Wednesday, 23 September 2015

BLOG TOUR: Sins of Sevin by Penelope Ward

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New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

(A standalone)

Release date 9/21/2015

A Contemporary Romance novel
Penelope Ward

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a
new forbidden STANDALONE 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 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+.

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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.

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Well, well…

This is something I did not expect at all…

This is only my 2nd Penelope read. The 1st one was a collab with another author. So I guess on her writing alone, then this is a 1st for me. The blurb on this one is definitely what caught my eye. Something about the storyline just grabbed me. It sounded dark with all that forbidden angle yet it didn’t. And true enough, it wasn’t dark. I did get that forbidden part but it was more of an emotional ride that I didn’t quite anticipate.

It’s about people falling in love with the wrong person, which on its own, was difficult enough as it is, but take that within the context of religion, in a way, and the lifestyle that went with it, and what you get is the story of Sevin and Evangeline.

Sevin didn’t have a happy childhood. He made selfish decisions but he tried to do right by all and stay on the right path. He had his funny moments with his introspection. Evangeline was clearly the woman meant for Sevin but life sometimes takes funny turns that no one can foresee. They’re not necessarily characters I would gravitate towards in my romance reads but they’re really both decent and good-hearted and when these 2 are together, I felt the connection, and the sincerity of their feelings.

I admit I was shaking my head a few times, not understanding the formality of their words and their lives, but I guess I didn’t have to understand it. The choices laid out for them, or lack of it, frustrated me at times and made me disconnect. Some of their decisions made me nervous. A number of times, I thought the story should’ve gone one way but it didn’t, which is what kept me wondering, I guess, including the emotions that followed because the story didn’t go the way it would go. Had things happened how I thought they would in my head then I supposed I would’ve been reading a totally different book, right?

One turn of event definitely caught me totally off guard but again, I suppose it has to go down that way for the story to go into the right direction. Interestingly enough, I did figure out another thing right at some point, which I was hoping I was wrong, sigh. But I get it; it added another depth to the story. It just made me sadder, but I guess it made me care more as well…

My heart broke for all the characters, the uncertainties, the doubts, the pain; they felt unnecessary on the one hand had the story flowed one way, but at the same time, it made sense because sometimes, people make the wrong decisions for the right reasons, or the right decisions for the wrong reasons.

I’m talking in circles, aren’t I?... sigh… Let me just say that if you’re looking for a different angsty read, I think you’ll find it here. It's touching, and it'll melt your heart.

Meet Penelope Ward

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.
Other books from Penelope Ward

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest

Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)

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