Series: Sinners Trio #2
Published by Avon on March 26th 2013
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era, Espionage, Russia
Revenge never tasted so sweet…When Clayton Campbell shows up on her doorstep, Olivia Swift is stunned. For long ago, Clayton was the boy who stole her heart. He’s also the man her betrayal had sent to the gallows. A man she believed dead, now standing before her, looking leaner, harder, more powerful than ever, his haunted eyes filled with a lust she had never seen—for vengeance…Or burned so hot…He’s a Crown spy who once faced death and escaped unscathed. Yet Clayton Campbell cannot deny that the sight of Olivia rouses in him something more than a thirst for revenge. Or that the bold beauty would lure him once more into a dangerous game. Only this time, Clayton plans to be the victor—with the tempting Olivia in his bed as his prize. But once passion ignites between them, the hard-hearted agent will face his greatest battle yet—for his heart…
Olivia, has worked very hard over the years as penance for her past sins. When she was fifteen, she fell in love with a boy named Clayton. But her father had committed some crimes, and blamed it on Clayton. Olivia had thought he was dead all of these years, but then he re appears back into her life with a vengeance. Clayton plans on financially ruining the mill that has taken her years to build up. Even though it was all in her father’s name it was her doing. Now with Clayton back she needs to find a way to keep him from destroying the one thing that matters to her. However she is then kidnapped by Clayton’s enemies, and even though he rescues her, they work together to save lives. Clayton, has felt betrayed by Olivia and especially her father. Having been forced to be a spy all of these years, he has made enemies. These enemies have gone after Olivia, he knows he must rescue her. Even though his plans of retribution are in order, he starts to find himself weakening toward her because he is starting to see a whole different side to her…a side he could very easily fall in love with.
Clayton, accused of a crime he never committed was sentenced to hang. But then a agent of the Crown came to him and offered him a deal. To be a spy or die. So he chose to live life. Ever since then he has learned to be one of the most talented spies, through trial and error. He trusts very few people. He has the chance to gain revenge on Olivia and her father. He, at first believes that she is just like her father, selfish. But he starts to see that she is very opposite from what she was before. A woman he is starting to admire and care deeply for.
Olivia, was devastated upon hearing about Clayton’s demise. She mourned and grieved for him. She has blamed herself all of these years. Even though she wanted to help Clayton she was even more afraid of her father. So she was unable to save him. But decided to build up the mill and create job for those in the community. Then she is shocked to the core when Clayton returns and draws her into a world that is so different from her own. But even more than that she starts to be consumed by a fervent desire for Clayton, and a love that only strengthens the more she is with him…but will she be able to choose Clayton over the mill and all that she has worked for these past years?
Thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Books I was given a copy of the ARC Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol. I actually have never read anything from this author, and now I am wishing I had read more from this author. I really enjoyed this story, even though I am not huge on revenge type romances, I found that the way Randol weaved this story together, definitely has me hooked. The plot was very exciting and at times felt like a roller coaster, but had a fun and adventurous element to it. I also loved the style of writing this author displays….it instantly draws the reader right into the story. It didn’t take me very long to get into it. Clayton is full of revenge, and is more stubborn than an ox when it comes to Olivia. Even though there were times I considered him to be ruthless when it came to matters pertaining to Olivia. But I always love it when the hero gets proven wrong. I really liked Olivia, she admits to her mistakes and doesn’t excuse them for any reason. But we see how deeply she cares for Clayton, and she proves that she is a better person now than when she was fifteen. That she is willing to do whatever it takes to do what is right. The chemistry that explodes between them is burning and I found myself fanning my face at times. (where is my fan when I need it? LOL) But there was also some very tender and sweet moments that occur that just keep you wanting more. From beginning to end Sins of a Ruthless Rogue was a captivating tale that takes you on a adventure from England to Russia and will endear you to this author as it has with me. LOVED every page, every paragraph and sentence that had me falling heads over heels in love with this fun and exciting story!!
The First Sentence
Olivia crept around to the back of the mill, the not held tightly in her hand. “Clayton?”
My Favorite Quote
“What if I asked why you’re telling me your plan now? Why not continue to sit back and observe?”
Because the thought of anything happening to her had eaten at him like acid. And there was no way in hell he’d ever intentionally risk her again. “Because I want you too damned much.”
But he had to make her see that he wasn’t noble. She wasn’t the only one to make mistakes. That the light in her eye was misplace.
So he kissed her.