Wednesday, December 20, 2017

ARC Review: "Moonlight Sins" (de Vincent, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder...  

Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...




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I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

If you enjoy Jennifer's books, but you also want something darker and mysterious, then the "Moonlight Sins" is for you!
To summarize, take "Dynasty", strip it from its glossy theme song, add a sprinkle of darkness, then topple it with a touch of supernatural. I'm pretty sure that this family has lost the number of Ghostbusters...or even the Winchester brothers.

Julia takes the job of a live-in nurse, taking care of the sister of the famous De Vincent family. All three brothers have lots and LOTS of luggage which would make even the best psychologist tear his diplomas. Devlin, Gabriel and Lucian truly are relevant to the true meaning of their names.(see the hidden meaning!).

For me, Lucian is the alternative version of Seth, who grew in a parallel Earth as a cocky golden boy. With a dark twist. I liked his chemistry with Julia, despite the mistake he did in the beginning. She matches him in his demeanor and attitude, trying to ground him and surely their discussions can make you smile and swoon too.

The house as described by Jennifer is downright scary. I have seen the Southern style of the houses, which look like the ones from "Gone with the Wind" or the ones from "The Princess and the Frog", so I wouldn't want to stay in such a big house. The mystery keeps you on edge and you really wonder if everything is as it seems.

I surely didn't expect the last pages; Jennifer knows how to surprise me as a reader!
And seeing that Gabe is going to be the next brother in the sequel, I'm really excited and anxious about him. Devlin, on the other hand, has a lot to explain and maybe be smacked in the head a couple of times!




About the author: 

Photo of Jennifer# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications.  Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can. 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.