on September 19, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, comes a new forbidden STANDALONE romance.
What happens when the one you want is the only one you canÔÇÖt have?
My name is Sevin.
Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.
Elle was the girl whoÔÇÖd been carefully chosen for me.
After a long-distance courtship, IÔÇÖd be moving into her familyÔÇÖs guesthouse so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.
Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.
IÔÇÖd accepted those rules and my fate.
Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.
That was when restraint became a problemÔÇªespecially since "the one" wasnÔÇÖt Elle.
It was her sister, Evangeline.
You know what they say about best laid plans.
My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.
***Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel. Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. Only appropriate for adult readers age 18+.
Sins of SevinÔÇªwhere do we start?┬á The first thing that lured us in was the amazing cover art, so we decided to read a sample. Read a page, got sucked in, and decided we NEEDED to do a buddy read of the story.┬á Thank goodness we didÔÇªdays later and the book still wonÔÇÖt let us go!┬á WeÔÇÖre each otherÔÇÖs book hangover sponsors.┬á
Penelope Ward is a phenomenal writer.┬á Just like her other books, the plot line and structure are┬ávery compelling, realistic and engaging.┬á The realism of the characters, the situations and reactions twist you up into knots.┬á Have no fear, she more than delivers with this novel.┬á Get ready to put your life on hold until you get to the last page, because once you start, you wonÔÇÖt be able to stop.┬á┬á Better yet, grab the book and get a buddy to read with you like we did.┬á YouÔÇÖll need it!
Ugh. This book is fucking with my head. The monkey bars moment was so fucking emotional.┬á The whole book was but that…ugh. I have no words.
I was so impressed by the twists in the plot. I couldnÔÇÖt have predicted how this story would twist and turn.┬á Sevin impressed me to no end. It wasnÔÇÖt the normal formula for a romance.
Yeah, there was nothing straightforward about the story. Nothing like I expectedÔÇªthe fact that he was so angry and the depth of that emotion. I could bawl just thinking about it. This book didn’t go down the easy route. Not once. And Sevin was fucking amazing. So true to himself.
Exactly the words I would use. He encapsulated the saying ÔÇ£ThereÔÇÖs a thin line between love and hate.ÔÇØ
I loved that he didn’t just forgive and forget and loved happily ever after. I loved that he struggled with those things.
I agree. At first I was upset with some of the plot twists, but then thought about what they had survived.┬á Who they had become and the how their emotions were the same, yet evolved.
Definitely. It was nearly impossible to dislike either of them, no matter what they did.
The realness and messiness of their lives was touching.
I really liked Addy! And ImogeneÔÇªwould love to find out more about her. She made me laugh. What impressed me was the charactersÔÇÖ abilities to still laugh. To care for one another no matter how much they hurtÔÇªit wasn’t black and white. They were angry and sad, yet they still cared for and helped each other.
That’s a beautiful and perfect assessment.
There is just so much about this book. So fucking much. I loved SevinÔÇÖs vulnerability. There was no alpha male bullshit. He was still all man, but not the chest-beating asshole kind. He was so in tune with his emotions.
It was just perfect. It’s one of those books that I don’t think will ever let me go. I can’t stop gushing about it.
Though the focus of the book was sins…the true story was the art of compromise and forgiveness.
Yes, absolutely. It was so captivating and breath-taking. It was more like a saga than a normal romance and yet it just kept me glued to my Kindle.
It was such an emotional read. At times it was so intense, it was nearly too much to handle. And it left me in a perpetual state of heart-ache.
In the times I had to pause to do daily fun stuff like work, sleep and eat, on one hand I was devastated, longing to be back in the story and find out what happens next. At the same time, I was scared to pick up my Kindle, fearing the heartache that I just knew would follow.
What was really so well done, was the fact that it wasn’t over-the-top. It was kinda low-key and understated. There was no crazy unrealistic drama. It was life and it totally packed a punch.
It’s an intense book but I don’t regret a single word. Seriously, itÔÇÖs one that stays with you even after you read the last page.
Knocked me flat on my ass and has had me pinned there for days. I canÔÇÖt stop thinking about the cover art and what it really means. I am well and truly hauntedÔÇªin the best possible way.
So, suffice to say, we found the book to be beyond amazing, and have bestowed a very rare 6 star rating.┬á It was incredibly difficult to write a review without overly gushing and spoiling the story.┬á We are happy to report there is a Sins of Sevin support Group on Facebook (yes, we both joined).┬á DonÔÇÖt join until after youÔÇÖve read the book as there are spoilers of those trying to recover from the heartache the story brought upon them.┬á But, most importantly, READ the book!