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Introducing the Sinful Scoundrels...The Earl of Bellingham is nothing if not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter theIntroducing the Sinful Scoundrels...The Earl of Bellingham is nothing if not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...Word count: 29,000 words...

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A Season for Sin Reviews

  • Jill
    2018-11-02 19:43

    Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham has just been dismissed by his mistress for being less than attentive. At twenty-nine Bell is set in his ways, and lonely. Five years after the deaths of his parents and brother, and with his close friends marrying, Bell is in need of friends. Enter Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore.Laura Davenport, Lady Chesfield, has been a widow for four years. Her stepson Justin, Viscount Chesfield is at seventeen a handful, trying to assert his independence. The situation is difficult to deal with on her own, when Justin has no male role-model or authority in his life.The excerpt from the first book What a Wicked Earl Wants continues the story with Justin's uncle stepping in to take him away from Laura. She in turn comes up with a novel solution to the dilemma. This very short story is an introduction to Vicky Dreiling's new series Sinful Scoundrels. It is very short and the story just gets started....and then it ends. So it's quite difficult to get a handle on much at this stage. Ms Dreiling is a popular and talented author and the set-up here for this new series certainly looks good. But, it's hard to tell.Steam: 1.5ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing (Forever) via NetGalley

  • Cocktails and Books
    2018-10-30 13:45

    Argh! I need Bell's full length book now!

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2018-10-26 21:48

    Review posted at Demon Lover's Books & More2 flames, maybe a 2.5I'm really disappointed with this one.First off, this is not a complete HEA-this is the beginning of a new series and the novella is more of a teaser, or an intro to the characters and the series. (btw, that is not why I rated it a 2)This one starts out pretty strong, with the hero intending on letting his mistress go, but she turns the tables on him and lets him go. Then he sort of wanders around feeling lonely, he sort of notices some young bucks, he meets some new friends, and he goes home. I really enjoyed the banter. Ms. Dreiling’s best asset is the wit and wittiness of her characters. What I didn’t care for was the heroine. She isn’t given much page time, and in a 60 page novella, that’s kind of a big deal. They don’t meet until after halfway through! That surprised me a bit. I don’t know if I would like Laura more if I were to read the full-length novel that this sets up, and to be honest I’m nost sure I want to. Basically she is raising her stepson, and he’s almost at age of majority (he’s 17) and she has taken him to London for the first time. He has fallen in with the wrong crowd, and she’s stressed out and doesn’t know what to do. She pretty much wrings her hands and tries to tell him what he should do. He tells her he doesn’t need a babysitter and proceeds to party like a frat boy.This is the issue I had with her. She has very few pages, and she comes off as super naïve and incredibly sheltered, but with zero personality. How can I want to read more, when she’s boring? The hero has so much personality as to overshadow any chance Laura would have had to shine. In the book coming up, her stepson’s guardian will probably take control somehow, and the hero will probably have to help her out somehow. It’s very obvious, and I really hope that Laura grows up a bit.This whole storyline really needs more pages (hence the following novel), but still, I had a hard time getting worked up to read the novel since I didn’t like the heroine.***ARC courtesy of Forever Yours and netgalley.com

  • Melanie
    2018-10-31 14:13

    This is an e Novella and as such, it is short introduction into the upcoming series Sinful Scoundrels from an author on the rise, Vicky Dreiling. If you’ve never read anything by this author, then this is just the perfect vehicle for you to ‘sample’ and ‘taste’ her fresh take on the regency era. I find her writing style light and refreshing and I hope you will too.As the story opens we are introduced to Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham, who is getting ready to ditch his latest mistress. It’s something he dreads to do, but alas she’s begun to grate on his nerves with her whining and nagging. It turns out, the mistress has a mind of her own and she’s about to shock the poor man!Lady Chesfield is a young widow with a seventeen year old stepson that just can’t stay out of trouble and unless she can reel him in, she just may lose him altogether, and that she’s not willing to accept.What I liked best about this little novela, is the way Ms. Dreiling....http://bookworm2bookworm.wordpress.co...Thanks for finishing this review.melanie

  • Romancing the Book
    2018-10-23 21:10

    Reviewed by Molly, Book provided by Forever Yours, Hachette, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.When I read a Regency romance, I want them to be just like this one; filled with rich historical details that pull you in, characters that vibrantly come to life, dashes of humor woven in, and passion to steal your breath. Vicky Dreiling is a masterful regency author. She’s amazingly talented and I love reading her work. From start to finish, she hooks me and takes me on a tilt-a-whirl romantic adventure.Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham and known as Bell, is a character who is completely charming. I really loved following his journey of finding a new mistress…without losing his heart, that is. I loved learning about his past and why he’s committed himself to a life of bachelorhood. I will be honest, though. In the very beginning, I didn’t think I would like him, what with the way he handled his mistresses. But, as the story progressed, I learned the depth of Bell and the reason behind it. And, when he meet Lady Davenport for the first time….well, let’s just say that I absolutely enjoyed the popping fireworks that opened his once cold and closed up heart!Lady Davenport is a fabulous woman. She’s a widow, trying to nurture and love her stepson, the only child she has. Being a mom myself, I could feel the struggles she endured, the constant worrying about her child, trying to do right by him. She’s about to make the decision to flee back to Hampshire where their home is….until she attends a ball and lays eyes on the dashing, sexy-eyed rake, the Earl of Bellingham. Her season in London just got a whole lot more sinful! Perfect for guiding her stepson into a decent man hood….but not so perfect for quickly falling heart!This amazing book is short, and oh so captivating! Written as an introduction, a prelude, to The Sinful Scoundrels, Colin Brockhurst and Harry Norcliffe’s stories, Ms. Dreiling absolutely blew me away with not only her skilled writing, but her depth of plot & witty characters. Sinfully passionate and moments of humor make up this fabulous new novella. It’s a wonderful series introduction and I can’t wait until the release of the first full length novel in this series in 2013, so I can see more of Colin, Harry and the delightfully sinful passion that Ms. Dreiling infuses them with. Fantastically done, Ms. Dreiling.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2018-11-07 15:49

    A Season for Sin was a great read and goodness what a gorgeous cover! I really enjoyed Dreiling's writing style which quickly pulls you into the story and flows nicely. I was quite taken with Bell and Laura as well. They're interesting characters that easily captured my heart and left me both curious and eager to read more about them. Bell is one of those men who likes order, routine and knowing exactly what's going to happen in his life. But what with mistress troubles, being dumped by his cook and having a lovely new widow in town catch his eye his life is definitely not going according to his well laid plans. It's going to be deliciously entertaining getting to see how he reacts to a bit of chaos in his life now that he's encountered the lovely widow Laura Davenport. Laura really pulled at my heart in such a brief amount of time. She's completely devoted to raising her stepson who has gone a bit wild and hit those years where he wants nothing to do with her. Her loneliness and the loss she still feels over her husband's passing were heartbreaking. It'll be interesting to see how she handles her stepson's rebellion, the scoundrel that is Bell and her new life in London.A Season for Sin was a wonderful set up for Dreiling's future series and an enjoyable read. Dreiling did a fantastic job of introducing Laura and Bell, letting us see their quirks and what makes them tick as well as seeding the way for some future family conflict that looks interesting. I liked both Bell and Laura quite a bit and can't wait to spend more time with them and see what will develop between them.***A little heads up before you jump into this one. On it's own it's not a complete story and does leave off on a bit of a cliffhanger right when things are coming together. It's more of an extended prologue or glimpse into the separate lives of Laura and Bell, their first encounter and what will be a new series releasing in 2013.***{A copy of A Season for Sin was received in exchange for an honest review}

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2018-11-07 21:54

    Also on http://sillymelody.blogspot.comLet me share what's A Season for Sin is about before I say what I think of this novella:In Vicky's last book How to Ravish a Rake, you got a glimpse of Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham, (Bell) and he is a rake of the first kind. So, he's a mystery, you don't really know who he is other than friend to Will Darcett, and a man who is trying to run from his past.At the beginning of the story, he's going to dump his mistress. Boy the man is in for some surprises when he gets there. Now Bell is on the hunt for a new mistress. The man is having no success. When he stumbles upon Collin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore, at the Vauxhall. Which is the start of a unique kind of friendship.They tell him a new widow just came to town and she has no interest in getting married. Of course this piques Bell's interest, because he has no desire to marry. A match made in heaven, right. WRONG! Lady Chesfield, Laura Davenport, is a very proper widow who has desire to be conquer by a rake or married off to anyone. She just came to London to enjoy the company of others. However, this is easier said than done, when you have Lady Atherton trying to matchmaker. My thoughts now: First off, you need to think of this story as a long prologue. Going into this story with that frame of mind will help you not to be disappointed. Basically the story is a set up for Vicky Dreiling's next book What a Wicked Earl Wants, which will feature the story of Bell and Laura. I have to say I can't wait to read it. Both of them have been warned to stay away from each other. However, all Bell here's "Go for it." Overall, I liked. Even though it left you wanting more, and sometimes that is the case with novellas. As I said before this is setting up for the next book and the series. So, be on the look out for it, you I know will. Well, that's all for now and happy readings!ARC provide by NetGalley

  • Misty
    2018-10-30 14:49

    A Season for Sin is a preview novella for Vicky Dreiling’s upcoming Sinful Scoundrels series. A novella is typically a short story with all the elements of a book including a beginning and an end. While A Season for Sin is short, it is a sample of what is to come from Ms. Dreiling’s upcoming spring release What a Wicked Earl wants, it is a story in itself. The novella introduces us to Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham and his friends Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore. It also introduces us to Laura Davenport, Lady Chestfield, who has been a widow raising her step-son Justin for some time. Justin, Viscount Chestfield is a wild handful in need of a male’s presence, thus begins Laura’s novel solution to this ever growing problem. Laura is forced to make a deal with the devil himself, thus hooking the reader into wanting to grab the entire book right in that moment. I have loved all of the books penned by Ms. Dreiling and I’m sure that What a Wicked Earl Wants will be no exception of the rule, as a rule I am not a fan of novellas because of their briefness but this one is worthy of your time. If you are a reader that cannot wait to get your hands on the next of Vicky Dreiling’s writings then this is a great way to tie over you appetite. The novella does have all of the wonderful elements that the author is known for, witty dialogue, interesting characters, and sizzling romance. It is a fantastic teaser, but a teaser it is. 4 for the briefness, 4 stars for the writing.ARC Novella provided by Grand Central Publishing via NetGalley

  • Lisa
    2018-11-14 20:50

    I was disappointed in A Season for Sin. It's probably my own fault because I assumed this would be either a complete novella or a full length novel. It was neither. It was less than 100 pages and didn't have a resolution. Instead, there was a preview for the next installment of the series. This is the first time this has happened to me. I've read a couple of novellas before that were short but complete stories. I was pretty annoyed when I reached the "end" of this book and nothing much had even happened. I don't ask for much from a historical romance, really. I just like some banter, sexual chemistry and likeable characters. After reading this, I'm confused what the point was. Couldn't it have been written as a full length novel? Why approach it in such a strange way? Usually, historical romances are a part of a "series" but each book tends to be about a different couple. Maybe if I read the whole story in it's entirity, I might enjoy it. However, I just got six chapters that didn't lead anywhere except to an abrupt end. I feel bad for being so harsh but I was expecting a complete story.(Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest opinion)

  • Adria (Musings and Reviews)
    2018-10-26 18:54

    This novella was my introduction to Vicky Dreiling. I have had her books in my "Must Read" list for quite some time but that list is miles long and I wasn't sure when I'd be able to get a hold of one of her books. Thanks to NetGalley, I have had a chance to read and review this delightful prologue to a new series by Vicky Dreiling.If A Season for Sin is only a taste of what to expect from the Sinful Scoundrels series, then count me in! Not only are there dashing, irresponsible men to love but a wry humor and easy friendship that begins to develop between the Earl of Bellingham, the Viscount Evermore and the Earl of Ravenshire. These men are intriguing and in desperate need of women to challenge them instead of entertain them. While there really isn't much insight to Laura Davenport's character aside from that she's a very caring, beautiful woman, she's still interesting enough because of the circumstances she suddenly finds herself in at the end of the novella.A Season for Sin is definitely a teaser, and as long as you don't look at the actual release date of the first book in this new series (Spring 2013), there should be no tears.

  • Lisa
    2018-11-11 18:55

    This is a great little Vicky Dreiling novella. It's more or less a intro into her new series Sinful Scoundrels. The first part is spent kind of introducing you to all the players and you wait to see them all finally to meet up together on the page. I was not disappointed when it finally happens either. You have these little misses where they are all in the area and even run onto each other but don't know who the other is or what they'll mean to them later. Gets pretty good when it finally happens. Then it's over and you are ready for book 1. Your in luck too because when you buy this book you also get a free preview in the form of chapter one of book one in the series " What a Wicked Earl Wants". Which worked for me because i really wanted to see what happens right after the end of the novella. Now i am looking forward to reading the full book when it comes out in the spring of 2013. 4 out of 5 Modokker book picks for A Season for Sin by Vicky Dreiling.

  • Claudine
    2018-10-23 14:58

    A completely titillating introduction to Vicky Dreiling’s new Sinful Scoundrels series. Andrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham is known as a cynic with no scruples, he likes things his way and is accustomed to getting what he wants. After a series of unfortunate mishappenings that has upset the routine of Bell’s scheduled orderly life he has become reflective and decides a change is in order, starting with looking for a new mistress.Laura Davenport, Lady Chesfield is a widow and is raising her 17 year old stepson, Justin (Lord Chesfield) because his legal guardian has not taken an interest in helping Laura.Review not complete..................

  • Emily (Book Jems)
    2018-10-19 18:53

    As seen on Ed and Em's Reviews!2.5/5 StarsThis wasn't a book. Or even a novella. This was a prequel.That's where this went wrong. I was expecting a full story, not an abrupt ending that will continue in the next book. Besides that I really enjoyed it, but I feel jipped so I can't give the story more than three stars. It was too incomplete and let a lot of unanswered question. I hate when authors do that.A Season for Sin begins with the Earl of Bellingham - or Bell, as he prefers to be called - dismissing his current mistress. With the way he spoke of her in the beginning, I actually thought that she would be his love. She wasn't. Laura Davenport, or the Widow Lady Chesterfield and her stepson, Justin are introduced next. They have just moved to the city to become a better part of society. The two main characters are brought together by circumstance as Justin becomes an unruly, uncontrollable teenager. Out of intrigue and lust, Bell decides to offer his help in reforming Justin. That is where the story abruptly ends at sixty-nine percent. Insert sad sigh here. We are given a preview of the first book in the series, but it's not enough to satisfy my hunger.I liked the characters very much. Except Justin, because I don't like douchebags… er… boys who disrespect their mothers. Bellingham is interesting and I can't wait to learn more about his past. There are definitely some secrets buried under that gruff exterior. The minor characters only add to the story. Bell's friends, Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore and Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, add a comedic relief. Bell definite gets more than he bargained for when he befriends them. I also really enjoyed Laura's friend, Virginia Holt. She's a true character and I'm sure she will be playing a larger role in the next book. By the end of this prequel, we all know that Virginia, better known as Lady Atherton is hoping for Laura and Bell to get together. (As the audience is, as well.)A Season of Sin was not what I was expecting, but I don't regret requesting this book off of Netgalley. I've wanted to read Vicky Dreiling's work for a while and I'm glad I was finally able to get a taste of her work. The first book in the series will definitely find its way onto my to-read list. I'm excited to see where Ms. Dreiling takes the story next. She has the opportunity to an captivating story. But the request and blurb were definitely misleading. I received an e-copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-17 14:53

    As an introduction to a novel: 3.5 starsA Season for Sin is an introductory novella for a new series coming out in spring 2013. As a marketing tool, the introductory novella concept seems a fantastic idea. What better way to get people invested in the stories of a new set of characters than to serve up an appetizer of sorts? That’s what you get in A Season for Sin. It is not a complete story; it’s more like the first four chapters of What a Wicked Earl Wants randomly snipped from the beginning of that story and sold separately. I might have been annoyed if I had paid $.99 for this novella/65 pages of backstory that could easily have been incorporated into the novel.That said, I knew what I was getting myself into when I requested the e-ARC of this novella, so I wasn’t terribly disappointed when I read the story. I assume that other readers why buy this story expecting it to actually go somewhere will be a trifle disappointed to discover that it’s a clever (and lovely) marketing tool enticing them to spend more money on the full-length novel. I wonder if the novel will reference any of this material, or if it will begin abruptly where the novella ends. I suppose I will have to wait until spring 2013 to find out.Now, despite my cynicism, this novella/chunk of disembodied story did its job. I am curious. I want to know what happens to Bellingham and Laura. I want to know if Lord Chesfield, the schmucky teenager, grows up and becomes a worthwhile human being. I'm intrigued by the other two sinful scoundrels (do we really have to call them that?) and look forward to reading more about their antics. I’ll probably pre-order a copy of What a Wicked Earl Wants. Is it ridiculous that I resent being manipulated by clever marketing even while I follow along like the consumerist sheep that I am? Yeah, probably. But I can’t help it… there’s a pretty good chance that I’ll find an interesting story in What a Wicked Earl Wants, and I’m a sucker for interesting stories. This introductory novella has me slavering for the full story.A version of this post also appears on Reading with Analysis

  • Kati
    2018-11-08 16:58

    ***original review posted at Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance***Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham has just dismissed his mistress and she's not too happy about it. Bell is happy to be rid of her since she was carrying on with another man. Good riddance!Laura Davenport has come to town with her seventeen year old stepson thinking it will do him some good. How wrong she is. He's fallen in with a bad crowd of friends, drinking, stumbling about at night and talking back to his stepmother. What happened to the sweet boy who she helped raise?One night Bell fishes Colin and Harry out of the Thames before they meet a tragic end. Thus begins a laugh out loud friendship of sorts. Harry asking to borrow money for a bit of a tup is my favorite scene. It made me giggle and I couldn't keep reading because my eyes were watering.Bell is looking for a new mistress. Spotting the mysterious widow everyone is talking about, he sets his sights on her even though he's been warned by Lady Atherton that Laura is not for him. Well, that doesn't stop Bell from trying to make her acquaintance.Favorite Quote:He was the sort of man who made virtuous women forget their morals and lift their skirts.Overall: I enjoyed this novella from Vicky Dreiling. It has her signature wit that will have your sides hurting from the laughing ab workout. I'm so glad she decided to give the mysterious Earl of Bellingham his own book because he immediately intrigued me the first time he appeared in How To Ravish A Rake. The little teaser for Bell's book, What A Wicked Earl Wants, has me eagerly waiting to see what happens between Bell and Laura. I would like to take the time to note that this is a prequel to the Sinful Scoundrels series. It is not the first few chapters of a book.***review copy provided by publisher via Netgalley***

  • Caz
    2018-11-16 14:56

    I'm really not quite sure how to approach this review. I wasn't aware when I requested the title from NetGalley that A Season for Sin wasn't a complete story - IIRC, the blurb there didn't state that.I have no problem with novellas or short stories as long as they're well-written, engaging and - above all - finished! This title met the first two of those requirements, but failed miserably at the last, as we're left mid-scene, just as the two protagonists are on the verge of (finally) meeting face-to-face!So what makes this review difficult is - do I review what I read, and state that it left me feeling dissatisfied? Or do I attempt to write a review based on what I imagine will be coming next when What a Wicked Earl Wants is published? Based on the teaser chapter included with A Season for Sin, it looks enjoyable - and it's a "marriage of convenience" story which is one of my favourite types.But no, I had better stick to writing an actual review - and I'm afraid that while there was some good writing and strong characterisation in this (part)story, all that went for naught because of the ending. It's like watching the teaser of a TV show, fast-forwarding through the adverts ready to settle in to the drama - and finding that was all there was!So I'm sorry, Ms. Dreiling. While I can understand yours and your publishers desire to whet appetites for your new novel, I don't think this was the way to do it. Also - I received an ARC. I think I'd be even more annoyed had I paid for the book.

  • Melissa
    2018-11-11 21:00

    A Season for Sin is a new novella release by Vicky Dreiling… It is an outstanding read, and one of the best novellas I have ever read! Vicky Dreilings writing gets better and better!!! We first meet Bell (The Earl of Bellingham) in How to Ravish a Rake, the reader gets a glimpse of Bells past and unfortunate tragedy that happened to him at a young age. In a Season for Sin, Bell has to release his current mistress (who is slightly crazy) for a new one! He hears about a new Widow in town, Laura Davenport, Lady Chestfield and decides she might be the one for him… This story has many ranges of emotions, parts of it had me laughing, and other times I felt sadness for Bell. The most memorable scene is when Bell and Laura meet for the first time. In this scene, Vicky Dreiling constructs her words in a way that makes you feel as if you are in the room with them. Overall, I can only say good things about this novella. It does end abrupt; however, I feel Vicky Dreiling purposely did this to leave us wanting more. The next story is called What a Wicked Earl Wants and the first chapter is available at the end of A Season for Sin. I will eagerly wait for the next release in this series!

  • Shelly Bell
    2018-10-21 13:58

    Let me start by saying I love Vicky Dreiling's books. In fact, I’ve reviewed a book of hers before on SpunkyBean and then I read the first two in the series. So I was very eager to read anything by her, even a novella. This is an e-book only story, but frankly, it’s the first few chapters of an upcoming book. It doesn’t have an ending; it merely introduces the characters. That being said I will read it when it comes out. I’ve seen a couple other publishers do this for their authors and I don’t get it. I’d rather them call it a “sampler” or “preview chapters” rather than novella. A novella implies that it will have an ending. I still gave it three stars because it’s well written and I’m looking forward to reading her full books. But I’m already a fan. I fear if readers pay for this novella, they’ll be disappointed and take it out on the author by not buying her future books, which would be a shame. She’s one of the best new historical authors and I definitely recommend picking up the first book in her How-To Series, How to Marry a Duke. It’s a historical romance version of the tv series, The Bachelor, and it has a much happier ending than the reality television show. 

  • Rane
    2018-11-02 18:54

    Reviewed For Rakehell ReviewsA Season for Sin is a being called a "prequel", but it's more like a short, two minute movie trailer. In this quick read (most of which is actually the first chapter of the full length book) Vicky Dreiling introduces us to the cast of characters in her upcoming series. We meet the Earl of Bellingham (aka Bell) who has discovered that his life is boring and empty, and we see Laura Davenport a young widow with her hands full of keeping her young buck about town stepson out of trouble. We see their first meeting and their feelings for one another, but that's it.This is really just a taste of the series to come. It's a introduction to our main couple and the rest of the cast of characters. When you're done you'll leave wanting to pre-order the first book in the series, or decide to pass. Me, well I plan to read the rest of the series.

  • Shannon
    2018-10-29 21:51

    ARC generously provided by NetGalley.Unfortunately, this is a prequel rather than a novella. Had I known this, I might not have chose to read the book. But, honestly, I'm glad I didn't know. Sure, it's frustrating to get to the end of a piece and not be at the end of the story. But the truth is that Vicky Dreiling did a good job here making the reader care about these characters. I want to know the story behind Bell's aversion to relationships (we know his family died, but why and how?). I want to know how Laura will handle solo-parenting her stepson and how Bell will help. I want to know how these two very real characters will come to fall in love. I'll definitely put their full story, What a Wicked Earl Wants in my Goodreads queue and will look for it at the library soon. And I'll also look for more by Vicky Dreiling, an author who I hadn't read until now. I think I might be missing out on something good!

  • Farrah
    2018-11-12 16:45

    This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...A Season for Sin is a well-written prologue to a new series that I am now extremely curious about. It's a short set up, but it got me interested to read the series.I really liked that I got a feel for the characters. Despite the length, I felt like I got to know the characters a little. Laura is admirable. She loves her stepson and is strong enough to do whatever it takes to do what is best for him. Bell was interesting as well. I can already see that he's going to be a lot of fun. A Season for Sin sets up the plot of the first book, What A Wicked Earl Wants, nicely. It explains the background to the story and shows the first meeting between Bell and Laura. After reading this short story, I'm very excited to see what's next.5/5Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!

  • Donna
    2018-10-29 14:12

    Ok, do I rate the author's craftsmanship or do I rate the fact that I felt cheated when I finished this "excerpt?" Because this wasn't a short story or novella at all, it was an excerpt for the next book!! I feel cheated by having to pay for what I thought was a complete novella. I certainly enjoyed the story and the characters and do plan to continue with this series. Shame on the publishers for selling this excerpt!!!

  • Libby
    2018-10-22 21:06

    Like others who have reviewed, I was incredibly annoyed to discover that I had paid for and invested my time in reading a SAMPLE of a book that has yet to be released. Okay, technically I understand that this was more like an extended prologue, but how deceptive was this approach.

  • Arshia
    2018-10-23 20:02

    Anything on Bell is good in my book. This is a genius idea! I don't normally like novellas because they aren't worth the money but this is a really well written back story for the two characters.

  • Phoenix77
    2018-11-03 17:07

    This is more of a rant than a review, so please forgive me...Because of the opportunities that e-book publishing can offer, I love how many of the large publishing houses are using this medium to offer the fans short stories, novellas, or compilations from their favorite authors all for a reasonable price. A few weeks back I reviewed an e-book from Avon Impulse that was sort of an introduction for a new author. And established authors like Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan and others have banded together to release short story e-books for charity. These are examples of when the E-book revolution is working. Unfortunately, releases like Vicky Dreiling’s latest are the flip side of that coin; when a publisher or author uses the e-book as a way of either self-promotion, greed, or possibly both.A Season for Sin is an e-book exclusive release, but I use the term “book” very loosely. There is very little presented in this e-short to make it even a complete story, but rather it reads like an extended prologue for Ms. Dreiling’s upcoming series “The Sinful Scoundrels.” The storyline involves the introduction (or re-introduction for fans of her last book) of Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham, who has recently lost his two closest friends to the parson’s mousetrap. Most of this e-book revolves around Bell dismissing his latest mistress, meeting two new replacement friends while on an outing to Vauxhall Gardens and hearing ton reports of a new widow in town who could possibly fit the mistress position (pun intended). There are small indications that Bell’s attitudes towards intimate relationships have roots in a deep hurt from his youth, but because this is just the extended prologue (again, my words, not fact) we don’t get anything more than those small hints. As for the heroine of this story, Lady Chesfield, (if she can even be called a heroine since she has very little page time) there is every indication that she would be a terrible match for Bell. Even understanding that real woman of that era had no rights, as the potential lead of a romance book she seems weaker than most. She has no control over her teenage stepson but lives in fear that she will lose him to the influence of his male guardian; she lives a sheltered country life on her late husband’s holdings but suddenly decides that London is the right place for her family to be. And events between her and Bell seem to indicate that she won’t have the backbone to confront his mistress fetish or heal his deep, dark angst. From this little taste of Laura Davenport I have no desire for the main course.The e-book portion of the story ends rather abruptly, then immediately segues into a preview for the first book of the series, What a Wicked Earl Wants. I truly hope that this wasn’t the first chapter of the next book, because anyone who doesn’t purchase the e-book will be at a complete loss about who these two characters are and why they are together in her drawing room. I don’t believe readers should be penalized because they didn’t want to pay $0.99 on top of the regular book costs just so they could read the basic character set-up. What this e-book really should have been was a Fan extra offered on the author’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter account, as a free download for entering a contest or signing up for a newsletter. I would have whole heartedly recommended this e-book if it had been a true short story with a beginning, middle, end, because I have enjoyed Ms. Dreiling’s previous titles. However, because this doesn’t feel or read like a full story I would only recommend getting it if/when it’s offered as a free download. Otherwise, fans looking forward to What a Wicked Earl Wants in 2013 should hope the publisher includes this prequel short inside the print version.

  • Dottie
    2018-10-29 17:10

    A prequel to a delicious new series, rated 4.5! Taken from my review at RomanceJunkies.com:Bored out of his mind with his mistress Marguerite and her ultimatums, Andrew Carrington, the Earl of Bellingham, was happy to comply with her latest demand to show up that evening. She had finally overplayed her hand and he planned to end their relationship. But before he got the chance to utter the words, she broke it off with him, having chosen another protector. That she had chosen another did not bother him, but what shocked him was the age of the man who had replaced him. A creature of habit, he wanted everything to go as expected. That has worked fine up until now. With his two closest friends finding the loves of their lives and succumbing to matrimony, he is restless, lonely and discontent. Even his orderly household seemed to be falling apart. But then he comes to the rescue of the two Sinful Scoundrels Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore.Since the guardian of Laura Davenport, Lady Chesfield’s, stepson, Justin, refused to oversee his activities; she had taken sole responsibility for it. She had thought that at seventeen, he would have overcome some of his contrariness of expressing his independence. Until recently, he had been well mannered and courteous, but was now difficult, especially since taking up with his new friends. Justin had wanted to go to London with his friends, but, although she had never had a Season, she had heard about some of the behavior there and had refused to let him go. Instead, she had accompanied him to London. Still with the loss of her husband and her stepson involved in activities with his friends, she felt lonely and unneeded.With the friendship of the Sinful Scoundrels and the need to find another mistress, Bell is once more drawn back into society, where he meets a beautiful widow, Lady Chesfield, a lady who wants nothing to do with a scandalous rake like him. But then he always did love a challenge.A delectable teaser, A SEASON FOR SIN, a novella introducing talented author Vicky Dreiling’s new SINFUL SCOUNDRELS series, is absolutely delicious. This story sets up the series beautifully and definitely whets the appetite for the upcoming book. Combining wit, charismatic characters, family dynamics, scandals, an intriguing plot and romance, this novella is a delight. Known for her witty historical romances, Ms. Dreiling’s books are much sought after, especially by this reviewer. I, for one, cannot wait for the release of the first book of the series, WHAT A WICKED EARL WANTS, which continues the story of Lord Bellingham and Lady Chesfield. For anyone not familiar with Ms. Dreiling’s works, this is a wonderful taste of what you are missing. Be sure to get your own copy of A TASTE FOR SIN!Dottie, RomanceJunkies.com

  • Julia
    2018-11-18 16:43

    What the hell was that?!No, seriously. What the hell? Trolling through NetGalley I found a link to something that sounded like an interesting book. So I asked for it and was approved (yay!). Fast forward to the reading of it, I notice it is only 100 pages. Okay, so this must be a novella. Fine.Now I have read 100 pages, oh wait no. 66 pages. The rest are actually a chapter for her next book. I feel cheated. This was not a book. It wasn't even a novella. It was seriously a very long (and quite boring) prologue for this next book. If I would have paid $.99 for this I would be more livid then I am now. So lets take a look. Literally the first 24 pages are about Bell, the hero. It reads like a diary entry. He woke up, complained about breakfast, went to the club, went fencing, yawn. Oh and he is a tortured soul, too. The heroine has a brief intro at that point, but really we barely see any of her... and the two dont even interact until the very last sentance, where we are cutoff and told to "Turn the page for the first chapter of the new novel"Bullshit. This is not a novella. There is a long beginning, no middle and definitely no end. It is just a ploy to get more money out of the public.Now novellas that introduce new series can be done well. Take for instance Courtney Milan's The Governess Affair. This was remarkable. It was a story in and of itself but also set up the new series. Brilliant.A Season for Sin was nothing of the sort. There was no sinning and barely a season. I am actually really disappointed. This was my first introduction to Ms. Dreiling and I have heard such good things about her. But now I just have this bad taste in my mouth. It is going to take me a while to get over this so I can read one of her books without this horrid shadow. The characters and the story seem interesting. I just wish that the book I had was the one promised to me... or was even a book. So in conclusion. If you want to read the book that is in the description, wait for it to come out. It's called "What a Wicked Earl Wants" and comes out in 2013.If you are a diehard fan who can't wait to get a taste of the new characters, then this is for you. But honestly it should be some free thing on the authors website and I don't think is worth the $.99This "book" was provide to me by NetGalley for a fair and honest review

  • Evie
    2018-11-02 13:48

    This is a prelude to what I think will be a great book. A Season for Sin really feels more like a prologue, as it provides the events that lead up to the Earl of Bellingham crossing paths with Laura Davenport, a very pretty desirable widow. Bell, the Earl, is a scoundrel thru and thru, who happens to be tired of his current Mistress. He's ready to break the relationship, and mentally prepares for the hysterics he thinks his Mistress will go into. HA! Surprise, surprise... his Mistress is just as ready to break things up with him too. His mind was prepared for the cries and the plea he'd expected but not for this. His Mistress basically tells him "thank you but no thanks". That's where his downfall basically starts. Bell is used to order in his life. There is a time for everything. But from the moment his Mistress breaks up with him, everything that was in order before no longer is. Then, there is Laura. She's the mysterious and most talked about widow. She's not looking for love. She's more interested in keeping her 17 year old stepson safe. Anyway, that is only true until her one and only friend warns her to stay away from Bell, the scoundrel of scoundrels. Her friend does the same with Bell, and warns him to stay away from Laura. Obviously, that has the opposite effect because it only draws the attention between the two. When the story finished, I was left with: "What? This is it?" Nothing felt resolved. But then, I went on to the 1st chapter, and THAT there bumped the story to a 4 star rating. I am now looking forward to the real story. Blurb:Introducing the Sinful Scoundrels...The Earl of Bellingham is nothing is not a creature of habit: money, meals, and mistresses must be strictly managed if a man is to have a moment's peace. It's a system that works splendidly for him--until now. With his oldest and dearest friends succumbing, one by one, to wedded bliss, Bell is now restless and a trifle lonely. Enter the Sinful Scoundrels--Colin Brockhurst, Earl of Ravenshire, and Harry Norcliffe, Viscount Evermore--who drag him back into society and draw his rakish eye to the ton's new beautiful young widow. Bell isn't after a wife, but a challenge. And Laura Davenport should fit the bill quite nicely...

  • Jaclyn
    2018-11-07 21:53

    I was looking forward to this short novella. I was curious about the Earl of Bellingham after reading Dreiling’s, How to Ravish a Rake, where Bell is the close friend of the main male lead, Will. He sounded like good brooding, tortured hero material – perfect for a historical romance. The first part of the novella presents Bellingham as someone that very much needs a relationship because of the loss of his parents and brother several years ago. However, Bell is determined to ignore is loneliness in order to save himself the heartache of ever going through that kind of loss again. This set up of Bell’s character was well down; yet, I was ultimately unsatisfied with the novella because it seemed more like a teaser you find at the end of a novel rather than a self-contained novella. The abrupt ending of the novella leaves readers dissatisfied because they will have to wait for the full-length novel that will relate the romance between Bell and the young widow, Laura. While all this set up was well done and it does make me want to read Bell and Laura’s story, I know I would have been frustrated if I had bought this book and then found out I had to wait for a novel to continue the abrupt ending of this novella. I do recognize that this novella was the introduction to a new series, so I did like the incorporation of the characters of Colin and Harry, who befriend Bell after Bell assists them when they get into a spot of trouble. Colin and Harry both come across as rather young, but they were both rather endearing. I am assuming that both Colin and Harry will have their own novel, and I think both will be entertaining in their own way. Harry’s ability to continually fall in love has a lot of amusement potential that I think could be well applied in a full-length novel. And the fact that Colin has already been promised to a young lady whom is his arch nemesis will also be a fun plot line if it is developed in that way. The introduction to these characters was great. They were present, but it wasn’t overdone. Overall, I liked the novel, but it was ultimately frustrating and its something that I would have rather have read closer to the publication date of What a Wicked Earl Wants, where we will get the conclusion of this teaser novella. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Ning
    2018-11-05 16:57

    So it’s partly my own fault I didn’t really like this one, because I thought it was going to be a full length book, but it’s only a novella. However, unlike usual novellas, where authors tell a story with a full beginning, middle, and end, this one is more like a prologue to a book and just cuts off in the middle of an event. I wasn’t too pleased with that and am not really sure of the point of a prologue like this. I’d rather get the introduction to the characters in the full length novel as the story is being told. With that said, the book is kind of slow because it introduces the characters without anything too important happening. The two main characters don’t even officially meet until the end so I had to read about what Bellingham did every single day. Not that interesting. There is a hint of a dark past for Bellingham, but I’ll have to wait till the full book to find out. I’m also not a fan of Bellingham’s character, but maybe he’ll grow on me once I read the full book. I haven’t read anything by Ms. Dreiling before, so her writing style is new to me. I’m not sure if it’s my mood or just the writing style itself, but I’m not really feeling it. The sentences were too matter-of-fact and I didn’t feel any deeper emotions from the characters other than the normal day-to-day stuff. It was more of “he did this she did that”. Maybe that’ll change in the full book as well. I usually read at least 2 or 3 books by an author before making the final decision on the writing style, so I’ll still try another work by Ms. Dreiling. While A Season for Sin is a good short read, I didn’t really see the point. I hope I will be more enamored of the characters once I read the full book, but with no resolution to the story, it’s an unnecessary tease. See more of my reviews at Reading by Kindle Fire*A copy was provided by publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not compensated for my review.