Formats available: ebook
Genre: Georgian romance, Historical romance
Series: Devilish Vignette (The Devil DeVere), #2
Length: 79 pages
Date Released: March 9, 2013
Purchasing Info: Author’s Website, Goodreads, Amazon
The Trouble with Sin … Is the devil within…
Aspiring poet Simon “Sin” Singleton, has lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, eluding defying, and flouting all manner of authority until his impetuous misdeeds finally catch up with him. Having lost his muse, his allowance, and even his friends by edict from a tyrannical father and puritanical mother, Simon is ready to drown himself in drink, until receiving an ingenious proposition that could change everything.
The wages of Sin is……twenty-five percent of the net!
It seems a fantasy come true when Simon is offered an independent income by combining his two great passions– poetry and lewd women –by writing poetry about lewd women! Unfortunately, maintaining anonymity may be much harder than he thought…
Simon Singleton, otherwise so appropriately known as “Sin” is the third of DeVere’s friends. We first get to know Sin in the infamous (and hilarious) Lion incident in Devil in the Making. Sin seems to be the only one of the rather infamous trio to have what we might consider normal parents. Well, more normal than DeVere’s anyway.
Although Sin’s mother does seem to be excessively devoted to religious pursuits! And Sin is so far from religiosity as to be positively pursuing anything in the opposite direction. What I meant was that his parents are both alive and do seem to care what happens to him, even if they sometimes have a peculiar way of showing it.
DeVere is definitely a bad influence. Not evil, definitely not that, but not precisely on the side of the angels, either.
And Sin Singleton is the picture of a sweet boy looking for nothing but good times. Wine, women and song, if by song you mean poetry. He seems somewhat of a lightweight, seeking the easiest ways to keep himself in pretty girls, decent drink and to continue writing that poetry.
So he ends up writing a guidebook to prostitutes. In verse. How else were they to advertise?
It’s a great way to supplement his allowance! Until his mama finds out. And then his papa buys him a commission in the Army. Sending him off to the wilds of North America, of all places.
The trouble with Sin is that he always tried to take the easy way out. In the end it turned out to be very, very difficult, indeed.
Escape Rating B+: The Trouble With Sin is a light and lovely romp that provides the perfect bridge between the main DeVere series, its prequel Devil in the Making, and the upcoming Jewel of the East. We haven’t seen much of Sin until now, so it was great to finally read his backstory.
He clearly had to have had a rough time in order for the boy he was in The Trouble with Sin, to turn into the broken man who appears in the midst of A Devil’s Touch. I can’t wait for Jewel of the East, because this story has completely whetted my appetite for another of Victoria Vane’s delightful Georgian bonbons!