Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Her Wicked Sin by Sarah Ballance + Giveaway

Her Wicked Sin 
by Sarah Ballance  

Genre:  Historical Romance

Number of pages: 147

Buy Links:  Amazon

Book Description:  Salem, MA 1692

On a moonless night, he rides into the winter forest on his beast as black as midnight...

Dashing stranger, Henry Dunham, comes to Salem on a mysterious errand, but is thrown from his horse in the dead of night and rescued by the local Puritan midwife, Lydia Colson.

Haunted by her past, Lydia is running from her own dark secrets, avoiding intrusive questions by pretending her dead husband is simply... away. But when she and Henry are caught in a compromising situation, one punishable by Puritan law, he saves her from scandal by claiming to be her errant spouse... and claiming her bed.

Forced to fake a marriage, Lydia and Henry find their passion overwhelming and their vows a little too real. As their lies become truths, a witch hunt closes in on Lydia, threatening not only their burgeoning love, but her life.

Her Wicked Sin
 4 out of 5 stars

Lydia moved to Salem Village to get away from her past and was quickly accepted as the town's new midwife/physician.  However, those were dangerous times to live in Salem, with every move you made scrutinized and judged, and if someone did not like what you said or did you were accused of witchcraft.  Lydia's carefully crafted world starts to crumble after she reaches out to help a stranger. 

Lydia was a great female lead, strong and independent, brave and spirited, but content to live within the restrictions put on her by the time period in which she lived.  She had a good heart and wanted nothing more than to help others.   Henry was a great guy – and the two of them together was a lot of fun.

Set in the era of the Salem Witch Trials, this historical romance was very well written.  The language, setting, and details of the story all fit right in with the timeframe in which the story occurred.  It was eerily accurate, at least to my untrained eye, including the way Lydia was accused and the town's actions.  Overall, a great story that was fun to read. 
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She seemed nowhere as flustered as he as she extracted his shirt from his breeches, but the very act of this woman undressing him sent desire coursing astray. Though new to her acquaintance, he found her innately appealing. Never before had he been so taken with a woman, even as he’d entertained a long parade of those pushed to claim access to his fortune through the transaction of marriage.

None had been like Lydia.

When her hands fell to his bare abdomen, the air crackled like the fire upon the hearth. Even she seemed startled as she drew breath and froze, save for her eyes seeking his, but she quickly pushed aside her hesitation and worked her soft ministrations against his skin. Her innocence only increased her appeal, though she was no untried girl. She was a widow who had surely known the pleasures of the marital bed.

His thoughts in cooperation with her touch roused his manhood, and his breeches did little to hide the evidence. For perhaps the first time in his twenty-four years, he cursed his need. He would do nothing willingly to alienate himself from the lovely physician’s company, but he could not stop that for which he ached.

She had dismissed her hesitance, no longer seeking permission to explore him. He sought in her a trace of the desire he cultivated, but she did not meet his eye. Not until she found his flustered groin did she speak. “You are not yet incapacitated, are you now?”

He blinked his surprise. Oh, how her quick tongue captured him! “Forgive me. You must know how you provoke desire.”

“I know the reputation of man,” she said. “Desire need not be provoked by much.”

About the Author:  Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep.

She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids).

When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.

Her ever-growing roster of releases may be found on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Kobo, For the Muse Publishing, and coming soon to ENTANGLED PUBLISHING.






  1. thank you for this awesome giveaway

  2. Liked your review. I've read and enjoyed the book, too.

    1. I'm so, so glad you enjoyed it, Karen!

  3. Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book and I am looking forward to reading it. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Eva! Thanks so much for your interest. :)

  4. Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Her Wicked Sin. I'm glad you enjoyed it!