Thursday, March 15, 2018

Sinner by Sierra Simone - Release Day Review


SINNER by Sierra Simone

Release Date: March 15th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
Designer: Letitia Hasser from RBA Designs
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Author:  Sierra Simone
Publication Date:  15 March, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Priest, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and UP
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

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.***


My Review:

I am going to be honest, as one should be when writing a review, I was torn with Sinner; also I think a bit ironically, as one should be.  I think the hardest thing for me with Sinner, and I honestly don't remember this feeling when reading Priest, was the back and forth between feeling preached to one minute and then thrown into a porno the next.  Now, does that make the book bad?  No, it just made it a tad uncomfortable at times but I also think that is a good thing.  

We need to be made to feel uncomfortable especially about topics, such as sex and religion, topics that honestly shouldn't make us feel uncomfortable but inevitably do.  Every religious person is in essence a sinner and while every sinner may not be religious there is nothing that says being religious precludes you from enjoying what some may consider a sin.  Honestly that's the question you should be asking yourself when you finish this book as well...just because you are religious does that mean you can't enjoy all that life has to offer.  Are we meant to believe that those who are devout should not enjoy the pleasure that our bodies and minds can give us?  Do you as a reader believe that He or She would deny the religious the same gifts S/He offers to sinners?  It's quite the thought provoking idea.  One that many of us probably already have our personal thoughts on, but also one that may make us re-evaluate those thoughts.  

Sinner is an emotional read, one minute you will be laughing, another bawling, another sighing, another...well, we won't talk about that 'other'. It's an emotional roller coaster watching as Sean finds his way and discovers that life is not as black and white as he has always tried to make it be.  If you have already read Priest (which is not necessary to read Sinner) than you know the reason that the Bell family has had it's falling out with God(ess) and religion.  You know that this story like Priest is about discovering that you can be more than religious, you can be more than a sinner, you can be more than what you think you are meant to be.  Simply you can be whomever you chose to be and you shouldn't let preconceived notions, societies ideals, or family expectations make you someone you are not.  These are books about looking into your own soul and discovering exactly who YOU have always been meant to be.  

I enjoyed the bad boy, good girl trope that is going on here.  Sean is a difficult man, who decided that because he believes the God doesn't love him (and his family) that there is no reason to even attempt to be a good man (which is a whole different discussion, what makes a man good?).  He's a player, a user, he has no time for romance or love...or young women who put their faith in a religion he despises and yet he can't walk away from Zenny.  I really enjoyed Sean, he is who I expected him to be, he's a playboy with a 'bad' streak a mile long.  His internal debate about self and religion is exactly what you expect to find.  I will say that he doesn't change in any way that was surprising, but his character development is still beautifully portrayed.  He will always be that bad boy we met in the beginning but his whole view of life changes and that is as it should be.  I am so glad that the premise of the book wasn't to change Sean in essentials, but just to change his perception.

Zenny is the sweet, honest, beautiful, faithful girl that Sean needs.  I loved her spirit and her drive.  I loved her desire to be who SHE wants to be and not who other people want to be.  Granted she may have gone down a path that wasn't her future but no one ever said discovering who you were meant to be would be a straight path.  I was a little put off by her sexual 'prowess', (honestly I can't think of the word I want but that is a close enough descriptor) here is this young, unexperienced, novice who with the guidance of her Mother Superior has decided to taste the world before taking her vows and wow does she ever.  I have no challenge with that what so ever.  What threw me off was her complete and total inhibition.  She's supposed to be a bit timid (at least that is what I believed) but there is nothing timid about her when it comes to sex.  She goes ALL IN, and sadly for me that made her a little less believable, but only in the romance aspect. 

Together they are an explosive couple, I really enjoyed watching them move around each other and find their individual way as well as their way as partners.  If you are looking or a thought provoking, a bit of uncomfortableness, a fiery romance, a whole lot of STEAM, and an emotional story I suggest picking this one up.  This book won't be for everyone and that's okay.  It takes a deep look at religion and sex, know that going in and...

Remember that every sinner can be a saint and every saint IS a 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.



About the Author:
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling 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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