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The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries
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bookshelves: historical-romance, georgian-era

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Don’t let anyone tell you this is a Regency romance, because it isn’t. It’s set in the late 1820s.

I was really excited about this book, and I have given many Sabrina Jeffries books great reviews – she’s a favourite of mine. However, I think you really need to read her previous series to get the most out of this one, because it’s as much a continuation as the beginning of something new. The other series is very good, so it’s no hardship.

Admittedly, I wasn’t in the best frame of mind when I started The Art of Sinning, but I suspect that even if I was I’d have found the first half a little slow. There aren’t a lot of characters or locations in the story, which means the mental lusting is drawn out longer than I would have liked.

Art seems to be the theme du jour for historical romances. I think it’s interesting because it really challenges the clichés usually attributed to the male characters in the genre. I also loved the blond hero. I get a little tired of all the men being identical, and don’t like the prejudices in the genre.

I liked that our heroine had been treated poorly in the past and had very little confidence, but she didn’t let it rule her. I like when a heroine can be vulnerable and strong at the same time.

I think it’s pretty obvious who is going to be paired up in the next books, but I actually liked those little clues, those moments between other characters.

While I liked a lot of things, it is true I struggled a bit both with the way the action all seemed to happen in the background, and also with the fact I kept struggling to remember how all these past characters were connected.

I would definitely recommend this book, as Sabrina Jeffries is a veteran author which means her writing is always solid. However I’m just not sure I liked it as much as I did the first couple of books in her last series.

Review copy provided by NetGalley.
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Reading Progress

March 2, 2015 – Shelved
March 2, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
March 2, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-romance
May 12, 2015 – Started Reading
May 13, 2015 –
18.0% "In case you need proof this is NOT a Regency story, no matter how many readers shelve it that way! "Back in his wife's day, gowns had clung to a woman, showing every curve, but they'd grown stuffed of late...""
May 15, 2015 –
50.0% "Maybe it's because I lost one of the most important people in my life a few days ago and my reading is off, but I'm having trouble with this one. 50% in and the Whole Book so far is just mental lusting between two characters in a country house. This is one of my favourite authors - what is going on? I'm bored!"
May 19, 2015 – Shelved as: georgian-era
May 19, 2015 – Finished Reading

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