Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cynfell Brothers Series by Samantha Holt Plus Reviews of All Three Books #Giveaway #Excerpt #HistoricalRomance #7DeadlySins #Series



SERIES – Cynfell Brothers

AUTHOR – Samantha Holt

GENRE – Victorian Romance
COVER ARTIST – Love, Lust & Lipstick Stains


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?

Sinful Confessions

Sinful Confessions

Sinful Deeds

Sinful Deeds


Sinful Liaisons

Sinful Liaisons

Sinful Liasons - Teaser

Sinful Liaisons

Oxfordshire, 1897

A breeze whistled across his nether regions. Pierce grimaced. It could have been worse, he supposed. At least the day was mild with no sign of rain. He peered into the distance. Only the deeply grooved road cutting its path through the gentle hills hinted at civilisation. He grimaced again. Where the bloody hell was he?
He curled a fist and began trudging along the grass at the side of the road. Stones pricked his bare feet.
“Bloody Goddamn it.”
Pierce was going to kill Giles if he lived through this. He hadn’t intended to visit their favourite gambling den, but Giles just had to talk him into it. Nor had he meant to get utterly foxed. He hardly remembered wagering everything including his clothes. As for how he’d ended up naked on the roadside…
“Bloody Goddamn it all to hell.”
One final wager…He had vague recollections. Something to do with a race? Damnation, if only his head wasn’t so fuzzy. But even then, why had Giles left him to sleep it off in a field—naked?
The rumble of a carriage made him stiffen. He wouldn’t get far with his bare feet. A form of transport would be useful indeed. But who would give a naked man a ride? Pierce shrugged to himself and turned, cupping one hand over himself to preserve what little modesty he had left and using the other to gain the driver’s attention.
The black, glossy carriage rumbled closer, led by two horses. He saw the driver glance his way then look again before turning his head away. Dirt spattered his legs making him jump back as it rolled past.
“Rot in hell then,” he muttered half-heartedly and resisted the urge to scuff his bare foot across the ground.
A command from the driver reached his ears and he held his breath as the horses came to a halt. The vehicle stopped. Both hands over the family jewels, Pierce waited. The door swung open.
“Thank you,” he uttered, lifting his gaze to the heavens, and hurried toward the carriage. He cursed under his breath when several more rocks jabbed the soles of his feet.
Trying to look as noble as one could when naked, he paused in front of the open door. There, in the dark confines of the vehicle and set against plush royal blue seats, an elegant redhead skimmed her gaze up and down his body. Even in the gloom of the carriage, he saw an eyebrow rise. Then he noted the curve of her lips.
Pierce stared back. He allowed his own gaze to travel over her, observing the generous rise of her breasts against a low cut bodice and the slender waist that led to hips that were emphasized by a bustle. Hair coiled high, it gave him a fine view of the gems on her neck and ears. From the delicate porcelain skin to the emeralds casting a faint green hew across it, everything about this woman told him of her importance.
And her attractiveness. He had to force his gaze from her breasts or else both hands wouldn’t conceal anything.

“Get in.”


As the author, the talented Ms. Holt said of the Cynfell brothers, “Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. The Cynfell brothers are the very embodiment of a sinful existence..." and as there are Seven Deadly Sins, so shall there be seven brothers, each with his own book.  Currently there are three:  First was Julian in Sinful Confessions with his Deadly Sin being Wrath.  Dante was brother number two in Sinful Deeds Book Two, his deadly sin being Envy.  And Pierce in the most recently released book of the three, Sinful Liaisons Book Three and his Deadly sin is Greed.  I was lucky enough to read all three of the books, one right after the other, so I have a pretty good grasp on what is happening and I shall share it with you.

In Sinful Confessions I kind of pictured Julian as the brooding artistic type - writing letters, poems, pieces and never satisfied with his work so he tears it up and throws it down in frustration and anger.  Kind of like Greg Brady did one time but that totally dates me, doesn't it?  lol  Hard to believe in all his artistic brooding but Julian has actually been corresponding with an heiress from America named Viola Thompson.  Much to Viola's surprise, she interprets one of his letters as an invitation to visit and, deliriously happy, accepts. She figures this is a prelude to a proposal and she can finally get everyone off her back!  Julian's thoughts upon her arrival, while far from marriage do center on spending plenty of intimate time together and their chemistry is off the charts!  I have always enjoyed Samantha Holt's books and a good bodice ripper from time to time and Sinful Confessions reminded my why.  Barely over Novella size it was a fun and saucy read and I was so glad I had two more to go!

Sinful Deeds can be all kinds of things really.  From the smallest and most insignificant to taking another person's life.  But in Dante's case, his Sinful Deed was Envy - wanting what belong to someone else.  And I  guess worst of all, it wasn't a thing it was a who.  I suppose I should let you know that Dante was considered one of the most notorious rakes of London. It was Josephine who had fallen tail over teakettle for him, so much so that she had decided that it was worth the ignominy of being his mistress for four years before she finally had enough and called it quits.  Dante, of course, couldn't really believe she meant it until she actually left and went into the arm of another and didn't show any signs of coming back.  It was at that point that he decided that he'd show her - a Cinfell man was not a man to be trifled with and that she was truly meant to be with him, not some other dufus.  Ahhh the sins of the envious.  This was actually a novella, about 89 pages and a smooth and easy read.

Book Three, Sinful Liaisons is once again only 127 pages long and an easy read.  Pierce's love interest is a duchess by the name of Evelyn who actually picks him up alongside a busy roadway on her way home from London.  It seemed that Pierce had a problem with gambling and those he was playing with had divested him of everything... including his clothing.  He can't go home as his brothers are wise to him and Evelyn becomes quite quickly enamored with him.  When she offers to write off his debt in exchange for his body, he found that an easy decision.  While he was deliciously skilled in bed however, Evelyn had a decision to make and it became more difficult each day - let herself be vulnerable again, something she vowed never to do or send away the only man who has truly set her heart, mind and soul aflame.  I loved this story perhaps the best of the three because her decision affected her and was between her and God only in a way no one else need have a say.  Sounds a lot like me.  Oh wait... you didn't think I was going to tell you.. did you?  Surely not!  You're just joking with me.

All in all,  the books were entertaining, sexy and fun.  Envy and Lust are probably my two favorites of the 7 Deadly Sins so I look forward to still reading about Lust.  Ought to be a real panty scorcher!  These are all going to be books for those over 18 in my opinion and based on these three alone, if you prefer closed door sex, these are not for you.  These are explicit and plentiful both in thought and deed when it comes to sex.  Best of all they each have a story that goes with them and that I consider the best of all worlds!

Book One:  5 Stars     Heat:  3/5
Book Two:  5 Stars     Heat:  3/5
Book Three:  5 Stars   Heat:  3/5

*I received these books in exchange for my honest and open minded review.  No further compensation was received.


Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls. She enjoys writing historical romance involving chivalrous knights, hot highlanders and cravatted men, but sometimes gets lured away by bad boy bikers, soldiers and other heroic modern men.


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  1. Thank you for the wonderful reviews and for participating in the tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

    1. My Pleasure. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful reviews and for featuring me! I'm thrilled you enjoyed them x

    1. Oh thank you for coming by! I loved reading your books and cannot wait for the next one!