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Sinner by Sierra Simone
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really liked it
bookshelves: kink, erotic-romance, contemporary-romance
Read 2 times. Last read April 9, 2018 to April 12, 2018.



Sean Bell, millionaire consultant and unrepentant playboy, gets propositioned by a nun (okay, postulant—she's nearly a nun), and the story spirals into hilarity and soul-deep feels from there. Sean is the brother of the former Father Tyler Bell, the once-priest who starred in Priest. Sean's story is just as hot, just as raw, and carries that same reverence of spirit regardless of his wicked, God-hating ways.

Sean is a conflicting dichotomy of actions and desires. He's an unrepentant playboy, but he's near unwilling to sleep with a nun, a woman he's known since childhood, without convincing. He makes millions a year but his entertainment is simple romance paperbacks—and he seems to actually enjoy them. He's a bossy hard ass but it's out of love and fear.

The story itself is complex and deep, with an emotional setup that says "heartache is coming" right from the start. And, in a time when the romance industry is in a period of upheaval about the lack of diversity in publishing, the book boldly features a biracial couple. And it's no big deal. Love is love, and rich white guy Sean Bell doesn't blink an eye at Zenny's lovely dark skin or her choices to live simply.

The book's message, like in Priest, takes a rather radical approach to spiritualism and religion, especially for characters (at least one) so devoted to God. Zenny interprets her worship as a practice of living morally rather than blind faith in some nebulous deity.

As with every other Sierra Simone book I've read, the sex is raw, the emotions are cutting, and—speaking at least off the Priest series books—the way she weaves in a modern concept of good and faith and religion is quite brilliant and moving, even to this die-hard sinner. There were lots of tears at the end of this book. Again. I really need to stop crying over romance. Dang it, woman!
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