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Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.

Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has n
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ebook, 377 pages
Published May 29th 2011 by Amber Allure Press (first published May 21st 2011)
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Amy Lane
I grew up in a Mormon town and watched painfully as one of my best friends dealt with both the wonderful support and the painful doctrine after her parents divorced. Her struggle to choose the interpretation of her faith that felt right in her heart always struck me as poignant and real--and when reading this book, I saw Levi go through the exact same struggle. I loved that Marie Sexton didn't treat this lightly--I loved that she found both the good and painful in Levi's family dynamic. I loved ...more
Heidi Cullinan
I have a Thing about books revolving around abuse. In theory I like to read them, but they're so often poorly done, and a poorly done abuse book is a terrible, terrible thing. The balance is as delicate as a spider's web. It can't be too angsty, but it can't be too glib. Most authors think the way to deal with abuse is for the character to wallow directly, which I have to tell you, I've never seen a real abuse victim do in real life. The stories are also often so heavy you can't stand to read th ...more
julio
Jun 01, 2014 julio rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: no
not one, but two examples of unhelpful stereotypes of sexually abused persons used for facile romance-trope angsting.

PEACE-OUT, HOMIE

*returns, 5 minutes later, filled with righteous fury*

let's just call it my trigger.

abused, raped, dub-conned-to-hell gay dudes who may or may not seek healing in the form of being whipped, chained, gang-banged, or choked the fuck out.

that's my trigger.

because while this world is enormous, and there are all kinds of people out there, and definitely people who fit a
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Cole Riann
4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I like reading slow and sweet love stories, and this definitely fit the bill, due to Jaime's history. Even more (though they often infuriated me), I enjoyed Levi's family. I think it was very smart of Marie Sexton to let this story run the course it did. Now that I think back on it, there isn't one book I remember reading right now in this genre that doesn't offer a complete resolution for coming out (even though Levi is already out) that isn't either complet
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Shelley
Between Sinner’s and Saints is warm and tender; often light and fluffy with the added intensity of an age old argument. A token of sinful sex and just enough of the saintly kind to get the heart rate going, all mixed together to create a surprisingly enjoyable read.


After reading a rather noxious and amateurish m/f romance, this book was a balm for my temper head, heart and soul. The writing flows, there are no dubious characterisations, everything adds up, it’s believable and void of insta - a
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Ingela
4 Stars for a very nice and tender story about life, family, acceptance, fear, attraction, the wounds of abuse and to love unconditionally

This was another very fine and sweet story from Ms. Sexton ~ she is becoming a new favorite. I really like her a bit more diverse and somewhat damaged characters, they are so much more than just two MC in a love story. They make my heart sore and I almost hit a knot in myself in my desire for their happiness and HEA.

Levi's and Jamie's story is wonderfully bea
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Lauraadriana
4.5 mayyyybe 4.75

Love is selfless, patient, open and forgiving. I think this story was about that more than anything for me. Levi comes from the LDS church he left his family years ago to live in Miami where he could be free to live how he chose, and he did he surfed, tended bar, had a lot of sex...That was life. After having pain in his back he goes to massage therapist Jamie Marshall for some help. Jamie is attractive, but closed off and shy and looks almost scared all the time he does not lik
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Breann
Levi meets Jamie, his massage therapist, at a time in his life when all he cares about is his next conquest. So what does he do? Hit on Jamie, naturally. We learn pretty early on that Jamie has a deeply troubled past and still has emotional scars that causes him to have fear of being touched. When Levi comes on too strong Jamie is completely put off and wants nothing to do with the other man. Levi is able to finagle his way back into Jamie’s life but with a very strict ‘no touchy, no feely’ rule ...more
deirdre
4 stars . . .

This book took on not one but two VERY difficult topics and did both of them justice.
Religion. Family. Homosexuality. How to get all three of these at peace with each other . . . Levi, poor Levi. Takes him so long to find value within himself, to find peace, to find purpose. The importance and battles of his family dominate this story. The dynamic was facinating. Levi's overwhelming desire to keep these people in his life was heart breaking ... Why he kept in contact with them was
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Wave
I didn’t think that Marie Sexton could top One More Soldier, a book I love and have re-read many times, but Between Sinners and Saints showed me a different side of her writing and proved once again what an incredible writer she is. The plot and characters moved me so much that I couldn’t put this novel down.

The protagonists will grab on to your heart especially Jaime who was vulnerable and scarred from his past experience. He was a complex character who was so fragile it seemed as if he would
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Heather C
Such a sad, heartbreaking story with a HEA

I've been putting this off since the release because I was freaked out by the religion, abused MC, and the slutty MC. So yesterday I finally started it because I wanted to read something where I could really connect with and feel for the characters. And this was exactly what I was looking for.

First, there is Jamie, who spends his days healing people with his touch and his nights locking himself away and hiding from his inner monsters. He was abused as a
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Christina
This was a solid 4.5 stars pushing 5, up until the very last couple of chapters. Grrr....
Even so, I still really enjoyed this book.

I connected to the characters instantly. I think the author did a very good job in dealing with Jaime's past. I felt every bit of his turmoil without it being OTT. On the other hand, the religious aspects of the story got a bit preachy and heavy-handed. Plus, most of Levi's family were sanctimonious and I always felt like Levi was getting attacked. Their disapproval
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Sylvie
Jun 05, 2011 Sylvie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars rounded down

Let me start by saying I love Marie Sexton - she's a must-read, auto-buy author for me. As much as I love her brand of m/m, there are certain themes and elements in the story that bothered me. I thought the religion aspect was way too overblown, to the extent that I felt like I was reading a sermon and joined in on a recruitment camp. Sexton might have done it altruistically, with no intent to push the religion. Perhaps she wanted to expound on the misconceptions others hav
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Kassa
3.5 stars

Between Saints and Sinners shines in many ways; the skillful handling of abuse and PTSD, the inclusion of a very sticky subject in religion and theology, difficult and absentee families, and a complicated relationship. This book could have gone horribly wrong but Sexton is a great writer and kept the subjects complicated yet not overwhelming. None of the characters are perfect or evil but show various shades of grey. They have intolerance yet also an ability to learn and change. Althou
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Kaje Harper
This book did a wonderful job of bringing together Levi, the guy who had a hundred meaningless encounters and Jaime, the guy who was traumatized and trying hard to make a life he could handle. Their relationship built in a totally believable way. I loved the MC's, loved the pace of the relationship, and Levi's family dynamics. Jaime's background and issues were given such a realistic depth and pace, and Levi's realizations of how he felt about Jaime were sweet. There were a few misunderstandings ...more
Vio
May 30, 2011 Vio rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
A well written story that dragged a bit in places and was a tad too long. I thought Jamie was the best MC, he was so sweet and I wanted him to be happy. Levi, I wasn't to sure about and the chemistry didn't feel right between them, maybe my expectations were to high.
Mark ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
A truly beautiful and extremely stirring story. Sensitively written with a depth of emotion, character and understanding that is guaranteed to pull at the heart strings. Loved this book. It was my first book from Marie Sexton. It'll definitely not be my last.
Isaac
Such a compelling read. The religion stuff got a little heavy in places, but at no point did it detract from the plot. I got a little confused trying to keep track of Levi's brothers, but that didn't matter either.

This is an excellent book.
Ami
4.5 stars
This story proves once again that Marie Sexton is a wonderful authors. She tackles some heavy subjects: rape/pedophilia, depression, faith/religion, and penance, woven with the concept of love and family (and one of the "oldest" argument about homosexuality: is it a sin when it's also love?), into one well-written and thoughtful novel.

It's a story of opposites attract: Levi Binder, the playboy bartender with Mormon family, and Jaime Marshall, the innocent therapist with painful past. It
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MandyM
Lovely story of Jaime and Levi, both of whom have enormous emotional baggage, finding love together. Jaime is a pedophile victim, and suffers from depression, agoraphobia, haptephobia and OCD (in fact he's a real mess!). Levi is a former Morman who seeks frequent and unemotional sex as a way of punishing his parents for not supporting him being gay (he's a bit of a mess too!). So obviously this is a book with more than its fair share of angst. Too much really. However the author is able to addre ...more
Sandra
Phew! Damn that was good. I'll preface by saying I'm in no way religious but I liked the way Levi dealing with his faith was handled, as well as the struggles his family went through. As much as I wanted to smack them sometimes, they came through in the end even if they didn't all approve or agree. I liked that it wasn't simple because realistically it would be very hard for a Mormon family to accept a gay son. Although I really wish someone would have pointed out the hypocrisy of saying your ma ...more
Nichole (Dirty H)
This book deals with some heavy stuff but handles it really well. I liked but didn't love the characters, but the way Marie handled the heavy stuff, particularly the religious angle, was so good it bumped a 4 star book up to 5.

Having never experienced sexual abuse I can't speak to that aspect, really, but having grown up Mormon I can say that this is by far the most complete, the most accurate and the most compassionate portrayal of the Mormon faith I have ever come across in gay fiction. Not th
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Susan

3.5 stars

Hmmm…well, there were parts of this book that I really, really enjoyed. And there were parts that started to wear me down and annoy me by the end.

I like Jaime and Levi…2 broken, haunted men…coping in completely different ways…finding and building a friendship. The Mormon-family/gay-son storyline was interesting and went above and beyond your typical “my family doesn’t accept I’m gay” arc I’ve read in the past.

I think what started to turn me off a bit was once “love” was brought into the
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I've enjoyed most of Ms. Sexton's stories. I think she's a great writer. For this book, however, I can't exactly say I loved it but I liked it to a certain extent. If I could, I'd rate the first half a two and the second half a four. As it is, I'm going neutral with a three.

I will say the relationship Levi and Jaime create is great. I enjoyed the way they built up being friends then gradually escalated to lovers. I felt like their love was genuine, it's touching but heartbreaking because of the
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Andi
Villains are easy. Demonizing a character, or a group of characters, is far easier for a writer than getting under the skin of a character or group and giving them a legitimate perspective and realistic motivations. To create characters, a whole family of them, who are members of a religious organization that is traditionally perceived as being extremely homophobic and make them a family of human beings like any other who love each other, are different from one another, want the best for each, m ...more
Shelby
I found this book utterly fascinating. I think doubly so because I have a number of Mormon friends and am relatively familiar with their religion. Not to mention one of the people I spend the most time with is not only Mormon, but gay. I already have a huge awareness of what this issue can mean within that community. This book was brilliantly written and so honest and true.

Levi Binder was raised in a devout Mormon household with an extremely close family. But when he came out to them in college
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Td
This is totally my fault. With this title and blurb, I should've know better. Anything too religion heavy and my eyes glaze and I usually shut down. Maybe that's why things went over my head and I didn't understand. I felt Levi's family was downright emotionally abusive, beating the guy down every chance they got in the name of religion and to me they never even came close to redeeming themselves. Just about everything from that angle grated on my nerves. Not even the relationship between Levi a ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
This was such a nice feel-good story. Levi and Jamie end up making such a sweet couple. I was afraid the religious aspect would be too much, but it was interesting, while not going overboard. I loved seeing them go through their struggles and overcome their problems.
TJ
My first Marie Sexton Book.

Holy amazeballs. If the rest of her work is of this caliber, I may need to download everything she has ever written ever. Gorgeous, gorgeous work.
MLE
Oct 11, 2013 MLE rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm, lendle
There was a lot about this story I really do like. I appreciated the honest handling of Jamie's trauma, and the aftermath. The author didn't downplay what had happened to him in the least. I liked how the author handled Levi's family, and religion. I liked how each of his family members dealt with his sexuality in their own way, and there was no doubt that no matter how they felt about how his lived his life that they loved him. I liked that even characters you didn't like at first grew, and cha ...more
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Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.

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