Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Greatest of Sins by Christine Merrill + Featured Freebie

The Greatest of Sins
Giving in to temptation would be the ruin of them all!

Having spent years believing a lie about his birth, Dr. Samuel Hastings has been condemned to a personal hell of his desire's making—his sinful thoughts of the one woman he can never touch would damn his soul for eternity.

Lady Evelyn Thorne is engaged to the very suitable Duke of St. Aldric when a shocking truth is revealed—and now Sam will play every bit of the devil to seduce the woman he thought would always be denied him!

My Rating: 3/5

A nice book, though not the best I've read. The Greatest of Sins had some lovely elements but one issue kept me from really enjoying the book.

The idea for this book is very different. But in a good way. I guessed the secret of what Sam had been agonizing over about halfway through and it was a shocker. I don't know what others will think of it, because the secret is a touchy subject, but I liked how it was done.

Evelyn was a great heroine. She was incredibly determined and did whatever she had to do to get what she wanted. Though, this becomes a detriment later in the book. Her stubbornness during the second half of the book made me want to shake some sense into her. But, I was able to move past it. She wasn't particularly memorable, but she was a lovely, likable heroine.

Sam was complicated. The secret that I mentioned before makes him difficult to make a judgement about. However, I though he was wonderful. He always tried to be honorable and was a total sweetie to Evelyn. I'm not sure what other readers will think of him, but I liked him. He was wonderful.

The problem with this book, despite the great characters and story arc, was the pace. It went slow. The issue was that, once one obstacle to Evelyn and Sam's relationship was conquered, another came up. It became excessive. Basically, Sam got over his problem, then Evelyn decided that she wasn't into it. She had good reason, but considering the fact that she had been willing to run away with him just a few pages before that, it became an annoyance. As I said, I felt like it was excessive when it didn't need to be.

The Greatest of Sins was a good book. Not the best I ever read, but an okay read. If you want to give it a try, I would recommend it. Just proceed with caution.

*Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin for a copy!
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To escape her cruel stepfather, seamstress Alexandra Cogsworth envisioned sailing far from England...though not as a captive aboard a pirate's ship.

Pirate captain Nathaniel Kent's strategy for exacting revenge on his coldhearted father involved taking a valuable hostage...not a seamstress he mistakenly thinks is his half sister.

Yet fate has designs of its own, landing them both on board the ROYAL VENGEANCE. At sea, Nathaniel intercepts and plunders his father's ships, all the while tormented by his illicit hunger for the tempting prisoner he thinks is his blood relation. And although Alexandra wants no part in this terrifying voyage, to reveal her true identity to the handsome, blue-eyed Nathaniel would invite danger. Not only would she become worthless cargo, but the revelation would surely unleash what she and Nathaniel have been fiercely battling--a rising undercurrent of impossible desire that could sweep them away for good.

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