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Guilty as Sin

Sinful, Montana, Book 1
Written by: Rosalind James
Narrated by: Emma Wilder
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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There are secrets. There are guilty secrets. And then there's switching places with your twin.

Paige Hollander and her identical twin Lily stopped switching places a decade ago. But Lily's run into trouble, and Paige is on leave from the SFPD, recovering from a traumatic shooting. It's not like she has anything better to do, and she remembers how to be feminine. Sort of. Anyway, it's selling lacy thongs in Sinful Secrets and playing Heidi to Lily's goats for a week or two. How hard could it be?

For Jace Blackstone, idyllic Sinful, Montana, is the perfect escape. In this town, he's nothing but a reclusive, black-haired stranger with an Aussie accent and a bad attitude. Not the former pride of Australia's special forces, not a best-selling thriller writer, and not a man with no more faith in women. Right up until the day a mystery fan starts getting much too up-close and personal, and his neighbor comes back from her vacation with a personality change that knocks him sideways.

Suddenly, Sinful is looking downright dangerous. And the biggest danger of all might come in the form of flashing brown eyes, a rear view to stop a man's heart, and a wit sharp enough to slice him to the bone.

Sinful could be getting serious.

©2017 Rosalind James (P)2017 Rosalind James

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  • gdbkescape
  • 2017-12-13

great listen... mystery, laughter & tender romance

Emma Wilder delivers a 3D story with good character differentiation and credible inflections. It's always a relief to me when the narration matches up with a book I enjoy. We have a winner here!

I’ll confess – this is not my favorite book by Rosalind James (if you haven’t read/listened to her “ESCAPE TO NEW ZEALAND" series, you really, really should!!) but I enjoyed it thoroughly both reading and listening.

Rosalind does not depart from her trademark multifaceted, well-developed characters in this first book of a new series. This book brings it all – mystery, laughter & tender romance. I don’t have any personal experience with “the twin thing” but what I read was very believable and I loved having a peek into that relationship dynamic.

While it wasn’t all love at first sight between them, (good thing!) the conflict in Guilty as Sin was handled by the H/h the way I like it best…TOGETHER. The mystery rang true throughout, the double mystery I should say, and I really didn’t know “who done it” until the end which is quite unusual.

There always seems to be a secondary character in Rosalind’s books that steals the attention, Tobias did not disappoint!!

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  • Melstamps
  • 2017-12-19

Great Book Even Beter in Audio Form

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I originally read “Guilty as Sin,” Rosalind James’ newest release, in written word form. I found it to be a bit slow starting with a twin switching places hook that I didn’t initially love. Ultimately, I found the book to be very entertaining, well written and I enjoyed it very much. Not a big surprise as Rosalind James is a very capable author whose books are uniformly enjoyable.  I have now listened to the book in its audio form and I have to say, I enjoyed it even more. Emma Wilder’s reading grabbed me from the beginning and turned what I thought of as a four star book into a five star book in its genre of romance and romantic suspense.

As the book opens, twins Paige and Lily Hollander each have their own problems. Lily, owner of a lingerie store in Sinful, Montana, is receiving a lot of pressure to sell her personal residence and sanctuary to make way for a resort that could breathe life into Sinful’s anemic economy. Paige, a police officer in the San Francisco Police Department, is awaiting the verdict concerning an on-the-job shooting and recovering from an injury sustained at that time. Paige, who has always considered herself to be the tougher of the twins and her sister’s protector, comes up with the idea of taking Lily’s place. Complications ensue when the pressure on Lily is far greater than Paige anticipated and when Paige meets Lily’s “scary” neighbor Jace Blackstone, a former Aussie commando and thriller writer, with baggage of his own—a stalker. His nameless nemesis starts out as just plain creepy but, as the book continues, increases his/her threat level far beyond sending Jace pages with erotic and vaguely threatening scenes featuring the two of them.  

As the novel continues, the readability factor increases from “I need to go read that book” to “I can’t put this book down.” The dual plots of both “Lily” and Jace being menaced ups the ante of suspense substantially and it isn’t quite clear to them or the reader if the threats are separate or somehow intertwined. Paige (though he knows her as Lily) and Jace become increasingly close as they battle their faceless adversary (ies). While Sinful, Montana is a small town, there is no shortage of suspects who could be menacing Paige-as-Lily and Jace. How the twin switch is dealt with is credible. Though Paige struggles to live as the more feminine and tactful Lily, she is able to pull off the subterfuge because no one knows that Lily has an identical twin. This includes Jace, though he senses there is something off about Lily. 

The resolution of the novel was well done and satisfying. I am deliberately vague so as not to give anything away. 

As previously stated, Emma Wilder does an outstanding job with the narration. She truly brings the characters to life and adds an extra something to this already entertaining novel

This is a very entertaining listen and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed the dual mysteries and the fact that the book, while full of suspense, wasn’t too dark. 

I was given a free copy of the book in its audio form in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not compensated in any way and the opinions stated are solely my own. 

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  • Kim C.
  • 2017-12-16

Guilty Pleasure!

The more I read Rosalind James's books, the more I realize that no other author that I read writes descriptions that draw you in and make you feel as if you are part of the story.

I love Ms. James' new series set in Sinful Montana! I don't want to spoil the story so I'll just give you the basics. This story revolves around a divorcee in rural Montana being pressured to sell her land by a developer and locals, a reclusive author who was a past Australian Special Forces member who has a stalker threatening him. Throw-in identical twin sisters who are opposites in so many ways, but would do anything to help each other, then add romance, suspense, and some really funny lines and you have yourself a terrific story.
Emma Wilder is a terrific narrator who captures the essence of the characters Rosalind creates and makes them come to life with her Audible presentation.


I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Laura's Reviews
  • 2018-01-02

So many twists and double-trouble

The first two chapters may send you astray, but stick with it. You will quickly meet Lily and Paige, twins who are both dealing with life-altering choices. Lily is non-confrontational, so injured but spunky Paige decides to switch places with her sister to deal with pushy real estate investors and town officials.

Paige, while posing as Lily, meets a recluse author and gets mixed up into some drama of his own. There is some suspense to the story (which may throw you off at the start), but the chemistry between faux-"Lily" and the "mountain man" takes off after a hilarious meet-cute.

Well worth the credit to listen to and I can't wait for Lily's story next!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • The E Traveller
  • 2017-12-29

Wow, be prepared for surprises LOL

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

This book surprised me at the beginning and I have to admit I was not a fan of it but I pressed on in hope that it would get better and I really enjoyed the rest of the book

Paige really annoyed the heck out of me in parts and I yelled at her telling her what I thought of her

but other that Paige being an idiot it was a good story with good character development

I did enjoy the mystery to this story and was surprised by the evil villains

I will look forward to the next book in the series

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  • Lolli
  • 2017-12-28

a twin and an aussie

If you could sum up Guilty as Sin in three words, what would they be?

sexy, suspenseful, smart

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guilty as Sin?

When the profiler went over all the details and pprofiled the suspect. i thought that was really smart and i got super into that particular section of the book. the research was great and i really appreciated that.

Which scene was your favorite?

The profiler part... again.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wouldn't say all in one sitting, but at certain parts. I had to sit in my car just to listen to it a little longer because i was really getting into all the crime investigation information.

Any additional comments?

It too me about 4 attempts to start this book and actually get into it. it was probably around chapter 3 where i started to really pay attention and the book finally hooked me in. it seemed like some of the beginning stuff was just fluff and i didn't need to pay attention to it, but it wasn't fluff and it was just establishing the characters and their relationships with specific people.

i appreciated that the "bad guy" wasn't obvious but it made sense.

i would recommend this book to anyone that likes suspenseful romance novels because it is the best of both of those genres.

i hope this turns into a series and i'd be very interested to see where these characters go in the future.

the narration was also excellent.

i received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. i was not compensated for me review, and i was not required to write a positive review. the opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • DLRees
  • 2017-12-19

Great book to read and to listen!

This book is a wonderful blend of suspense and steam. As usual there is a hot and powerful man (this time an Aussie) and a strong (rather stubborn) female main character,
throw in some goats and a loving dog and you have a highly entertaining mix. This is one of my favorite books from this author, even though I recommend any that she produces.
You will love the narration by Emma Wilder, she's very easy on the ears and does a great job with the voices and accents.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-12-02

Very good!!

I haven't read the last one yet. Hope to get it soon. Thanks again for to finish series.

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  • SanfordHoney
  • 2018-10-27

Love RJ

I have loved all of Rosalind James' books and this is no exception. Enjoyed the suspense and the twists but the ending was expected at least for me.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-10-26

Twin fun with Rosalind James

James again takes a well used storyline - twins changing places - and puts her spin on it. And she again makes it work.
SFPD Officer Paige Hollander goes to Sinful, Montana in place of her twin sister Lily who is being pressured to sell out her home. Things turn out to be more dangerous than she could have guessed.
Jace Blackstone moved to Sinful to get out of NY; away from cocktail parties and back to nature for his writing. Funny how he’s suddenly interested in his neighbor who isn’t acting as girly as she used to.
Wilder does a great job of narration.