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Teaser Tuesdays: Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart


If it’s Tuesday, then this is a teaser.

Today’s teaser is a tough one. How’s that for a tongue twister? If you’re ever tempted to take a teaser from an Anne Stuart book, be warned: it’s hard to find two sentences that don’t give the plot away or are not, ahem, too racy for excerpting. Ah, that Anne Stuart — my kind of lady.

So this teaser is from one of Anne Stuart’s most controversial books, one I’d some how avoided until recently, Ritual Sins:

“As long as you’re afraid of me, you’ll never destroy me. And that’s why you’re here, isn’t it?”

As teasers go, that one’s pretty succinct. But that sums up the beauty of Anne Stuart’s writing — she rarely wastes a word. Her Harlequin and Silhouette titles were just as developed and finished as her later single-title releases, like Ritual Sins.

Here’s the synopsis for Ritual Sins, courtesy of Amazon:

Rachel Connery is a woman with a mission—to destroy Luke Bardell, the charismatic man who seduced millions of dollars from her dying mother, thus robbing Rachel of her inheritance. Now Rachel wants revenge—and she’s willing to enter Luke’s lair and risk the lure of his magnetic personality to get it. Luke Bardell is a master manipulator. He always gets what he wants from people, and Rachel Connery looks like an especially easy mark, She is beautiful and angry and spoiled, and the challenge of melting her icy exterior inspires him. For Luke it is a standard ritual. But desire is a dangerous weapon that cuts two ways. Rachel could get trapped in a nightmare of forbidden feelings…or she could use her strength and intelligence and fierce will to find a way into Luke’s heart and force his utter surrender to her—body and soul.

Ritual Sins was first published in 1997. Contrary to what a recent All About Romance blog post says about pre-Millennium contemporaries now feeling dated or reading like historical fiction, Ritual Sins still feels fresh. Whether that’s Stuart’s timeless writing or the strange nature of the story I don’t know, but I was actually disappointed that I’d waited so long to read Ritual Sins. It’s now available in e-book — what are you waiting for!?!?

Introducing Teaser Tuesdays here at Ye Olde Sweet Rocket. Here’s how it works:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read/nearest book
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So if you have a blog, play along by posting your teaser/link to your blog in the comments. If you don’t have a blog, share anyway in the comments!

So what are you reading, babies?


Author: J.E.

Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

13 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays: Ritual Sins by Anne Stuart

  1. First of all…nice blog…love the roses.

    Have never read a book by this author…sounds interesting.

    THANKS for the teaser.

    New E-mail subscriber.

    My teaser link is below.

    Silver’s Reviews

  2. Sounds like you’re loving this. Hope it continues to be great. You asked if the book I teased was a new release. The Pretend Wife was released in 2010. Thanks for visiting. Here’s Mine

  3. I think it’s just hard to find two sentences in ANY book.

    I actually really like that teaser, as short and non descriptive as it is. It makes me wonder about the power constructions between the characters involved.

    Thanks for stopping by my TT 🙂

  4. It sound interesting, nice teaser. Thx for visiting mine.

  5. I just finished Ritual Sins last week. Definitely an interesting book but I just couldn’t sympathize with the characters. Luke WAS a con man, Rachel WAS angry and spoiled, and they were both incredibly selfish. They redeemed themselves a bit in the end but not enough to make me root for them. That said, I’ll continue to read Anne Stuart in future because she is such a compelling storyteller

    • I agree that both Luke and Rachel were bitter pills, Candace. And I don’t know about you, but they are definitely a couple that you wonder about their HEA. Have you read any other Anne Stuart books, Candace?

      • Oh, yes. I’m an Anne Stuart fan from way back. She’s practically an auto-buy for me. She’s such a compelling storyteller than even when I am not crazy about a character or characters I still enjoy the ride.

      • I totally agree with that, Candace. “Ritual Sins” was not my favorite, but it was so interesting to see what she did with the characters, and the premise is one that I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a romance, before or since.

  6. Great teaser! I’ve only read one or two books by her myself, and that was years ago. Thanks for visiting!

  7. One of my favorite books! I finished this in a day, I simply could not put this down. What I loved about this book is that it isn’t a cut and dry romance, nor is it the typical thriller. This is the book I always try to get people to read because it is so engrossing.

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