Title: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
Author: Anna Campbell
Series: Sons of Sin, book 1
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“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?”
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed is the first book in the new series Sons of Sin by Anna Campbell.
Jonas Merrick also known as the Beast of Craven Castle has had a difficult life that left him scarred inside and out. When his parents’ marriage was declared non-existent he not only went form being the future Viscount Hillbrook to be a bastard, but he was also ostracized by society.
Thanks to his father machinations his cousin, William, inherited the title but not the money, something William has never recovered from it.
Jonas only purpose in life is to make William’s life as hard and complicated as possible. In his ultimate revenge plan he takes advantage of William’s wife, Roberta’s gambling problems; she owes him an exorbitant amount of money, money she doesn’t have. Jonas gives her two options: To pay or to spend a week in his bed. What a bigger revenge than to cuckold William.
Roberta begs her sister, Sidonie, to help her, if William learns about her debt to Jonas he most probably kill her; William is a very violent man known for his abusive behavior.
Not seeing a way out Sidonie accepts to go in Roberta’s place, at least she doesn’t have much to lose; she is a spinster with no desire whatsoever to marry. What Sidonie wasn’t expecting was to like The Beast of Craven Castle.
To say that Jonas is surprised with Sidonie is an understatement, not only she is willing to sacrifice herself for her sister’s welfare, but she is the first person that has seen the man behind the scars. He won’t force her into his bed, but he will try his best to seduce her during that week.
In her innocent way Sidonie is trying her best to protect her sister, even keeping secrets that she shouldn’t have kept. She is loyal, witty and dedicated to her family. Even though I didn’t like Sidonie all the time I can’t say I disliked her. She made mistakes and paid dearly for her actions.
Jonas is the tortured hero that we all want to rescue; you just need to know him better to know that he is not the Beast everybody think he is, he is just a lonely man that has been abandoned by everybody that should have been there for him. He hides under his marred face and uses his looks as an armor and weapon against others.
I really liked how he opened with Sidonie and showed her the real Jonas. My only complaint in regards to him was his behavior towards Sidonie when he learned about something she was keeping secret, I understood his reasoning but his reaction was too harsh.
Their relationship on the beginning felt a little bit rush especially on Sidonie’s part. I think she felt too fast for him, I would have preferred if it would have take longer for her to accept him. Still it was a nice relationship, one with scorching scenes and many tender moments.
The villain (William) is a despicable man in all the sense of the way and Sidonie’s sister Roberta is not much better. I liked that at the end Sidonie opened her eyes and realized her sister was not the frail and innocent flower she thought she was.
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed is more than the typical Beauty and the Beast tale. It’s a story of love, sacrifice, deceptions, intrigues and redemption. I recommend you this book if you want a well-written historical romance with endearing characters and a fairytalish plot.
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed was my first book by Anna Campbell but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. I’m looking forward to next year to the release of the second book in the series, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss.
My Verdict: 4 Paws
Other books in the series
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
A Rake’s Midnight Kiss
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