by Anna Campbell
Published September 25th 2012 by Forever
ISBN1455512079 (ISBN13: 9781455512072)
review courtesy of Publisher
Will a week of seduction...My Thoughts
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, what I think, a beautiful rendition of Beauty and the Beast. From the first page, I knew this was going to be a great read!. The synopsis and cover art drew me in, but it was the writing that kept my attention throughout the entire book. No lag time, no dull moments, this was a sensuous, romantic page turner.
The heroine, Sidonie, has the character traits that I love: spunky, intelligent and against all odds will still come out ahead. The hero, well Sidonie looked past his facial scar and learned to love and trust the man within. I cried for the Jonas's childhood, the author did a wonderful job of detailing what made the man who he is. I tried to like Sidonie's sister, Roberta. I thought it was a noble cause for Sidonie to pay the debt of her sister, but Roberta was a spoiled brat, always knowing that someone will come to her aid.
With the help of each other and the tenacity of childhood friends, they learn the power of love, the power of healing. I am glad to hear that this is just a first book in the series, I look forward to reading more of Anna Campbell. She is an author on the "watch" list. If you haven't had a chance to read this book, I encourage you to do so. If you have read this wonder book, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.