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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,146 ratings  ·  202 reviews
When a man is consumed by hatred, is there anything left to love?

After a tough day of counseling sessions, Anglican priest Mark Webber is looking forward to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. When he sees who’s bellied up to the bar, though, he reaches for his cell phone to call the police.

It’s Lucas Cain, the man who killed Mark’s brother three years ago. Apparently
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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4 stars. Review posted May 27, 2014

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After having spent three years in a federal high-security prison and being a model prisoner, Lucas Cain is prematurely discharged. He'll be on parole for the next few years and has to obey rigorous rules. Cain comes back to his little hometown and it won't be long before Anglican priest Mark Webber runs into his brother's manslaughterer. Problems are bound to occur.

"I'm a convicted felon. And what I'm convicted of…what I did…to who…"
"Do you think I'm unaware
Huh! This one was just OK.


The characters Ok.

The Sex Meh! But i blame that on HR!

I didn't believe the relationship between the MC, IMO the story was just fine without the relationship.

I liked Lucas and his love for animals, i wish he was well developed, by the end of the book, i still didn't really know him.

I liked it, but something was missing.

Kate Sherwood
Jan 26, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I think that as gay rights in the REAL world progress, m/m authors need to really challenge ourselves to ensure that we progress along with them. I'm not saying there are no challenges or heartaches associated with being gay anymore, but I do think that we need to at least sometimes find conflict for our stories that goes beyond homophobia or angst and self-doubt.

That's what I tried to do with this story. Being gay is a part of both of the MC's lives, but this isn't really a coming-out story, as
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, br

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There are so many moral issues in this story, but this author does a terrific job and is a compelling story, testing of faith, forgiveness and redemption!!

Lucas Cain a convicted man and Mark Webber a Anglican priest, two must unlikely souls to be together, but faith or destiny, puts Lucas in the path of Mark, and he´s faced with the man who hurts is family so deeply, but needs help, Mark is torn between the Anglican church believes and his own feelings… read it to
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sorry folks, I had a long ass review all typed up which just disappeared and I'm not retyping it :(

I will make this short and sweet:

1) I've never read anything by Kate Sherwood that I didn't love. I may have cried my eyes out while reading it (not in this particular book), but I loved it all the same.

2) I love enemies that come together. It's a secret pleasure of mine and that made this story so appealing to me.

3) I love a man that loves and takes care of animals. I mean, seriously, that puts th
Kaje Harper
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This book opens with a pair of men who have every reason to stay away from each other. Anglican priest Mark Webber is openly gay, living and working within the somewhat-accepting home of his church and parish. The biggest tragedy of his life so far has been the death of his younger brother Jimmie in a bar fight. The killer cracked his brother's skull with a bottle, pled guilty to manslaughter, and is now being released on parole after just three years in prison. Even for a priest, forgiving and ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kate Sherwood has steadily entered my personal “author whose works are usually solid” list. I admit that I haven’t read her popular MMM series – mainly because I don’t like MMM – but the last few books of hers are satisfying.

Mark of Cain ” is quite complex but nonetheless a compelling read. The complexity comes from the situation in which how the two main characters connected. Lucas Cain killed Mark’s brother three years ago. Yes, this is a story about a killer and the victim’s brother. I th
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

I've never read a book for Kate Sherwood that I didn't really love. Or one that hasn't made me cry.

Some parts made me really laugh, and some parts made me shed a few tears. There are some incredibly steamy parts, and some parts where I wanted to grab some people by the shoulders and shake them.

A beautiful story about forgiveness and humanity.

Would recommend.

This is great work from Ms. Sherwood!

The only problem I had with this was it started VERY strong, then became weaker until the end. The ending was a little anti-climatic for me too.

But hell, the angst was PERFECT . That first part? It was so goddamn good! What I expected Mark and Lucas feel from each other happened. From beginning to end. Even at times I thought some stuff were a little convenient, but I got what I wanted. I was riveted from the beginning! This held my attention throughou
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Baba

I LOVED THIS BOOK BIG TIME!!! Plus I read it on my honeymoon so it will always be a special story for me ;)
4.5 stars

When I first read the blurb for this I was more than curious with how in the hell are these two going to end up in a relationship? An ex-con who killed the younger brother of an Anglican Priest? It was an intense reaction that I had and that reaction was exactly why I had to read this. This need to know deal I have can prove to be troublesome but thank goodness Ms. Sherwood knows how to write her butt off and created one hell of a beautiful story.
“Do you ever feel like everyth
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst, recommended, m-m, br
Complex and compelling tale about faith, forgiveness and redemption

"Bad boys being good, good boys being bad."

Mark and Lucas's story





Unexpected companions

And hope

This is not your usual MM romance but a fantastic story about how one tragic, stupid moment in time can change your life forever.

After what had happened Cain genuinely wants to be a better man. Mark and Cain struggle with their growing attraction to each other.

"Mark pulled himself away and somehow had the st
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mm
I received this book as an ARC through NetGalley.

I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit apprehensive with the religious aspects of this book, but I was pleasantly surprised it wasn't preachy at all. Mark is deeply religious, but his is the sort of faith that he build his life on. It is his rock, his source of strength and comfort. He isn't the sort of person who feels the need to push his religion onto others, or judge others for their faith or lack thereof. He is a good man struggling to find
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
~ Arc provided via Netgalley by Samhain Publishing in exchange for honest review ~

4.5 stars

This review is posted on Way Too Hot Books.

Don't be misled by the synopsis, because this is not your typical mm contemporary romance about Anglican priest falling for ex prisoner. This story is so much more than that. Above all it's about acting reckless and immature and unintentionally making that one mistake and then dealing with the consequences til' the rest of your life. It's about forgiveness, sacrif
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
I will write my review tonight and settle on on a final rating but I loved this book. It had the right amount of angst and character growth that I require in my books. Much better than Dark Horse.

Lucas Cain is getting out of prison after 3 years for his role in accidental death. His friends are happy to have him back but Anglican priest Mark Webber is not. After all, Lucas Cain was responsible for his brother's death so it doesn't seem fair to Father Mark that Lucas is getting another chance in
Smith Barney
This writer is certainly fine-tuning her technique and craft. This was a very impressive quality-written story. Somewhat thought-provoking. Very slow-but-methodically moving.

Lucas is a sweetly humble character but streetwise-strong..protectively-gentle..with his endearing friendship with a squirrel.

I have an immense appreciation for the healing and rehabilitative connection portrayed between man and animal within this story. It's very much unspoken but effectively anchored within the movement
Shelby P
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent!!! I had so many emotions throughout. The injustice Lucas suffered at the hands of his "friends." My heart went out to him. I was almost in tears at 20% and then again at 90%. I didn't know if I hated Mark at first or not but he was real. His thoughts were raw and honest, so what if he's a priest, he's human.

The story was unpredictable too. I wasn't even sure how Mark and Lucas would get into a relationship. The odds seemed so against them. Their journey was realistic an
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
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I am rating the first half of the book only. Even tho the story is extremely Amy Lane-ish with a strong religious theme thrown in, I did enjoy it.

However, the beginning of the second part of the book threw me off so much, that I couldn't get past the chapter. Another reminder why I do not attempt reading anything about religion (and people who think themselves to be Christians) and newly released convicts.

This books was recommended to me in May Challenge.
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Mark Of Cain came up for review, I wasn't really sure because normally I shy away from stories involving religion.That doesn't mean that I don't have faith, and I am 'spiritual' in my own way but I don't adhere to or follow any organised denomination. Therefore stories about conflicted religious figures tend to turn me off and get pushed away unless the blurb sounds interesting enough to get me past my 'block' and something about this did give me that vibe, plus it's Kate Sherwood - so that ...more

4.5 stars

In Mark of Cain, Kate Sherwood delivers a very satisfying, thought-provoking, heart-tugging romance. This author can effectively wrap me around her literary finger and make me fall in love with, and yet, another intriguing, broken character.

Lucas Cain made a big mistake when he was eighteen years old. He got drunk one night and did a bad thing, the worst, he got in a bar fight and killed a man.

Is he a bad person? Reading his story will show that even good people can do bad things.

Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
As I do with all my favorite authors, I will begin by saying that I am a huge Kate Sherwood fan. Her Dark Horse books were among the first handful of MM romances that I read. She ushered me into the wonderful world of reading gay love stories. I think I would have loved Mark of Cain even if it had been written by someone, anyone, else though. The only reason it didn’t get a five star rating from me is because there were parts in the last third or so that dragged a little bit. It was so close, bu ...more
This book is insanely good. I actually just bought a few hard copy editions to distribute among friends. That's how good this story is. It literally blew me away.

You'd think falling in love with the murderer of your brother wouldn't be an easy thing to fit into your life? Well, imagine you're a gay priest in a small town community on top of that. Not a Catholic one, thank God, but an Anglican priest (the ones without celibacy, obviously).

It's not gonna be much easier for sure, especially if you
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: barb, favorites, kapow, samhain
°•○★5 Stars ~ KAPOW!★○•°
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Lucas Cain is 22 and has been in prison for 3 years after killing a man in a bar fight. He has just got early parole, and is now a free man once more. But he has changed. Understandably so. He kept his head down in prison doing what he needed to do to survive and he is determined to not go back. As his crime was drink related that is one of the terms of his parole. No alcohol. Others are a 9pm curfew, a place to live, and a job. So,
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredibly good. I found it, as a suggestion, while reading another one of my favorites for this year and I was surprised that everyone of my goodreads friend who read this rated it 4 or 5 stars. However, the theme of a gay Anglican priest who falls in love with the murderer of his brother didn't sound like a light m/m romance, so I couldn't bring myself to start reading it. I am so glad, I finally did. This story had me hooked from page one. It felt real and both main characters w ...more
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
3.5★'s - Pretty damn close to 4★'s. This isn't normally my kind of book but I was honestly intrigued so I gave it a go. I am very glad that I did. This was a very touching story. It was filled with much despair but just as much hope. The hope is what I clung to, desperately. I had no idea how this story would work, how it would play out and I was honestly nervous for all involved. So, yeah, that is good reading. I wish I could rate this higher than I am but there was just something off for me an ...more
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you make a guy falling in love with his brother's killer believable? I don't know, but Kate Sherwood did it. This was a slow burn, which was absolutely necessary for that monumental a change in relationship.

I usually avoid books that focus on religiosity since I'm kind of bombarded with it in my RL social circle, but it fortunately didn't bother me in this case.

I really liked the MCs and sympathized with them both. Overall, it was a very satisfying read with well-developed characters. I f
Since I've read the Dark Horse series, I am a Kate Sherwood fan. Reading this book, my feelings for her writing, her style and her stories, haven't changed.

This book is a very unusual story to me. I had to add a new shelf "enemies to lovers", and in this case, there were all the reasons for them to be enemies. Mark had all the reasons to hate Lucas Cain. But even with all those reasons, the attraction, the growing admiration, only proved that something that sounded unforgivable, was forgotten an
Fani *loves angst*
Simply amazing! I loved every single page of this book, especially the over-emotional beginning as well as the slow way Mark's and Cain's relationship progressed from hate to acceptance to friendship and finally love. Looking forward to reading this again in the future. ...more
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