Sunday, September 2, 2012

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell

Title: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
Author: Anna Campbell
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Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 384
Format: Electronic Copy
Acquired: ARC; Netgalley
Interest: Series
Age Group: Adult

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?

This was honestly a nice break from the Highlander romances that I have been reading like there is no tomorrow. I forgot how much I loved stories about English society and all that jazz.

To be honest, when I first requested this book I honestly thought there would be nothing but smut. Lots and lots of smut. I mean, that's a reasonable assumption: a girl will be spending seven nights with a man and will be sleeping with him. She was practically handing over her virginity to him. What I wasn't expecting was a tongue lashing Sidonie or a man like Jonas who would not go to Sidnoie's bed unless invited in. That kind of shocked me a little. But I was really glad. Obviously they wouldn't make a very good love pair if Jonas just started ripping her clothes.

I like how well Campbell played the background of Jonas into present day or just how much connection the two had. Even though these stories are pretty predictable, I still found myself chewing my nails when shit hit the fan. I mean, obviously it couldn't be all fluffy tales but I still did not see coming the enormity of how dramatic they could be.

And when I say dramatic, I really mean dramatic. I get, probably being the bastard son of some Viscount is not easy, especially when the title goes to a cruel cousin (who is also responsible for a very ugly scar) but talk about letting someone's emotions ride the wave. I was backing up the couple a hundred percent, but I was still annoyed. Sidonie, I get it, she was trying to be the bigger person, but I wish she had some pride as well. Or maybe it's just me stuck in my old ways.

Either way, the ending still made me happy. I liked the two supporting characters of Richard and Cam, who will evidently have their own books, which I hope means that this won't be the last of Jonas. Yes, he's overly emotional, but he's still a good man.

I found myself really liking this story. I liked Sidonie for her devotion to her family, but I didn't like how that devotion basically controlled her life. I also didn't like the way it seemed to be either/or situation going on between Jonas and Roberta, Sidonie's sister, and the reason Sidonie was in the state she originally was. All I can say is that if Roberta truly cared about Sidonie, she would not have caused all the pain she did.

Overall, it was a great story. Campbell made clear right away who the good guys were and who the bad guys were. She gave reader's a clear feeling of where each character came from and gave a lot of promise for what would happen later on. I mean, this series is called 'Son's of Sin' and sinfully these men are.

And I think that the more sinful, the better the story.

This is my first book by Campbell and I am so glad I wasn't disappointed. I am looking forward to the next book.

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