Author: Vickie Dreiling
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
Introducing the Sinful Scoundrels...
The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...
So it’s partly my own fault I didn’t really like this one, because I thought it was going to be a full length book, but it’s only a novella. However, unlike usual novellas, where authors tell a story with a full beginning, middle, and end, this one is more like a prologue to a book and just cuts off in the middle of an event. I wasn’t too pleased with that and am not really sure of the point of a prologue like this. I’d rather get the introduction to the characters in the full length novel as the story is being told.
With that said, the book is kind of slow because it introduces the characters without anything too important happening. The two main characters don’t even officially meet until the end so I had to read about what Bellingham did every single day. Not that interesting. There is a hint of a dark past for Bellingham, but I’ll have to wait till the full book to find out. I’m also not a fan of Bellingham’s character, but maybe he’ll grow on me once I read the full book.
I haven’t read anything by Ms. Dreiling before, so her writing style is new to me. I’m not sure if it’s my mood or just the writing style itself, but I’m not really feeling it. The sentences were too matter-of-fact and I didn’t feel any deeper emotions from the characters other than the normal day-to-day stuff. It was more of “he did this she did that”. Maybe that’ll change in the full book as well. I usually read at least 2 or 3 books by an author before making the final decision on the writing style, so I’ll still try another work by Ms. Dreiling.
While A Season for Sin is a good short read, I didn’t really see the point. I hope I will be more enamored of the characters once I read the full book, but with no resolution to the story, it’s an unnecessary tease.