Sinfully Ever After

Sinfully Ever After

by Jayne Fresina

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Sinfully Ever After 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down! Fresina never disappoints.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
I really liked the hero in this story! Luke is a great blend of mischievous scoundrel with a healthy dose of honor and a dash of gruff, but charming demeanor. Rebecca, the heroine, is quite headstrong and demanding, almost to the point of being a little too modern sometimes, but compliments Luke very well, even if she wasn’t exactly kind to him at the beginning. Watching these two battle it out was very entertaining. Rebecca’s insistence that she does not need a man, especially a man like Luke, and Luke’s determination to win her over created this great back-and-forth conflict that held my attention through most of the story. (Believe me, when you read as many historical romances as I do, it’s difficult to keep my attention since they can sometimes blend together.) I attribute much of that enjoyment to Ms. Fresina’s witty dialogue and refreshing ability to write a spirited heroine that can simultaneously be bold and progressive without coming across as a modern transplant in a historical setting. It took a while for me to connect with these two because I felt their “romance” was a little off. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I got this feeling – perhaps because I didn’t feel the characters changed all that much for one another? I didn’t see how Luke and Rebecca made each other better people just from knowing the other. I also felt there were times where the line between Regency and modern day idiosyncrasies blurred a bit too much One thing I don’t see often, but really enjoyed seeing in this book was the age gap between Luke and Rebecca. I think it is fairly unique in this genre. Luke is almost 40 in this story and Rebecca is in her early 20s – a December/May romance. This is certainly an accurate reflection of marriages of the time period, but I also liked seeing this age gap because this still happens today. I have friends married to men and women over 10 years their senior and more than once have heard about their struggle to not get “those looks” when they are out in public or the lack of representation in the media. So to see this December/May romance play out in such a sweet, accepting way made me love this story all the more! Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Book Club Belles Society series. After having taken care of her father and brother for years, Rebecca Sherringham believes that she knows all there is to know about men. Having met Captain Lucius "Luke" Wainwright several years earlier, and having an indecent conversation with him, she thinks she has him figured out. Coming to town to claim the inheritance that is rightfully his, Luke never imagined that he would see the girl that owed him a kiss as a forfeit for her brother's debt. He also never thought to be thoroughly intrigued by her. What happens when two people who don't have much use for the opposite sex, start to find themselves falling in love? I really like the ladies in the Book Club Belles Society and have enjoyed reading their HEAers. The ladies are not part of the ton, so it is a nice change from typical story placed during this time period. Fresina has brought together two unlikely people for Sinfully Ever After. Rebecca really doesn't think much of men. After having to take care of her father and brother for so many years, so really doesn't have any use for them. Luke is known as the love them and leave them type of guy.Why settle down with one woman when you can have many. This definitely led to an interesting story. I can't wait to read more about the Book Club Belles Society and eagerly await the next book in the series. Thanks go out to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
gaele More than 1 year ago
The second in the Book Club Belles Society, the set-up is simple. The five young ladies that are met in the story are reading the newly released Pride and Prejudice, and setting out to find their own Darcy.  In this book, we are following Rebecca’s story, and I will say from the get-go that she was not a favorite of mine. In fact, she reminds me very much of Emma, another Austen character that is difficult to like.  Rebecca is spoilt and demanding, very forthright and judgmental, and often far too modern in her speech and approach for the purported time of the story.  She has an overinflated sense of self that is far less a defense mechanism than one would hope: she truly believes that her standards and desires for the ‘right man’ are both appropriate and achievable.  Luke has been gone for several years: after crossing swords some five years earlier after Rebecca’s brother behaved poorly, he had left house and home to make his own way in the world.  After years of silence and his own brother thinking him dead, Luke has returned with an injury from the war, a faithful if slightly disreputable dog, and a solid grounding in the life of a rake.  Rebecca is both intrigued and disparaging of Luke, she refuses to ‘settle’ for a rake, and she expects never to allow him to cross her mind.  Of course Luke wants to be the man for her: frankly I never quite felt the connection between them. Rebecca never really softened or compromised from her rather rigid stance and belief that she deserved the ‘top shelf’, and Luke struggled to become what she wanted and needed.  This alone was incredibly strange, as he was a man of near forty, in an age where men held all the cards: least of all for a chit of just 22, with an overinflated sense of self-import.   Interactions were clever and well-written, but this story ‘feels’ very 21st century even though it is meant to be Regency-era, with language, behavior and customs that fit that day.  For me, I found those incongruities preyed on the story premise: it felt lighthearted and modern, with Regency references and customs pulling me away from the story rather than fitting in while feeling appropriate and needed.  I have a very conflicted sense of this story: not as fun or well-presented as the first, while hoping that the feel of the era will return in the next story.  I am sure that part of the problem comes from the heroine who had, for me, no redeeming features and engendered no empathy. A mixed story that is set in the Regency era, but seems to forget the place and time to deliver a modern feeling romance with some lovely moments and dialogue.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.