Title: Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed
Author: Anna Campbell
Publishing House: Grand Central Publishing
Book Source: NetGalley
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?
I was very excited to get my hands on this book because it's been a really long while since I've actually read a historical regency romance. By that I obviously don't mean more than a month or so ago, but since I read around 30 books a month, it feels like a long time in between my historical regency romances. The title is what intrigued me, alongside the synopsis. Not that the cover wasn't lovely, but yeah mainly synopsis. Not to mention I almost never manage to resist a regency book.
The book was brilliant up to a point. Or well, maybe there was always this weird nagging thing in the corner with regards to Sidonie. I didn't like her very much. I found her a ball of contradictions her character didn't make sense and seriously made me want to slap her a few times. Yeah we're back to annoying female lead characters. Ugh! But Jonas, yeah Jonas I actually liked. His smooth Italian ways hypnotized me into ignoring Sidonie's annoying existence.
The storyline was new, something I actually haven't heard of mostly. I mean I hear of a parent losing their daughter at the tables, but never a sister wanting her younger one to take her place in something she trapped herself in. So kudos on that!
I loved the development of Jonas's character and how he evolved. I also was interested in knowing more about his past, which I guess is one of the reasons I didn't relate much to Sidonie, there wasn't much on her childhood or her life to give her depth. But the writing style and portrayal of the period was great, so I'll definitely be reading more books for Anna Campbell, like the second book in this series. I am hoping Genevieve is a better female character than Sidonie.