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The Sinner

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #18)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  10,106 ratings  ·  1,172 reviews
A sinner’s only hope is true love in this passionate new novel in J.R. Ward’s #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying durin
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Gallery Books
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Sophia Triad
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 waiting for Syn to ejaculate stars ****

I am sorry folks. I am sure it has to do with this COVID19 lockdown or/and my sh!tty mood lately, but I really have no patience lately. I was honestly holding my breath while I was reading Syn's unfruitful efforts. I mean come on, give the man a break. Mercy!
Maybe this is the reason it took me ages to finish the latest book of my favourite series. As I said, my mood did not help.
And I didn't want to skim through pages either. Hello! Favourite series, fav
Kat Valentine
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous entry in the black dagger brotherhood series!!! I have adored Syn from the beginning even when it looked like he was way past redemption,so when Jr announced that Sinner would be his book I was on pins and needles!! I wanted this dark and dangerous vampire warrior to prove that he was indeed a hero even if he walked a thin line between good and bad. We learn what made him the way he was and I have to say that all he endured at the hands of his father,who was a total monster I mi ...more
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 Meh stars


The last few books in the BDB world were not as good for me. I still love this series with all my heart, but this one was another meh read for me. Let me start by saying that I read the Fallen Angels Series and I didn't like it. Devina never impressed me. So I wasn't really excited to see she was coming to the BDB world. Still I was willing to see it play out. So going into this book, I knew that Syn was a straight up psychopath
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Omg, quarantine sucks!
I always thought I would be fine if I was in solitary confinement or jail because of all the reading-time potential. Oh how wrong I was! And, I have my whole family with me. Three adult children who are hilarious and my hubs, from whom they got their hilariousness. I'm still bored as hell. How many people are going to go on massive killing sprees from being stir-crazy before this is over? I mean, along with me, of course. So, start on 2 when you're counting.

The only bright
This was a little more enjoyable than The Savior, but not by much. A lot of the stuff I was expecting would happen did happen. I did have mixed feelings over this one and initially wanted to give this a 3 star but while writing out my review this still sounds like a 2 star read. I was going to also include a short list of the stuff I did enjoy but my review-rant is already long enough so let's get right to it.

What didn't work.....

-Syn and his insta-boner. Yeah insta-lust strikes again and it di
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3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★
14.) The Beast ★★★★
15.) The Chosen ★★★★
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17.) The Savior ★★★

The devil works hard, by my nostalgia works harder.

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Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favourites
Absolutely amazing!

I love this series, I love the spin offs too and I love every surprise that this series throws my way.

I never tire of these characters and as the story has progressed over the years, the characters have developed and those that are still with us just continue to go from strength to strength.

What I am ecstatic about is that I have read (and loved) the Fallen Angel series. I had no idea that it would end up playing a huge role going forward! Don't get me wrong, I am sure yo
I'm going with a generous 3 stars because the parts with Jo and Syn, the little we got, were really good. The rest, not so much. There was so little interaction between Jo and Syn, given that this was a fairly long book, it really left the relationship building lacking and anti-climatic. Sadly there was SO much other crapola wedged in instead it was ridiculous! 🤦‍♀️

We got, ad nauseum:
Butch (which I shouldn't mind because I adore Butch but this is NOT his book dammit!)
Butch and V
A Fallen Angels c
Apr 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
Syn & Jo Early's book... I'M SO HERE FOR IT!!!!!

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Syn is one of the Band of Bastards now joined with the Brotherhood, though it’s an uneasy alliance. He’s wired very differently, coming from a brutal past that still haunts and drives him. Unknown to the rest of them, Syn is secretly working as an enforcer for a local mobster. It’s an outlet for his own need to bring hurt and during one of his stints with them that he runs into Jo Early, the reporter for the Caldwell Courier Journal who’s also Manny’s sister, unbeknownst to her. She sees somethi ...more
Scholar inArmor

It finally came to an end. The war with Omega. Everything.

I did not expect Devina to be Omega's undoing. Honestly, I didn't. So she is the new enemy in Caldwell. I can't wait for it. Especially her storyline, it's so good. If she is back that means that Eddie and Adrian, from the Fallen Angels series, are here around the corner.

I liked scenes with the Scribe Virgin and Omega. It was nice to see their dynamic and Omega's statement that he would never harm
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Amazing book and story!
This is the story of Syn and Jo. It’s also a story of war and despair. And a story of hope and love.

It’s hard to dive into the review and only tell you bits and pieces of the story. So let me just say that this is yet one more piece of the entire series that makes it so freaking addictive!

Syn is a soft hearted guy deep down. He has not always been a good person and he recognizes his faults. But when he and Jo meet, he recognizes something inside. Some thing p
Sammy Loves Books
Oh Yeah!! I Needed some Syn!!


*Loved Syn and Joe but wanted more of them and less of Mr. F.

*Loved all the V and Butch time and their hand holding cry scene was FUCKING BEAUTIFUL!!!

*The Omega makes the ultimate chess move and I freakin LOVED IT!!! I also wondered why no-one thought to get rid of all that ammo a long ass time ago!!

*Final Battle scene was NOT what I expected!! Anyone with a little sister knows how they can totally jack things up at the worse possible time!! Thanks for that curve ba
This one is going to be hard to discuss without giving things away, so I’m going to put everything in spoiler tags 😊.

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R Y A N  ⚡️
3/5 - OK I didn’t hate this book but I still haven’t received make up sex for the last two bombs...BDB is somewhat on the path to recovery, hopefully? This would have been a 4-star rating but I can’t excuse the final scene with Butch and Vishous.

P.S. this book should have been called The Dhestroyer because, prophecy.

You’d think that with book being so pivotal to the series, the Dhestroyer Prophecy manifested, that I don’t know the actual storyline would HEAVILY focus on the prophecy? And maybe
Mar 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
What to say, what to say....on god I'm so upset with this series. *screams and pulls hair out*

Like it started off so good!! So good! We had flawed heroes who were capable of terrible things and great depths of love that it sometimes gave us whiplash how fast they could go from zero to killer. Zadist didn't just wake up and he was over his abuse. He's still dealing with it. John Matthew took like 6 books to come to grips with his crap. But Muhrder, who were told was bat shit crazy and in that sta
And this is where it ends for me and the BDB. The Omega/lesser war storyline comes to an end here after 19+ stories, and it was definitely with a whimper and not a bang. Seriously. Turns out the BDB wasn't even necessary at that fight. There will likely be spoilers below, but I'll do my best to tag them.

First off Jo and Syn. Jo was a pretty good character, but the two had no chemistry. More of the same instant attraction (which is fine in the circumstances), "I am not worthy", I will change, wit
Caro ♡ Hot Mess Sommelière
After 19 books, the Dhestroyer prophesy really should not have ended like this. And wow, the way Syn and Jo were interrupted every single chapter with Butch chapters, Devina chapters, lesser chapters, Omega chapters ... I mean c'mon. Really??? That way I was bound to just not give a shit anymore once I was half-way through.

Embarrassingly, the newly introduced Lesser, Mr. F, was the most sympathetic and well-developed character in the book.
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars.

I do love this series, but I miss what it was or what it could be.

The (view spoiler) so lamely. I am shocked and underwhelmed.

Very little romance time. I liked both main characters, Jo and Syn, but their relationship was kind of instant-love like and underdeveloped.
Syn's change was unwarranted, or at least not deep or substantiated enough. His backstory
Olga Lis
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's always something a little magical when I crack open a new book in JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Recently we've been blessed with extra little peeks into Caldwell and the BDB with the Legacy books and a sweet bonus book at Christmas. But there's nothing better than 500 pages of solid BDB time.

Anyone that's stayed current knows that The Sinner is the book where the war with the Omega and the Lessening Society comes to a head. It’s also brings to the forefront one of the Band o
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
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spoilers ahead, 3.5*

Huh it was ok I guess? To be honest I've lost my enthusiasm for this series and I'm only holding on till the end
We get a new big bad in the form of Devina who seems more powerful than the Omega
Jo and Syn were ok but it actually took till almost the end of the book for them to officially get together and then it was a rush to I love you and Jo's transition
Where was Xcor in this? Isn't Syn one of his? I'd expected more interaction between him and his leader
I love Butch's react
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
4 ⭐'s

“You make me want to be a hero, not a sinner.”

Being an up-to-date reader of the BDB series, I always have that feeling of jumping right into things and not missing a beat. I love that and this book is no exception.

Since Jo came on the scene, I've been interested in her and curious to see if she will make the transition. She really reminds me of Beth...and that's a good thing.

I really didn't know too much about Syn besides he was from the Band of Bastards. I was happily surprised that
Mar 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Based on the title and the synopsis you thought that this book was about Syn and Jo?
Well you're wrong...

Syn and Jo are indeed the couple of the story but there is no character development. We don't spend enough time with them for that. And because of that, I also wasn't able to get attached to them. They weren't bad but I just didn't care. I also didn't feel their chemistry.

For me the real couple of this book were Vishous and Butch. You can really feel the frustation of the author that she wasn'
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, pnr
4 "Balance" Stars!

This was good. Surprisingly sentimental. Can't wait to see what's next with the series. Happy reading!
3.5 stars

“It was never healthy to want someone so badly that you forgot they were a stranger.”
- Josephine Early

* * *
“I am a protector.”
- Syn

* * *
“You haven’t looked into the eyes of someone who is going to kill you solely because you are not like them. Because you do not believe the same things they do. Because you are living a different kind of life. Wartime is not the same as peacetime.”
- Syn

* * *
“You’re worthy of love. You deserve to be respected and cherished, and to get that, you don’t nee
Laura Elizabeth
First 30 % boring. Lots of lessor parts which I hate. Also have crossover from angels series which I read first book of and hated. It picked up then and Syn and Jo parts were ok but not great. This felt written by a ghostwriter again. Not worth the 14$. The Butch destroyer ending was anticlimactic and now looks like the demon Devina is either getting a redemption arc or is our new villain. Who knows 🤷‍♀️
Cássia Bezerra Santos
This book was very tedious. After 18 years I expected a great battle, something unexpected to end this phase ... but in the end it was very predictable and boring.

And the romance ... It's always the same story: violent and sad male meets young lady, they fall in love in 1 day, they have sex, she finds out something bad about him, they fight, she finds out the truth, they make up, happy ending.

This is LITERALLY the plot of the series, except for some books.

I love the author, but I already know ho
Becca H
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly I wasn't expecting much given the last few books in this series have disappointed me. In the end the book was decent but nothing special.

The romance: As usual with Ward lately it was just insta-love. She had the opportunity to do a real slow burn with these characters especially when they literally just met in this book, but no, despite Syn's evilness he falls head over heels in love with Jo the second he meets her. I'm not going to lie, the romance was cute at times but not what I expe
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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