The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
Synopsis: 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: The first book in a new series by Sabrina Jeffries takes place after her Duke’s Men series ends and focuses on the American artist Jeremy Keane. He is on the hunt for his Juno, a woman to be his muse for a new painting, and he sees her at a wedding. She is the friend to his cousin Lady Zoe and her name is Yvette. She is a headstrong woman who loves collecting “street cant” and slang and who speaks her mind. He strikes up a conversation with a man who he later discovers his her older brother and they strike up a bargain; he will paint her portrait in hopes of drumming up a suitor for her and Edwin will look into finding suitors for Jeremy’s sister, Amanda. Of course, Yvette strikes her own bargain with Jeremy, she will sit for his scandalous new painting behind her brother’s back if he helps get her into a bawdy house. Bargains made, he moves out to Stoke Tower to start the portrait, but as things usually go the attraction between the two heats up when she has to be scantily clad with him in a darkened room late at night to allow him to paint the real painting he is interested in creating. They but heads, give in the passionate kisses only to regret it right after, and then she takes matters into her own hands. Through their adventure sparks fly, passions heat, and her secrets for wanting to visit a bawdy house are revealed. Though he never wishes to marry, when the inevitable happens, he sets out to convince her to marry him. The intense moments when she forces him to confront his past are heartbreaking, and her poignant moment with her brother afterwards is too sweet for words. The story ends happily and Sabrina Jeffries presents yet another entertaining story and strong characters that draw you in with their past struggles and the fight for a happier future. I enjoyed the read and am looking forward to book 2 in 2016.