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 was a delightful romance full of secrets and hints of gothic creepiness. In other words, I loved it :)
So, this book has hints of beauty and the beast. A beautiful girl taking someone else's place in the castle of a beastly man. And of course, the girl sees past the face to fall in love. That by itself guaranteed a good story. But the author didn't stop there. She added layers of secrets and possible insanity (not one of the main couple), as well as several more little things that made this so much more than a rendition of beauty and the beast.
Sidonie (that's a cool name) was wonderful. She was strong throughout the story, even when Jonas was acting the part of the beast. But she also knew when to give in. She didn't fight against her love, she accepted it. She's been looking after her sister ever since the disaster of a marriage that got her sister bonded to an abusive husband until death do them part. So, she has been the strong one for a while. I can't really say anything bad about her. When I say that, you know that this character must be something special.
Jonas was complicated. He's had a hell of a time in his life. The amount he's been through is truly astounding. He has scars both inside and out. But even though he tries to play the part of a beast, he's not. He's still a sweet man, who is more inclined to kindness rather than cruelty. It doesn't take long for you to find out. As much as he tries to deny it, he is actually a nice guy. I do have one complaint about him, and this is a complaint big enough to knock off a point. Towards the end, he finds out that Sidonie did something. (No, I won't tell you what). I thought he had ample reason to be angry. But he didn't just get angry, he became furious and blew the whole thing WAY out of proportion, acting as if Sidonie has committed an unthinkable crime. I understood why he got angry, but I don't think he had any right to freak out the way he did. What Sidonie did was understandable and I felt like if he loved her, he should have understood her reasons. It made me really annoyed with him. This is repaired by the end, but literally at the last chapter. Even though I liked Jonas' character, that issue posed a huge problem for me.
The story is fast paced. There are no slow moments. The plot picks up immediately on the first page and keeps going right to the end. The ending was sweet. A nice happily ever after.
Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed was a lovely book, full of gothic romance and secrets. Other than that one problem, I loved it.
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy