The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries

The Art of Sinning (Sinful Suitors #1) by Sabrina Jeffries
Published July 21, 2015 by Pocket Books.

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Source: Publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Pocket Books for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Historical romance.

My rating:

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? (Goodreads)


This was a fun historical romance. Jeremy is an artist – he doesn’t paint portraits but accepts the offer to paint Yvette so he can paint her into another painting he’s doing, a painting that’s much more scandalous than the portrait Yvette’s brother is paying him for. Yvette has made mistakes in the past but still makes a rash plan to get into one of London’s brothels in order to fulfill her estranged brothers’ secret request. And she needs Jeremy’s help for it.

This may be the first part of a new series, Sinful Suitors, but The Art of Sinning relies quite heavily on understanding the events of the previous series, The Duke’s Men – I only read If the Viscount Falls but it was enough to be acquainted with the main players of the story. I don’t think you’d be completely lost without previous knowledge of them, though – Jeffries does a credible job of explaining everything to satisfaction.

I liked Jeremy and Yvette and their chemistry. They both have skeletons in their closets and have emerged from their troubles as more careful, less naive people. I appreciated the fact that even though Jeremy’s an artist, he’s not stereotypically “artistic” if you know what I mean. He’s not fanciful or anything, but rather a well-rounded character.

I liked that Yvette made her own decisions and refused to bow to the dictates of the society until she was sure of what she wanted. I don’t always like plots where one of the couple is hung-up on a previous relationship, which is what happened here, but in the end, it turned out well.

I was the most fond of Yvette’s elder brother, however – I dearly hope his story is the one we’ll be able to read next! He was protective, kind, a bit too uptight and generally clueless as to how he should treat both Yvette and her best friend.

If you’re a fan of Sabrina Jeffries’ earlier work, I think this one will work for you, too. She easily made it onto the list of my top ten historical romance writers (and that’s saying something because I’ve read my fair share of books in the genre).


Have you read any of Sabrina Jeffries’ books? 

Which one was your favourite?

I’d love to hear from you! 

  • I’ve never read Sabrina Jeffries before, although she’s been on my TBR for what feels like forever. But the summaries of her books rarely appeal to me, and that is also the case here. I’m glad you enjoyed this, even if it isn’t a five star review.

    • I have several authors like that – they seem to be well-liked by fellow bloggers/readers in general but I just never seem to find the time or energy to go try them out! I’ll be checking out book 2 in this series when it comes out and then I’ll decide if it’s worth continuing :)

  • I’m intrigued from your review, since I’ve not read any of Jeffries work I may have to check out her earlier books first, but I am always on the lookout for more historical romance because I am so new to the entire genre! I don’t know when I’ll manage to find the time with my awful book buying habit, but I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list because I totally trust your book tastes and if she can make it into your top ten she must be worth investigating, right?

    • Yep, go check her earlier stuff first and wait until I get my hands on Book 2 of this series (when it comes out) and I’ll see if the series is worth starting or not :)
      And I really should get help, too – I have so many unread books at home already (both physical and digital) and I just keep snatching up the new and shiny stuff as it rolls in. There are simply too many books published each week! Too many great authors! It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes…

      • I’ll hold out on this series then. I did a bit of googling the other day to find which books were part of The Duke’s Men series and then it turns out she has another series before that which links so I may be investing in a few books to get reading on this!

        And I know, right? There are so many new books being released I want to read, then there are so many older books I’m discovering whilst blogging that I also want to read, I just cannot find the time! I’m contemplating a book buying ban for a month simply to catch up with what’s already on my shelves, but I’m the one which has to stop myself from buying so you can imagine how successful that plan would be.

  • I’ve not read any books by her and am always looking for new authors to try! I like the sound of this one – the characters sound, at least on the surface, to be different than the typical. I assume I should start with an earlier book of hers though – any in particular you would recommend?

    • Ahh I have a terrible time remembering the titles… Right! Her Hellions series and School for Heiresses are pretty good – you can check the titles on Goodreads, they all have really good ratings.

      But have you read Tessa Dare yet? I’d definitely recommend her over Jeffries if you haven’t tried her books yet. Not that Jeffries isn’t good, she is, but Dare is wonderful (I’d start with the Spindle Cove series).

      • I had to look about Tessa Dare – I couldn’t remember! I haven’t read her but have her Spindle Cove series marked as to read. I’ll make sure to try her first, Thanks!

  • I’ve never read Jeffries, though she’s been on my radar for years. I’m looking forward to reading this one – it’s on my nightstand now. So far, most of the reviews I’ve seen have been positive, which is encouraging!

    • Yeah, it’s not bad. I wonder what you’ll make of it since you’re new to Jeffries, I’ll be looking out for your review! :)

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