American artist Jeremy Keane refuses to return home and take over his father’s business. He’d much rather sample bevvies of beauties abroad, in search of a model for the provocative masterpiece he’s driven to paint. When he meets Lady Yvette Barlow at a London wedding, he realizes she’s perfect for his work—and determines to capture the young heiress’s defiant spirit and breathtaking sensuality on canvas.
No stranger to scandal, Yvette agrees to be Keane’s subject—in exchange for his help gaining entry to the city’s brothels he knows intimately, so she can track a missing woman and solve a family mystery. But when their practical partnership leads to lessons in the art of sinning, can they find a bold and lasting love?
Review: I love Sabrina Jeffries, so when I was asked to review The Art of Sinning, I couldn’t say no. I was excited to start this new series. And as I read, I was thrilled to see that it was loosely tied to Ms Jeffries’ last series, The Duke’s Men. That said, you don’t have to have read any of Ms Jeffries’ prior books in order to completely enjoy this one.
The story starts off with a bang as Jeremy is at a wedding reception and spots Yvette across a crowded room. He knows she is meant to be his next painting subject. Once he learns who she is (sister to a peer), it wasn’t as easy as he’d hoped to get his model. But with some creative bargaining, he gets his model and Yvette gets some help she’s been looking for.
Jeremy isn’t at all what he seems. He has created this persona which helps his art, but hinders him when it comes to relationships. I found it really interesting as his working relationship with Yvette evolves and then spins out of control. Then his past catches up to him and… well, I was glued to the pages. And then we have Yvette. She’s such a strong personality and is on a mission and is willing to do just about anything to get answers. It takes her on a wild ride and eventually has her falling in love.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. There were a couple twists and turns that caught me off guard. But I enjoyed the characters and revisiting some old friends. It was a solid start to a new series and another delightful tale by Ms Jeffries.