GENRE: Historical Erotic Fiction
SETTING: England, 1827
SERIES: The Sinners Club, book 1
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: A
From Publisher: It’s known as the Sinners Club…a private gentlemen’s club whose members have mysterious pasts and secret fantasies too hot to reveal…
Unsure of his reception, Jack Lennox adopts the guise of his own secretary upon returning to his ancestral home to claim his father's earldom. When he arrives, he's stunned to discover the previous earl's lovely young widow, a woman of beguiling curves and sensual smiles, warming the bed...
Mary Lennox is determined to remain in Pinchbeck Hall and a mere secretary isn't going to tell her otherwise. But Jack Smith is a man of many talents and soon she's succumbing to his erotic games of pleasure. Only Mary may have underestimated the intensity of her wanton longings and the depths of Jack's dark desires...
Author's Note: This book is about Jack Lennox who you met first in Simply Scandalous (House of Pleasure, book 9).
MY THOUGHTS: I should start by saying that I don't feel this should be marketed as romance. I loved it for what it was- erotica, predominately m/m, which is the type of erotica I like best. This book is the start of a new series that's a lot like her previous House of Pleasure series. The novel is chock full of dark and graphic sexual goodness that practically oozes off the pages. There are more than ten sex scenes and only a few of them are m/f.
I liked the plot line a lot. It certainly held my interest, even without the sex. Mary and Simon are as close as almost life-long friends can be. They've been through a whole lot together and they're still going through stuff when they meet Jack. Jack's put a wrench in their plans, uncovers lies and things start to take a downward turn for them. He uncovers who they really are, learns of their not so great past, and it's very interesting, especially the bit near the end involving Mary. It's a WTF moment and I loved it!
Things about his dead uncle, who is Mary's husband, come to light and it ain't pretty folks. I can't wait to read more about all three of them in future books, assuming they'll be in them.
There's an ebook-only prequel to this called The First Sinners. Same review here.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.