As a reader, I’ve read good books, bad books, terrible books that I couldn’t seem to finish no matter how hard I tried, and even decent books that I didn’t regret reading but could have done something with the handful of hours instead. The book I just finished is in a class all its own and I knew it would go on the reread shelf after chapter one.
My new favorite book? Marie Rochelle’s Sinful.
This story has everything I could want. The couple has explosive chemistry even from the first encounter, one where both of them are destined to go to their respective beds angry. But then again, if I had a man who seemed to want nothing more than to spit in my cheerios because I had the nerve to acquire something he wanted, I’d probably be a bit miffed too.
Admittedly, the hero came off as a high testosterone jerk at first, the kind of man that doesn’t let anything get in his way and could care less who he runs over in his quest for success. I wondered how Rochelle was going to redeem him, but she did admirably and made him seem more of a driven sort than the more common jerk variety of man.
The heroine is a good girl, the type that does what is right instead of what she wants. But she decided to grow a spine, first with her father as she takes over her own life and opening a bakery instead of attending medical school. So dealing with Jenson is a piece of cake, even if he does make her heart palpitate from lust and anger simultaneously.
But the best part is the way the story unfolds, with the pair being maneuvered in a deux ex machina fashion and being thrown together even while they “despise” one another. The lovemaking is long in coming (just know I have an impatient streak a mile long and wide), but perfectly on time when the sheets burn all the way to the conclusion.
I am certainly going to partake in the next two when they are available and find out the fates of Jenson’s brother and Maymi’s friends. Not to mention, I am really curious about one Mr. Mashiro…
Stupendous read and bravo Ms. Rochelle!
-Reviewed by Jennifer
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”