by Lynne Connolly

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In Georgian England, love can mean ruin—even for a Shaw . . .

Lord Darius Shaw has never been in love before. But when he renews his acquaintance with lawyer Andrew Graham in a raid on a molly house, where men meet men for forbidden pleasure, they discover mutual feelings as deep as they are dangerous. For while society will turn a blind eye to an aristocrat’s transgressions, Andrew has far more at stake. The son of city merchants, Andrew has a disastrous marriage in his past, and a young daughter to support. He could lose his livelihood, his reputation and even his life—and drag Darius down with him.
Darius and Andrew’s only choice is to deny the true nature of their relationship. But when an enemy Italian spy threatens their secret—and their futures—the two set out to catch him. And in the process they are forced to face their desires—and make a life-changing decision.
“Lynne Connolly writes Georgian romances with a deft touch. Her characters amuse, entertain and reach into your heart.”
USA Today bestselling author Desiree Holt
“Plots, deviousness and passion galore . . . a truly enjoyable read.”
–Fresh Fiction on Temptation Has Green Eyes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516102488
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Series: The Shaws
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 75
Sales rank: 193,399
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lynne Connolly was born in Leicester, England, and lived in her family’s cobbler’s shop with her parents and sister. She loves all periods of history, but her favorites are the Tudor and Georgian eras. She loves doing research and creating a credible story with people who lived in past ages. In addition to her Emperors of London series and The Shaws series, she writes several historical, contemporary and paranormal romance series. Visit her on the web at, read her blog at, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @lynneconnolly.

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Sinless 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I've never read a M/M romance, but I fell in love with Darius in Fearless so I knew that I had to read his story! I can't imagine living during a time where you can't share your life with the person that you love, but that is what happened to Darius and Andrew. My heart ached for the two of them knowing that they could not lead the life that they wanted. Connolly did a wonderful job of depicting the feelings between our H/H and what they would have gone through. I have fallen in love with the Shaw's and can't wait for the next book in the series!
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Sinless by Lynne Connolly is a great historical romance. This is a M/M romance though, so it may not be for everyone. Ms. Connolly has delivered a well-written book. I love the characters. A+ to Ms. Connolly for the characters and their interaction. Darius has been out of the closet (to his family) but same sex romances were forbidden at the time. Andrew is a barrister. Darius and Andrew are both searching for the same spy. Their story is loaded with intrigue, suspense, sizzle and bits of humor. I enjoyed reading Sinless and look forward to reading more from Lynne Connolly in the future. Sinless is book 1.5 of The Shaws Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I won from Goodreads.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
When I requested this book to read from NetGallery, I did not realize it was a m/m story. But much to my surprise it was more about emotions and love than anything else and you could feel it coming through the pages. In historical times, the law forbade this type of relationship with penalty of death. So to actually step out and find someone that felt as you did and maintain that relationship was very scary. But as love will find a way it does in Lord Darius Shaw and Andrew Graham. This series is about the Shaw family and with Darius he is fortunate to have the support of his family. Andrew on the other hand is not as fortunate. He has a child to protect and his job as a lawyer depend upon his discretion. The two had met years ago when Andrew defended Darius's brother. Coming in contact again they begin to have feelings for each other. With a mystery to solve and a relationship to keep quiet, the author leads you through a winding path or strong emotions. You will enjoy this novella as the rest of Lynne Connolly's stories!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Lord Darius Shaw has a secret that could get him killed and destroy his family: he prefers the company of gentlemen, which his family accepts but society doesn’t, and if he were found out, he would be ruined professionally: he is a solicitor. He was at a bawdy house when a raid occurs, and Andrew Graham walks in. Andrew, also a solicitor, had met Darius when a member of Darius’ family ran into trouble. Andrew is a widower with a young child, but Darius has never been attracted to women, and Andrew realises he cannot get Darius out of his mind. What a fabulous character, this Darius! So seductive yet professional! The romance is painfully realistic, extremely well done, and newcomers to m/m romance need not worry, because the emphasis is on love and romance and not endless sex scenes. SINLESS is part of a The Shaws, which feature f/m for the other books. Try it, you’ll like it! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Sinless by Lynne Connolly The Shaws #1.5 What if the person you were attracted to was: * forbidden * made you “perverted” in society’s eyes * was considered to be “sinful” * could get you put in jail…or even hung Well…Lord Darius Shaw is a man that tried to suppress his “desires” but finally felt freer once they were admitted to those closest to him. Andrew Graham, however, is of a lower status and thus less protected should he ever be found to have an interest in someone of the same gender. Laws in England were unyielding and remained difficult for those that did not conform to the standard male-female couple choice expected by society. Add in the fact that Andrew is a widow with a young daughter and the stakes are even higher. Darius and Andrew have seen one another previously during the trial of Darius’s brother Val…in fact…Andrew was the lawyer defending Val. Awhile after the trial ends the two meet again in a Molly House raid and the spark remains. The two have a mystery to solve – who is the spy and who might be committing treason by providing the spy with documents being sent to the enemy? – They work together, test the waters between them, remain steadfast for most of the book in avoiding a liaison and finally find a way to a HEA together. I was once again impressed by the Shaw family and their loving support of both sons – no matter what – and wished all who find themselves in uncomfortable situations would have such support when they needed it. Is it believable? Mostly Is it a good story? Yes Did I like it? Yes Do I want to read the next book in the series? Definitely Thank you to Net Galley and Kensington Books – Lyrical Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4.5 Stars