Review: The First Sinners (Prequel: The Sinners’ Club) by Kate Pearce

Title: The First Sinners Series: Prequel: The Sinners' Club Author: Kate Pearce Format: Kindle Edition, 87 pages Published: November 26, 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corp   ASIN: B00DV1IT12
Title: The First Sinners
Series: Prequel: The Sinners’ Club
Author: Kate Pearce
Format: Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published: November 26, 2013 by Kensington Publishing Corp
ASIN: B00DV1IT12

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Synopsis:

Their identities a secret, they are men of mystery with hidden pasts and dark passions. Welcome to the Sinners Club…

Secret Desires: Faith Pelly is tired of being the responsible daughter. She longs for adventure with a man who will introduce her to the secrets of carnal desire. But she never dreams she will meet the Savage Rake who flirts with her, seduces her and takes her as his own…

Dark Secrets: Asked to investigate charges of treason, the Earl of Westbrook attends a house party determined to discover the truth. That includes using all his sensual wiles on the lovely Miss Pelly, a beguiling young woman eager for erotic excitement with a man who will fulfill all her secret fantasies. And he plans on being that man…

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:  

The Sinners’ Club is both fact and fiction in 19th century London.  For those who know the club to be fact, it is a place they can go to live out their most sinful of secret desires while pleasuring themselves and others with few restrictions and no judgment.  For those who know of the club as a rumor or mere fiction, it is a place of legend, a place where only the most debauched go and only the most deviant of desires are fulfilled.  The truth is somewhere in between fact and fiction.

Pelly Manor is crumbling but that doesn’t stop Faith Pelly, eldest daughter and potential old maid from loving her home.  Faith loves her home and her family but she loves her books and her freedom more – to marry would certainly bring wealth but it would also bring a sort of control over Faith that she has no interest in.  Thank the Lord her younger sister, Margaret is only interested in money and marriage; if things go as planned, Margaret’s future husband will bring the Pelly’s money, the manor can be refurbished and, Faith can live out her days as a well-read and well-educated spinster.

Ian Carmichael, Earl of Westbrook is known to most in English society.  Ian is beautiful thanks to his mother’s Indian heritage and wealthy beyond reason thanks to his deceased English father.  Known as the Savage Rake, Ian’s company is constantly sought after by men and women alike.  His reputation as an inventive if temporary lover is well known and in certain circles his knack for acquiring knowledge is even better known.  Arriving at Pelly Manor under the pretext of courting Margaret, Ian is charged with ferreting out a family member who is exchanging vital state information for gold.  While Ian knows little of the Pelly family, his reputation both in an out of the bedroom is justified and he intends to bring down a criminal and return to his life as quickly as possible. 

Ian’s natural curiosity, his talents and, his reputation make his time at Pelly Manor both exciting and most surprising.  Though he certainly admits that Margaret Pelly is pretty, she is far from interesting and not her sister, Faith.  In fact, Ian’s first few encounters with Faith Pelly are some of the most interesting, sensual and, erotic moments he has ever experienced.  Though he has never, ever considered the idea of settling down, Faith Pelly may just be the adventurous sort of woman he could consider spending his life with. From Faith’s perspective, the idea of life with Ian Carmichael is unfathomable but if that totally ridiculous fantasy were to become a real possibility, then she may just have to change her mind about men and marriage.

The Bottom Line: This is the beginning of the Sinners’ Club and I truly wish Kate Pearce had made this read more than just a novella.  Faith and Ian are a constant and totally interesting presence in the full-length Sinners’ Club reads and as the founders of the club, their history deserved more than a mere 28,000 words.  Length is the only complaint I have about this read.  True to form, Kate Pearce offers a good story, better characters and, some pleasantly erotic naughty bits.  The founding of the Sinners’ Club is vital to the later reads and to better understand the circumstances under which the club was founded is quite interesting.  Ian is sexy as hell and with the ever clever and daring Faith by his side, it is no wonder the Sinners’ Club is a place of naughty legend.

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Kate PearceKate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living very happily in a dream world. Despite being told that she really needed to ‘get with the program’, she graduated from the University College of Wales with an honors degree in history.  A move to the USA finally allowed her to fulfill her dreams and sit down and write that novel. Along with being a voracious reader, Kate loves trail riding with her family, ‘western style’ in the regional parks of Northern California.  Kate is a member of RWA and is published byNAL Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.

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