on January 10, 2017
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Heather McCallister wants one thing: A rich husband.
When she catches her trust fund wielding boyfriend with his pants around his ankles she finds herself fighting over a taxi with a stranger she meets on the streets of Chicago.
Ryan Pierson is handsome, fun and doesn’t have a penny to his name. The two embark on a wild night of passion that has Heather questioning what it is she wants out of life.
But nothing is as perfect as it seems. A secret affair, a proposal and a surprise revelation have Heather facing the greatest dilemma . . .
and it’s downright Sinful.
“With sinful abandon, he kisses me, a stranger he met an hour ago on a busy street and followed to her apartment. Letting go of every ambition, I let him.”
Ahhh, I’m not sure how she does it, but Jeannine has this amazing ability to give you an entire and complete story in under 1500 locations. Her novellas are so complete, you just don’t miss anything. At the same time, she just completely sucks you into the story with her great writing. It’s not a secret anymore; she’s simply one of my favorites. Basically, if she writes it, I’ll read it.
“To love is not just to go through the motions. It’s to feel every emotion. If you don’t have that with the one you’re with, then you’re missing out on the greatest gift this life has to offer.”
I originally read Sinful Abandon back in October when it was released as part of the “A Secret Affair” anthology and completely fell in love with Heather and Ryan’s story. If you’ve read the other books in the Abandon collection, you’ve met Heather. She used to work for Asher and never made it a secret that she was a gold digger that was all about money and status. She makes no secret of it here either, lol. She’s shallow and narcissistic and is just looking for a permanent meal ticket. But she also has her reasons, which made me understand her motives better. Her past has caused her to become jaded and therefore she just doesn’t believe in love.
Now Ryan, he was everything! Jeannine can do swoony heroes like no other. I mean, she created my Alexander Asher (yep, he’s mine forever!) and so in the same line of Alex and Nate, there’s Ryan. Ahhh, he’s awesome.
“He doesn’t look at you like he wants to spend forever with you.”
So, Heather and Ryan have a sinful and ridiculously hot casual encounter, a one-night stand. Then the next day, Heather realizes that Ryan is not who she thought he was. He’s only 21 (she’s 31) and he also is just an intern with zero wealth. Heather is obviously not ok, but Ryan is pretty irresistible, and their chemistry is just insane! She begins to let Ryan in, and Ryan shows her a side of live that she never knew. True love, family, loyalty. That there are things that are way more important than money in life and that he deserved a real chance with her.
We are two currents crashing into one another. My current is flowing so strong through my body that I can’t control the storm inside me. We kiss for a moment. We kiss for eternity. We kiss beyond the horizon. “Take a chance on me,” Ryan says, his hands still on me, his forehead pressed hard against my own. “Be with me, Heather,” he pleads. “Let me show you how wonderful this world can be. Let me be your home.”
One thing I also love about the Abandon Collection, including the novellas, is the different color roses, and their significance. And those gorgeous covers as well! The rose color for Sinful Abandon is lavender, as always, we get the significance of the color.
“Do you know why I chose lavender… It means, love at first sight”
This was such a great novella. Like I said, it just felt so complete. Jeannine just has this uncanny ability to pack a punch in these novellas where you don’t feel like anything is missing. I will warn you that Heather can be infuriating, but just give her a chance. Ryan more than makes up for her, lol! And this is also scorching hot! Sinful Abandon is a super-fast, short standalone read with a super swoony hero and exquisite writing and I 1000% recommend it! Can’t wait to see what Jeannine brings us next!
“I’ve never known a home before I met Ryan. I’ve never felt love before I found him.”
**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**
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