Wednesday, June 1, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Sins of Viscount Sutherland by Samantha James

 Avon  Historical May 31 2011

 384 pages  by Samantha James


He is reckless, bold, dangerous . . .
Men envy him, women desire him . . .
And one woman wants her revenge. 

Claire Ashcroft has good reason to despise Viscount Grayson Sutherland. A wildly unpredictable man with a frightening reputation, Sutherland is responsible for a death that deeply pains her. She'd kill him if she could. Instead, she'll employ her feminine wiles to make him pay. And once he's deeply, irreversibly in love with her, she'll shatter his vulnerable heart.

Here is book that clearly ran out of steam for me. I loved how it started, Viscount Sutherland is a detached, carefree rake who lives for his own pleasures. It is obvious this man is hiding some past hurt that shaped his now debauched behavior. That is certainly proven in the prologue when out hero is involved in a dawn duel with some young cub, where he drunkenly does not care if he lives or dies.

Cut to a year later, and Claire Ashcroft is out for revenge. She spots her prey, the beyond handsome, built like a Greek God Viscount Grayson Sutherland at a ball. Here is the man who killed her brother. Her hare-brained scheme is to seduce the rake, make him fall in love with her, then toss him aside. Right. She did not count on lusting after the man, and he in turn, reciprocates. Claire pretends to be a widow, giving a different name.

Claire is surprised to see Grayson comes from a loving family, he is solicitous and respectful of his mother, shows his affection readily. Perhaps he is not the monster she imagines. However, she plunges forward with her scheme. This familial side of Grayson made him endearing, more appealing as a hero. Grayson is the only reason I finished the book.

Claire on the other hand, is a lying, scheming cow, and I felt no sympathy for her whatsoever on any level. Grayson winds up bedding Claire, and soon discovers she is not a widow. Of course she finds herself pregnant, and they are forced into a marriage of convenience. This is where the book travels downhill for me.
It seemed the pregnancy would never end, Claire spent it wringing her hands, crying and yelling at Grayson he was not to take her baby. Huh? It went on and on and on, the fighting, the arguing, her moods. They argue, Gray leaves, he comes back, they fight, he leaves, comes back. It got very tedious. The conflict didn't work for me, just annoyed me. "Go back to London, dear husband, better yet, go to hell." Yeah, yeah. When he was gone, she 'missed him dreadfully.' *rolls eyes*

It is too bad, for Gray was a good hero, handsome, tortured, with a dark secret and tortured past. Claire finding out about his tortured past causes more arguments. And still, she was pregnant.
By the time I got to the end of the book and Claire finally delivers a child, it was anti-climatic.

Other events and conflicts crop up along the way, and there are a couple of passionate moments between the couple, but all the fighting and her moods just didn't cut it for me.

It was an okay read, I am just disappointed it started out so well then managed to come off the rails for me.

2.5 stars out of 4


Anonymous said...

Hey Karyn :) Sorry this one wasn't that great, and I hate when a great hero is wasted!

I don't know, the heroine even looks scary on the cover!

Wonderful, honest review.

Karyn Gerrard said...


It is just one of those things. I see on goodreads someone gave it 2 stars, but someone else gave it 4 stars, so I think it is how it appeals to a person.

And Gray was wasted in my book. I really did not like the heroine, that tainted the whole book for me. It was well written and had some great parts in it, I said, it just came off the rails for me personally!

LOL! I thought that about the heroine too, looks as if she is scowling, it fits.

gamistress66 said...

I too thank you for the honest review. I was on the fence about this -- sounded like could be good, but sometimes the out for revenge thing doesn't work for me. The parts that bugged you would prob bug me as well, a bunch. With so many books already on the TBR pile & others I know I'm gonna want coming out, think this will have to be a pass for me. Use that $ on a different one instead. Thanks again :)

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks Gamistress!

That is what was so frustrating for me, it did start out great, and Gray was a great hero.

I loathed the heroine, can't even remember her name, lol! I am all for conflict, makes great drama, but this was just annoying to me.

Thanks for commenting~

Deb said...

Dang, wish I'd read your review before picking this one up. I'll still read it, but the back blurb never really indicated so much drama and bickering. Sigh. I appreciate your honesty as well.

Karyn Gerrard said...


There are mixed reviews for this book to be sure, I think it depends on your threshold level for over the top conflict and drama. Mine is pretty low. I don't like constant bickering, to me, it gets old, and boring.

Gray though, is a very fine hero, Heroine doesn't deserve him. I would like to you know what you think when you finish, let me know!