SINNER by Sierra Simone
Release Date: March 15th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
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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.
***Sinner is a standalone companion to Priest about Father Bell’s brother Sean. You do not have to read Priest or Midnight Mass to read Sinner.***
“Zenny,” I mumble against her lips, some valiant part of me recognizing that this is far, far beyond the kiss she asked for, and also recognizing that I’m going to come all over the inside of my Hugo Boss suit pants if she keeps it up. Even through the clothes, I can feel her heat, her shameless rolls hinting at where she goes soft and wet between her legs.
Fuck, I want to see it. I want to see her pussy. It’s suddenly all I can think about, all I can want or crave, just one glimpse, just a peek.
“I want to see your cunt,” I say hoarsely, lifting my head.
“My…cunt?” She says the word like she’s never said it out loud before.
“Yeah.” My voice is so ragged right now, so desperate, and fuck, I’ve never felt this frantic before. Like I’ll actually combust if I don’t get this one thing, this one small sight of her secret place.
She lets out a shaky breath, her hand dropping from my lapel to her skirt, which she slowly rucks up to her waist as I devour her lips once more, as I bury my face in her neck and kiss every sliver of skin exposed above her collar. I bite at her ear, at her jaw, my hand finding hers as it pulls her skirt up, so that I’m helping her do it, that we’re doing it together, this forbidden act, this forbidden revelation.
Her forbidden body.
That word, forbidden, spikes through my mind, bringing with it equal spikes of lust and fear. Because yes, it’s fucking hot that I shouldn’t be kissing her, I shouldn’t be begging to see her most secret place, my hand shouldn’t be covering hers as it slides up her thigh—but it’s also bad. Bad even for Sean Bell.
Bad, bad, bad.
3.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
It wouldn’t surprise me if Sinner causes a certain amount of controversy and not because of the the sexual content. Don’t get me wrong, Simone has written one steamy romance. So why do I think this full-length novel will have a ripple effect or better said, create a buzz? Sure enough, the sexual tension sizzles off the pages from start to finish; however, what slayed me and I’m sure will affect you too, is the plot. But before I go any further, I’d like to mention Tyler Bell’s brief appearance from Priest. As the author hasn’t recounted his past events in any detail, there’s no confusion for the reader so yes, Sinner can be read as a standalone. Now then, let’s get back to the story! What a blinkin’ marvellous prologue. It certainly put me in the picture regarding some of the male protagonist’s traits and what’s more, once I got to know him, I loved how he didn’t make excuses for himself.
Chapter one and I’m rolling my eyes and trying to convince myself to read on. You see, not only was this mid-thirties millionaire checking himself out, but also flashing his dimple. However, I persevered and don’t regret it for a minute. Don’t be fooled by Sean Bell ladies, there are huge things to come…no pun intended! Exemplary brother to his siblings and caring son, he’d never had a problem with his conscience in the bedroom department so why, all of a sudden, was it bothering him? Was the proposition he’d received that indecent? Were the strings attached an issue? Maybe the taboo factor had something to do with it since more sinful and more tempting, it could not be. Ahh, but all is not what it seems because under his live and let live attitude, there’s so much more depth to him than I ever thought possible.
“Are you–” “Are you…preening?”
“I am not preening,” “I’m Sean Bell, and Sean Bell does not preen.”
Zenobia Iverson, aka Zenny, knows him. He doesn’t recognise her…and this folks, is where the fun begins! She’s a real beauty, young, headstrong and courageous, her naivete adorable and guess who thought so too! I thought her plans for the future nobel, but her plans for the rightnow, wow…no wonder Sean had trouble finding his moral compass. One would think the two of them together would leave little to the imagination seeing as he’s experienced in the sexual-arts. Believe me, the mental image I perceived at the hand of the author’s penmanship left me with my mouth wide open!
“This is different. I know you trust me, you know I trust you. And now it’s time for me to show you what I would do if you were mine…”
Soul-searching life’s purpose, learning to live with loss, forgiving oneself and accepting love on a spiritual level were just a few of topics handled with extreme sensitivity. Throughout the read, theological facts and cardinal virtues were abundant. Whether it was a simple comment or a shared opinion between Sean and Zenny, it sounded convincing but at the same time, faith’s conundrum left him in a religious quandary of sorts. Devoutness wasn’t being tested, it questioned and challenged. Here, the dialogue was foremost intellectual; especially in the matter of race. Sean showed me his concern for Zenny’s happiness which might mean unhappiness for him. Also, when the opportunity presented itself, she was curious to know if he was comparing his beliefs or the lack of them with a heartbreaking past experience. A commendable piece of work on the writer’s part I might add.
“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.”
How much is too much sex in a book? Hmm, I think it must be tricky navigating in this narrative water for any author, but those hot passionate moments are what a lot of Simone’s fans have come to expect. She’s a remarkably descriptive writer, her wordplay couldn’t be better and her scenes damn good. So, why did I get the impression that her protagonists’ sexapades were a tad excessive when all she’d done is deliver an excellent read? At times, I felt as if the plot was overshadowed by said scenes and slowed the book down. Nonetheless, it’s been awhile since I’ve highlighted so many hot passages which in my book, is a positive sign, right? I can’t possibly give you the reason why I had a little-big cry towards the end… and the epilogue, just floved it! I would definitely recommend one-clicking and ooh, don’t forget to read author’s interesting footnote. Bravo Simone!
Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.
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