Thursday, September 24, 2015

Book Review: SINS OF SEVIN by Penelpe Ward

Genre: New Adult
Publication Date: 21 September 2015


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.


There are many characteristics of what makes a good story: plot, romance, characters, and twists. Each of those or usually a combination of all of them is what determines how good a story would feel to you. However, when a story makes you cry at any point there's no need to rationalize the hows and whys, you juts immediately know it's an amazing book you're reading because for whatever reason it touched you and captivated you in a deeper level. That was my experience with Sins of Sevin. This story was emotionally engrossing, heartbreakingly beautiful, and of course it made me cry so for that I loved it.

“You can’t choose love. It chooses you, and once that happens, it doesn’t let go. You can pretend it’s not there, but when you try, it only fights harder…louder…until you finally get the message and give in.”

This is a forbidden romance about the unexpected twists of fate and the challenges of an unconditional love. A love that begins from the very moment Sevin Montgomery meets Evangeline Sutton, a beautiful girl that captivates him to no end with her free spirit and independence. But it's not Evangeline who Sevin is supposed to love, no, it's her sister Elle who he agreed to marry in a predetermined arranged marriage that he accepted in the hopes for a better future. What he never anticipated was falling in love with the wrong sister and all the heartache that tiny mistake would bring into his life.

“Wanting someone you knew with absolute certainty you could never have was the very definition of agony.”

With that plot just imagine the angst level of this story. Really, the heartbreak and frustration these characters go through was something else. They try to fight their feelings for each other but they just can't, even when there's so much at steak. But love and desire keep pushing them over the edge and that's when fate makes another turn and everything changes. . . Throughout all of that and as the story progressed, I kept falling more in love with Sevin because his character was just incredible. He was a man who always gave himself completely, sacrificed so much, and had such a forgiving heart that I found him remarkable and a true example of unconditional love. With that I felt this book was truly his story and for me that was the best thing about this book since I couldn't connect much with the heroine.

“Unconditional love isn’t possible without forgiveness.”

It was the ending of the book that was the most emotional for me. I found it really captivating and again, somehow I felt it was centered on Sevin in such a perfect way that it left me very happy about him and his story. It was a beautiful and well deserved HEA for a hero who found love, fought for it, and never lost hope. ♥

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