PUBLISHER: Grand Central Pub. 9/25/12
GENRE: Fiction/Historical Romance
SETTING: England, 1826

FROM PUBLISHER: 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?

MY THOUGHTS: Boy, this was terrible, I'm sorry to say. The opening scene was very gothic, which I liked. I was very excited to read this but soon after the heroine arrived at the hero's home, serious irritation set in. She went to his home of her own free will in her sister's place to pay off her gambling debt. When she got there she decided she didn't want to have sex with him. WTF?! That's the only reason she was there. To try and get out of it, she could have just told him the 'secret' she knew about him. Instead, she kept it to herself for a while when she should have just told him as soon as she arrived.

It took a week for her to finally spend 'seven night's in a rogue's bed' but by then I was already tired of the book. There was over ten pages of a bondage sex scene with the heroine in charge that made me roll my eyes and think, 'you've got to be kidding me!'. After knowing each other for about two weeks the hero was already offering to marry her if she got pregnant. That's just absurd and so typical of romance books. And the heroine said she loves him 'so much' after two weeks.

The author had a terrible habit of repeating words three times in a row throughout the entire story. Example: thud, thud, thud and Let Jonas win, let Jonas win, let Jonas win, just to name a few times.

The stuff that went on with Sidonie's sister and her husband was just uninteresting to me. There wasn't one character in the whole book that I cared about.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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