(The Seven Deadly, #1)
If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.
Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.
I’m Sophie Price…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
***Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award – Publishers Weekly Reviewer***
While it is easy to immensely dislike self-absorbed, rich girl Sophie Price from the first page, when you looks deeper into her life, sympathy emerges. Sophie is a beautiful, rich snob — but what she craves more than anything is love and approval from her father. When she is arrested for possession of cocaine for the second time, the judge — who is in cahoots with her attorney and father — sentences her to work in an African orphanage for six months. Surprisingly Sophie accepts her fate. But, unbeknownst to Sophie, her father’s attorney and her only confidant, Pembrook, has faith that she can change for the better via her sentence. Within the first hour at the orphanage, Sophie knows the world she knew is gone forever. The children are not your ordinary orphans. Most of the children have been maimed and have seen horrors no child should see. Sophie falls in love with the happiness and innocence of the children. In time, Sophie undergoes a transformation, and realizes that she will never again fit into her old world. The characters are well developed in this delightful page turner in which the horrors of war torn Africa are brought to life.
5 Brilliant Stars!
I’m a sucker for a story with substance; one that’s not afraid to show the raw, grittiness of a situation and invites you to dive deeply into its meaning. A story that can generously entertain while conveying a positive message…and I found all this and more in a book I least expected to…Vain.
Meet Sophie Price — she’s beautiful, rich, self-centered, and (you guessed it) unbelievably vain. Her parents are wealthy, powerful, and completely neglectful and cold. Her father’s main concern is for Sophie to ‘keep up appearances’. Sophie’s inner dialogue will cause you to roll your eyes and her heartless actions will make you cringe and question just how someone could be so shallow. But one thing remains true for Sophie: she, just like everyone else, is capable of redemption–should she choose it.
I will not go into intricate plot details as the surprise of the story, although not necessarily suspenseful, is truly unique and makes for an interesting read. But I will say that Sophie is spontaneously ripped out of her element and thrown into a place where people no longer worship the ground she struts on. A place she’d normally consider as being far beneath her…but it is here where she’ll discover her true self, no matter how painful or difficult that may be.
Ian, ‘Dingane’ is strong, caring, and dedicates his life to helping others. He knows all about people like Sophie and is determined to put that ‘spoiled rich girl’ in her place. While he succeeds in doing just that, he also finds Sophie’s soul in the process. These two had a sizzling connection and I adored their initial ‘cat and mouse’ antics.
How can someone bug the shit out of you so much yet simultaneously cause you to want to know them intimately with your tongue?
I could not have been more surprised nor inspired by Sophie’s incredible transformation. Not only is this story wonderfully written but it also stands as a reminder of what’s truly important in life. It is an eye-opening journey of a beautiful girl owning and mending the ugliness within. The endearing cast of characters will get inside your head and live in your heart. It’s one of the unforgettable ones, and I absolutely loved it!
Promise me you’ll give it all to God and let Him decide it for you. He’ll gift you no regrets.
▪ Genre/Category: Romance/New Adult
▪ Steam Caliber: Mild steam/Sexy
▪ Romance: Adorable and heartwarming. Slow-building connection.
▪ Characters: Realistic. Hero was charming, while heroine slowly builds her wayJu there.
▪ Plot: Unique, inspiring, and emotional story. Huge turn-around in initial tone.
▪ Writing: Fresh and engaging. Completely captivating.
▪ POV: First person: Heroine
▪ Cliffhanger: None
▪ Next Installment: Separate story in the Deadly Sins’ themed series.
(originally read & reviewed on January 2, 2013)