A Standalone Forbidden Contemporary 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 age 18+.
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I love forbidden romances. And while this blurb may imply that this is a religiously-driven novel, it isn’t. Sure, there’s religion involved, but it’s so much more. It’s about temptation, want, lust, acceptance, struggle…anger. Because where there’s temptation, there’s bound to be lust-filled hate.
Sevin has sinned. In the eyes of the Lord, he has done many things that would be looked down upon by those of faith. Growing up the way he did, he’s acted out because of the oppression, in spite of it. But when things change, he’s forced to do something he never thought he would…move further into the religion. Courting a girl by the standards of her father–no touching, no being alone, nothing–isn’t that big of an issue. What becomes an issue is that he’s struck deeply by her sister. The sister who makes him feel, gives him comfort, listens to his secrets, and carries his same wants and needs. This free-spirited woman will take him on a journey of love and hate, and everything inbetween.
The twists and turns were aplenty. The emotional feels were devastating. It was lustful and needy, and wanting. Sevin’s story was both empowering, sad, and heartbreaking. Two people who can’t under any circumstances be together, but cannot, under their own will power, resist each other. Ms. Ward will take you on a journey where the reader struggles with how these two people can be okay, how they can make it work, and how they can overcome every obstacle in their path. It isn’t pretty, it isn’t plain and simple, but it is a wonderful story. I fully enjoyed how each character struggled, how they battled within, and how things came to be. It’s sad and it’s pretty, what two people meant to be will go through to finally have each other.
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.
♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
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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