This is the second of a series of historical romance novels about the Scottish Sinclair siblings. This book can stand alone.
The Sinclair children have been thrown out of their family home until some major changes are made. They were given a minimum allowance, enough to live on if they’re careful but not enough to live in style. The Sinclair children are known as the seven deadly sins, with just cause. Each seems to personify one of the sins.
Ivy has problems with envy. Ivy had Lord Tinsdale’s attentions until recently when they moved to an Irish beauty. Ivy has received a letter from her father. He will arrive in 30 days and expects her to marry Lord Tinsdale within the week! In desperation, she comes up with a plan. She will hire an actor to shower her with affection to make Lord Tinsdale return his affections while at the same time get this Irish wench to move her affections to the actor. Her sister, Siusan has seen an actor that will work, all Ivy has to do is convince him.
Dominic Sheridan, Marquess of Counterton, has come to London to see his cousin perform the lead role in a play. He doesn’t expect a beautiful woman to kiss him and then make him an offer to play himself. She obviously has no idea who he is but she’s peaked his interest. Dominic agrees to this wild scheme only to find that he has feeling for Ivy that he never expected. Can he win her affections when she thinks he’s only an actor?
Ivy never expected to attracted to the actor she hired. This just won’t do. An actor is not anyone her father would approve of. She’s just going to have to forget love and marry Lord Tinsdale.
As I previously stated, this is the second book in the series. Unlike many series that just go down the line of characters based on age, oldest to youngest, Ivy is 3rd to the youngest but has the second book. This makes this series even more interesting as you’re never sure which sibling will be next.
The characters are very well written and have wonderful full personalities. The Sinclair siblings are all unique. Obviously as each is paired with a deadly sin you find characteristics related to that sin with each but you also find a close family relationship with each supporting each other even if they don’t agree with everything that their sibling may do. Other characters in the book are also well written. Lord Tinsdale and Dominic are described so you can tell that they are not only individual characters but not anything alike. Secondary characters may not be as developed but are described so you can instantly recognize their role such as older matchmaking matrons.
Throughout this story is a pleasant subtle humor. Dominic is asked to play himself. This in itself sets up for some interesting happenings. Felix, Dominic’s first cousin and the actor that Ivy thought she was hiring, becomes a footman for Dominic. That combination causes some stir when Dominic is forced to wear Felix’s colorful clothes. Things only get better from there! Other incidences occur throughout the book, which adds a light hearted feeling.
As this is a historical, getting the history correct is important. Here is seems to shine. The waltz is introduced and becomes all the rage though many find it to be indecent. Different conveyances are used, again keeping within the period. Everything from the daily everyday undertakings to special events are currently portrayed.
I thoroughly enjoyed Ivy’s story. At points it was all I could do to read on as I could see disaster waiting to happen and at others, all I could do was laugh. Once started, I couldn’t bear to put this book down. I was immediately drawn into a romance waiting to happen if the lead characters could only see it for themselves.
The worse thing that I can say about this book is readers are given a glimpse into the next book in this series and I can’t wait to read it!
The Sinclairs, one of the oldest, wealthiest and revered noble families in all of Scotland, spawned seven children that over the years have become complete embarrassments to the family name. They enjoy a good time, too well, know no boundaries and scandal always splashes wildly in their wake.
When the children were young and left to their own devices, shortly after their mother died and their father, the duke, retreated to his bottle, Society quietly referred to the spoiled, ill-behaved Sinclairs as the Seven Deadly Sins. But though the words were only whispered, the Sinclair children often overheard, and it stung.
After seeing his younger brothers and sisters in tears too many times, the eldest of the headstrong Sinclair children vowed never to let Society’s cruel labels hurt them again. And so, he created a game to help them cope. He divided the seven sins between them all (which wasn't really so hard to do given their natural proclivities) and advised his brothers and sisters to take their assignments to heart and begin behaving in public as each of their particular sins dictated.
Soon, those in society didn't bother to whisper their taunts anymore. But it didn't matter. No tears were ever shed again. The Sinclair children had removed the power from the words by claiming the sins for themselves.
But now the Sinclairs have all reached the age of majority and are no longer playing the game. Haven't for years. And yet, they each unwittingly embody one of the seven deadly sins: Lachlan (lust), Grant (excess/gluttony), Sterling (greed), Siusan (sloth/laziness), Killian (anger/wrath), Ivy (envy), and Priscilla (pride).
Everything, however, is about to change for the seven Sinclairs. Their aged father (who they believe must be going mad) has demanded that each of his wayward children change his or her ways and become a respected member of Society—which, of course, includes proper marriage. He informs them that carriages await just outside to immediately transport the seven of them from Scotland to London, where no one knows their wicked history.
Being a generous man, and fully aware that he is to blame for allowing their excesses, he will give them a small allowance but he will not give them a shilling more, ever—until each of his sons and daughters independently prove themselves worthy of the Sinclair name and position.