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…
Note: This book is about Jack Lennox who you met first in SIMPLY SCANDALOUS
Jack Lennox is tired of travelling, fighting and generally being unsettled. He is ready to claim his inheritance and with any luck at all, settle down on his family’s estate (Pinchbeck Hall) and find a partner to share a calm and quiet life with. To date, Jack has led both a horrible life as a kid with his father and a rather exciting and dangerous life as an adult and a spy. He is single, handsome and, has a legitimate claim to the title, Earl of Storr. The only real impediment to his claim is the presence of the dowager Countess of Storr, Mary Lennox and her brother, Simon. In an effort to fully assess the situation, Jack travels to Pinchbeck Hall in the guise of Mr. John Smith, secretary to the Honorable Earl of Storr, Jack Lennox.
Mary Lennox and her brother, Simon are absolutely willing to go to any and all lengths to secure their claim on Pinchbeck Hall. Mary, married to the late Earl of Storr is pregnant and should she deliver a son, her son will inherit the title and secure his mother’s future. So why then is Mary so nervous when John Smith (aka Jack Lennox) appears on the front steps of Pinchbeck Hall? Simon is even more nervous than his sister and quite angry at the presumption that anyone other than his sister should occupy Pinchbeck Hall. From the very moment he meets the two, Jack is convinced there is far more to the story than meets the eye. At the insistence of both Mary and Simon, Jack agrees to stay at Pinchbeck while he conducts his research. It doesn’t take long for Jack to figure out just how far the two are willing to go to secure their respective futures. Seduction is on the menu and it doesn’t just come from the dowager 🙂
Jack’s time at Pinchbeck Hall is enlightening, entertaining, sexually stimulating and, confusing. His relationships with Mary and Simon (together and separately) take a multitude of twists and turns and it seems everyone involved has a secret they desperately want to keep. Jack’s contacts in London are constantly finding out new information about the Dowager and her brother which causes Jack’s opinion about them to shift frequently. He is intrigued by both and before long realizes he doesn’t want to see anyone hurt, least of all Mary. No one, including Jack saw this one coming.
The Bottom Line: Kate Pearce’s The Sinners Club took me completely by surprise at nearly every turn. I immediately fell for Jack Lennox and rooted for him from beginning to end. Jack is a complex and interesting character that evolved throughout the read and kept me wholly involved in his story. The plot is fascinating with claims to titles, secrets, some seriously naughty sexcapades and, characters that are at once despicable and likeable. Except Jack, he’s always likeable 🙂 The Sinners Club (the actual location and the book!) is completely fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read. I heartily recommend this read to all 18+ (sexual situations!!) readers who enjoy period pieces, sexual naughtiness, finely written and interesting characters and, lovers of light mystery.