Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, is a
reprobate of the worst kind. His entire life is wrapped
around the pursuit of sexual delights and perversions wild
enough to send any smart minded woman running. Matthew’s
persona is that of bored Lord and he refuses to act upon
anything that he doesn’t enjoy. An artist, Matthew is
accosted outside an art gallery one night and is immediately
taken to a hospital for treatment. With his face swollen
and his eyes unseeing for a time, Matthew heals to the sound
of the most wondrous voice he has ever heard, the voice of
his nurse, Jane.
Jane Rankin, a penniless but genteel
woman, works as the companion to a wonderful lady during the
day and as a nurse at night. She has never questioned her
desire for healing, but when she sees the newest patient she
is expected to treat, Jane knows that somehow, her life will
never be the same. Her attraction to Matthew is
instantaneous and innocent, however, Jane knows that Matthew
will demand so much more from her and she is willing to
accede to him all things but one.
Matthew is a man with secrets, secrets
that keep him from being completely honest with Jane. After
all, who would want a man like him?
Sinful made me cry more
than once. I was almost in a tortured frame of mind the
farther into this book I read. I was enraptured by Matthew
and his personality. I could see underneath his bluster and
blunder that there was a man who just wanted to be loved.
He wanted to be able to love in return without any threat to
his person or to those of the people he loved. His life was
more than parties. He kept his secret desires very much
hidden from the rest of the world, and readers find out
exactly what this is. I hope they can forgive him his
transgressions. I know I did.
Readers might find the ending of
Sinful incomplete. This is explained or will be
explained on Ms. Featherstone’s website and will include a
special treat. Sinful has an epilogue that
ties everything up quite nicely. I did love Sinful
exactly as it was released, but if I am honest, the epilogue
completed the love story of Matthew and Jane and I needed,
as a romantic and as a reader, to see that their love
continued and was forever.
Sinful is decadence at
its best. I had no choice but to read it cover to cover –
the story is just that good. Charlotte Featherstone is now
on my list of authors to watch!