Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors #1) by Sabrina Jeffries

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?

I've been on a bit of a historical romance kick lately. Unfortunately, this one put me into a big book funk. Is it this novel's fault? Probably not. I could just be completely burned out on this genre for the time being but this book seems to have been the catalyst this time. I hate saying that because book funks happen and sometimes you can't pinpoint the reason why but I just couldn't invest in this one. At all. 

I don't think that the writing is bad, that's not the issue. This author is obviously talented ... her books are highly rated and she has a massive following. That doesn't just happen out of nowhere. I found the premise of the book interesting and I liked the characters just fine. I think that my problem was that I didn't grow attached to the characters. I know a book was made for me when I live and breathe for a character ... when I wake up wanting to crack the spine on a book and just get immersed in the lives of the characters within the pages and I can't wait to see what will happen next and then I'm left wondering about them after I've finished the novel. Like I said, I enjoyed the characters but not enough. Not enough to become invested. To be honest, they weren't memorable for me. If I put this book down and pick it back up in a month, I am fairly certain that I wouldn't be able to tell you anything about what happened in this book. 

I started feeling this disinterest pretty early on with The Art of Sinning. It was within the first quarter of the book. Man, it was fast. While the premise was interesting, the execution wasn't engaging enough for me. You could go and ask 100 people what they thought about this one and I'm sure 99 of them will say that it was amazing. I am definitely in the minority on this one. I'm so entirely outnumbered with my views that I will be giving this author another shot in the future. Surely the problem is with me, right? Honestly, who knows. Maybe my reader is broken. Hopefully it won't be the next time I pick up a Jeffries novel. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

Available: July 21st, 2015


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