The reformed bad girl
No one likes the mean/bad girl. These women are the hateful enemy of our girl next door leading ladies. They are the thorn in the side of our protagonist who just wants to fall madly in love with the hero. Historical romance books employ these brazen women as money grubbers, noble title seekers, or most importantly the harlot out for our main man. Contemporaries also have these women who come in the form of the corporate climbing co-worker, ex-girlfriends, and worst of all her best friend.
In real life everyone knows this woman. She will either be Regina George, Mean Girls direct kind of crazy or overly sweet psychos like Tracy Flick, Election. These women are equally deranged and dangerous. No one wants them to win, yet we can’t take our eyes off of them. These twisted sisters help us take stock in our own bad behavior and promise to do better, but what about the reformed bad girl.
Yes, the once upon time witch can turn into Cinderella but not without some soul searching. If done right, these literary unicorns can easily turn a hoo hum storyline into a shiny red apple of a gem. Susan Elizabeth Phillips did this flippy turny plot device in Ain’t She Sweet. Sugar Beth was the worse type of mean girl, head bitch in high school. Her homecoming twenty years later is nasty and vicious but after a few flashback scenes the reader realizes her treatment is no less than what she deserves.
Done correctly reformed bad girls are a hoot. They want to fit into the humble friend’s category but generally their acerbic tongue or sociopathic tendencies come out to play. The road to redemption is an awesome story device that isn’t just for bad boys who return on top of a Harley. The reformed girl can sometimes be a card carrying shopaholic who has turned her life around this is always fun to witness.
In Sinfully Ever After Maddie Fletcher is a bad girl who displays her snarkiness loud and proud. With this final installment in the series she still has her straight shooting wit but she also allows her softer side to shine through. Loose ends get tied up in the series, while everyone finds out what happened that made Maddie into that sharp tongued baddie in the first place.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Title: The Sinful Trilogy
Author: Kenya Carlton
Published: June 29th, 2015
Publisher: Parker Publishing Inc.
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Content Warning: Explicit sexual content and violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Sweet As Sin (book 1)
Brought together in the aftermath of WWI, a lethal, war hero and a beautiful, seductive heiress are forced into a marriage neither wants.
Captain Drake Devilin fought with honor and survived a brutal war only to return home to find his parents dead under scandalous circumstances and his grandfather determined to restore the family honor and fortune.
Sienna Caldwell wants to trust her father’s decision to marry her to the charming playboy, but realizes the life she yearns for may never be hers. Faced with secrets upon secrets, she can do nothing to change the future. With her father’s blessing she puts herself into the handsome Drake’s care.
While Drake struggles to keep his bride alive, Sienna battles to keep her heart intact even as a magical world of myth and horror opens before them. Drake realizes the woman he married is more powerful than he imagined as he fights for her soul and their lives against an unimaginable evil.
Devil’s Play (book 2)
Snuggled within the warm embrace of marital bliss, biologically altered army Captain Drake Devilin and his supernatural bride, Sienna, face their biggest challenge to date. Called back for duty in World War II, Drake must leave his amazing life behind and join his troop to fight the Nazis. Although he’s certain his new mission is merely a rouse to obtain his most precious commodity, his wife, Drake leaves, but not before giving Sienna a magical necklace in the hope it will protect her against unknown enemies.
Lured from her prosperous island by a sorcerer who is convinced she was always meant to be his bride. Sienna is challenged to play three magical games to ensure her husband’s safe return. In each game, a limited time is given to Sienna to immerse herself into a new world, situation, and persona; find Drake; and have him acknowledge her by name. And she can’t use her powers to make it happen.
Everything dear to Sienna’s heart is put in jeopardy. Willing to fight for the love of her life and her happiness, Sienna takes on the sorcerer in his own game of cat and mouse.
Sinfully Ever After (book 3)
Experimented and tested on by the Nazis, Captain Drake Devilin and his troop of beasts are made into something unholy. Unwilling to serve as a guinea pig for the government any longer, Drake has only one thing on his mind … his beautiful wife, but instead finds himself involved in a war of the supernatural kind. The pressure mounts when Drake uncovers that a stranger from Sienna’s past is responsible for the rash of supernatural crimes plaguing an underwater city.
After beating an evil sorcerer at his own game, Sienna Devilin awaits her husband’s return from Germany. Once Drake Devilin arrives, Sienna can tell something is different about the captain. Moody and temperamental, Sienna doesn’t know what to think when he turns down a fight to help with a fresh crop of engineered monsters.
With World War II in full swing, Drake is unable to talk his wife out of their new obligation. Sienna is more determined than ever to fight off demons from her past and monsters in their not too distant future.
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Excerpt from Sinfully Ever After by Kenya Carlton:
Excerpt from Sinfully Ever After by Kenya Carlton:
Light snow fell to the earth. The flakes melted nearly as quickly as they landed. Drake welcomed the fresh air.
Yards from the house he tracked his wife’s scent near the horse’s paddock. Sienna stood under the full moon in front of the big animals that grazed by the fence. He worked his way past the medical tents to join her. Pretty and peaceful, it was no wonder she came to the pasture since dinner had been a complete and utter disaster.
Murphy and Barker joined them for a marvelous evening—along with their wives—for screaming, cursing, and his personal favorite…crying. Murphy’s spouse, Evie, called him every name and then some, while Alex, Barker’s wife, sat in her seat softly sobbing. Somewhere before dessert but after dinner Sienna snuck off.
“Dear wife,” he whispered in her ear before he placed his coat over her shoulders. “I will extend to you my sincerest apologies for not being forthright, but you must promise to never make me sit through anything similar to that again.” Confident he wouldn’t be turned into a toad when she gifted him with a laugh he pulled her back into his chest.
“They’re worried about their men.”
“I gave them a choice this afternoon.” Drake buried his nose into the careless curls constructed on top of her head. “It is out of my hands,” he murmured, submerging himself in her sweet scent.
“Evie and Alex are not angry at you per se. They’re mad at the amount of loyalty their husbands display toward you and their country.”
“I am not the villain here.” He sighed. “Am I yours?”
Sienna turned in his arms.
Slow drifting snow caught on her long eyelashes, illuminating her beautiful face. He captured her lips, and attacked her sweet mouth. Only for a moment, he thought to himself before he released her.
“Why did you stop, Captain?” She continued to tempt him with tiny kisses to the underside of his chin. “Afraid you’ll lose your mind?” The sum of her powers were too great for one person alone. Extreme anger or sadness could send her into a downward spiral. It had taken Sienna years to learn how to control the balance of her emotions. Otherwise, the sanctity of her sanity would be put into question. Drake remembered all too well the time she nearly went mad.
“I was falling in love with you,” she replied to the thoughts in his head.
Drake felt that she was wrong and it was the other way around. His raw need for his wife almost certainly sent her over the edge. Every time he got too close another spark of magic would course through his veins. He couldn’t imagine what a huge wave of her power would do to him.
“Tell me, Captain, are you afraid of the devil in me or is it the devil in you?” Sienna rose on the tips of her toes to kiss the side of his mouth. Weeks had gone by where he didn’t think he would ever see her again. Drake felt the soft palm of her hand caress his face, while she sweetly nipped at his neck. Regardless of his wants or needs, he understood what was at stake for the both of them.
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