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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

ARC Review: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed by Anna Campbell

Format: epub (provided by NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
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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.


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?

Can I just say "Wow?" I LOVED this book, I mean truly loved it. Let me start off by saying that I love a hero that is at a disadvantage, whether it be a personality or physical disadvantage like Jonas, I love it. Too many times in a romance novel it's the female that is at the disadvantage and needs rescuing from the hero. Not so in Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, it's Jonas Merrick who needs to be rescued. His emotional damage is severe, and on top of that, he was scarred physically on purpose by someone close to him. Almost from the beginning the obstacles seemed to much for the heroine, Sidone (what a great name by the way). I didn't know if she could ever come close to over coming them and getting her happy ending, but she's one smart and determined character.

Jonas Merrick broke my heart. He may WANT to come off as a careless and cold man but he isn't. A big part of him wants to be accepted and loved for himself and not for what he can do for them. His trust is something that is hard to earn, fragile to keep and almost impossible to regain once lost. What a wonderful hero he made! The ultimate tortured soul in my opinion.

The emotional connection between Jonas and Sidone takes such a long time to form and when it does it is so fragile, so delicate that it's almost impossible to believe they will make it and that's what makes Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed so good. It's the angst, the uncertainty and the longing between Jonas and Sidone that kept me turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning.

One thing that is certain though, throughout the book there are some really steamy "almost sexy time but not quite yet" moments that left me flushed and fanning myself, and I'm not even going to mention the sexytime scenes for fear of combustion. So reader beware!

Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed is the first book in a new series by Anna Campbell and though it hasn't even been released yet, I'm terribly eager for the next book in the series and judging by the teaser, it promises to be a really good read just like this one!


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1 comment:

  1. HmmHmmmHmmmm! I may need to read this...is it a netgalley?


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