5 star book review for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, historical romance novel by Anna Campbell.
[Some Spoilers; For Mature Audiences]
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I first read the summary for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, I was instantly hooked. I’m happy to report that the book does not disappoint. This has all the things I love in a historical romance: intrigue, drama, twists/turns, complicated characters and relationships, and AMAZINGLY FANTASTIC SEXY TIMES. ATTRACTION. HEAT. LONGING. PASSION. It’s perfection and I love every moment.
We meet Sidonie, who is living with her sister Roberta, Lady of Hillbrook. Roberta falls into a debt, and in order to save her, Sidonie takes her sister’s place, agreeing to a bargain: spend one week with Jonas Merrick. You see, Roberta is married to Jonas’ cousin, the Lord of Hillbrook. In order to disgrace his cousin/enemy, Jonas essentially entraps Roberta. However, in order to save her sister from Lord Hillbrook’s wrath, Sidonie goes instead.
One of the things I enjoy most about this story is that there’s no dilly dallying. We get right into things, straightaway. From the beginning, we get to see Sidonie and Jonas together, and their sexual tension, the tet-a-tet elicits the most delicious tummy flutters!
At first, like Sidonie, we see Jonas in a negative light:
“A man ruthless enough to instigate this devil’s bargain wouldn’t relent now that his prize was within his grasp.”
Of course, Jonas, himself isn’t always kind:
“The question is whether debauching my enemy’s sister in law has quite the same cachet as debauching my enemy’s wife.”
With that said, its as if Jonas just wants to unsettle Sidonie, challenge her, and keep her on her toes…I don’t ever think he actually wants to hurt Sidonie, especially since there’s such attraction!
“Her gaze flew to his face, where she found desire, but also something that looked like wonder.”
“Sidonie Forsythe was a jewel such as he’d never encountered.”
And Sidonie also feels drawn to him. When Jonas was a child, his face was badly scarred in an attack. He still carries those marks today, but even still, Sidonie describes him as striking.
Essentially, I spend an incredible amount of time drowning in the sexual tension! For example:
S: “I’ll never come to you willingly.”
J: “I’d like the chance to convince you otherwise, bella.”
“When I touch you-and believe me, tesoro, I’ll touch you over and over again, in ways you haven’t imagined a man can touch you… ”
“The idea of whispering ‘Miss Forsythe’ as I slide inside you is just too arousing.”
“The wordless conversation continued…
J: I want you.
S: You can’t have me.
J: I need you.
S: You’re not worthy of me.
J: That’s true. Still you desire me.
S: Yes, still I desire you.”
So much passion!
There are gloriously, decadent sexy times that span chapters! CHAPTERS!
Jonas is quite effusive with Sidonie, using the sweetest endearments: bella, tesoro, amore mio, anima mia…. *ALL THE SWOONS*
But most telling:
“The union, body to body, hand to hand, mind to mind was unearthly. She touched every atom of his being.”
As the week ends, and Sidonie and Jonas return to their life, they are plunged into unexpected circumstances which threaten to keep them separated.
The ending was insane and at times heartbreaking, but incredibly good! We come full circle, gaining redemption, forgiveness, healing and love.
I 100% recommend this book for all historical romance lovers. This story draws you in from the beginning and keeps your interest with a compelling and, at times, unexpected plot, engaging characters with complex interactions, and wickedly enticing sexy times. I will be reading more of Anna Campbell‘s stories in the near future!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.