By SLR DWR
Has a hard time reading it was slow and uninteresting but I read til the end cause I had to know the ending
What in the hell am I supposed to do with my life now? I’m ruined...
By Sweet Red Reader
What in the hell am I supposed to do with my life now? I’m ruined...
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.
Oh this book! From word one I was hooked, but as I went on (obsessively - I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN!!!) I found myself wishing that Sierra Simone was the curator of my thoughts. I need her to be my inner monologue because the way that she expresses thoughts and uses the art of WORDS is absolutely magical. I don't think I've been compelled to update my Goodreads status as many times as I did while reading this book. There were SO MANY incidents where I had to externalize my reactions to the book (the awareness of the importance of a satin pillowcase has never been more meaningful to me). Sean hit me like a ton of bricks with his confidence and swag, but mostly with his willingness to accept his feelings and run with it (and his utterly eloquent fury when someone came at his woman sideways). And Zenny. My favorite book heroine HANDS DOWN. She was so intelligent and aware and vulnerable and bold and just EVERYTHING that I want to be and all the good things that I see in my daughters. Their banter, their interactions, the way that they grew together and changed each other in such a short amount of time was cataclysmically awesome. Once again, in the midst of reading the book, I had to stop to order the paperback because I had to have this book on my shelf. I have to be able to hold it and feel it and absorb it in that oh so visceral way. This will be a book that I reread into perpetuity. Plus I NEEDED to give the author my money. The way Sierra Simone handled racism, white privilege, religion, faith, grief, loss, and so much more was utterly amazing. Sinner gets all of the stars in the known galaxy and those far beyond.
Sinner is EVERYTHING!
Sinner is so much more than the story on the page. There are layers of meaning between every word and scene. It is a journey, a ride that author Sierra Simone steers. On the surface Sinner is sexy as hell, and that is all good too!
“There’s nothing between us. Nothing at all, except for God and broken promises and two grasping, reaching hearts.”
The writing is beautiful and intelligent, the characters are deep, real even in all their flaws and larger than the page.
“I can’t crack her faith the way her love cracks me. I can’t carve away her connection with God the same way she’s carved a gap into my heart that she refuses to fill.”
Sinner is EVERYTHING! It is just SO beautiful, deep & thought provoking, AND SO HOT!! And it just broke my heart!! I seriously bawled my eyes out! I had to stop reading because I couldn’t see the page!!
Wow another incredible read from this author
Wow, I don't know where to begin. Amazing. Lush. Moving. Hot. Some of the words whirling through my mind as I try to describe the indescribable.
Amazing: the main characters Sean and Zenny. We watch them grow, all through Sean's perspective. Even though we see the world through his eyes, we learn from Zenny too. Zenny's a powerful black woman, and through her we encounter racism. We also learn how she copes, how she moves forward despite it. We are angry with her. We are sorry for lost Sean, and happy when he begins to realize the truth.
Lush: Sierra Simone has a powerful way with words. Her sentences are like velvet, a complex beautiful fabric. It takes us right there to the heart of the scene, into the character. All her books are like this, this one is no exception and there is nothing quite like a Sierra Simone book.
Moving: the plot, taking you through some of life's most difficult moments. Death and grief. The more central raging debate about the role of faith for someone who has been truly broken by it. We also explore faith through someone's growth into it, because through that she is set free from expectations.
Hot: this book is scorching. For all the difficult and challenging scenes Sean and Zenny face, they also have plenty of time for some truly hot sex. Whether it's sex or love, Simone gives us everything in a contemporary romance.
I've said this before in my reviews, but anyone who isn't reading Sierra Simone is really missing out. She is a simply amazing author. For all the reasons I've tried to explain, but something else too. She does her research. Some folks crank out the novels and often make mistakes that are noticeable to someone with the right cultural background, work expertise. Simone does her homework, and while she freely admits in her authors note, the right to utilise fictional license, Sinner reads like a book that's been carefully thought through. Given the plot of this novel, a type of accuracy matters, the one that makes this all believable. Sincere.
Can’t get enough of the Bell brothers!
Sean Bell, brother of former Father Tyler Bell, Ryan, Aiden and long gone but not forgotten Lizzie, friend of Elijah, son of a dying mother, successful real estate mogul, and serial one night stander.
Sean is a love ‘em hard and leave ‘em smiling and spent kind of guy. Never, not ever has he spent more than one night with a woman. Never cared to. But then he meets her standing alone, a beautiful red gown just begging to be liberated from her bronze body, sayin “kiss me” with those pouty bite-able lips and he’s a goner. But she’s so young and has family obligations that pull him back to reality before the night ends.
21 year old Zenny, Zenobia Iverson, is on the cusp of promising herself to Christ. Changing her name, living a life of service and celibacy. With just one month to go, she’s looking to shed all of the doubt so she can move into her new life freely without regret. The one thing left to do is experience a man. But not just any man, a man who will test her faith and her choices. A man who will show her what she will be missing once she takes those vows. A man who will hold her then leave her when it’s time to go. That man is her brother Elijah’s best friend, Sean Bell.
Sexy Sean and innocent Zenny’s worlds meet when his company receives some bad press for buying and repurposing the building that holds the soup kitchen where she works. He tries to stay away from her but the pull is much stronger than his self imposed one night stand rule and his promise to his best friend to watch over his little sister. And when she proposes a one month test of her faith, there’s no way he could refuse.
Sean and Zenny’s heat burn the pages up! His experience and her youth and innocence set the table for some of the hottest scenes this author has ever written. And we know she can write some hotness.
A fairly quick read with a great back story, lots of angsty heat and a HEA makes this 2nd book in the series a must read. I can’t wait to read the rest of the Bell boys books!
Well, well, well, The oldest Bell sibling completely surprised me in every possible way. This book explores religion and sex and morality in a way that only Sierra Simone can. It’s thought provoking, provocative and oh my god is it good.
I absolutely loved being inside Sean’s head. I generally like a dual POV, but Simone does the male perspective so well I don’t feel like I’m missing something in the story. Underneath all the dirty talk and flashy lifestyle is a man with a heart of gold. He truly cared about Zenny. And he always tried to do right by her. Even at the cost of his own happiness. His views on religion and how it shaped his life and beliefs were incredibly emotional. Again, there were a lot of things that I wasn’t expecting in this book, lots of filthy sex yes, bawling my eyes out, no. That’s what makes this book so good. It stimulates the mind and libido, that’s a win win in my eyes.
I love books that make me think about the what if’s. What if a man with no faith fell in love with a woman of absolute faith? It’s complex and deep as it is sexy and erotic. I raise a glass to Simone. Well done.
By Tish (Marie)
I'm breathless and speechless which makes trying to form these words very difficult. Talk about a roller coaster ride of emotions!! Sinner made me swoon, cry, scream and pant....sometimes all at the same time. I absolutely adored Sean and Zenny. This one is a real panty melting, page turner.
Sinner is a hot, steamy read!
When a tragic event turns you away from the God that you so loved growing up what do you do? To overcome his grief Sean tries to control his world by being successful in his job so much so that he gives up so much of what is truly important in life other than his immediate family. The realization of this comes in a small unexpected package. A beautiful women named Zenny. Sean has known her his whole life but hasn’t laid eyes on her in years. When she asks for his help for just a month neither realizes how this will change both of their lives!
As always with Sierra Simone books, Sinner is filled with amazing characters, hot, steamy sex and a well written story!
Sinner or Gentleman
I was given this ARC of Sinner in exchange for an honest review.
If I could have I would have given this book Ten stars!
Sean Bell says he is a sinner. “I’m not Mr Brooding Romance”, like my brother Tyler, “I’m not Mr. Impulsive”, like my brother Aiden.
Yet, he is reluctant, hesitant, and very persistent when his best friend Elijah’s sister Zenny asks him for a month of sex, so she can decide if she is making the right decision on the life choice she has decided to pursue.
He says he is a playboy, a womanizer, a skirt chaser. Yet he is the one who continues to say NO, till she finally breaks him down.
He even has her move in with him and continues to evade taking her, yah he explores, yah they sleep in the same bed, but when it comes to doing the act he keeps her waiting till time starts to run out.
He is the one who falls madly, passionately, unconditionally in love , while Zenny angrily walks away.
I think he has his self mixed up with his brothers, he is Mr. Romance, he definitely broods and haven’t read about any man being as Impulsive as Sean Bell.
I definitely have to say this book tops Priest and Midnight Mass, not by much but it’s at the top of my favorites list for 2018. This is definitely a must read.
Sean Bell is a playboy. He lives to make money and has fleeting romances with socialites and climbers. Zenny is his best friends sister. She is going to become a nun. She convinces Sean to show her what she is going to be missing once she joins the order. He reluctantly agrees.
Super spicy gripping read. Sean is a likable jerk. He has redeeming qualities that are hidden beneath his gorgeous facade. Zenny is super sweet yet strong and sassy. The sex scenes are delightfully salacious. The story is, at times,heartbreaking. Beautifully written and plotted. Gorgeous read!!