Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for Sin & Sorrow by Marion Croslydon


Come fall in love with a couple who has no business falling for each other! I loved this book and think you will too!

Sin and Sorrow by Marion Croslydon
 Publication Date: November 24, 2015


O-negative is Marie Aberdein’s favorite treat and she hates herself for it.

But she hates the MacLeod Vampire Hunters even more. They stole everything from her. Twice. The first time, on the night of the Battle of Culloden, the Hunter killed her husband and their child. Marie has survived the last two centuries hidden away with the man she calls Father, keeping their vow never to feed from humans. But the latest Hunter—the direct descendant of her husband’s murderer—doesn’t care about their good intentions. All he wants is for their ashes to blow away in the wind, so he tracks them down and burns the only family she has left.

Payback is long overdue. Marie has escaped the MacLeods’ clutches and she intends to make this lease of life count. Merely digging her fangs into the Hunter won’t do. She’ll take everything he holds dear, starting with his heir, History undergrad and rugby-playing Gabriel. Once she has Gabriel in the palm of her hand, she’ll rip out the boy’s heart. And make his father watch.

Only Gabe is more angel than demon. His heart is warm, his soul loyal. He makes Marie feel like the girl she has never had the chance to be. A girl who wants to laugh, flirt, and be kissed. But allowing their love to kindle will clash against the beliefs that make them who they are. When Gabriel becomes the next Hunter at twenty-one, Marie will be one of the creatures he is destined to slaughter. And loving him means giving up her vendetta against his father—something she won’t do.

Sin and Sorrow is a New Adult paranormal romance set at St.Andrews University in modern-day Scotland.


★★★★★ stars

I love it when my high expectations for a book are met and then exceeded. I've read Marion Croslydon before and know she writes exceptional contemporary angst ridden romances but haven't read any of her paranormal romances until now. I was expecting there to be plenty of angst and passion in this book since the premise revolves around getting revenge and wanting what can not be. I was not expecting the depth of emotion I experienced nor the desire for these characters to be real.

I was entranced from the very first page. The prologue was heartbreaking and really set up the rest of the book. I couldn't help but love Marie. She's such a contradiction. She's full of rage and sorrow and wants revenge on those who have done her wrong. She's been cheated of vengeance once and she's not going to let this second chance go. However even though the heart in her chest is no longer human, and hasn't been for centuries, she still has many qualities that make her vulnerable. It's not just a physical vulnerability, but also a mental one because while Marie is the literal manifestation of some people's nightmares, doesn't mean she is actually a nightmare herself. For all the things that make her weak, Marie has this core of strength and resolve I really admire. 

There isn't a lot I can say about Gabriel with out sounding like a fan girl. First of all he's Scottish, a talented rugby player, a respected man, and has an amazing personality to boot. He's a leader and he knows it. Gabe, as his friends call him, is also one of the most romantic heroes I've ever read about.He seriously puts the swoon in the word "swoon worthy". I mean he's this manly man, who always does what is right, even if he doesn't like it. But when it comes to the matters of love, he will do what his heart tells him is right. I mean he is instantly attracted to Marie but knows he can't do anything about it. Watching him try to resist his inexplicable pull to Marie was frustrating not just because I could sense the two belonged together but also because it kept Marie from executing her plan for revenge.

While I don't believe in love at first sight, it was really hard for me to deny the fact Gabe and Marie had something special. Even though the beginning of their interactions with one another were tinged with malice and hatred, there was still something really pure about those two. I loved Gabe's infallible belief in Marie. Even when faced with the truth, he never gave up having her back. And Marie as well, when it came time to get what she wanted, I loved her for doing what she did. Both of them broke my heart and made me ugly cry. I couldn't help myself and I don't think you will be able to either. 

There is a lot going on in this story. It's not just about Marie trying to get revenge, or the intense chemistry between her and Gabe. There's also a lot about family, like Lizzie, Gabe's twin sister, or their father, the Hunter for the McLeod clan. There are multiple villains in the story, and I found Lawrence to be fascinating. His motives were often crystal clear and other times hard to discern. I think what I loved most about this book is that there was a lot going on and I was never sure what was going to happen. It really kept me engrossed and my heart pounding. I knew what I wanted to happen, but that wasn't always the case.  While this book is a stand alone novel, there are story arcs that weren't closed. I'm hoping that there will be another book that will hopefully feature Gabe and Marie and answer many of the questions I have left after reading Sin and Sorrow. If you're looking for a fast paced, intense, and uber romantic paranormal read, then you need to look no further than Sin and Sorrow. Marion Croslydon has totally delivered on all she promised. I can't wait to see what she writes next!

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*


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IMG_3544_cropped1-234x300Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her London writing cave, you are welcome to come and say “hello” from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help. Her debut novel, Oxford Whispers, a New Adult paranormal romance, won the IndieReader Discovery Award, 2013. Her contemporary romances, No Reverse and Fast Forward, were Amazon bestsellers, both in the New Adult and Kindle Top 50 charts. Please get in touch with HER: marion AT marioncroslydon DOT com By the way Marion wrote that bio, but she likes using the third-person. It makes her feel as cool as shit ;-)

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