In order to save her sister, Sidonie Forsythe decides to take her place in the bed of Jonas Merrick. Merrick is bastard brother and enemy to her sister’s husband. Roberta has racked up a gaming debt that Merrick agrees to forgive if she will spend one week in his bed. After learning about the deal, Sidonie goes in Roberta’s place.
When she first arrives at the estate, Merrick is amused to think Sidonie would be any sort of replacement for Roberta. He means to ruin his brother any way possible and Sidonie isn’t what he is after. However, after spending time with Sidonie he forgets his plans of using Roberta and decides that Sidonie will do just as well. In a very short time Merrick has become obsessed with Sidonie.
He has two scars on his face that detract from any sort of physical beauty he might have and cause him to look very sinister and angry. He has a very cynical view on life and feels that no woman could ever love him, they will only ever look to him as an amusement.
This book. I am not sure where to go with my review. Ms. Campbell is a master at bringing out such strong emotions in me. Normally I ache for the H/h in her stories however this time the heroine just made me angry. Sidonie never had a coherent thought in this book. By about halfway through I was so sick of her waffling I just wanted to toss the book. Merrick and Sidonie shared a moment of true passion and she flipped out. She pulled a TSTL moment and ran out into a driving rain. It was clear she wanted what was happening between her and Merrick yet she kept saying no, no, no. It was old and boring.
Throughout the whole book the reader know that Sidonie holds the marriage license for Merrick’s mother and father. She is keeping it from him in order to use it to keep her sister safe. She thinks that she can go back and blackmail her brother-in-law into leaving her sister alone. All along it is a betrayal to what her and Merrick are sharing. There were probably three times in the book where she decided to show him the paper, but wait…five minutes later she was changing her mind. It was mind numbingly frustrating.
Yet, there are parts of the book where I would clutch my chest because it hurt for Merrick. He was a tortured soul that deserved love. I think he is a bit of bastard for trying to pork his brother’s wife but that I can forgive in light of the fact he never actually did it. Solid reason, right? The story was a Beauty and the Beast type but Sidonie annoyed me to much to be Beauty.
The end was predictable but the pace at which it happened was a little shocking. For several chapters Merrick pushed Sidonie away because he knew he wouldn’t be able to trust her again. She had kept too many things from him, too many important things. But then she kissed him and he forgave her. Yes, I know it was going to happen but literally it happened in two pages!
If I could take all the women out of the book, I think I would like it a lot more. But that wouldn’t make any sense because you have to have a heroine. There were parts I didn’t like and parts I loved. I am not sure where that leaves me though. Right in the middle, maybe. I still love Ms. Campbell’s work and cannot wait until the next book in this new series. Final grade- C+
He wasn’t good enough for her. But by God, he meant to make her happy while he had her.