Series: Priest #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 15, 2018
Format: eARC, 366 pages
How I got it: From the author
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I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.
What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.
My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
So, I have a confession — I was afraid to read this book. I love Sierra’s books. Everything I’ve read from her has been absolutely amazing. But, the blurb for Sinner worried me. Playboy/womanizer/manwhore heroes are not always my favorite. In fact, I tend to shy away from them because I want my hero “all in” for one woman. When I see words like playboy, womanizer or skirt chaser in a blurb, I automatically think he’s going to hook up and dash and I’m going to have to endure reading about him with other women. Plus, I pretty much automatically think he’s an asshole. So as much as I was looking forward to Sinner, I was also nervous about what this book would bring.
As you probably guessed from my rating, I had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to worry about because while Sean Bell was definitely a bit of an asshole on the outside, he was SO MUCH MORE underneath. Maybe it was the love of a good woman or maybe it was there all along. It’s hard to say, but what I do know is that I fell for him. Hard. Sean was a good man, despite how he might’ve seen himself and in spite of the things he’d done in the past. He also had a totally filthy mouth and you know how much I love that in a hero.
Zenny was a great character, too, though I didn’t connect with her quite as much as I would’ve liked. She seemed a little young sometimes, but she was younger and innocent so I can’t really hold that against her. I did admire her strength and determination. I really liked her with Sean, too. They just brought something out in each other. And, as you might have expected, their chemistry was intense and the sexy scenes were off the charts hot.
A Sierra Simone book is never “just a romance” and I think that’s why I love them so much. (Well, that and the amazing writing and characters. And the hot AF sexy times, of course.) The three scenes from this book that stand out the most to me aren’t sexy or romantic scenes. They’re the ones that made me think about a deeper issue. As much as I want to tell you more, I don’t want to ruin anything for you because Sinner is best enjoyed when you don’t know what’s coming. Just be on the lookout for my three favorite thought-provoking and emotional scenes — one with Zenny, one with Sean and one with the Bell family.
I didn’t expect Sinner to make me as emotional as it did, but I cried real tears. I’m not talking about getting a little choked up, but full out basically shoulder-shaking sobs. In hindsight I should’ve known because I think I’ve gotten at least teary-eyed during each of Sierra’s books so far. This one stung though. But damn, what an amazing read. I wasn’t sure I could or would love Sinner as much as I did Priest or the New Camelot Trilogy, but I did. (And maybe a bit more than Priest, if I have to play favorites.) I’m already planning to buy the audiobook so I can reread it in a couple months while I wait for Sierra to release another book.
“And I do want to get to know you better. I want to know if you scream or if you moan when you come, I want to know if you prefer my mouth or my hands, I want to know if you like it deep and slow or fast and hard.”
And then she says, “Sean,” in this way like she’s said it to herself before. Like she’s murmured it into her pillow, like she’s doodled it in notebooks, like she’s imagined what it would be like to breathe my own name back into my lips.
“You might think that you’re so liberated from the trap of Catholic morality, but you’re still acting like a man who thinks sex is dirty. Like a man who believes in the concept of purity.”
“This mouth. I want to eat it and fuck it and worship it and abuse it.”
“I want to build a tower around you, and then build a castle around that tower, and then dig a moat around that castle, and then I want to guard you like a dragon. Burn anyone who tries to hurt you into ash and then scorch those ashes a second time.”
Belief is this. Praying when you don’t feel like it, when you don’t know who or what is listening; it’s doing the actions with the trust that something about it matters. That something about it makes you more human, a better human, a human able to love and trust and hope in a world where those things are hard.
Have you read any of Sierra’s books?
Do you have a favorite?