Monday, November 22, 2010

Review - The Duke's Night of Sin

The Duke's Night of Sin
Seven Deadly Sins, Book 3
By Kathryn Caskie
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: November 30, 2010

The "Seven Deadly Sins" lived for scandal and delighted in disgrace, but now they must repent—in marriage!

Lady Siusan Sinclair and her brothers and sisters are known as the Seven Deadly Sins, creating gossip wherever they go. Siusan embodies the sin of sloth, relishing the fact that, as the daughter of a duke, she doesn't have to work for her money. But ever since her father issued an ultimatum to all of the Sinclair siblings to make something of themselves or be completely cut off, Siusan's life hasn't been as carefree. On the first anniversary of her fiance's death, Siusan is attending a ball to introduce the Duke of Exeter. Still grieving, she wants nothing more than to escape the crush of society and allow her tears to flow in private. Siusan manages to sneak away from the noise and heat of the crowd, closing herself in the dark and blessedly quiet library. But her solitude is soon interrupted when a stranger enters.

Sebastian Beaufort, the Duke of Exeter, never wanted to be duke, but his brother's untimely death thrust him into a position of responsibility and notoriety he could barely tolerate. He knew it was up to him to redeem his family's tarnished name, but tonight he sought to numb himself with brandy....and time with a highpriced whore. Sebastian opens the door of the library and in the shaft of moonlight sees the woman he thinks he has paid for. Sebastian has what he considers the most passionate encounter of his life with a woman whose face he cannot see, but whose body he cannot forget.

Siusan sought solace in the arms of this stranger, figuring that this one night of sin won't hurt anyone, because she will never tell. Her plan goes awry, however, when she discovers that her mystery lover is none other than the Duke of Exeter! Siusan flees the library before he can see her face clearly, and she and her siblings quickly exit the ball. Knowing her father will disown her if he ever discovers this scandal, Siusan leaves London for Bath, becoming a teacher---known as Miss Bonnet--- at Mrs. Huddleston's School of Virtues. Never having worked a day in her life, Siusan doesn't know the first thing about being a teacher, but she does know how to act like a proper lady. So she decides to instruct her charges in how to be a proper lady. She finds it hard to maintain her proper demeanor when the handsome guardian of one of her students begins spending an inordinate amount of time at school. When Siusan discovers he is the Duke of Exeter, she wonders how long she can keep her identity a secret.

Siusan and Sebastian have a long road on the way to their happily-ever-after, and it is filled with countless twists and turns and even a few potholes. But it makes their happy ending that much more satisfying and well-deserved at the end. Sebastian is a reluctant duke, believing his family is full of flaws and at times, maybe even cursed. Siusan has lost much in her life: her mother, her fiance, and the respect and approval of her father. Is it any wonder she feels unworthy of love?

She had tasted true love, and yet because of her past, because of her sinful ways, she could never live the life her heart begged of her.

She had ruined everything. She wrapped her arms around herself and began to rock.

She was too flawed, not worthy of being loved by anyone. She had proved this again and again to herself and to all of Society. And soon, Sebastian would realize it, too.

Siusan finds love with Sebastian, but she also finds purpose and fulfillment as a teacher, and I found that so satisfying. Who doesn't want to find love with the man of their dreams and also find their purpose in life? The Duke's Night of Sin is another winner in Ms. Caskie's Seven Deadly Sins series. The Sinclairs are entertaining in the extreme, and there is never a dull moment when they're around! This is the third book, but if you have never read the first two, you will not be lost if you start with this one. Once you meet the Sinclair siblings, though, I'm sure you'll want to start from the beginning. There are plenty of "sins" to go around. Enjoy!

~ Gannon


  1. Oh my gosh, is this one out already? As I said yesterday, I've totally lost track of what's going on. *sigh*

    I've read the first book in this series and loved it to the extreme, the second one is lying here on one of my shelves and waits to be read.

    I fell in love with these siblings (and not only because I'm a big fan of this "Seven deadly sins"-them in general) and so I'm very excited that through your review I had the opportunity to hear a bit more about Siusan's story, although I have to say that I don't exactly like this "people spend a passionate night together without knowing who the other ist"-theme, but I'm eager to read on in this series so I'll have to bear with it.^^°

  2. Gannon

    Great review I am loving this series and Kathryn Caskie is an auto buy author for me

    Looking forward to reading this on

    Have Fun

  3. I am with you Helen, another of my auto buys as well and I have been waiting anxiously for this one.

  4. I've enjoyed the Seven Deadly Sins series, and am looking forward to Suisan's story ever since I read the excerpt in the back of The Most Wicked of Sins. It is definitely on my TBR list! I know I'm going to enjoy seeing how this could gets their happy ending.

    I wonder which Sinclair sibling will be next?

  5. I haven't read any of her books but they do sound good!

  6. Sounds like another winner from Ms. Caskie! Thanks for the great review, Gannon!

  7. LisaK, there are so many being released right now that's it's easy to lose track. :-)

    I have to say that I don't exactly like this "people spend a passionate night together without knowing who the other ist"-theme

    That's usually not my favorite theme either, Lisa, but it works in this case. Trust Kathryn Caskie to pull it all together beautifully.

  8. Helen, Kathryn is one of my auto buy authors, too.


  9. Dianna, I so enjoy this series, and I'm sure you'll love this latest in the series.

  10. I wonder which Sinclair sibling will be next?

    Grant is the next Sinclair to get his story. There's an excerpt in the back of this book. Yay!

  11. Laurie, Kathryn Caskie is a fantastic author. You should definitely give her books a try.

  12. Sounds like another winner from Ms. Caskie!

    It definitely is, Andrea. :-)

  13. Thanks for the review, Gannon. TDNOS sounds like another terrific book from Caskie. I've been fascinated with the premise of this series since I heard the first news about it, but "Sloth" was one sin that I had trouble envisioning as a romance theme. I should have known I could trust KC. I can't wait to read this one.

  14. I'd hate to be the sibling who has to represent gluttony lol

    This sounds like an interesting read, not only because of the premise, but also because of the heroine.

  15. This is one I have been looking forward to. Great review, Gannon!

  16. "Sloth" was one sin that I had trouble envisioning as a romance theme. I should have known I could trust KC.

    Janga, indeed you can. LOL

  17. I'd hate to be the sibling who has to represent gluttony lol

    Me too, Antonio, but during the holidays, I could probably pull it off. *g*

  18. Thanks, Buffie. I hope you enjoy it!

  19. I liked the sound of this series when the first book came out. Liked the concept. So far the books have been enjoyable. Sounds like this will be another one to relish.

  20. Sounds like this will be another one to relish.

    Most definitely, librarpat!

  21. I absolutely love The Seven Deadly Sins series. Katherine Caskie is an auto buy for me. Can't wait to read The Duke's Night Of Sin.
    Carol L.