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The Deadliest Sin

2.9  ·  Rating Details ·  166 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Dark Dreams

They had haunted Julia Woolcott all her life, but the strangest of all began with an invitation to a scandalous house party and a game more dangerously arousing than any she'd ever imagined.

Unbound Desires

Driven by his ruthless ambition, Alexander Strathmore would do anything to come face to face with the mystery man who'd challenged him to first debauch Julia,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Brava (first published August 19th 2010)
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I really enjoyed this freebie from Amazon. It was the first book by this author that I have read, and the first in a series of three (the others are The Darkest Sin and The Deepest Sin).

It has a gothic feel to it, but none of the lightness and humor to offset the darkness that, say the Lady Julia series by Deanna Raybourn, but also none of the irritating screeching heroines who faint at the slightest glimpse of the hero's weapon that others seem to have which are a bit gothicky (OK, maybe I'm re
Tammy Walton Grant
My name is Tammy, and I am a lazy reader.

I have a short attention span and I skim read. While this might mean that I have undiagnosed ADD, it also means that, from time to time, if an author doesn't smack me in the face with information I'm left wondering what the fuck is going on. On some occasions it is strictly my fault - lazy reader that I am. Others I must lay at the feet of the author, and I'm going to do that with this book.

I wanted to love this book. I SHOULD have loved it. I enjoyed the
Oct 05, 2015 Lexie rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-once-owned
I...I'm not entirely sure where to begin my review here.

I mean...I guess...

[lapses into silence]

No! I shall not become silent like the heroine whenever faced with an impossible situation! I shall rally myself and describe, in as much detail as I very well please, what I found about this book.

Let's start with the 'heroine'. We're told--by her, by the 'hero', by the kidnappers, the villain, the villain's henchmen, the heroine's Aunt, random people on the side of the road--that she is
Oct 04, 2011 Taina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical
The book started out great and ended great. Julia Woolcott is a spinster who lives a shy and unassuming life with her aunt and sister. She is thrust into a situation that puts her life in jeopordy. Enter Alexander Francis Strathmore. He first saves her from the dungeons then saves her from being ravished (yes, I used the word ravish...this is a historical romance after all). There is an overall villain who is trying to destroy them both, or so it seems.

This becomes the pattern for the rest of th
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
I went into this book thinking it would be a pretty good read. I'm not usually wrong, but this time I was way off. I don't like the writing style or the characters. On the first 100 pages there are plenty of words on the pages, but they say precisely nothing. I was completely lost the entire time. A little mystery is fine, but not having a damn clue about the characters, the plot or the back story irritated the piss out of me. I ended up skimming the rest of the book and only lingering on the se ...more
Elizabeth (Liz)
Very glad this was free from Amazon Kindle. I had never heard of this book or author prior to finding this on Amazon, and I guess I really hadn't missed anything. The story and relationship felt terminally slow to me. I don't need action and excitement to whip me to and fro in a frenzy while reading. But, good God, there has to be *something* to keep me going. Perhaps it was just my mood while reading it, but I honestly wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless it's still free and you need an all ...more
Mily Lou
Nov 26, 2011 Mily Lou rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Mily by: no one
This was a free Kindle book. I struggled reading it because it was slow to start. I found my-self reading other books skipping this one for several months. I finally came back to it and forced my-self to read it, and it took me about 8 months to finish it. Sorry guys, this is not a good book to read. But if you find yourself trying to sleep and can not, read this book, I found that it made me sleep quickly. Have a great day guys.
Jun 05, 2011 Radella rated it it was ok
Julia Woolcott is supposedly a shy bluestocking spinster, living in isolation with her sister and aunt. Alexander Strathmore is guided only by his ambition, adventuring across the known world with little thought to others. They are thrown together though the machinations of Montagu Faron. Faron's plans quickly go awry as Julia and Alexander join forces to bring an end to Faron's dark schemes. Julia and Alexander don't trust each other, and don't seem to like each other much, but that doesn't sto ...more
Tina Theresa
Jun 01, 2011 Tina Theresa rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It took me awhile to get into because I didn't understand what was going on. Though I never felt that I should give up. It wasn't until around half way through the book that I had my "oh, I get it now."

The book starts off with Julia Woolcott locked up in a room at a house party that she was invited to take photographs. She was trying to get away when she walked into what the house party was really was about sex parties which the author didn't get into graph
Apr 01, 2012 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Maggi Andersen
Feb 08, 2011 Maggi Andersen rated it liked it
After an invitation to a scandalous house party, sheltered spinster, Julia Woolcott embarks on a dangerous and enlightening journey, beset by dark dreams. A rakehell adventurer, driven by ruthless ambition, Alexander Strathmore seems prepared to commit murder to gain what he wishes from a mysterious foe, who proves to be Julia's nemesis.
As they join forces to chase him together, not fully trusting each other, they emark on a seductive journey of the senses.
The character's metamorphosis is handle
Mar 28, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I considered giving this 4*, but decided on 3 since it is more like 3.5*. This was a free ebook and I was very pleased with it. First of all, Alexander is super hot. Second, Julia is complex and plucky; she was easy to root for. (view spoiler) ...more
Christine Strowbridge
Jan 04, 2011 Christine Strowbridge rated it really liked it
Very dark, very intense, very gripping. I really enjoyed this book. I bought it on a whim at the bookstore, it taunted me and made me buy it.

The passion between Julia and Alexander bordered on obsession which I loved. I love reading a book where two completely different people fall in love.

I am thinking there is a next book? Hopefully! Because one of the biggest mysteries wasn't solved! I was so disappointed. But if it's solved in the next book, then all we be well. I'm definitely going to rea
Mar 04, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: nook
2.5 - Historical mystery romance with a plot that moves along rather quickly. But there were some major gaping holes with the story line that took too long to be organized that took away from the enjoyment of the read. There were also character inconsistencies that made the read a bit frustrating read - and at times almost felt like the author purposely put them there. And the end left you wondering, there was no clear cut answers or resolutions.
Jun 01, 2011 Sassapphras rated it liked it
This is very different than the majority of the books I read from this time period. The Deadliest Sin is very dark. I found it exciting to read something a little more foreboding than the fluff from a typical regency novel.

This is the first in a trilogy. If it wasn't, the ending may have led me to give it 2 stars instead of 3. It's not completely closed, but it left me relatively satisfied, nonetheless.
Jun 26, 2012 Tracey marked it as could-not-finish
Shelves: romance
when i'm reading a romance that i don't really like, i still finish it all the way through. at least skip to the sex scenes and call it a day. Hi, my name is Tracey and I'm a smut reader. but with this one i just could not force myself to read on. it was too boring. i can't even tell you what te hell was going on. oh well on to the next book.
Tahlia Newland
Jul 18, 2011 Tahlia Newland rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
This one didn't really work for me somehow. I wondered why they didn't call in the police and why did they play the nasty man's games anyway? We were never given a reason for his actions either, but put that aside and it's an okay read. If you like historical romance with lots of well written juicy bits, then you'll probably like this one.
Just OK. It had the potential to have been very good - great characters and an interesting plot, if somewhat convoluted. However, I felt like the author tried to keep too much hidden, and left too much unanswered at the end (even as the first book in the series). As a result, for me, it was a bit of a frustrating read, and I'm not really inclined to read the next in the series.
Jun 02, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-hist
This is a delightful gothic romance with the requisite villain, hero, and burning house. The salacious twist of a debauched house party and a world explorer meets bluestocking spinster doesn't even begin to relay how fun reading The Deadliest Sin was.
Feb 12, 2012 Jay rated it did not like it
Horrible! Soft Porn disguised as a mystery. And they didn't even bother to solve the mystery. What a waste of my time. Wish this website make negative stars...
Jun 08, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical romance lovers
A house of perversions draws an unlikely man and woman together as they fight an unknown evil.
Jul 07, 2014 Laura rated it did not like it
It sucked. I'd give it less than one star....but you can't.
Jun 03, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1/2 star? I don't care if it's free for the kindle, don't waste your time downloading it. Awful read.
Aug 01, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
A good old-fashioned historical romance. My only complaint is that by the ending, a LOT of really big questions went unanswered. I enjoyed it enough that I'd read a sequel, but it was disappointing.
Jun 02, 2011 AH marked it as to-read
Kobo free download 6/2/11
Deborah Gura
Jan 14, 2013 Deborah Gura rated it it was amazing
Good book, leaves you hanging at end though. Hope there is another to follow it. LOL
Jul 06, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, 2011, own
This was a borders freebie. I did enjoy it,
Aug 21, 2010 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Intense. Different.
Tracy Guthrie vazquez
Tracy Guthrie vazquez rated it it was ok
Sep 22, 2012
sam rated it liked it
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Before becoming a novelist, Caroline Richards worked in advertising and marketing in North America and Europe. Currently, she lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband. If there’s one thing she loves more than escaping into a good book, it’s writing one.
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