I have so many thoughts on this book it will be hard to express them all. Wonderful, intense, and heartwarming are but a few. "Of Sin & Sanctuary" is a story of Theodore Williston, fourteenth Earl of Alton and Violet, Lady Vandestile, widow, who when they knew each other several years ago were simply Theo and Vee. Sweethearts when young, Theo's only desire was to marry Vee, but that hope was crushed because at the time he was only the third son and had no hope of a title. Theo left to join the war and Violet married Lord Vandestile as her uncle wished. Many years later they meet up again as two broken souls who are determined to keep to themselves. But fate has a different direction for them both.
As all of K.J. Jackson's books, you are drawn into the emotions of Theo and Violet and feel apart of the story unfolding. I loved all the characters and hope that some will appear with their own tale soon. If you enjoy a true love story that pulls at your heart, "Of Sin & Sanctuary" is a must read.
A lady with a heart haunted by past mistakes. A scarred rake determined to avoid all responsibility. One night of gaming to change both of their fortunes.
No good deed goes unpunished.
Riddled with debt after her husband’s death, Lady Vandestile spent years rebuilding her life—a life free of any entanglements with men that would only betray her. But pity has its place. And after fronting funds to the wayward brother of her dearest friend, Lady Vandestile wakes in the morning to find Lord Alton has lost an enormous sum—enough to threaten the very existence of her exclusive gaming house. Enough to threaten her future. A future she once thought never to have. Demanding payment, or at least a guarantee to use against a loan, Violet is forced to corner the rake—or risk losing the only security she has in life.
Demons of the past that refuse to yield.
He lost her money. And he did it callously, without a care. Violet had plenty, after all. And Theo had none. Never mind that he once would have moved heaven and earth for her. But that was before. Before the war marred him for life. Before he turned into a monster.
One disastrous night of gaming could change both of their fortunes.
As a third son, Violet had always been far out of Theo’s reach. Inheriting the earldom and its destitute estate had done nothing to change that fact. But as their lives unexpectedly entwine, danger rears, and Theo and Violet must gather the strength to not only move on from the past, but to surrender to the demands of their hearts.
Note: The books in the Revelry's Tempest series by K.J. Jackson are each stand-alone stories and can be read individually in any order. These historical romances are set in the Regency and Victorian eras, and do not shy away from scenes with steamy heat, occasional naughty language, and moments that might possibly make you squirm.