showed him how to be intimate, how to love and open up his heart. Again.
I loved the build-up and the whole process that led to their first "real" intimate encounter. It was so worth the wait. Quite impressive! The sex/love scenes are beautifully written. They are very sensual and erotic. Further, it was wonderful to recognize how Matthew discovered Jane's loveliness - even her very special beauty. He saw beyond the spectacles and her severe manner of dress and he recognized the beauty within. When you love someone you truly look beyond any physical appearance!What didn't quite work for me:(view spoiler)[
Matthew was angry with Jane. Ok, I could relate to a certain point. Yes, she didn't tell him that she was his nurse but I wouldn't say that she deceived him. After all, he was such a cruel man. He treated her like s*hit. He was so rude and hurtful to her as she stood before him on the sidewalk. So not nice, Matthew!
Matthew was blackmailed and had to marry Constance. I didn't appreciate the author's concept of him being married and having Jane as a lover at the same time. I have to admit that I'm clueless regarding the options of a possible divorce at that time. Maybe that was out of the question. Anyway, it didn't appeal to me.
The ending was too rushed and abrupt for my liking. (hide spoiler)]
I really love the author's voice. The prose is beautiful! Overall, Sinful
is a wonderful, passionate love story with amazing characters. Highly recommended!I strongly advise you to read the epilogue