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Sinful Confessions (Cynfell Brothers Book 1) by [Holt, Samantha]
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Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence. But could the right woman change that?


Locked behind the walls of Lockwood Manor, Julian Cynfell, the Marquess of Lockwood whiles away his days writing angry letters, drinking and sleeping. He never expects his solitude to be interrupted by a brazen American heiress.

An American heiress who is expecting a wedding.

Viola Thompson can't believe her luck when the English lord she has been corresponding with for the better part of a year asks her to visit him. This has to mean an offer of marriage surely? Finally, Viola will prove to her family and friends that she is more than a ruined woman with no prospects. Not to mention she knows they will be a love match. No one could write such beautiful letters without being the perfect man.

But when she arrives in cold, dreary England to be faced by a foul-tempered, grizzled--albeit in a handsome way--marquess, her dreams of marriage are quickly dashed. Can she draw the lord out of his melancholy ways? And does she even want to remain in England while rumours of three dead wives circulate around Lockwood?

One thing is for certain, this American heiress has never been one to back down from a challenge--especially when not even the Atlantic Ocean could dampen the patent desire running between them.

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Julian Cynfell the Marquess of Lockwood thinks he is cursed. Viola Thompson and Julien have been writing to each other for a while. After reading one of Julien's letters, Viola thinks he is talking about marriage to her. She takes a ship to England from New York to meet him. I liked this novella for the humor and romance but I really liked the characters and the expression of hurt and the feeling that they both had. I hope all of the series will be so delicious
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an interesting start that kept me reading until the end and when I finished i immediately went and bought the next books in the series
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HASH(0xa6067bc4) out of 5 stars Wonderful Romance April 18 2015
By Elizabeth Bennet - Published on
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I see this read is still a freebie and if you've never read Samantha Holt let this be your first book. You have nothing to lose but your heart. Julian Cynfell, Marquess of Lockwood, has been married three times and all three wives have died. It is rumored that he is the cause and so he avoids going into public. It is through letters to a woman in New York (a business associate's daughter) that he forms a relationship. What he does not see coming is her sudden appearance on his doorstep not only shocks him but his disheveled appearance is sure to make her flee.

Viola Thompson comes under the impression she was invited and is soon to receive a marriage purposal. She leaves behind her in America a sick father, disappointed brothers and a hopeless past. She has had her share of disappointment but after the wonderful words that spilled out in every letter written by Julian her future looks bright. The whole story is endearing from start to finish. Julian is not written as some horny rogue but as a gentleman and I for one thought it a breath of fresh air. I do not mean to say that there are not love scenes or that Julian kept his clothes on during. He turned up the heat but does not do it with charming words or seductive moves.

In fact while Julian is talented with a pen and paper he struggles expressing the same silky charm with his mouth. That to me was charming. He is not practiced or frivolous but a man who has real flaws and I enjoyed the two discover what they could build together. The book is short but SH once again delivers a convincing romance between two that are both staring down a dark future apart. Enjoy!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6547e34) out of 5 stars Wonderful Historical Novel April 30 2015
By Teri Caiazzo - Published on
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Viola Thompson was an American, her father was a hard working man, and recently all his hard work paid off, and they became wealthy. They were so wealthy in fact, that a Marquis from England, Julian Cynfell, the Marquis of Lockwood wanted to invest in his business. She and the Marquis had been corresponding for six months, talking about his investment with her father's business, and also other things, such as music, and the sights to see in England. Her father would have took care of all this, but he was sick with pneumonia, and wasn't able to do the paperwork. During their correspondence, she got the impression that he wanted to marry her, he did invite her to see the England one day, so she thought it would be as his wife. As her father was getting better, and wasn't so dependent on her anymore, and she did have four brother's that could help him, if he needed them, she wrote Jillian that she would be going to England. She wanted to see him, and speak to him about something that wasn't appropriate to put in a letter, she had a secret that would only share with him, if indeed when upon telling him, he did still want to marry her.
Julian Cynfell, Marquis of Lockwood, felt he was cursed, having been married three times, and all three wives met with tragic and fatal deaths, he thought he was better off not being married anymore. After all he did have six brothers, and he really didn't mind if he died without an heir to call his own. It wasn't only he that thought he was cursed, but he heard talk whenever he did venture outside his self imposed prison, within the confines of his home, he heard what people were saying and couldn't help but believe he was cursed. He closed off his heart, ad wanted nothing more to do with women. He shared his grand mansion with his mother, who he didn't always get along with very well. He often drank to excess to rid himself of the loneliness he felt. He would read Viola's letters at that time, and imagine what she must look like, and feel like to hold in his arms during the night. However this is all he would allow himself to do, imagine, there would not be another death laid on his hands again. Not if he could help it.
Can an American a new heiress, with no English manners to speak of, melt the walls of Julian's heart? Or will he just let her walk away to go back home, and to safety back to America? He knew one thing for sure, he was "cursed," with being able to cause death to any woman he loved.
This is a well written book, that will keep you interested from beginning to end. I suggest you read this book to renew your faith in love, and dreams, and all that go along with it. Happy reading!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa633e264) out of 5 stars A Great Start to a New Series April 29 2015
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This is the first book in Ms. Holt's new series, the Cynfell Brothers. Julian, the hero, has six younger brothers, so presumably they will each get their own story at some future date. FYI, we do not meet any of Julian's brothers in this book, but we are treated to a glimpse of his mother who, by all appearances, is very much the overbearing mama. What touched me the most about this story is how awesome a job Ms. Holt does of humanizing Julian's character. He is powerful, wealthy, titled, and extremely handsome, yet for all that he's insecure in himself. After losing three wives, Julian has isolated himself from the rest of the world convinced that he is cursed and that any woman he marries is destined to die. When Violet shows up on his doorstep, Julian is at first taken aback, and then enchanted. Violet is unlike any woman Julian has ever known; she's fiercely independent, outspoken, and doesn't give a fig for his social status. I loved the two together. Violet has had her share of difficulties in the past and was hoping for a fresh start in England with Julian. I got a little teary eyed when she realized that Julian has no intention of marrying her. Fortunately, the story is a fairly short one, so any heartache or misunderstanding didn't last too long. Ms. Holt has once again produced a winner! BTW this is not a clean romance. There is a love scene included that is fairly graphic; although, IMO, it is not overly so. Furthermore, no crude language is used. Happy reading!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa626f18c) out of 5 stars A quick satisfying read! April 18 2015
By Amazon Customer (April Renn/AprilR ) - Published on
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#1 in a new series about the "Cynfell Brothers" and their sinful confessions. #1 in a new series about the "Cynfell Brothers" and their sinful confessions. Seven brothers and seven sins. This is the sin of wrath...

A quick read filled with guilt, passion, and romance. A heart filled with guilt will not let love enter but will love be denied. Another hit for Ms. Holt! Well written with engaging,and flawed characters and a truly unique storyline. Fans of novellas, Historical Romance and a satisfying, enjoyable read are sure to enjoy the Cynfell Brothers and the ladies who capture their hearts. An enjoyable and satisfying read. I read it in one setting and have to say I truly enjoyed how these two flawed characters learn to take another chance with each other and on love. Well done, Ms. Holt!! Will be waiting impatiently for the next installment! Recommend to anyone who enjoys reading unique storylines with flawed, sinful characters.

*Personal Buy*

Rating: 5
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By lark - Published on
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The premise of this story was good but there a lot of words that didn't accomplish much...didn't move the story along or help the characters.

Julian was a marvelous letter writer and he and Viola had often corresponded. How nice if there had been snippets of his "beautiful letters" throughout the story to lend some insight into Julian, the man. Instead, he was generally a wooden character...not always, but generally. We knew his three wives had died but we didn't know how until the middle of the story. When we learned the causes, it seemed nonsensical that he should be living under a mantle of guilt and be the subject of superstitious and malevolent gossip. He was frequently grumpy.

We didn't know a whole lot about Viola, either. She had three brothers, she worked on her father's farm until he grew rich. She had been engaged and then she wasn't. It wasn't until later in the story that we learned why. She was vivacious.

That's about it for the characters. The story crept along during the first half though the pace did pick up midway. The story would have been much shorter with tighter prose. The pace would have benefited, as well. There were some laughable anachronisms, two or three yanked me out of the story ~ "har-di-har", ? "He took off his belt..." Men of that class wore braces under their waistcoats...not belts. He would have torn off a strip of her petticoat in that circumstance. I know I'm yammering and moaning about this but it bothers me when an author isn't very well acquainted with the period and place about which she's writing.

I loved the epilogue! We finally got to read one of Julian's letters.

Despite my moans, groans and gripes, it was an okay story...nice time passer.

(I obtained this through Kindle Unlimited.)

Enjoy your reading! :)