- Title: A Season for Sin
- Author: Vicky Dreiling
- Series: Sinful Scoundrels, Book 0.5
- Genre(s): Historical (Regency)
- Publisher: Forever Young (Hachette), September 2012
- Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley (99¢)
- Length: 100 pages
- Trope(s): Rake, Widow
- Quick blurb: Rake intends to make a beautiful young widow his mistress, but she’s not interested.
- Quick review: Can’t really review an unfinished story.
- Grade: DNF
Although I actually read the whole thing, I’m tagging this as a DNF, and here’s why:
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…
Word count: 29,000 words
That’s the official description of this “novella” from Amazon. Do you see the words “preview” or “teaser” in there anywhere? No? Me either.
This is not a prequel. This is not a novella. This is not even a short story. Characters and conflict are introduced, but there is no resolution.
The “prequel” story ends at 67% of the Kindle version, with the remaining third an excerpt from the beginning of Dreiling’s upcoming full novel. If I had paid for this — even just 99¢ — I would have been really irritated at the blatant misrepresentation.
What’s there was an OK read, but I got the impression it would be just another typical Regency. And the publisher’s tactics in charging readers for a useless bit of fluff will not compel me to pay $7.99 for the author’s next release.