Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

Moonlight Sins

by Jennifer L Armentrout

Published by Avon Books

Book 1 in the de Vincent Trilogy

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson.

Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...


Steamy Romance Mysterious


Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L Armentrout is the first book in a trilogy series that centers around the de Vincents. This first one focuses on the youngest de Vincent son, the handsome player, nicknamed Lucifer, Lucian de Vincent, and the beautiful and kind-hearted nurse the family hires to take care of Lucian's twin sister, Madeline, Julia Hughes. Only, unknown to Julia, she meets her new boss the night before she is set to start her new job, and shares an intimate moment with him. When she is offered something she can't refuse to stay, she is quickly immersed in the dark, secret lives of the de Vincents. Rumors of the haunted mansion and the de Vincent family curse start to feel more real as Julia learns more about the families tragic past, especially with the latest death: Lawrence de Vincent. Despite this, Julia's and Lucian's attraction grows to something much more stronger. But can they overcome the family curse? Did Lucian's father really kill himself? And why is Madeline so troubled?

I think this is the first time I have ever read a book that actually felt ... gothic.

Is that a thing?

It must be. It just happened. Jennifer's use of imagery gives the whole book a very dark and mysterious vibe. Not just because it's set in New Orleans. The huge mansion, covered in vines that always grow back after being cut. The unexplained sounds. The brother's themselves, despite usually being pretty normal (well, except for Dev), all have a darkness to them. I won't lie. There were a couple of times I wondered if this was going to turn out to be a paranormal romance, but that isn't the case. Some explanations are given to the strange occurrences in the end, but we are left wondering if the curse is real. Being left with questions doesn't bother me, as there are two more books in the series. While the book was original in my eyes, and the story was interesting, I was left slightly annoyed that the mystery, wasn't really a mystery to me. I predicted what was going on early on, so once I got to the end, I didn't get that 'oh shit' moment one wants in a mystery.

Before I continue on to my thoughts on the characters, I need to point out that the romance aspect of the story was great. Julia and Lucian have great chemistry with one another, and even after reading the Wait for You series and