3.5 Stars.The second half of the book really picked up for me Halfway through, I just wanted to skim It was all starting to be a tad repetitive.The ending and the epilogue were sweet 3.5 Stars.The second half of the book really picked up for me Halfway through, I just wanted to skim It was all starting to be a tad repetitive.The ending and the epilogue were sweet Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed is the first book in Anna Campbell s Sons of Sin series It s a gothic esque romance with a Beauty and the Beast feel, and is a very passionate, very sexy story From the Cover Will a week of seductionDesperate 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 Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed is the first book in Anna Campbell s Sons of Sin series It s a gothic esque romance with a Beauty and the Beast feel, and is a very passionate, very sexy story From the Cover Will a week of seductionDesperate 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 evendelicious 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 Anna Campbell is one of my favorite Historical Romance authors She writes compelling characters living in complex worlds They re tortured souls with tragic pasts, people in need of the kind of redemption and salvation that can only be found in the arms of their one true love.But for some minor issues I had with pacing and flow, there s so much to love about this story Jonas and Sidonie are wonderful characters and from the start I couldn t help but care for them and want them to be together And while I do like Sidonie, I fell especially hard for Jonas, the scarred, bitter man His life, his loss, his seemingly empty future he s the kind of hero who captures my heart in a big way.I m looking forward to readingin this series When Sidonie Forsythe s sister, Roberta cannot pay the gaming debts owing to Jonas Merrick, Sidonie comes up with a plan She offers herself in payment Jonas Merrick is a bastard, and rich There is no love lost between him and his cousin William, Sidonie s brother in law But Jonas proposes a new bargain If Sidonie spends another six nights at the Castle with him, Jonas will write off her sister s debts.The opening scene as the heroine arrives at the forbidding Castle Craven on the South Devo When Sidonie Forsythe s sister, Roberta cannot pay the gaming debts owing to Jonas Merrick, Sidonie comes up with a plan She offers herself in payment Jonas Merrick is a bastard, and rich There is no love lost between him and his cousin William, Sidonie s brother in law But Jonas proposes a new bargain If Sidonie spends another six nights at the Castle with him, Jonas will write off her sister s debts.The opening scene as the heroine arrives at the forbidding Castle Craven on the South Devon Coast is fantastic, evocative After that wonderful, initial scene the gothic atmosphere loses some of its momentum, swallowed up in the romance and love scenes for the longest time However, it was the second half of the book that the story really came alive for me and I enjoyed immensely There was wayhappening with the focus no longer on just Jonas and Sidonie.I had thought Jonas was going to be a dark, sinister lord of the gothic manor type He s a bit of a loner in an out of the way mansion He is reputedly ruthless and has a scarred, unattractive face But I thought he was a nice guy and not particularly scary or mean He was sensitive, kind and understanding Though I enjoyed this novel, there were a few things that didn t quite make sense to me view spoiler Sidonie seems to easily forget the horrible reason she s there at Jonas s castle and falls for him pretty quickly As well, there s a situation where Jonas finds out something that has him turning from Sidonie It seems manufactured and somewhat out of character from the man we saw originally hide spoiler However, the story and romance was enough for me to overlook these few quibbles.The writing as you d expect from Anna Campbell is polished and smooth In the first half the romance was lovely with two likable leads And the sexy times were steamy and delicious We meet twobastards Cam Rothermere and Richard Harmsworth whom I m guessing will be the heroes in following books.Overall, Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed is a very good story and a great beginning to a new series.Steam 3.5 ARC courtesy of Grand Central Publishing Forever via NetGalley 3.5 Stars Whatever she saw in his smile, it discomfited her enough to make her try to shift away He didn t let her go He began to suffer the alarming fantasy that he d never let her go This was officially my first Anna Campbell book I have to admit, the first half was a bit slow for me In Historical romance books, I don t like for the scene to remain in the same house for too long I wantmovement,action, less introspection and intimate dialogue I like my character development t 3.5 Stars Whatever she saw in his smile, it discomfited her enough to make her try to shift away He didn t let her go He began to suffer the alarming fantasy that he d never let her go This was officially my first Anna Campbell book I have to admit, the first half was a bit slow for me In Historical romance books, I don t like for the scene to remain in the same house for too long I wantmovement,action, less introspection and intimate dialogue I like my character development to come after I get to know everyone involved a little So it s just personal preference I know a lot of HR follows this type of gothic, dark and dreary, old crumbling castle trope, and that the scenery always stagnates for me after awhile.The second half picked up the pace quite a bit and gave me the excitement I was looking for Not only did the sexuality start to becomeromantic, but Anna Campbell can really make it emotional I love when the act of making love comes across as a profoundly moving thing Yes, it s great to get that animalistic side of bedroom activities, but I also think it s easier for an author to write about sexuality if that s where you re headed It s not as often that I read an author that can write a romantic love scene and not have it come across as cheesy or overused Anna Campbell really nails it My heart went pitter patter and everything Just a random observation, but I found so many words used in this book that I ve actually never seen used before I utilized my Dictionary featurethan I ever have before Quite a feat Here are a few words sybaritic suborn odalisque fatuous rubbing chin Now if only I could somehow insert these into regular conversation without seeming like a total tool My favorite quote and there were a few from Jonashe s a great character Every moment had a horrible pointlessness Another moment would follow, then another All the way to the end Not one scrap of light or love or laughter in any of it He was a very complex character At first, he s the reclusive, scarred beast, lascivious enough to deflower a virgin who s sacrificed herself for her family Then he slowly transforms into a true hero, the best kind simply because he finds his heart during the course of the book, and the entire time, you get to watch it all unfolding It s magical and wonderful, and why I read romance Review posted at Demon Lover s Books MoreThis is a tortured hero story at its best He is scarred, both inside and out, and Sidonie proves to both of him that he s not quite the beast he thinks he is This was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I found it to be just wonderful.Sidonie arrives at Castle Craven in her sister s place, to honor a bargain made with a man with no honor From all her sister has told her, she will be facing the devil himself From all her sister s husband has ran Review posted at Demon Lover s Books MoreThis is a tortured hero story at its best He is scarred, both inside and out, and Sidonie proves to both of him that he s not quite the beast he thinks he is This was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I found it to be just wonderful.Sidonie arrives at Castle Craven in her sister s place, to honor a bargain made with a man with no honor From all her sister has told her, she will be facing the devil himself From all her sister s husband has ranted and raved, he looks like the devil as well.Jonas was born to privilege, and he was titled, until someone dragged his mother s name through the gutters and proved that his Spanish mother was never wed to his father His bastard status lost the entailment, going to his cousin, who lorded it over him at every chance he got But Jonas got to keep the money, only the title went to his cousin Jonas made it his mission in life to become richer than anyone But his scarred face didn t cover a heart of gold Quite the opposite, in fact.Sidonie s sister gambles well above her means, and she owes Jonas a huge amount of money In exchange for not telling her abusive husband his cousin , she agrees to 7 nights in his bed The ultimate revenge in Jonas book Sidonie and Roberta realize her husband will literally kill her if he finds out, so Sidonie goes in Roberta s place Her virginity to excuse Roberta s gambling debts.The gothic feel and crumbling castle mirror the hero s black heart and yetis he really such a beast Oh he plays it well, but he isn t the devil he was painted Don t get me wrong Jonas is no saint, but he and Sidonie strike a new bargain He plans to seduce her in those 7 days, and if he fails she leaves, virtue intact The romance was lovely, and the writing was beautiful But Sidonie is hiding something Something big Jonas asks her to stay with him, to marry him, but she says she needs time Everything changes once she returns home and Jonas is arrested for murder Sidonie has proof to free him, but it means the fragile trust he had in her will be broken The last quarter of the book is heartbreaking I was so frustrated with the characters, but they needed to work it out in their own time And I loved how Beauty took her future with both hands and wouldn t let go, no matter how beastly her Beast was ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Forever Romance This is a joint review with my review partner May.May When Mandi told me she heard of a book coming out that just screamed This is a May kind of book I was intrigued and picked it up as soon as I could Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed plays on the Beauty and the Beast trope, but is at the same time its own unique and memorable story.Merrick wants revenge upon his cousinthan anything else Luckily, revenge is easy for him to find not only by being incredibly wealthy and successful while h This is a joint review with my review partner May.May When Mandi told me she heard of a book coming out that just screamed This is a May kind of book I was intrigued and picked it up as soon as I could Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed plays on the Beauty and the Beast trope, but is at the same time its own unique and memorable story.Merrick wants revenge upon his cousinthan anything else Luckily, revenge is easy for him to find not only by being incredibly wealthy and successful while his cousin is struggling , but now he also holds his cousin s wife in a great amount of gambling debt Indeed, the lady owes him a great debt which she can t afford or a week in his bed He finds the prospect of bedding his cousin s wife and cuckolding him to be a great revenge.So Merrick is surprised when instead of the lady in question appears in his home one stormy night, her sister comes in her place Indeed, the virgin spinster sister is quite literally sacrificing her body to this unknown man As her sister has two children and a hideously abusive husband, she can think of no alternatives but to offer herself and hope that she can survive the week.I thank Mandi for bringing this book to my attention because I absolutely loved it It was so emotional and tender, harsh and intense, and just everything that is good about both the beast trope and romance in general Mandi did you love it as much as I did Mandi Well no LOL The set up sounds wonderful A hero who is scarred, a recluse, and scary beyond belief A virgin heroine set to pay her sister s debt But it didn t work for me My very first problem is the hero He sets up the heroine s sister, Roberta to fail, and to sell her body to him just to get revenge Yet, we never see that beastly side of him He acts like a gentleman to Sidonie from the start Now would he have treated Roberta with respect if she had shown up We can only assume no Not that I wanted him to ravage a virgin and force himself on Sidonie But I wanted him to scare herTo be ruthless I wanted to slowly watch him turn into a romantic hero But she accepts his scars and his scary nature pretty easily And he shows his good virtues too soon.May You wantedof a dangerous or villainous edge Yep, I could see that I felt like he was seen as a villain, but that wasn t the truth at all He was like a wounded beast he really was sensitive and so alone and wanted someone to be on his side, but he d never dreamed it could be so I really think the author did a great job with his history and showing us how he really is a good man, but one who has never had a truly trustworthy friend in his corner and is deeply emotionally injured I also felt like the fact that Sidonie would give herself this way to honor her sister s debt threw him really hard and made him question what it would be like to have someone with such spirit root for him.Speaking of the sisters,I really liked the progression of the sisters relationship and how she comes to see that perhaps her darling sister doesn t quite deserve her unending loyalty I also really liked the heroine at least, until the end which I ll get to later and how she finds herself drawn to the man that Merrick is, how she sees him for who he is What did you think of our heroine Mandi I didn t dislike Sidonie I did think it was an odd moment when Merrick finally decides to absolve Roberta s debts, Sidnoie immediately thinks, For once she intended to follow her heart rather than her head She meant to become Jonas Merrick s mistress with a wholehearted joy that would have astonished the girl who arrived at Castle Craven Hmmmm Really After what..three days, from literally never having been kissed, to staying at a man s house, she wants this From a man who set out to ruin her beloved sister I don t buy it She was going to sell her morals to this guy, and that statement above is a very close statement to love And I don t think it fits with the seriousness of how this story starts.I like that the sister isn t necessarily a saint, and I think her husband makes a worthy foe for Merrick I do wonder why Sidonie doesn t see her sister for what she really is before this Maybe she does, but just felt because of Roberta s abusive husband, this was her only choice.May I do have to agree about the oddity of Sidonie deciding to stay and be with him after a matter of a few days I get why the author handled it that way, but to me it wasn t the way to play it I couldn t quite buy that Merrick would free her in a snap like that either As for seeing the true nature yes I think you re right about the abusive husband and that Sidonie was too close to see it at first.I had one big complaint about this book, and that is how it all ended I won t give away spoilers, but I will say that I was deeply disappointed that we were not in the hero s head at all I also felt that it could have been better put to HEA rest before it was, and without our heroine having to grovel as much as she did How did you feel about the resolution ending Mandi I completely agree on everything you said I wanted to be in the hero s head, I felt like the heroine had to grovel way too much, and I wantedhappiness with them before the book ended We basically don t get resolution until the epilogue The conflict dragged on for too long and felt too forced at the end.May Well, at least we agree that the ending was badly done I have to wonder did you find yourself highlighting quotes like crazy Because I was lighting up my kindle like mad and resisting the urge to send you quotes like every 30seconds Here are two that I highlighted Jonas stretched on an excruciating rack of desire and shame Stoically he stared into the mirror above, but the view offered no reassurance A big ugly man lay naked and spread eagled on a wide bed His cock stood at attention and his eyes glittered with panic He was hers to do with as she willed The thought was loathsome, even as his rational mind reminded him this was Sidonie who had never treated him as less than a man But old wounds of mockery and disgust barely healed He just had to look at his scars to know that some old wounds didn t heal at all.And another favorite quoteI don t make a habit of associating with unprincipled rakes Why are you making so much of this You know I m a virgin Oh, yes Something flared in his deep set silver eyes before he lowered his eyelids and studied her mouth But you re evenvirgin than I d guessed You can t bevirgin than a virgin, she snapped.Mandi I think I spent too much time frowning and grumbling to highlight favorite quotes in this one.May Well then, here s oneof my favorites She didn t just want Jonas Merrick She idn t just find him fascinating She liked the reprobate She liked himthan she d liked anyone When she left, longing or the lover would burn like acid But the true tragedy was she d miss Jonas himself.Alright Mandi, I think I already know but to wrap this up let me ask what is your final verdict Any last thoughts on Seven Nights Mandi I love a beauty and the beast trope, but this one did not work for me I felt the beast side of the hero lacked, and I never understood the heroine s desire for him and I didn t like the end My Rating DMay I would encourage anyone interested to look at it, read an excerpt, and judge for yourself I found the book so emotional, so captivating, and it just held me from page one I really loved that the beast in this story is a man filled with goodness but so alone and so damaged he can t show vulnerability or even kindness to anyone My grade for this book is definitely an A I m your payment, Mr Merrick When notorious Jonas Merrick finds the wife of his greatest enemy up to her neck in debt to him, he offers her a bargain she can work off the debt in his bed But Jonas is than a little surprised when her innocent, naive sister arrives in her place, bravely offering herself to the scarred, brooding rake Unexpectedly moved by young Sidonie s beauty, innocence and wit, the ruthless loner finds her seduction a much compelling prospect Instead of a martyr in his bed, he wants seven days to make her come willingly But when the week is up and the world intrudes will beauty claim her beast So bummed I LOVE Beauty and the Beast stories, and Anna Campbell is usually a sure thing for me.I don t know what happened here, but I felt like I d been hit by a swinging heavy bag with the plot, the characters and the writing itself And all by about 20% into the book.Gonna call this Judith McNaught itis or Lisa Kleypas itis Over wrought, over the top Not that I usually object to that, but in this instance it really isn t working for me So bummed I LOVE Beauty and the Beast stories, and Anna Campbell is usually a sure thing for me.I don t know what happened here, but I felt like I d been hit by a swinging heavy bag with the plot, the characters and the writing itself And all by about 20% into the book.Gonna call this Judith McNaught itis or Lisa Kleypas itis Over wrought, over the top Not that I usually object to that, but in this instance it really isn t working for me Sidonie Forsythe agrees to spend a week in a villain s bed in order to save her sister from shit Jonas Merrick is the villain in question and spends the week seducing the crap out of Sidonie Will that week of passion be enough to satisfy them for ALL ETERNITY Especially after Jonas turns out to be a petulant asshat 1 I kept reading Sidonie as Siodin WHICH ISN T EVEN A REAL NAME, but I think is an accurate representation to how I proceeded through this book 2 Putting aside fo Sidonie Forsythe agrees to spend a week in a villain s bed in order to save her sister from shit Jonas Merrick is the villain in question and spends the week seducing the crap out of Sidonie Will that week of passion be enough to satisfy them for ALL ETERNITY Especially after Jonas turns out to be a petulant asshat 1 I kept reading Sidonie as Siodin WHICH ISN T EVEN A REAL NAME, but I think is an accurate representation to how I proceeded through this book 2 Putting aside for a moment that Jonas sexually assaults Sidonie within their first 24 hours together WHAT A HERO , their relationship goes from 0 to 900 AWFULLY FAST Which doesn t actually bother me that much because Sidonie seems to realize that, and her subsequent actions and or betrayal according to Jonah the asshat follow the course of well, I like this guy I ve known for A WEEK but my loyalties lie with my sister who I have known for MY WHOLE LIFE so yeah It still got kind of old reading about their special connection however The sex was allegedly mind blowing perhaps explaining the idiocy and you think each other pretty neat good for you 3 So Sidonie has some Relevant Information and chooses to disclose it very late in the book Jonah reacts to this by flipping his emotional shit and telling her he never wants to see her again Very Adult, Much Hero Sidonie, feeling low and devestated, leaves Never to be seen again Until Jonah finds out that their 7 Nights of Bliss have led to a 9 Month Wonder BABY I AM TALKING ABOUT A BABY So this is BETRAYAL 2, according to him HOW DARE SHE HOW DARE SHE ALLOW HIS SECOND COMMAND I never want to see you again TO SUPERSEDE HIS FIRST If there s a baby, tell me so I can begrudgingly marry you Now I m not necessarily coming down firmly in Sidonie s side of the fence here Withholding information from your partner romantic platonic crime committing or otherwise is not something I condone I ve capitalized it before, and I will capitalize it again COMMUNICATION IS KEY That said as mentioned above, the relationship between hero and heroine goes from Who are you to You re my soul partner and when you re inside me, I can feel it touch my heart in a matter of 7 days FAST.So the fact that Sidonie isn t like BY THE WAY, SOUL PARTNER, HERE IS A LIST OF SECRETS I AM CURRENTLY KEEPING AND YES SOME OF THEM HAVE TO DO WITH YOU makes sense to me What DOESN T make sense to me is the utter shitfit Jonas throws when he finds out He even admits to himself mid tantrum that he s jealous Of Sidonie s sister Because she ll protect her and not him If my Soul Partner was like omfg you don t really love me it s been 7 days how did you not confess this LIFE CHANGING secret even though I have expressed 0 concern for anyone but mySELF SO NOW LEAVE ME FOREVER I would GTFO Door slam Car ties squealing Time bending OUT Basically, everything that happens once the hero is arrested proved that a week of passions is not enough and that the dude is an asshat 4 THE WRITING OH MY GOD In the matter of like 3 pages, Sidonie s heart crashed against her chest , then a gesture blasted a chasm in her heart , it broke for him and a few pages later, Jonas gets his dick out and goes Deeper than before So deep he touched her heart First I did not know that the wiener bone was connected to the heart bone That is some seriously freaky anatomy Second I m surprised Sidonie is still alive, what with all the violence going on in her chest It s a bit disconcerting Overall, things were just overwritten Everything is atmospheric or metaphorical or intense It s All Emotion All the Time There s no space to breath, to settle And there were some turns of phrase that threw me right out of the story and left me on the sidewalk Weeping Wondering if my heart bone will ever get poked by a good looking wiener bone 5 I think,, ultimately, this just wasn t a good fit for me An intrigue followed by a longterm chase could have been interesting Sidonie goes to her Doom and meets a man the Beast who catches her interest Nothing physical happens she spends 7 days on the brink, half convinced she was to be ruined at any moment but there is an emotional shift as she connects with Jonas over books, horses, a sense of humor Then she is released and she goes, almost unwillingly BUT THEN, Jonas emerges from his self involved exile in order to approach and woo his Beauty in civilized company FEELINGS PREVAIL SEX HAPPENS EVERYONE LIVES HAPPILY EVER AFTER Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to help her sister pay off her gambling debts by taking her place as the woman promised to the holder of her debts, Jonas Merrick All that is known of the recluse is that it is sister s husbands cousin and that there is extremely bad blood between the two and it has cast a shadowed opinion of Jonas He was scarred on his face as a boy and also stripped off his title for being illegitimate and it has shaped him into the reserved man he is today He knows immediately t Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to help her sister pay off her gambling debts by taking her place as the woman promised to the holder of her debts, Jonas Merrick All that is known of the recluse is that it is sister s husbands cousin and that there is extremely bad blood between the two and it has cast a shadowed opinion of Jonas He was scarred on his face as a boy and also stripped off his title for being illegitimate and it has shaped him into the reserved man he is today He knows immediately that Sidonie is not the woman that was promised to him after all, what better way to spite your cousin than to sleep with his wife for a week but he can not help but be drawn to the strong woman He makes it clear to Sidonie that he will not take her by force but it will be by her choice alone Sidonie believes she can outwit this man in the game of seduction and return home just as she left But her feelings quickly shift and she wonders if she can hold off on Jonas seduction but Sidonie also has a bigger secret that she is hiding that she knows will destroy this happiness she is finding When the full truth comes to light, will Jonas be able to forgive and trust Sidonie again or is their fate sealed in unhappiness Oh my goodnesswhat a book I have been waiting patiently ahem for a new book from Anna Campbell and Seven Nights in a Rogue s Bed did not disappoint I was a bit nervous about Sidonies secret and how that was all going to play out as it is not a favorite storyline of mine, but it worked so wonderfully with this couple I adored watching the attraction simmer bright from Jonas and Sidonies first meeting and then the feelings slowly grow as the week went on Jonas has quite a wall around his emotions and just as Sidonie would break a piece down, it would shift right back into place until it finally all comes crashing down Sidonie did take a bit of time for be to warm up to with her secret keeping and her refusal to marry based on her sister and mothers lousy marriages Again, not my favorite troupes but it worked for this story JonassighI loved him He is stern and gruff on the outside but underneath he is generous, clever and affectionate and Sidonie brings that back for him When she betrays his trust again, he refuses to let her back in and goes back into his lonely shell but she persists and the ending is definitely a tear jerker Overall, a delicious treat that was worth the wait This is a romance filled with love, passion, tenderness, forgiveness and trust all mixed together in a way that will make you forget about the real world and have you cheering for Jonas and Sidonie to find the happiness they so deserve together And we get just a glimpse of the other two men that will have stories and I know I am back to anxiously awaiting them 4 1 2 starsQuote that stuck with me subject to change in final version Forget what you look like The total of what you are is so much greater than what you see reflected in all these mirrors Review copy provided by Grand Central Publishing via netgalley.com