Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin
Published by Forever on September 25, 2012
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WILL A WEEK OF SEDUCTION . . .
Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.
. . . SPARK A LIFETIME OF PASSIONATE SURRENDER?
Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?
Holy Shamoly that was hard work. Bloody brilliant, but seriously full of feelings that I got to nearly the last page before everything was settled.
Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed is the story of Sidonie and Jonas. Sidonie is the twenty-four-year-old virgin spinster sent as a sacrifice to pay the debt of her beloved (bitch) sister Roberta to Jonas Merrick, bastard by name and bastard by action. I’m not going to go over the full details of this story, but I will say that everything is not as it seems.
This story was brilliantly written with a talent and professionalism that is not always found in modern writing. It was clear and precise and the only time I stumbled was trying to understand the accent of Mrs. Bevans, Merrick’s housekeeper. The writing flowed and I was never in doubt in regards to the sentiment and feelings of the characters.
I took away half a star because at times I was overwhelmed by the sadness and injustice this couple has faced in their lives. Merrick has been treated badly not just because of his bastardy but also because of a scar across his face that nearly cost him his life when he was young. I just felt that there was little happiness and for a long time, no hope that things would get better or be resolved.
There was never a question of cheating or other women or men, but Jonas does talk about how he treated or was treated by women before Sidonie entered his life. All angst revolves around the relationship and the people in their lives.
I did enjoy this story, but it is not a lighthearted read. I would liken it to Beauty and the Beast. I felt a connection to both the characters and could understand some of the motives behind their actions. Saying that, I still wanted to bash them over the heads for their stubbornness. It is well written and I did not find any mistakes. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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