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?
REVIEW: I guess I need to come clean before I review this book…I never read ‘Beauty and the Beast’… I never saw the movie either … But if any of those are anything like this story, then they must be good… very, very good!
Sidonie Forsythe is a spinster on a mission. She aims to save her sister from a man who is determined to ruin her family, and as she arrives at his home to barter herself to him, she is faced with a man who is not just scarred from the outside, but who is hiding scars deep in his soul.
Jonas Merrick is not a pretty man. And his reputation is not any better. He is cynical, cruel to a point of ruthlessness, and a reprobate who has a mission of his own: let nothing or no one come in his way while destroying the man who stole his legacy.
As usual, nothing is as it seems and as these two meet, they both begin to unravel their true selves, and as a reader I get to watch this metamorphoses that just melted my heart.
Both of these characters are complex and the attraction between the beauty, who is slowly wooed by the beast of a man, is not to be missed.
You’ll love every minute of the seducer becoming seduced. And this reader definitely needed a fan for those parts of this tale! If you haven’t picked it up yet, you’re missing a great tale. Ms. Campbell hit this one out of the park! Period!