Monday, January 6, 2014

The Sinners Club by Kate Pearce

The Basics:
The Sinners Club by Kate Pearce
Kensington Books
Book 1 in The Sinners' Club
Published December 31, 2013

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


It's known as the Sinners Club. . .a private gentlemen's club whose members have mysterious pasts and secret fantasies too hot to reveal. . .

Total Pleasure

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. . .

Absolute Surrender

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. . .

Why I picked up this book:

I was looking for a good erotic novel.

My thoughts:

First, the blurb is misleading. There are three main characters in this novel and while Jack and Mary are the traditional romantic pairing, Mary's brother Simon also figures significantly. I quite enjoyed it, but obviously not every reader will. 

All three of these characters are very sexual beings, and all three participate in various sex scenes together, in different combinations. A good portion of this novel features M/M sex, and an open mind for other kinks will be useful. I found all of the erotic scenes to be very well-written - hot, sexy and inventive. There's a lot of variety, aided in part by the multiple partners and potential combinations, but also because Mary, Simon and Jack are all quite experienced. It lived up to its genre expectations and then some!

Because of all the secrets the three characters hold, it's hard to talk about the plot without giving anything away. It's definitely a lot of back and forth - I know what lie you've told now and I'm angry about it, and then you'll apologize for it, and so on as each layer of the lying onion is peeled back.  I did appreciate that there's all this mystery and such going on, it made the book much more than the sum of its erotic parts.

In general, the book was solidly written. However, I found scene transitions a little jarring at times. Otherwise, the characters were all clearly defined and the plot was neatly laid out though it followed a certain repetitive rhythm. I enjoyed this book.

Bottom line:

The sex is good, and while it does have quite a decent story underpinning all the sex, parts of the plot are a bit repetitive. Be conscious that the book isn't just about Mary and Jack's romance, but also about Simon and Jack, and the three of them together. Pick it up for the heat or if you're already a fan of Pearce.

4 stars
For fans of m/m and menage erotica, regency erotica, Kate Pearce's previous books.

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