After giving birth to their first child, Jane is feeling self-conscious about the changes in her body and fears that Matthew may not find her attractive anymore. Matthew reassures Jane by treating her to a Valentine's Day celebration she won't soon forget.
A Very Sinful Valentine is the final coda to Matthew and Jane's story that began in the novel Sinful. I just love this couple and can't get enough of them, but I suppose this novella will have to be enough since it's the last story Charlotte Featherstone wrote about them before dropping out of sight three years ago. In this one, our couple is going through a rough patch in their marriage. Jane just gave birth to their first child three months earlier and hasn't quite been herself since. She's always felt she was plump and plain at best and didn't quite measure up to Matthew's drop-dead gorgeous looks. Now that a pregnancy has rearranged her body, she's feeling extremely self-conscious. She still desires her husband more than her next breath, but she worries that after all the beautiful women he bedded in the past, he'll be disappointed in her body with it's extra baby fat, stretch marks and extra-large breasts. As a mother whose figure never went back to its original shape post-pregnancy, I could really relate to Jane's fear and concern.
At first, Matthew is baffled as to why Jane is distancing herself from him and fears he may be losing her, which sends him into one of his brooding moods. With a little help from his best friend, Lindsay, he finally figures things out, and treats Jane to an unforgettable Valentine's Day. The letter Matthew writes to Jane is incredibly sweet and super sexy. But what I like the most is how he reassures her of exactly how beautiful she is to him. The way he shares in the responsibility for the changes in her body was so sweet it made me melt. And the subsequent love scene is smokin' hot. I'm so glad I was able to locate a copy of this story, because it was the perfect way to cap off my Valentine's Day.
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