THE SINNERS CLUB
Though occasionally uneven, Pearce’s series starter is a shocking, sultry journey into a world of secrets and dark desires. Longtime fans will recognize the hero, but his transformation over the course of this complex investigation is one all readers will savor. The gothic feel of the story is instantly engaging, and the secrets of each character’s past keep the plot taut with suspense. However, the numerous sexual encounters between the three main characters lack some of that same tension and emotional impact. Ultimately, this is a promising start to an intense and titillating series.
When Jack Lennox learns that he has inherited an earldom, he travels in the guise of his own secretary to Pinchbeck Hall — hoping to unravel the mysteries that surround the estate. He discovers Mary Lennox, the previous earl’s sensual young widow, still in residence — along with the intriguing man who claims to be her brother. As Jack is drawn deeper into the mystery of Mary’s past, he is caught up in a web of obsession and pleasure that yields unexpected delights — and reveals the darkest of secrets. (APHRODISIA, Jan., 304 pp., $15.00)