From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, 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
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SINS OF SEVIN EXCERPT
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.
Who’s ready for an exceptional super forbidden romance?
If you’ve read books from this author before then you know her stories are broken up into different portions. I love this feature and appreciate the vast expanse of time each journey covers. The added depth and multiple layers this aspect brings out is a rare find! Penelope Ward’s style remains consistent and she separated Sins of Sevin into two parts. The first section is a fantastic introduction to the characters as well as the complex storyline. I could tell immediately I was really in for real novel treat.
Sevin has already battled through some difficult times in his young twenty years. He seems lost and unsure of what his next life steps are after the death of his father but he definitely knows he wants out of his stepmother’s house. I could feel his fierce desire to escape and start a new path. Sevin has the potential to do anything and I know he has the drive to make change happen.
Sevin is looking for an escape so the slightly-twisted opportunity with Sutton Provisions comes at the perfect time. True love and falling hopelessly isn’t in the card for him so this is just a business deal. Sevin definitely wasn’t planning on meeting an incredible woman on his way to the Sutton house and now he can’t stop thinking about her. It’s an even bigger shock when this mysterious woman walks in the door and turns out to be his fiancé’s older sister. This complicated situation has disaster written all over it.
Evangeline has been raised in a conservative Christian household with fairly restrictive rules. She seems to be a bit of a rebel but doesn’t push the boundaries too far. Lusting after her sister’s fiancé is horrible but Evangeline can’t seem to help it. She isn’t alone in her sinful thoughts so it’s only a matter of time before the tension is too strong to handle. A moment of weakness is all it takes for their lives to change course and spiral off in a new direction.
Five years later brings a lot of changes to both Evangeline and Sevin. The separation brought new experiences and life-altering decisions. I won’t give anything away but this is a book you don’t want to miss! From start to finish I was totally committed to this story and the characters. I love and admire this author’s writing so much. Sins of Sevin is another ultimate masterpiece from the very talented 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.
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