Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones #Review

Posted March 1, 2016 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 27 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones #Review
Sinner's Creed

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Series: #1 Sinner’s Creed
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on March 1, 2016
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

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Wow!  Twenty-four hours later and I’m still emotionally reacting to this story.  Not even sure if I’ll be able to find the right words to describe it and describe my impressions and reactions.

I won’t say that I’m the most well-versed in biker romance out there, but I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that this book is one of the best.  Now this is not to say that it will be everyone’s gig since lordy it is not going to make one swoon and think of hearts and rainbows especially there at the end. However, as far as engaging the reader, making them know and feel a story, and then slaying a reader’s heart for that brutally beautiful heartwrenching end, yeah, it will do that.

This was a new to me author and it’s a brand new biker romance series.  Of course I was game to give it a go.  Within a few pages, I knew I had a hold of a story that would rival my favorites out there in this niche of romance and, when I shut the book, I knew I had read one of my best reads for the year.  Thank the good Lord it is a series.

The book opens with a series of glimpses of the hero’s encounter with the beautiful, mysterious angel who is the only light in his dark, demon-filled life.  Dirk is a member of the strongest, baddest 1% MC in the country.  He was born into it and molded by it and now he is the monster that even the toughest bikers don’t want to see striding into their clubhouses because he’s the National leadership’s strong reaching arm that usually leaves blood and silence in his wake.

Dirk believes he will live and he will die, but he will never have anything good.  But then light-filled, joyful Saylor Samson doesn’t remain his distant dream.  She is not afraid of him and gives him her smiles.  She wants to go with him and her pull on that little piece remaining of his soul allows him to say yes.  Without questions or expectations, she gets on the back of his bike and keeps this solitary nomad company.  Dirk slowly discovers that life can have warmth, light, and a zesty flavor thanks to Saylor.  He doesn’t neglect his duty to Sinner’s Creed and fulfills all that is asked of him, but now there is more.

But just as he starts to hope and have faith that life can be more, he is forced to make hard choices that aren’t choices at all.  A rival club is pushing in, his club will see Saylor as a threat, and Saylor has been keeping a huge secret.  Dirk is forced to walk through flames and hope that he isn’t left only with ashes.

Alright, so no surprise after my first remarks that this story gutted me.  Utterly.  The author makes it clear that she knows of what she writes.  She knows this world and the people who live it.  She doesn’t sugar coat and I’m grateful because then my response was honest and authentic and I didn’t feel manipulated.  But she knows how to write a love story- a tragic one, but a love for the ages.  The story is all told first person point of view by Dirk.  This was a wise choice because it left Saylor something of a mystery and allowed the reader to discover her right along with Dirk.

The story because it is all Dirk’s narration rises and falls on his shoulders.  He is an incredible character.  He grows up rough and mean with not an ounce of gentleness or tender care in his life.  He is very much a product of his environment and yet, there is that little bit that managed to stay whole- that bit that saw a sweet, wholesome vibrant girl and yearned for her and dreamed of her.  He doesn’t know what to do with Saylor when he has her and it was heartwarming to watch his early efforts right through to the end.  Speaking of that end, it’s hard and not typical in a romance.  Be prepared.  My heart broke, but I acknowledge that the end fit the story.  I will be waiting like a cat at a mouse hole for the next installment in the series.

In summary, this was amazing and utterly beautiful storytelling.  It is hard, brutal and gritty, but still on the moderate side for a biker romance.  I can easily recommend it, but not if the reader is in the mood for a swoony and smile inducing happily ever after.  No this is for those who want to engage and feel something deeply that will leave them with tears, but a great love for story and characters.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #81 CR
Literary Pickers #79 coffee table
New to Me #34 author/series
Bad Boys #11

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones #Review
Sinner's Creed

One StarOne StarOne Star
three-flames

Series: Sinner’s Creed #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Released on March 1, 2016
Format: eARC

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It’s hard to write a review about a book that guts you, but at the same time disappoints you. The writing felt extremely stilted for me and with only one point of view, you only get to see the monster that is Dirk. Dirk is pretty much unredeemable in my eyes after just a few pages into the story, no matter who he meets or loves.

After only a few chapters in I was ready to quit. I didn’t. I heard it was so good, so I continued on, but skipped to the end. I don’t do this often, but I wanted to justify continuing was worth it. When I figured out what was going on, I did a search on something and started reading the story from that point. I am not sure what happens right after Dirk and Saylor finally speak. Due to only getting Dirk’s side we see her as an angel. Someone he is not worthy of, but wants to be around.

Make no mistake, Dirk still isn’t a good person from having met Saylor, but he does love her. He doesn’t always do the right thing. Being in a MC isn’t exactly a hobby. He is a nomad, but the club is family. When he thinks he can be more than just an assassin for the MC, he is faced with something no one wants to hear. Including doing some really stupid things. This leads to making decisions that really aren’t decisions any one would want to make.

I can’t wax poetically about this story. Admittedly I cried. You know when you throat gets thick and you try so hard to fight feeling anything when you really don’t like the story. There was a lot of Sons of Anarchy feel to it at times.

Be warned, this doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, but it doesn’t also end in a HEA. I love my HEA romances, so this was a huge disappointment, but hey, there was no real way to end this any other way than how the author did when she made a few plot points. The writing also felt stilted and very jerky. Never mind the love scenes weren’t to my liking.

With only one point of view, unredeemable hero, lack of HEA, I couldn’t give it the score probably everyone else is giving it. I can’t say stay away, but I can’t recommend it. If you do read this, make sure you have tissues ready. You will need them.

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Braine TS
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Sometimes no HEA is good for me. Depending on the story, it can be realistic. Take this for
Example, I don’t think you can live happily ever after with this dude so in a way, maybe the girl is better off…

Sophia Rose
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This is true, Braine. It would have been so unrealistic and weird to end it much differently than it was. The author didn’t take the easy road out for sure.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Very true. This HEA was realistic and the only way it really could end. Grab the tissues if you plan to read it.

kimbacaffeinate
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I am more curious about this since it affected both of you, and because of the ending.

Sophia Rose
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LOL! Yes, we were both in tears and went two different directions with our likes/dislikes. Talk about muddying the waters, haha!

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It is a tear jerker and I can’t even begin to continue with this series after this.

Blodeuedd
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I would not call this contemporary romance. Why not make it fiction since that ending….

Sophia Rose
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It’s one of those tricksy ones that is neither fish nor fowl. It has elements of a few different genres.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

It had romance so I called it romance.

Lekeisha
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I love unpredictable endings – well it depends on the situation and characters. I’d very much like to read this one. I think it’s on my list already.

Sophia Rose
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Make sure you have your box of tissues handy. It’s a bit of something different.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Buy tissue, you will need it even if you aren’t enjoying the story.

Lover Of Romance
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oh wow…I see I definitely need to read this!! I haven’t read a MC romance in a while and I love a good gritty romance and boy does this sound fantastic. j

Sophia Rose
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This will definitely be the big plunge back in- very gritty and emotional, Renee!

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

Wow a five from you and a four star from Anna on this. I think I need it thanks Sophia Rose

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

I had to give it a 3. While it evoked emotions, I ended up not liking it and the writing style was off for me.

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I think it will depend on how the reader connects with the hero since he is telling the story and how they feel about the big heartwrenching twist. He’s more of an anti-hero and the ‘twist’ is a big gamble. Hope you find it engaging, Debbie!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Sophia I thought it was a great love story too and the ending with him looking after her while she battled. Lordy. That just about did me in.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yeah. Haven’t had a book crush my heart like this in a long while. Those scenes of him caregiving had me non-stop crying for a couple hours.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Me too. Have you seen Joey+Rory on FB? It’s a musical duo husband and wife. The wife is in hospice for cancer and her husband has been chronicling everything they’re going through and omg it just…wow. The total devotion reminded me of them. I end up sobbing every time he posts an update.

Sophia Rose
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Yep! I cry and swoon, in turn. I was thinking of snagging Me Before You, but after this one, I think I’ll leave that book alone for a while. I can only handle so much heartcrushing, weepy story. Oh and then there was that one book on Grace’s blog about the cancer surgeon who knew what was coming and wrote his own story. Gah… yeah, I need some happy and frivolous for a bit.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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It’s been breaking my heart because it’s been quiet on their page the last few days 🙁

I haven’t seen that one on Grace’s blog. Oh lordy that sounds like it would do me in too. I’ve gone light and fluffy to recover.

Sophia Rose
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No posts does sound ominous. Yeah, definitely needed recovery books. Hey, did you see Joanna had to push back Reaper’s Fire a month b/c she had been super sick last fall? I knew she didn’t feel well, but didn’t realize it was so bad. Poor gal. But I’m glad she chose to postpone the book so she could make it her best stuff. I’ve read two books in the past that author’s wrote when they were going through bad stuff that turned out not so good and felt way off from the rest of the series arc and tone so… Read more »

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I did see that. And yep I’m glad they decided to hold off and let her get things how she wanted. One of my used to be auto buy authors has had an ongoing illness the last few years but kept churning out book after book and they’ve been very hit or miss I think because of it. So a good call I think too.

Sophia Rose
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One extra month won’t kill my excitement. I went back and read the sample chapter and it was good. Oh, and she’s got another Horse and Marie fun short coming. 😉

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

You guys woke me up to a great conversation!

I too noticed about Joanna and felt so bad for her. I once read a story where the author had a loss in the family. The first half of the book was great and then it seemed like someone else wrote the ending. I am glad to see they let her rewrite it in a better state of mind.

The Rory/Joey story is killng me. So sad to watch.

This book did me in.

Sophia Rose
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LOL! We did get chatty. 🙂