Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book Review: Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward #Giveaway

The first half of the book was everything I've come to know and love about Penelope Ward's writing. It was deeply emotional, beautifully written and it sucked me right in. I fell for Sevin and Evangeline, despite their sneaking around. Their chemistry and the tension was just so strong I could feel it burning off my Kindle. I wanted them to find a way out of this mess and be happy together.

Then the second part of the book happened and I had issues. I was not a fan of what happened from this point on. It was still well written and emotional, I just hated the turn everything took. I mean how much bad shit can happen to one couple? The author kept piling on these awful, painful things and I just felt like it was too much and over the top.

Despite the fact that the second part of the book didn't work for me, I absolutely LOVED the first part. L.O.V.E.D. Which is why I'm giving it 4 stars. The good far outweighed the bad here for me and despite my issues, I do think Penelope wrote another moving and wonderful story.

Favorite Quotes
"You're my truth. Everything else is a lie."

"You light a fire in me, Evangeline, one I can't put out, one I don't want to. I wish I could show you how I feel."

"Don't you know I'd burn in hell for a single taste of you?"

“I have so much love inside of me that’s all yours, and it’s been trapped inside. I need to give it to you, because holding it in is killing me. I know your heart belongs to me. But I’m selfish. I want all of you. I want your body before you run away from me again. Because I promise you, once we’re connected, you’re gonna know that we were meant for each other. Unless you tell me not to, I’m gonna take you. Right here. Right now, Evangeline.”

Marianna's Rating:

**I reviewed this book by my own choice, no ARCs were received. :)

He quietly followed me into the dining room, carrying the flatware. The tension in the air was thick as he walked behind me around the oval table, setting down silverware after each plate I’d put down. It was like some weird game of musical chairs where awkward silence replaced the music. The hairs on my back stiffened. We weren’t saying anything, but it was as if I could feel the weight of a thousand words along with the heat of his body so close behind me.

When I noticed he’d just put a fork where the spoon was supposed to go, I switched it. “The forks go on this side, actually.” My hand was shaking. I couldn’t believe how little control I had over myself.

Noticing my nerves, he suddenly placed his hand over mine and whispered, “Stop.”

Chills ran through me. My heart started to beat faster. My nipples hardened. I hated my body for responding to him with equal amounts of fear and lust.

I turned to him, his hand still over my knuckles. It felt like I couldn’t breathe as he just looked at me.

My mother’s footsteps caused Sevin to move his hand off mine with lightning speed.

Mama entered, and we continued setting the table as if our stolen moment hadn’t happened.

Title: Sins of Sevin
Author: Penelope Ward
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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 can’t 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 who’d been carefully chosen for me.

After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s 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.

I’d accepted those rules and my fate.

Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.

That was when restraint became a problem…especially since the one wasn’t 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+.


About the Author
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew upin Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

Twitter: @PenelopeAuthor

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