Monday, May 4, 2015

Title:       Sinfully Yours [Hellions of High Street, book 02]
Author:   Cara Elliott
Rating:   ★★★1/2
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*ARC provided by Forever via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Scandalously Yours, I was very eager to read the next series because Anna Sloane intrigued me to no end. Were my expectations correct?

After an eventful Season, Anna Sloane longs for some peace and quiet to pursue her writing. Though her plots might be full of harrowing adventure and heated passion, she'd much prefer to leave such exploits on the page rather than experience them in real life. Or so she thinks until she encounters the darkly dissolute-and gorgeously charming-Marquess of Davenport.

Davenport has a reputation as a notorious rake whose only forte is wanton seduction. However the real reason he's a guest at the same remote Scottish castle has nothing to do with Anna . . . until a series of mysterious threats leave him no choice but to turn to her for help in stopping a dangerous conspiracy. As desire erupts between them, Davenport soon learns he's not the only one using a carefully crafted image to hide his true talents. And he's more than ready to show Anna that sometimes reality can be even better than her wildest imaginings . . .

Ana's story is the one I anticipated the most in the Hellions of High Street series because I loved how she was able to hide her musings and skill so artfully. However, Sinfully Yours was a bit of a disappointment because it felt too fluffy. Davenport sounded like such a rake, but he turned out to be this good sort after all. He wasn't even irritating at all. Also, he was called as "The Devil" but their love scenes were tame.

The conspiracy, which could have been a major feature of the book, was only carried out once, and even then it didn't feel as grave as I thought it would be. I think it's a pity, because Sinfully Yours was pretty long and could have featured more 'accidents' that would really put Ana and Devlin on guard.

What I did like about the story is Ana herself. She was smart and witty, and I liked the research she kept doing for her novels. I liked that their late father was so open minded and encouraged intellectual pursuits.

Sinfully Yours also featured Caro and Alec too much, that I'm not looking forward very much to the third book, Passionately Yours, anymore. However, I think I'll still read it because I want to finish the series. Note: The books can be read as a standalone.