This was my first book by Anna Campbell and I have to say I will be looking for her next one. She had great banter between the characters and wrote believable interactions between them. Castle Craven lived up to it's name and scared/enticed the reader just as much as it did poor, out of work, Sidonie.
Here is my review of:
Seven nights in a Rogue's Bed
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book was received as an ARC from NetGalley.
I have been reading a lot of historical Romances lately and this one by Anna Campbell was hard to put down.
Sidonie Forsythe arrives at Castle Craven desperate to help her sister, Roberta, repay a gambling debt she has accrued through an unfortunate game of cards. To settle her debt to Jonas Merrick, Roberta is to ‘give herself’ to this man who also happens to be her brother in law, the illegitimate brother of her husband William. William and Jonas however, despise one another.
Sidonie knows that William often takes his temper out on his wife, so to save her sister, Sidonie decides to sacrifice herself and her virginity to the man her sister has described as the cruel, scarred, Jonas Merrick.
Jonas is surprised when Sidonie shows up in her sister’s place and does his best to intimidate her into submission, but Sidonie holds her own and refuses to be dismissed. She is going to see this thing through to the end and repeatedly offers herself to Jonas, despite her terror. She isn’t intimidated by him, or his scars which she hardly notices after their initial meeting. She’s more frightened of the feelings he awakens in her.
Jonas does the unexpected and refuses to bed the fair Sidonie as she lay naked in his bed. Instead he asks her to spend 7 days with her and allow him to convince her to willingly sleep with him. If she resists him, she is free to leave, her sister’s debt repaid and her virtue intact. And if she cannot resist him, then they will share a wonderful night together and if she becomes pregnant she must let him know. He makes her promise this so that his child will not have to grow up with the stigma of being a bastard as he has faced his entire life.
Sidonie agrees to the terms and even though she hardly knows Jonas, she is confident he will not force himself upon her, rather he will use his hands and his kisses to seduce her body and mind. Her overconfidence is tested to the limits over the next days at Castle Craven and what she and Jonas find together is more terrifying and exciting than either imagined.
Anna Campbell writes a wonderful story of sacrifice and redemption. Her characters come to life from the moment of their first interaction. The banter between Jonas and Sidonie will put a smile on your face as they try to protect themselves from what they are beginning to feel for one another. Sidonie is a strong woman who is not easily intimidated and Jonas, for all his bluster, is intrigued by her to no end. Where bedding Roberta would have been about disgracing his idiot brother, seducing Sidonie is about saving himself from his demons.
Trust, lies, and love become tightly intertwined in Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell. Give it a read and fall in love with Jonas and Sidonie as I did.
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