Man! Sierrra Simone, I was doubting you but now I am a believer.
I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance.
What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18.
They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser.
My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me.
***Sinner is a standalone companion to Priest about Father Bell’s brother Sean. You do not have to read Priest or Midnight Mass to read Sinner***
Review: After reading the first in the Bell brothers saga, Priest, I really wasn’t sure how I was going to feel going into Sinner, you can say I was a skeptic. However, as I reached the end of the book I could honestly say I enjoyed it very much. I am a rare highlighter when it comes to books I read on my Kindle. I always see those perforated lines that others have highlighted and I’m like, whatever, but this time I was highlighting my ass off. Not because those stupid lines were there but because I genuinely felt something I could relate to. That’s not to diminish the importance of those that highlight the f*ck out of sections because obviously, you relate to something as well, but…wait…why am I? Anyway, let me say, I’ve never ever EVER thought to put sex and religion together in a romance. EVER. It seems…sacrilegious, but Ms. Simone’s attempt at this a second time went down a little smoother than it did the first time.
STOP NOW…I AM GOING TO SEMI-SPOIL THIS BOOK BELOW
So, Sean spots this beautiful African American girl at a party and is ready to bang her, only she is 17 years younger than him and he finds out she is going to be a nun. So this is where these books intersect. Sean hates religion, she’s finna be all up in religion, however, she wants to pray at the altar of orgasmic bliss before she dons the habit and gives up penis forever. The struggles these two battle with is what makes this book good. She NEVER questions her faith and I love that about her. She doesn’t let him or his magic stick sway her in her mission. I also love that the author wrote about privilege from a Caucasian perspective. The gala scene where Zenobia explains why she doesn’t go off on the snooty b*tch that “mistakes” her for the help is something that made the hairs on the back of my arms stand up and something that I can relate too oh so well. Now before anyone gets there panties in a bunch, this isn’t a race book but it does deal with it in a palatable way for the ever so sensitive, IMO.
Sean’s journey is what intrigued me the most. I think it is because I knew the major transformation was going to be with him. How is this cynic going to change? Is this pre-nun going to make him a believer? If so, how does the sex play into this? This is what kept me going. I needed answers because this man’s reason for turning his back on his faith was strong and I felt his pain. I love how the author works this out. There are so many things that make you go, “hhhmmmmm.”
Anyway, the story becomes somewhat predictable in the sense that you know what is going to happen, however, the journey there is what makes this interesting.There is one part toward the end that made me a little uncomfortable but this was one sinful journey that I didn’t mind taking. I am going to give this book 4.25 stars. It fairs so much better than Priest.