Sons of Sin Series:
Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed: Jonas Merrick and Sidonie Forsythe
Release Date: September 25th 2012
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?
I had seen this title on NetGalley and was instantly intrigued, I love a tortured hero type and the promise of scars and a difficult past for our hero was very tempting, but it was on Jen from Red Hot Books recommendation that pushed me over the edge and made me request the title. I am so glad I took her suggestion; I was not disappointed in the slightest!
This is a historical in the Regency Period, but it has a gothic feel. The Castle Craven is run down, dark and a bit creepy which adds to the atmosphere of this tale. It creates an ambiance that is rich and brooding and the perfect place for a seduction from the scared, ruined Jonas.
Jonas, had a very difficult childhood, abandoned and betrayed at every turn, it affected him in such a way that he won’t let anyone close, going through life alone. He has two primary objectives in life, the first to do everything in his power to ruin his cousin William (Sidonie’s brother-in-law) and to make so much money that he can ruin is cousin and to rise above the stigma of his birth. Jonas is actually doing a fantastic job at both, he is one of the richest men on the continent and his cousin is teetering on bankruptcy. It’s his desire at revenge that brings the beautiful Sidonie Forsythe to his door. It was supposed to be someone else, but his desire for Sidonie, outstripped his desire for revenge in this particular case. Sidonie’s innocence and sharp wit call to him, and she brings out the best in him. Jonas may want to act like a true bastard in every sense of the word, but with Sidonie, he finds himself acting in ways he never thought himself capable. He turns from grouchy, to funny, from cold hearted to caring, but only when it comes to Sidonie. Before the week is up, he may have to reassess his entire life and see if there is room in his heart for more than revenge or will Sidonie be just another in a long list to betray him?
Sidonie is a spitfire! She certainly holds her own against Jonas, she does not let him bully her around. She is funny and strong with a backbone of steel. Yet, she finds levels of compassion that are staggering, she is fiercely loyal and once she cares about you, you fall into her willingness to do everything she can to protect you. It is this loyalty that brings Sidonie to the Castle Craven in the first place. Sidonie sacrifices herself in an effort to save her sisters life. This sacrifice is I think in part what pulls Jonas in, he is not used to someone who is willing to put their self on the line for someone they love. This concept is alien to Jonas and I think that he wants Sidonie to feel this way about him. Once Jonas starts to thaw, she realizes the hardships he has endured all of his life and she starts to feel that fierce protectiveness that she has only felt for her sister and nephews before. These feelings that she starts to feel the more then caring ends up pulling her into two different directions. Now she has to make the hardest decisions she has ever had to make and not matter what she decides someone is going to get hurt.
I loved this novel, the story the setting, Jonas and Sidonie were great characters that you fall into. From the first page you are swept up into this tale and it grips you until the very end. There is no room to be bored as you are swept up into the story that continues to excite and stimulate until the last page. I am really looking forward to the next books in this series as they look to be as promising and as exciting as this one.
ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review, no other compensation was provided.
Rating: 4.5 Orchids