Wednesday, September 23, 2015


New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

(A standalone)

Release date 9/21/2015

A Contemporary Romance novel
Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a
new forbidden STANDALONE 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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“You’re my truth. Everything else is a lie.”
This book is full of angst, forbidden love, heartbreak with an amazing ending. I’m hanging from it and itching to reread the book from start to finish. Sevin will stick with you. This is a book that you need to read on your own to experience the story for yourself. But once you pick this book up, you will not want to put it back down till the very end.
“Love gone wrong can disguise itself as hate.”
Sevin was living in Oklahoma with his father, step mother and his three half-brothers. He never met his mother. He harbors the guilt of killing his mother from a very young age and has never gotten over that feeling. After his mother died, his father was feeling lost and his step mother “helped” him find his way through the church. With this, Sevin has lived a very sheltered life; being homeschooled by his step mother, living under strict rules and living under certain guidelines within the church. He has never felt loved by anyone before, not even his own father. His father loved him, he just did not show it to him. Because of his strict living conditions, it caused Sevin to disobey the rules, caused him to sin. He didn’t belong there. So doing everything he wasn’t supposed to do brought a little bit of life back.
“I guess I’ve always been a sinner by nature.”
When the tragedy of his father happened, he had an out to leave everything behind. It came in the form of the Sutton’s. He was to court Elle Sutton and eventually marry her, which was all set up by his father. It wasn’t an ideal situation for him, but his ticket away from the evil step mother. They are not allowed any inappropriate touching, no kissing, most of all no sex, and they are to have someone with them at all times. This may be a bit hard for Sevin considering his track record. We see Sevin and Elle develop and form a relationship through the courting process. From when they first meet, to long distance phone calls and when he finally makes his move to her house. Elle is a sweet, caring, kind hearted girl who loves freely and will make a great wife someday. He feels she may be too good for him even, considering some of the bad things he has done, but she doesn’t care to hear any of that. Sevin will leave his past behind and start fresh in Kansas.
“I truly believe becoming your wife is God’s will for me.”“You’re such a good person. Sometimes, I think you’re too good for me.”
On his drive over, he spots a girl, who also helps him fix up his truck. Sevin is so mesmerized by her. She has a natural way about her, like she didn’t care to get dirty, she knew her stuff about cars, and says what was on her mind. She is just so carefree about things. He felt comfortable around her, something he hadn’t ever felt before. She was a stranger to him, but yet there was something about her in which he could just open up freely. They had a natural connection to one another; it’s like they were instantly drawn. They didn’t want to part ways, but the inevitable needed to happen.
“You make me want to share things with you for some reason. I don’t know. You seem…familiar to me or something. I’m not used to this.”
All that time, the one person Sevin was drawn to was the one person he couldn’t have. He had a natural connection to the one person he needed to stay far away from, but didn’t want to…. His future sister in law.
“I want you more than I’ve ever wanted anything.” “You light a fire in me. One I can’t put out, one I don’t want to. I wish I could show you how I feel.”
Sevin has never felt more connected to anyone than he did with Evangeline, not even with Elle, the very one he was supposed to marry. He tried damn hard to keep his distance, he knew like hell she was. But the more she kept away, the more he wanted her. He needed her, like he needed to live. Why did he feel that way towards her and not Elle? Elle was the one that loved him. Not Evangeline. Why couldn’t he love Elle the way she should be loved?
“Loving someone means loving them despite their faults or mistakes. The Lord forgives you if you repent and accept Him.
Evangeline has to watch her sister and Sevin “fall in love” with one another before her eyes. This is like a car crash waiting to happen. My heart breaks for her. Only one other person knows the inner turmoil she is going through and yet there is nothing anyone can do about it. She is loyal to a fault to her sister, always putting her happiness before her own. Evangeline gives up the biggest sacrifice for her sister even is this means living in complete misery.
“We’d been fighting a battle together against our feelings, one that only the two of us knew about.”
 You will instantly fall in love with Sevin. I mean how can you not? But my heart goes out to them and the situations that they will have to face. Once they finish one obstacle, they have to face another and then another. But what I love about it, is that they fight them together. Sevin never gives up. He knows what he wants and he fights, till there’s nothing to fight for. The truth is what always sets them free.
“You’ll always be my truth. But sometimes, the truth hurts too much.”
What happens when everything you thought you knew was a lie?
Can Sevin and Evangeline overcome all the obstacles they are thrown?  Will the truth be able to set them free? Will they be able to find their way back to each other? Can all their sins be forgiven?
“I’d give anything. I wish I could rid you from my heart, but you are my fucking heart.”
Penelope did an amazing job with this book. She will captivate you from the very beginning and will put you on the biggest emotional roller coaster ride, ever. One minute you are laughing then the next minute your heart is breaking for them, then laughing again, then crying. You’re constantly going up and down and you don’t know what will happen next. Penelope does a fantastic job placing you in the book with all the characters, including the secondary ones.  The situations she puts the characters in are so realistic that anyone could possibly relate to any of them. I love how she writes the story over a lengthy period of time. That way we are able to see the characters grow from what they were to what they are at the end and how they became that way. We see how Sevin has changed as a man, and we see the many sides of him. When I got to the end though, I still wanted more. It didn’t feel done. Like she left it open ended.  I hope we get more. Maybe another book perhaps? I could only hope.

This review was done by Jenn

I was given an advanced copy for my honest review.


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.

Meet Penelope Ward

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.

Other books from Penelope Ward

Cocky Bastard

Stepbrother Dearest

 Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)


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