Review: Three Nights of Sin by Anne Mallory

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Synopsis (from the back of the book):

Three nights of danger . . .

When her brother was arrested for murder, the ton shut its doors to Marietta Winters. No one would help her save him from the gallows—no one but Gabriel Noble. In exchange for taking the case, Gabriel requests three favors from the desperate young beauty, and Marietta has no other choice but to make a deal with the sinfully handsome devil.

Three nights of pleasure . . .

Searching for clues in the rough underbelly of London, Marietta must masquerade as a shamelessly wanton wench—much to Gabriel's delight. But Marietta swears to herself that her passionate moans are just for show. She could never fall in love with such a maddening, arrogant, seductive stranger . . . could she?

Three nights of sin . . .

Night after night, she satisfies his wicked cravings. But soon Gabriel wants more from Marietta than just three nights of sin—and even a sordid secret in his past won't prevent him from trying to possess her forever.

I have been eyeing this book for a while but the cover and the synopsis on the back of the book always turned me off from buying it. When you read the synopsis above you'd think that in exchange for helping her free her brother from a murder charge Gabriel Noble forced Marietta into sleeping with him for three nights. You'd think that this book is just another run of the mill romance "mystery" novel that is not a mystery at all. Not so in all accounts. I don't want to give anything away but suffice to say the cover doesn't do this book justice (though it's steamy read) nor the blurb at the back of the book.

This book was much darker than the other romances I've read lately. No glittering ballrooms and pretty dresses here folks. Instead the author takes us to unsavory parts of Regency London--shadowy alleys, dirty taverns with questionable individuals, the homes of murder victims, etc. The Gabriel was different as well. He put me in the mind of Lisa Kleypas' Derek Crave but better (sorry Craven fans I didn't really like him to begin with). He was self-made man, sensual, and a very secretive lone wolf. As a reader, Gabriel was a true mystery man and kind of an anti-hero--you'll get to know him as Marietta does throughout the book yet you'll fall in love with him like she did. Marietta herself was a society miss fallen to hard times financially and with a brother accused of murder, she was at the end of her rope. Nevertheless, she was strong, brave and just the right heroine for Gabriel. He very much had the upper hand over her and their relationship until he realized how much he loved her and needed her in his life. Also, unlike 90% of romance novel heroines she was plain and "not very attractive," which was very refreshing to read.

The mystery in the book drove the story forward and I thought this book was almost as much a mystery as romance. It kept me guessing until the end (I ended up being right but was surprised just the same). The conclusion of the mystery was very bittersweet to me and you'll understand if you read the book.

Overall, the story was excellent, the hero and heroine very likable, the writing excellent, and I highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars.

**Disclaimer: I bought this book with my own money. My review was based on MY own experiences with the book and only share my honest, unbiased opinions. I am NOT promoting or discouraging anyone from purchasing this book--whether I liked or disliked it. PLEASE use this blog only as a source and not the definite answer to your inquiries.**

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