“a frenemies-to-lovers story with depth and originality”—All About Romance
An honorable artist
Benedict Pennington’s greatest ambition is not to paint a masterpiece, but to make the world’s greatest art accessible to all by establishing England’s first national art museum. Success in persuading a reluctant philanthropist to donate his collection of Old Master paintings brings his dream tantalizingly close to reality. Until Viscount Dulcie, the object of Benedict’s illicit adolescent desire, begins to court the donor’s granddaughter, set on winning the paintings for himself . . .
A hedonistic viscount
Sinclair Milne, Lord Dulcie, far prefers collecting innovative art and dallying with handsome men than burdening himself with a wife. But when rivals imply Dulcie’s refusal to pursue wealthy Miss Adler and her paintings is due to lingering tender feelings for Benedict Pennington, Dulcie vows to prove them wrong. Not only will he woo her away from the holier-than-thou painter, he’ll also placate his matchmaking father in the process.
Sinner and saint—can both win at love?
But when Benedict is dragooned into painting his portrait, Dulcie finds himself once again drawn to the intense artist. Can the sinful viscount entice the wary painter into a casual liaison, one that will put neither their reputations, nor their feelings, at risk? Or will the not-so-saintly artist demand something far more vulnerable—his heart?
What reviewers are saying about Benedict and Dulcie’s story:
“a frenemies-to-lovers story with depth and originality; in each of the books in the series, Ms. Bennet has chosen interesting backdrops that are more than just window-dressing, and she ties her characters and storylines very closely to them…. [T]he romance is very well done; the author really shows the depth of emotion that exists between the protagonists through moments of affinity and tenderness…. A Sinner Without a Saint is a richly layered, sophisticated and satisfying read and is a novel I’d definitely recommend to lovers of historical romance who are looking for something a little different to the usual round of balls, musicales and soirées.” —All About Romance
“This pleasing romance highlights the complications of premodern gay desires, rounding out its story with precise historical flair and genuine feelings.—Publishers Weekly BookLife
“a refreshing change of pace from other historical romances where the upper class is mostly interested in parties and gambling. I gained new insight into the lives of the wealthy in London during the 1800s through this novel… There’s nothing I enjoy more than a really nasty love-hate relationship and that’s what you get here…. Those who love their historical romances in depth and with a personality all their own should pick up a Bliss Bennet novel and dive in.” —Romantically Inclined Reviews
“An enthralling read….will keep you thinking.” —Romance4theBeach
“What I most appreciated in reading this was that the central conflict was not the homosexuality of the characters, but rather the question of loyalty; loyalty to one’s own opinions, loyalty to family, and loyalty to a lover. Of those, which comes first?” —Historical Novels Review
“The writing is carefully crafted, the subject matter intelligent and well presented, and best of all, it’s for M/M romance. It’s so rare to find this level of writing for male romances.” —Online Eccentric Librarian
“a fake engagement, a political campaign, minor betrayal, one very scandalous portrait, and you have the makings of a delightful novel.” —Maureen Lubitz, amazon reviewer