Title: Sins of Sevin (A Standalone Novel)
Author: Penelope Ward
Release Date: 21st September, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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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 guest house 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
Copyright © 2015 by Penelope Ward
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.
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
To say I was surprised at the beginning of this standalone novel would be putting it lightly as the storyline the author has created is innovative in its complexity. In this day and age, two people normally get married because they’re very much in love or maybe there’s even a child in question. Unless of course, it is forced or arranged. Something we don’t normally see in the western world. Even though this story touches upon these lines, two of the characters are quite willing to seal their vows in this sacred union. Both have their reasons which I had trouble coming to terms with; however, you really do need to read this beautifully written story to understand their stances.
Two issues which I didn’t take lightly in this read were religion and morality. Not only were my feelings put to the test throughout the read, but I also had my doubts as to whether or not either of the protagonists would be able to find light at the end of the tunnel. It was most certainly going to be an extremely hard and distressing ride for all.
Quote: Evangeline ~ “…I want to die knowing that I didn’t live in fear but that I lived life to the fullest with no regrets. I don’t want to feel guilty about being true to myself.”
Sevin Montgomery’s deceased father’s friend informs him of his father’s wishes. Out of the immense love and respect he had for him, he seriously considers taking up an offer. However, the chance for a new life has strings attached. And a very unconventional proposal it is, too. Although it saddens him to leave his step-brothers behind, there’s nothing else holding him back as his relationship with his highly religious step-mother had been strained for years. Before packing his bags, he meets his pretty wife-to-be, Elle, and a long distance courtship begins.
Quote: Elle ~ “…I truly believe becoming your wife is God’s will for me.”
Courting a naïve lass who, like him, had had a strict religious upbringing, meant Sevin would have to abide by Elle’s parents’ rules. Intimacy in any shape or form was out of bounds before tying the knot. Sevin is far from innocent. He’d sinned and he will again. And not with whom you think.
Quote: Evangeline ~ “Honestly? This. Right now. Being here…is my deepest darkest secret.”
Albeit unjustly painted rebellious by her parents, Evangeline has a beautiful soul and worries about hurting a certain member of her family. Riddled with guilt, this young woman fights against her desires, and well-knows that her feelings for someone who has already been taken is morally wrong. Yearning to be her own woman insofar as such an austere household allowed, made my connection with her deepen. Then we lose track of her, and I could only guess the worst. Not even her dearest friend, Adelaide, who she’d always confided in, knew of her whereabouts. What Evangeline considered to be correct, had disastrous results. And oh my god, did I have to grab for a man-size handkerchief tout de suite.
Quote: Sevin ~ “…I wish I f**king hated you, Evangeline. I’d give anything. I wish I could rid you from my heart, but you are my f**king heart.”
How could I not fall for Sevin! It was a pleasure observing him mature from a young adult to a man with a strong personality. How he coped with all the upheavals, made me weep for him. And when he finds solace in religion, I was taken aback considering everything he been through.
Quote: Sevin ~ “I’ll never forgive her.”
Adelaide ~ I’m not saying you should forget, but you need to ask God to help you forgive.”
From the very first moment they set eyes on each other, their attraction was—well, the only way that I can describe it is that I could feel the magnetism filter through the pages! An impossible love flourishes between Sevin and Evangeline and as I don’t won’t to spoil their story for you, I shall say no more about it. But what I will say is this. Although I really enjoyed this read, it only seemed to pick up the pace I needed about a third way in, but on reflection, perhaps I was a little too eager to get to the crux of matter. The occurrence of one tragedy after another left me utterly spent. It seemed that my broken-heart could take no more, but believe you me, I had to adhere to what would become my keyword, forgiveness. The bitter-sweet finale likened to one of Shakespeare’s dramas fast-forwarded in time. In fact, the epilogue was beyond my expectations. Beyond perfect. I loved both points of view told in past tenses; the faultless grammar and flowing dialogue. The secondary characters were extremely well-developed, Addy being my favourite. Masterfully written Ms Ward. Bravo!
Last word: I read this book twice before writing the review. Something I have never done before.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in 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.
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