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Born in Sin

(Brotherhood of the Sword/MacAllister #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  8,589 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous ′Lord Sin′. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight - less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes - she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse.
Mass Market Paperback, First, 372 pages
Published 2003 by Avon Books
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When Funmi Met Romance
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Highland Lovers, romance readers, moning fans, tortured hero fans
REREAD: AHHHHHHHHHHHH This book is the BEES KNEES! me reading this book--> One of my most favorite books, and the heroine is like everything a herione should be. RIDE OR DIE oh yeah!!!!!

Born in Sin: 5 star read with complex characters and fulfilling progression of plot towards a above satisfactory HEA

Again, I have chosen to read a book that has been thoroughly reviewed multiple times. It seems I'm perpetually behind the great romance reads curve , however, it does afford me to ability to simply
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Shawna
5+ stars – Historical/Medieval/Highlander Romance

Oh, how I loved, loved this book! I’m a sucker for emotional romances with tortured heroes, and Born in Sin is a touching read featuring one of the most abused and anguished romantic heroes of any that I’ve read. Sin’s unbearably tragic past and continual suffering and mistreatment from others have made him justifiably brooding, jaded, distrustful, reclusive, and full of self-loathing, yet he treats the heroine with gentleness and reverence.

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Rashika (is tired)
I AM FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe
NEVER AGAIN.

Holy shit this was bad.

You have insta love.
Men who apparently have tough armors but are weak as fuck IMO.

Women who can apparently see through all of that shit to the sad sad man who lies inside when no one else could.
So many tropes. It was depressing.

The only good thing about this book was that the dude was a virgin. It amused me.

I must stop reading books none of my friends have rated.

Jan
2.5 stars. I tried another new-to-me author, but I didn't really love this one. Hero and heroine were quite well-drawn, but the hero's angsty back story was just a bit too much for me to take. There were some funny lines and some sweet scenes. But overall, not really my cup of tea. I admit, I did some skimming. Oh well, I tried.
Quinn
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Born in Sin is the third book in Kinley MacGregor's Brotherbood/MacAllister series, and I would have to say it is my favourite one so far. It was also the reason I started this series, as I had heard many good things about the book, particularly its tortured hero, Sin.

If I’d read this one as a standalone, I think I might have been disappointed. Not because I would have missed any crucial background (even though Sin and his brothers first appeared in Claiming the Highlander), but because the writ
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Sha Mslvoe
Another great story from Kinley MacGregor!! I wish I read it last year when I saw this book. I ignored it coz I thought she won't beat my favourite Highland authors. My judgement was wrong, Born in Sin was the BEST book I've ever read. Better than Master of Desire.

I love how Callie try to win Sin's heart. Sin is a tortured hero. His parents throw him and never admit that Sin is their son. I know some parents are CRUEL but I really hate them in this story. His mother deserved a slap!

Although he d
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Dawn
Oh How my heart was breaking for Sin throughout this entire book. I really liked the h as well. I do suspect however judging by the reviews that the version of this book I read was revised heavily. It appears that a lot of the torture descriptions were removed, most likely for the better. I gave 4 stars only for some small reasons:

I felt King Henry would not have been so accomodating to the way he was being spoken to most times.

I didn't buy the the fact that Sin forgave his stepmother so easily
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Jenny
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sin is a very tortured hero who endured so much cruelty and pain. He is a powerful fearless knight but his heart is pure gold. Callie is taken hostage by the King and as a way of ensuring peace between the English and the Scots he forces a marriage between Sin and Callie. Sin is a very damaged man who wants to avoid love at all costs but Callie is a strong and patient heroine. Her love saves him and heals him. If you love a swoon-worthy hero who treats the heroine like a queen then you must read ...more
Katy

Re-read 03/12/20

Screw my 4-star rating. 5 fucking stars all the way. Maybe it was the fact that it was raining. Maybe it was the gloomy, cold, turn on the fireplace kind of day and I was in a mood. I don't know. But I loved this even more than the first time I read it. It still breaks my heart and then somehow slowly pieces it all back together. I might have teared up a little. Okay, I totally did. It's just so romantic. Sin is so damaged, so tortured, but he isn't cruel. He's grumpy. But he's a
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Eastofoz
Mar 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: highlander
This book was very predictable and boring. There is endless repetition that acts like filler just to get over 300 pages (how many times does the reader have to read how emotionally damaged Sin is and how beautiful and wonderful Callie is???), nothing really happens after you've hit the half way mark, it's touted as being witty/funny but there is very, very little humour and what is there is ho-hum, the love story is gag worthy--all your stereotypical bad romance story inanities, the language doe ...more
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Jess the Romanceaholic
Another typical "Kenyon" tortured hero. As one of her earlier works, I definitely recognized later characters in Sin -- my boyfriend (Acheron), as well as pretty much every hero from the "Born In" series under the Kenyon name, and so forth.

Did that stop me from enjoying it? Of course not lol I'm a Kenyon/Macgregor/etc. fangirl, so of course I eat that crap up with a spoon ;) It can get overwhelming if you've decided to glom her writing though, so I find they're better read with a few other books
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Zoe
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read from my youth.

This book was the only book from Kinley MacGergor that I read and liked back when I was a teenager. When I started reading in this genre again, I read other books in the series and couldn't really say that I liked any of them. But I postponed re-reading Born in Sin because I did not want to destroy a favorable impression of a book I liked.

Now I have finally reread this book and I am glad to say that I still like it today, and like it much better than any other books I hav
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PepperP0t
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Anna D.
I’m going through Sin withdrawal! The end of a book I love is always bittersweet for me…I was sad to see it end.

Sometimes I have a really hard time separating my love for a character from my love for a book/story. This is one of those times because as much as my head is telling me that the story was just good (a 3-4 stars, and not a 5) I have to give this book 5 stars (more if I could) because I LOVE Sin MacAllister’s character and I felt a 5-star worth of enjoyment from this book. I laughed
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Becky
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
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Saly
3.5 stars
If I hadn't read the Dark Hunter series by this author I may have enjoyed this more. But this features a typical SK hero, tortured, rejected by all, fights the h's influence, expects everyone to forsake him. H is compelled by his King to marry h. He tries to stay away from her, can't and loads of angst later HEA. Not bad.
Daneesha
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: highlanders
I met the hero in a previous book, Claiming the Highlander. He was intriguing then and this is his story. It's so sad. He claims neither England nor Scotland for his heritage and he was not wanted by his father, his mother, or his stepmother. He was basically sold to some mercenaries and tortured. He had to kill people to stay alive until he met King Henry II. So, he has this reputation of a fearsome devil and fierce warrior on the battlefield. The female in this book was so great. She helped hi ...more
TJ
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5.0

It's not perfect but within the realms of light, easy historical romance, it is close. The portrayal of a tortured, abused and unloved hero has seldom been written better. Sin, the bastard son of an unloving father and hateful mother had such a horrendous childhood that no one even considered the possibility of redemption. Callie does not know this, however, and having never heard of the infamous Sin, chooses to look past his reputation to find the man underneath. This story is both heart
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Eli Easton
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable 4 star read for me. The 'extremely damaged man finds love' scenario was enjoyable as well as the historical aspect with the Scot's and King Henry. The romance was pretty steamy. The sub plot with the raider was well done. Points off for excessive length, repetitive internal dialogue ('no, I can't possibly trust that she loves me' for 400 pages) and a tendency towards purple prose. It's clear this book was written some time ago. Still, obviously a romance classic and worth a read.
Lady Raven RAVE!
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THIS book was so... good Sin is like the man you just wanna get to know if he really exist There is a part in the book that was SHOCKING, breath taking and just so so times infinity sweet that you rarely will find in Historical romance novels..this book will not disappoint, get the series start with the MASTER OF DESIRE the first book and the BROTHER HOOD OF THE SWORD series you will know the characters more.
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Elaine
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kinley-macgregor
It was hard to put this book down. After reading several just ok books, I have just had a run of seriously good books! I will be reading the rest of this series! <3 ...more
Preacox
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Highlanders and tortured heroes
Sin McAllister is the epitome of a tortured hero. I've never encountered another hero that had so much shit happen to him. I mean the poor man doesn't even have a proper given name, for God's sake! He's been called "lad" for most of his god-awful childhood, until the moment when he wanted to know what his name is. That is when his stepmother called him "Sin" because, as a bastard, he was conceived in sin, born in sin and would live in sin for the rest of his unworthy life. ZOMG!

This guy was an
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Mishma Nixon
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Sin is a wounded, damaged man who's never had a good childhood because of his mixed heritage and unloving parents. He is brought up with hatred and then was sold to savages finally being saved by the king of England. This makes him a tough,savage assassin of the king and feared by everyone, until the king makes him marry a woman whose kind and gentle heart shatters the ice around his own.

The book is so beautiful. The horrors of Sin's life is unbearable and
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Britta
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kim
Another fantastic addition the Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor's MacAllister series.

Saved from the harsh life of slavery and killing he was sold into, Sin is the trusted advisor and sometimes friend of King Henry of England. Allowing no man nor family to claim him, Sin deals with his demons (and being called a demon as well as the devil himself and a baby eater) on a daily basis.

Much to his chagrin, Henry orders Sin to marry a woman who is the oldest daughter of the former (now dead) Laird o
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Nazneen
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historic-romance
This was a beautiful book..I must tell that this hero SIN would be one of the most tortured heroes..Gosh!! It was heart wrenching to hear his story..How everybody was cruel to an innocent boy..How could his bloody parents blame him for his birth when it was their mistake to have an illegitimate relation..I loved how Callie tries hard for him, how she never gives up on him, how she is determined to make her place in his heart & to show him that he is loved..I can really describe my opinion on eac ...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
While I didn't despise this book as much as I've despised some of MacGregor's other books, it still just didn't do it for me. There's a pervading shrewishness and stupidity to MacGregor's heroines that I just can't abide, and her heroes are always reluctant to the point of absurdity. It's normal for people to be insecure, particularly when they've gone through everything Sin did, but for shit's sake, he hated everyone and everything, and himself even more. It got to be tiring, the melodrama drai ...more
Elaine
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this one. I liked both hero and the heroine very much. It's definitely one of those books you can read again and again. I'll definitely re-read it in the future. The book is well written and it has everything you'd want in a good book: romance, suspense, sad and funny moments and even some parts that were real tear jerkers. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and I loved the story. Highly recommended.
SidneyKay
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-medieval
Connect the dots.

I used to read Kinley MacGregor aka Sherrilyn Kenyon, but then I lost track of all the character connections. Kinley MacGregor is one of those authors who has an AKA and has written so many books it boggles the mind. I’m always amazed at the amount of stories which come out of these prolific writers. Her stories had so many characters connecting from book to book I finally gave up on her. I also found myself getting lost when I visited her website trying to connect the character
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Katya
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Author and illustrator Alice Oseman is known to her long-time fans for her young adult novels about—as she calls them—"teenage disasters," start...
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“Cyn? Short for Cynric? (Callie)
Nay. S-I-N. As in conceived, born in, and am currently living happily in. (Sin)”
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“I want your heart, Sin. (Callie)
It’s battered and useless, but what remains of it is all yours, milady. (Sin)”
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