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Proof of Their Sin

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  352 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
A beautiful mistake

Pregnant. Lauren Bradley's heart stops—there's only one man who can be the father and it's not her late husband, the man everyone thinks is a celebrated war hero….

Ravaged with guilt at sleeping with his best friend's wife, Paolo Donatelli closed his heart to Lauren forever. But in nine months' time, the proof of their incredible night together will be th
Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am on the fence about this book because I didn't like the way the hero treats the heroine for most of the book. He's very mean to her and judgmental and dismissive of her. Mostly because he didn't want to be attracted and drawn to her. He hates her for making him feel vulnerable and that she is the one woman he really ever loved that way. He's self-righteous in that he hasn't lived a very moral life, but wants to give the pretense about it without putting in the effort. It's all about how he a ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars! this was a cute love story and the epilogue was hilarious! Hero is friends with heroine's husband. When he dies hero comforts the heroine one thing leads to another and they spend a night together. Heroine finds out she is pregnant but when she confronts Paolo he is not at all thrilled about her pregnancy. I didn't really connect to the characters but I definitely enjoyed the angsty parts and the hero's insecurity and jealousy. Still, books with cheating are not my thing.
I am feeling INCREDIBLY generous hence two stars rather then a more deserved one.

The h is the widow of the All-American hero. Too bad he was also the All American cheating ratfink as well. On the evening the h finds out hubbie is dead, the H's best friend, a tall glass of alpha-romero Italian hunkiness, swoops in to take her away. They share a little more than a Calgon bath.

So, here she is at his mega fundraiser three months later where she's had a transcendent hair makeover to tell him he's go
Rating 3.5 stars
The book got off to a rough start, the hero came across as stuffy and heroine was all over the place and then the book found its groove. Heroine was married to hero's kind of best friend, but they had been undercurrents of attraction between them from the start, the heroine having been raised in a sheltered way married the hero's friend, while the hero at that time was married because of a paternity thing. However the hero's marriage blew up because his wife was a liar and cheat
Intense story of a couple who met at the wrong time and then finally gave into their passion the night they found out the heroine's husband and hero's bff died. Since the husband was dead and hero was divorced, I don't see that as cheating, but both characters are wracked by guilt.

The means tremendous angst, which is good. The hero is cruel to the heroine and blames her, which is good, too. The heroine is innocent of the motives the hero assigns to her - also good. They are bound together by a
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pregnancy
After i finished the book i was feeling kinda... nothing?!?!...On paper it has all the right ingredients but i dont know... something is missing i just cant put my finger on it...
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it

Being a military wife is tough for any woman, the not knowing if your husband will come home, the long days and nights spent alone. It can after a time take the toll on a woman not strong enough to handle it all.

But what if you are strong enough to handle it only you don't want to, all simply for the reason that it is simply no use?

In the new Dani Collins read this is one of many reasons why Lauren is relieved when the news of her husband going missing during a mission comes knocking, she is ye
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
There are several issues in this book that resulted in me giving the book 2 stars. First, the character of Paolo had absolutely no redeeming qualities in my opinion. I thought he was a jerk and I really could not see him in any other light. Also, I didn't like the format of the storyline. I think the story would have been better if it had been told from the beginning of their meeting or maybe from the night they got together. By starting it off when she is telling him she is pregnant can be toug ...more
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
DC tackled a very sensitive trope : the forbidden love, the irrepressible attraction between Laura and her husband's best friend, Paolo, without crossing the line of betrayal. But when Ryan died, they comfort each other the only way they know. And this one-night stand has a remaining consequence : an unplanned pregnancy. Laura has a lot of growing-up to do throughout the book. On the other hand, Paolo treats Laura badly but beneath his meanness you can feel his conflict emotions. What I
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Thought the heroine was stupid. Gets pregnant by a guy she didn't know and is outraged he doesn't believe it's his. I did not like the heroine. The story was hard to read. It wasn't compelling maybe because the heroine annoyed me so.
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
a definite absolutely awesome read !! such strong intense emotions n so much angst. paolo is one of those very very formidable male n the sex was too too amazing !! loved it! they had very good chemistry these 2. a house on fire. i especially liked dat part when paolo realised the baby is indeed his bcoz they had fucked so many times (without condom bcoz they thought she was sterile) n instead of thinking how it cud be his baby, he shud have asked himself how it cud not be his. his logic is big ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans del plot héroe quiere fiesta pero compra un buzón.
Me gustó y no tanto.
La protagonista parecía fuerte al principio, pero se quedó en la nada: al final todo lo que hacía no tenía consistencia. El héroe, en cambio, me pareció más sólido y torturado, pero a la vez duro, él hizo que la novela sea llevadera.
El argumento no es de los mejores para desarrollar una historia: acostarse con la mujer del mejor amigo y hacerle un hijo. Demasiado que funcionó como para darle dos estrellas.
Paula Legate
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story had powerful, all consuming passion, emotions, and chemistry. I’ve passed by this book for months when I looking for a good romance. I’m so glad I bought it, and gave it a chance. I’m afraid my review will do this book a disservice. The book was Awesome. I wished I knew how to write a review that would tell just how much I loved this book! I normally do not like any books with cheating. The way this book was worded tore at my heart. It didn’t make the actions right, but in the end it ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Forbidden love, Angst, Unexpected pregnancy
3.5 Tormented Stars

“I’ve always been jealous.”

Author Dani Collins told a story of anguish and despair when she wrote Proof of Their Sin. The books tells of Lauren Bradley, widow to military hero Captain Ryan Bradley and her relationship with Ryan’s best friend, Paolo Donatelli.

Paolo and Lauren met five years earlier. He was engaged and she was an innocent visiting her cousin in New York City. He introduced her to his best friend Ryan, who proceeded to charm her. At their next meeting, Paolo was
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I can't believe I waited so long to read this book! Go figure ,there was resistance in the event there was chance of adultery in the real sense. However , that was not the case. H and h loved each other before she married the Rival best friend. When he died , there were no barriers for the couple to stay apart and hence their Dynamite night, which ended on a sour note. They fought their respective feelings and soon found each other. I appreciated the H when he waited until they marry before gett ...more
Se Mcgregor
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a re-read for me. Big fan of Dani Collins books! This one, probably 3.75, better than 3.5 but not a 4. I really liked the characters in this book. I loved Paolo's explosive temper (so Italian...). A great thing is that DC keeps her characters alive in her other books; for Lauren and Paolo, A Debt Paid in Passion and Bought by her Italian Boss. The "fun" keeps coming as Lauren appears to turn in to a regular baby making machine.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Omg, this book was pretty great but the ending was hilarious! I've never read a harlequin that funny at the end. I couldn't help but giggle and feel good.
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Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
Heroine who makes a conscious effort throughout the story to stop being a doormat and a vulnerable hero with some asshole moments who acknowledges and feels bad about being an asshole. Add some adorable flirty dialogue as a relief from the angst, like:

"Since when are gowns deadly?" [...] "Shoes are regular serial killers, but dresses are harmless," she teased.

He couldn't help the twitch of humor at the corner of his mouth. "I've seen dresses short enough to take a man down. Whiplash is a common
Fiona Marsden
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was a bit nervous about this book cos of the whole "sin" thing. But it was okay because heroine had asked for a divorce and husband had died before Lauren got together with Paolo. It was cutting it fine of course which is the story behind the title.

It was nice to read a heroine who wasn't "feisty" and high powered in a profession. These days it's rare. But despite doormat tendencies brought out by her step-family and her army mad husband, she does make conscious efforts to get over that. Not a
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
The writing was very good. It was an easy and enjoyable read. I thought the character of Lauren was extremely well written and developed. I gave it 3 stars because, while I enjoy stories of missed opportunities and happenstance, it seemed that there were just too many coincidences in their early relationship. It was slightly too contrived that Paolo was the first one to meet her and (immediately?) fall in love, but because he had a fiance he couldn't do anything about it. I liked Paolo's charact ...more
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"Top Pick! Brava to Collins' commanding Presents debut, a prime example of the series with a bold, descriptive narrative that will keep pages turning. Her couple will extract every emotion from readers as they stumble through their obstacle course to romance, but they've got lovemaking down to a science." RT Book Reviews, rated 4 1/2 stars

Miniseries: One Night With Consequences
Category: Passion

BAHAHA, I'll be honest the last few paragraphs bumped this up to a 3 star for me. I love a writer who tweaks my funny bone. Other than that, LOTS of miscommunication but it kind of works cuz it's all about viewing someone's actions through one's own preconceptions. Decent story, very end brought it up to good.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Espero con ansias el siguiente
Kyle Hakim
Apr 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Fanny Roswita Ria
Suka gagal paham sama alur ceritanya yah..pokoknya siap-siap aja dengan suprise-nya author yang kadang mundur tanpa ada aba-aba lalu menjadi masa skrg yg bikin gue diawal2 cerita jd pusing dan balik lagi utk baca halaman sebelumnya dg seksama.

Karakter heroine-nya jg gw ga suka,,malu2 meong yang menyebalkan. Bisa ga sih sekali saja mengatakan "tidak" dengan tegas lalu pergi begitu saja..ini disetiap momen dia berkata "tidak" lalu menurut begitu saja..kan bete
Belom lagi emosional yang bikin gw pen
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Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful mistake

Pregnant. Lauren Bradley's heart stops—there's only one man who can be the father and it's not her late husband, the man everyone thinks is a celebrated war hero….

Ravaged with guilt at sleeping with his best friend's wife, Paolo Donatelli closed his heart to Lauren forever. But in nine months' time, the proof of their incredible night together will be there for the world to see.

Marriage is Paolo's answer to avoiding more scandal, but it's Lauren's worst fear—she still bears th
What saves this book is the heroine. I really dug into her journey, and her story. It was angsty and sad, and I spent the entire book rooting for her to get her HEA. What kills this book is the hero. He is so judgemental of her, even with certain reveals of the heroine's late husband THAT HE ALREADY SUSPECTED, that I lost all respect for him. I felt that the heroine deserved *way* better than she got. So it wasn't great, but it was enjoyable enough.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book from DC. The plot was good as was the conflict. I also liked both characters. It is easy to quickly write off the H as an jacka$$, but once you see his viewpoint, there is some understanding to his situation. I really liked how differently the H&h interpreted their past situations, how we view things from the lens of our past experiences and often without the knowledge of the full situation. Overall, good read with an amusing epilogue.
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A USA Today Bestselling author, Dani Collins began writing in high school, spending more than two decades writing and submitting before she got The Call.

After a brilliant debut in the UK with No Longer Forbidden, a Mills & Boon Modern Book Of The Month in January 2013, Dani Collins saw her first Harlequin Presents, Proof Of Their Sin, win that year’s Reviewer’s Choice for First Series romance
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