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A Sinner without a Saint

(The Penningtons #4)

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A gentleman with a passion for art

Idealistic Benedict Pennington once abandoned family and country to pursue his dreams of becoming a renowned painter. Now that he's returned home, he has a new, but equally idealistic ambition: to help found the country's first national art museum, one open not only to England’s wealthy few, but to rich and poor alike. After a long campai
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Published September 15th 2018 by Bliss Bennet
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Caz
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B at AAR.

I’ve been looking forward to reading A Sinner Without a Saint, the fourth book in Bliss Bennet’s series about the Pennington family.  It features the remaining unwed sibling, Benedict, and Viscount Dulcie, a long-standing family friend and former schoolmate of Benedict’s, with whom he appears to have a bit of a love/hate relationship.  The snippets of them together we’ve seen in previous books have mostly consisted of Dulcie exercising his sharp wit and knowing manner
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Joyfully Jay
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars


This story is book four of The Penningtons series involving Benedict’s family as they look for and find love. While it can be read as a standalone, it would help greatly in understanding the small scenes and glimpses of plots to be somewhat familiar with the other books in the series and the people within them. Taking place in the early 1800s, this book uses terms that — while they may sound offensive to modern ears — are historically accurate and are true to the
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Lori D
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by this author and I had not read the other books in the series. Benedict Pennington abandoned everything to pursue his dream and had become a renowned painter. As he finally returns home, he has high ambitions to open the first National Museum. I found this so interesting because it entails so much history and information about art that I did not know. Benedict finds a patron who might donate some old masterpieces and gets caught in being pushed to woo the gen ...more
Vicki
This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review via the MMRG Don’t Buy My Love Program.
For me, this was a 3.5-star read which I marked up to a 4. I have not read the previous stories in this series but I don't feel that it lessened my enjoyment of this book in any way. Dolcie and Benedict were intriguing, well fleshed out characters. They behaved true to their nature if not totally true to the demands of the era. I particularly liked Dolcie's wit and quick come-bac
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Neil Plakcy
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-romance
Something keep ringing wrong about this book, but I couldn't figure it out until I realized it was the fourth in a series about brothers -- three of them straight, one gay. The gay male characters just didn't act in a believable fashion -- much more like straight women would behave, with a lot of coyness and a long time before getting to the sex. Not that sex is the most important thing in a book -- but men simply don't have the same emotional responses as women. There was also way too much time ...more
Katie
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Sinner without a Saint was my first book by Bliss Bennet and unsurprisingly I’ve hopped right into a pre-existing series without as much as a glance at the previous books. I didn’t even realize that this was a series until I went to write this review, so that should tell you how little it mattered. Sure, I didn’t know a few character backgrounds, but it wasn’t a big deal at all.

I love male/male stories and I love them even more when set in the historical time periods. Bliss Bennet has a unique
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R E
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real history entwined with M/M romance; the last half of the book sparkles

The story is about the nearly life-long attraction between a 33 year old Viscount Dulcie, a self-centered, sharp-tongued, and, fo all his supposed aesthetic taste in art, shallow Regency socialite, and Benedict, an earnest second son of an earl who is also an aspiring artist and art advocate. For just over  half the book, the author creates an unappealing main character, Dulcie, with no obvious redeeming qualities. Dulcie
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Maureen Lubitz
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Sinner Without a Saint is the fourth book in Bliss Bennet’s The Penningtons series of Regency-era historical romance novels. I was not familiar with Bennet before this, but as soon as I saw that this entry featured a m/m pairing, I was intrigued.

Benedict Pennington might be the younger son of a peer, but he is an artist who harbors strong opinions about art. He believes that art museums should be accessible to everyone, and not even the wealthy people who can afford private collections.

Visco
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Siobhan Johnson
I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this! I wasn't expecting to, I picked it up from Netgalley largely on a whim and approached it with some wariness, but it really surprised me with how good it was.

This was just a lovely story. The period setting was nicely done, I absolutely ADORED all the characters (Milne, in particular, was a delight) and I loved the inclusion of the art world in it. I was very much gripped by this book. I enjoyed pretty much e
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Drianne
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, m-m
I loved the art theme. But this book should have ended at 75% (when they (view spoiler), because that felt perfectly satisfying) but instead dragged on to what was supposed to be a happier ending; I was fine with the first ending.
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Kat
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first thing I always want to know when I'm reading a series out of order is will I be totally lost. Rest assured, this fourth story in The Penningtons series stands alone and causes no confusion. I love historical romance and enjoy a M/M one when written well. I'm not much interested in art and art history, but the story description sounded interesting nonetheless and I wanted to read it.

The book started out a bit slow for me. The art references didn't capture my attention. As for the main c
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Patrica Liebe
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley and the author for an honest review.
I felt sure I had read some of this series and after checking my kindle and other e-books I was very surprised that yes I have two of the four in this series. I will be getting the ones I have missed as soon a possible. This book was a wonderful book that had all the right themes that I love. Art, and romance and secrets. The two Heros are a delight and feel that more books like this should be written for all to en
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, historical, romance
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Although I am rating this four stars for solid writing, excellent research, and the writer's attention to detail, I have to admit that I did not enjoy Sinner Without a Saint. And although I haven't read the other Pennington books (nor did I know it was a part of a series), it FELT like the fourth in a series. It's that point where the writer has written his/her familiar characters and then, to create differentiation and
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Bliss Bennet writes smart, edgy novels for readers who love history as much as they love romance.
Despite being born and bred in New England, Bliss finds herself fascinated by the history of that country across the pond, particularly the politically-volatile period known as the English Regency. Though she’s visited Britain several times, Bliss continues to make her home in New England, along with h
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