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Three Nights of Sin

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  1,902 Ratings  ·  111 Reviews

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.


Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 28th 2008)
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Sandy Williams
I was worried this book would be too, um... scandalous for me. The cover, the title, and the back cover blurb made it sound like the heroine was selling her body in order to 'pay' for the hero to clear her brother's name of murder. If that had been the actual plot, it so wouldn't have worked for me. I would have thought the hero was an ass and the heroine a whore. Fortunately, I read a number of reviews saying this was a really good read and decided to give it a shot.

This ended up being exactly
When I picked up Anne Mallory's Three Nights of Sin and read the back, I wasn't all too intrigued. I was pointed in it's direction from a reliable source though and read it anyway. I have to say that the synopsis and title are not really where the story goes. I still don't get where the 'three nights of sin' came in (because they didn't). I think a better summary would been as follows:

After her brother is thrown into jail, Marietta Winters has no one left to turn for help to but mysterious Gabri
Jun 09, 2011 Bettie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i found a new author i really like, Anne Mallory is one of those authors that really knows how to give us one of those dark intense hero with a mysterious past and a twisted sense of attitude and a haunted past.
u think when he said she owes him 3 promise u think he expecting that from her, but as the story moves along u c that he is a decent fellow and that 3 promise could be anything even though he teases her and torments her in his way. but talk about sexual tension from start til end.
Bella Andre
Jun 07, 2013 Bella Andre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In order to save her brother from the gallows, a desperate Marietta Winters must promise Gabriel Noble three sexy, sinful favors. Mallory's writing is always beautiful, and the romance, the mystery and the sensuality of this story absolutely blew my mind.
Sep 15, 2013 [Aengell] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!
Successful Buddy Read with Grace!

Great, three-dimensional characters with depth, super-steamy chemistry between the H/h. Alpha-hero, version: tortured. Strong, willfull heroine à la hidden beauty with questionable reputation to her family. Well written suspense/crime plot, overshadowing the romance sometimes but still captivating and without too much drama/angst and unrealistic development.
Nov 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I wasn't sure of the opening chapters, but this wound up being a fantastic read. A lot of depth packed into the mystery, the past, and the deepening relationship. Loved it.
Hmmmm. Good read. I really liked the book. The hero (he's a hardened man with a tortured secret/past, charming as hell, he cooks! and he can dance! and he's with respect and ambition and a driving force that's allowed him to survive) and heroine (she's loyal and headstrong, brave and capable; was willing to fight for the people she loved, willing to sacrifice without being weak) were both very intriguing, stubborn, and interesting and their love for their siblings -- admirable and piercing ... a ...more
Jan 01, 2017 Katharina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hands down one of the worst reads of 2016.

The story was super messy and didn't really make sense, the writing was awful (weird timelapses, narrator jumps, and so on), the author failed to establish the characters or storyline properly and the result was a boring, boring book with zero chemistry between the leads and a story which didn't add up.

My first time reading Anne Mallory and surely my last. Never again. What a waste of money.
Apr 21, 2009 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 It took me awhile to get into the plot. Noble is a facinating character even though the "sordid secret" of his past that related to the plot was one that usually feels slightly forced and contrived. But, perhaps because of that secret, his lead in the love sceenes was mesmorizing as he tutored her through her "ravishment" and Once I got to that point, I admittingly couldn't put it down.
Oct 02, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Best Historical Romance I have read in soooo long. Very dark in spots, and I loved it. Sensual, could not put it down, read it straight through.
Sep 29, 2012 Junipaurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who is looking for more than a love story
Recommended to Junipaurora by: Ashley March (
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I have to reread this one! This is a wonderfully written book with an interesting characters and unpredictable plot. My only complaint at the end was how late I realized these qualities. I failed to see the appeal of the book at first but halfway through things took a different turn. The book completely took me by surprise, left me quite pleased and a little bit baffled about my stupidity in not recognizing the gem standing in front of my eyes the who
Three Nights of Sin may have been my first foray into historical romance novels written by Anne Mallory, but after only a few pages I knew it wouldn't be my last!

Though the novel's premise wasn't particularly original (self-sacrificing girl in dire straits throws herself at the mercy of a powerful man for the greater good of her family), I found that the plot was just dark and twisty enough to keep things interesting. I appreciated that Mallory wasn't afraid to bend the norms and explore the se
Laura V.
Pensé en darle cuatro, pero me puso de mal humor así que ahí te va.
Iba bien, juro que iba bien, pero llegó un momento en el que el reader tembló en mis manos por las ganas que tenía de arrojarlo contra la pared.

No me gusta Marietta, aunque entiendo sus principales recelos, no creo que eso lo explique todo, peeeero tiene un punto.
Gabriel, es difícil. Me parece sorprendente la forma en que hizo su camino, la forma en que logró todo lo que tiene ahora. Es admirable su capacidad de resiliencia.
Mar 13, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a 4.5 rating and I am so overcome to finally have met a true book once again.

I've read Anne Mallory before but picked this one up not realizing she was an author I had previous experience with. It was a lovely reminder.

This Mallory masterpiece was absolutely, overwhelmingly compelling. I could not put it down, to the point that it caused me physical discomfort to not be reading it.

Marietta has a big problem. Her younger brother was framed for a murder and with the Winters' hou
3.5 stars

Definitely not your average historical romance. This book deals with a far grittier reality than that of ton balls and vouchers to Almacks. The protagonists are barely part of society (him) or clinging to the fringe of society (her). The book opens with Marietta going to Gabriel in desperation to ask his help in proving her 18 year old brother innocent of a series of Jack the Ripper-like murders. Their relationship develops as she collaborates with him to search for evidence that could
Marietta Winters is on the bare edges of society but even this ends when her younger brother gets arrested as the Middlesex murderer, a maniac who has been gruesomely killing women. Determined to prove he didn't do it, she goes to Gabriel Noble, the best investigator in London, who charges either 10,000 pounds for his services or three favors to be named (if the client can't pay and he finds the case interesting. No, the favors do not involve sex in any form). Marietta is penniless so she agrees ...more
If you think to read this book for the synopsis then you should be ready to be mislead. It sounds so scandalous, the heroine selling body in exchange for help to prove that her brother is innocent. The truth of what happens is quite possibly more scandalous than you would think but for completely different reasons. First, our heroine promises three favors to our would be tainted hero. The thought that those three favors would be spent in exchange for something sexual is alluded to on more than o ...more
The saying goes that the eyes are the window to one's soul. So when Miranda gazes into the emerald green gaze of Gabriel, she sees a man who can quite possible make all her dreams come true or quite possibly her nightmares.

Miranda has come to Gabriel for help, as her brother has been accused of murder. Since the powers that be feel like they have the Middlesex murderer they are not inclined to look any further.

Gabriel agrees to help Miranda, but in return she had to agree to give three favors
Sofia Lazaridou
The title had no connection with the plotThree nights of sin never happened.I thought that I would read about three nights where Gabriel and Marrieta would do something that would forced them to marriage if they were caught(they did but that's not counting).

Marrietas brother is accused to be the murderer of 3 women.Marrieta hires Gabriel to help her prove that her brother is innosent but she doesn't have the 10.000 pounds so she will own him 3 favors

Gabriel helps Marrieta in more than one way.He

Tracy T.
Jul 30, 2014 Tracy T. rated it it was amazing
This was a great story. It was full of romance and mystery. Both the hero, Noble, and the Heroine, Marietta, were very strong characters, not sniveling, wimpy or whiny. Great chemistry between the two. Has Hot and steamy sex, which is always a plus too. Lots and lots of dialogue. I love dialogue in books rather than just reading/listening to the "thoughts/feelings". The writing was excellent. The narrator made the characters seem a bit short and brash in their dialogue. I had to imagine it as if ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Letitia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered back and forth between 4 and 5 stars...

I really enjoyed the H/h. Their personalities and quirks and their journey throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the murder mystery and the way in which it was solved. I thought the romance development was great and the intimate scenes were fantastic (in particular, a scene involving a kitchen table). But there is just something that held it back from being truly 5 stars. Maybe my emotions just weren't engaged in the story enough...

But it w
May 29, 2012 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was completely not what I was expecting. Based on the title, and the "bodice ripper" front cover I nearly didn't read it, but the reviews were really good, so I gave it a shot. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised. This book was way more murder mystery than romance novel, though there were a few somewhat steamy scenes. The title is a bit misleading, though, as the three nights of sin, though alluded to, never come in to play. Maybe it was a gimmick to get more readers...
Shambhawi P.
Nov 29, 2013 Shambhawi P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite 4 Stars but definitely better than 3 Stars.

Let's just pretend that GoodReads lets us rate books as half stars and that this is a 3.5 Stars.

This book just didn't do it for me. I tried, but after the first half I was only skimming it. The characters didn't pull me in and make me really care about what happened to them.
Jun 27, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
bleh, zero to sixty in a few pages. very convoluted. Wanted to like it but it felt jumpy and I didn't think these two fell in love
Good character development. Found the "big secret" of the hero to be an interesting twist. Loved the book, hated the title. :)
Dec 28, 2015 Iraida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Me declaro fan de Anne Mallory.
Nhi Nguyễn
This is the first time I have ever read a historical romance novel that incorporates a detective/thriller story in it, and it was so gooddddd!!!!!!! There are parts that set me on an emotional rollercoaster, the others left me with high level of suspense. And did I mention the beautifully and sensual depicted sex scenes? Oh la la :D

If there had been more moments of romantic chemistry and less incomprehensible dialogues between the two main characters, then this book would totally deserve a spark
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