Sinner

Sinner

by Sierra Simone
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Sinner by Sierra Simone

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.

***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***

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158957109
Publisher: Sierra Simone
Publication date: 03/15/2018
Series: Priest , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 13,590
File size: 660 KB

About the Author

Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Sinner 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL 10 months ago
5 star Review Sinner (Priest #2) by Sierra Simone This was everything that I have come to expect from a book by Sierra Simone. Well written with characters that had me engrossed from the start. Sean Bell is not used to having to chase after women, until he meets Zenny a woman nearly half his age. Of course with that comes complication and issues that must be dealt with and worked through. Not only was Sinner a smoking hot read that had some amazing scenes in it that were so scorching, it was also an emotional read that had me in tears and laughter at times, such was the depth of the characters and their actions. Can Sean and Zenny work through all their issues and make a happily ever after? One click and find out. This is one of those books that I do not want to say too much about, suffice to say this book will leave you with a hangover.
ChristinaS4 10 months ago
Sean is this story is !! You don’t have to read Priest first but I would. Just makes more sense. Sierra Simone is just amazing. You get the hotness as always but also humor and GREAT character development. A must for me. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 11 months ago
I will be honest I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. But I felt that way about Priest as well and I should have known that Simone wouldn't let me down. This book was a little emotional for me. I know people are talking about how dirty and sexy it was. But for me it was so much more. Oh don't get me wrong it was dirty and sexy and filled with Sierra Simone filth. ;) Simone hits on several topics in this book. From religion, biracial relationships, terminal illness, money, power, status, family, love, sex, finding ones true self and happiness. It was beautifully written. This is definitely a must read!!!!!!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I'm not sure where to begin with my review of Sinner. Priest was good but Sinner wow, it just blew me away. Sexy, hot Sean Bell who has money, prestige, fancy car, nice home, everything he could want is turned inside out and upside down by his friend's little sister and soon to be nun, Zenny. This book is so full of raw emotion, anger, sadness, love, lust, hot hot sex and even a bit of racism thrown in. Sean and Zenny's story is 5 + stars worthy and I look forward to reading more of the Bell brothers stories by Sierra Simone.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It was quite a book.Not at all what I expected.I thought Sean was going to be more like Tyler but ge wasn't.I cried for him,felt sad for him and I am soo glad that Sean and Zenny finally was together.
Katy Kitchin 10 months ago
Where do I even start with this book? I finished this early this morning and I’ve spent the day processing all the overwhelming feels and yet I’m still not sure how I write this review and accurately convey the beauty and originality of this story, but here goes! Sean Bell is a strong, intensely sexy, loyal, ALPHA. Like major alpha. On the surface he seems like he’d be a materialistic, money obsessed, control freak, womaniser. And to an extent this is true, but then you get to see his loyalty and dedication to his family, that the reason he craves control is because he’s always been the protector of his family, particularly after his sister’s suicide, and his mother’s diagnosis. He’s selfless, he has this belief that he’s bad and everyone else’s feelings must come before his and this broke my heart. I loved seeing his relationship with his mum, the fact that he loves romance novels and they have this unofficial book club just the two of them was heart wrenching, swoon inducing, levels of sweet. And the relationship he has with his brothers was amazing, the way he reaches out to Tyler when he needs a moral compass, the way he’s so big brotherly with Aiden and constantly supports and cares for him, but that when he needed Aiden he was able to go to him and get that support because it should always be a two sided support network. And I’m really hoping Aiden gets a book next, yes I predicted what was happening with him and with who, but the development and foreshadowing for that was pure genius and immersed you into his background story too. Zenny is such a pure, hopeful person and that really shined throughout the novel, even when I was frustrated and internally screaming at her to realise her own feelings and Sean’s and desperately hoping for that HEA, there was never any doubt about what a truly good person she is. She’s both selfless and feisty, vulnerable but with an iron core of unshakeable strength and dedication, her personality such a wonderful oxymoron, as if literarily conveying how complex humans are and that every part of our personality and emotions need to be accepted by us in order for us to be in harmony with ourselves and to love who we are. Whilst quite a bit younger than Sean, Zenny is more emotionally mature in some ways because of her ability to do this, whereas at the beginning of the book the self loathing he feels was really heart breaking, and seeing how she guides him into achieving this, and gaining a peace he’s not had since Lizzy’s death, whereas he brings her a joy and acceptance she’s never really had. In other words, they make each other better, stronger, healthier people and seeing that development was wonderful. I’m totally babbling on I know, but I’m blown away about how this can be a very graphic, erotic, arguably slightly taboo romance that also explores so much about humanity and faith and individuality, it was beautiful to read and I’m already dying to dive into another Sierra Simone book. I read this without reading Priest first, and whilst some parts took some patience to get the answers for, you most definitely don’t need to read Priest first!
RandysGal69 10 months ago
I mean Sean! He just is everything you should not like but can't resist. I’m going straight to hell and it’s because Sean Bell lured me there. And I am totally fine with it. This book is insanely hot! Be ready for it. I mean by the end of the first Chapter I was sweating like a sinner in church. You will need to go to confession. I thought his brothers Tyler & Adien were naughty, but Sean topped them both for me. His raw power with Zenny had me clenching my legs the whole time I was reading. And the surprises that Sean whipped out I never saw them coming. Zenny & Sean were just everything. Powerful, sexy , exciting Must Read book!
DavaDora 10 months ago
I want to sing Hosanna after reading Sinner, a standalone, the second book in the Priest series. Beware, Sean Bell, the main character is an unapologetic manwhore who loves his dirty talk; I know he’ll be added to the list of infamous book boyfriends we love and fantasize over. This is a book you really don’t want to read in public; you’ll understand once you start it! This May-December story, told in dual POV, is an amazing and emotional journey filled with sensual pleasure and heartache. While much of the story revolves around the Church, and its doctrine, it is informative and contemplative without being preachy, almost like an interesting secondary character. Sean Bell, at thirty-six, meets Zenobia “Zenny” Iverson at a charity dance and is immediately taken by the young, twenty-one year old midwife student. He’s surprised to later find out she’s his best friend’s little sister. But he’s more than shocked when she tells his she’s on the verge of taking vows, to become a nun in a month, and she has a little proposition for him he finds hard to turn down. For a man who lost his faith years ago, and dealing with a family member who’s seriously ill, Sean is having a crisis of sort. He’s used to being unattached, the only people he loves are his parents and siblings, and he’s proud of the professional and economic position he’s achieved. Zenny crashes into his life and hits him like a wrecking ball. Sean never expected to have such strong feelings for any woman; especially Zenny who, despite her youth and innocence, is a very headstrong and decisive woman. When he agrees to her proposal, knowing it would be beneficial to him too, he begins to spend time getting to know his little Zenny-bug and ultimately, and unfortunately, gets attached to her. “I’m acutely painfully aware that she’ll never be mine. She will always be God’s.” And poor Sean, he never expected the plan to take such a drastic, and heart wrenching, turn. “I want to build a tower around you, and then build a castle around that tower, and then dig a moat around that castle, and then I want to guard you like a dragon. Burn anyone who tries to hurt you into ash and then scorch those ashes a second time.” To say his heart got involved would be an understatement. I loved this story! It made me cry tears of anguish, not sure if this would have a happy ending, that’s how amazing this story is. And while the love story is incredible there’s another story within this one; of a family facing a serious crisis and how they ultimately come to accept the inevitable outcome.
Loupy 10 months ago
I just knew I had to read this as soon as I saw it. Just wow. The storyline has the author’s usual flare for the unexpected. The book is very well written and the characters are just grand. My emotions all over the place which for me is a sign of a good book. I found myself Smiling, Crying and Fanning myself on several occasions. On top of that the suspense kept me on the edge while the sexy scenes kept me drooling. Sean is a HUGE playboy and Zenny is a nun that hasn’t taken her vows. With Sean knowing he’s found the one woman he really wants but yet can’t have and Zanny knowing her attraction to Sean is something she shouldn’t be feeling or act upon just made their story exciting to follow. I Truly enjoyed this book and look forward to more of Ms. Simone’s works in the future. 2 Thumbs Up for a very good read.
PursePartyPeeps 10 months ago
OMG. Can I have a Sean Bell please????? He makes the BEST book boyfriend. I loved that this was all his POV. It did make it a bit harder to connect with Zenny. All we know are through the eyes of Sean and he is beyond smitten with her. It was an amazing roller coaster. We "see" a bit of Tyler. No Poppy. :( But I called the Aiden thing early. I hope his book is next. Sean is so broken. 14 yrs of broken over the death of his sister. I love that he considers himself a #sinner. It fits him. But what Sierra does is take us on is a wild rebirth of a man. It was so eye opening to see. I mean he comes out of this a totally new man and it's sexy as hell. Zenny picks the perfect person to help her fulfill her "doubt". This one will NOT disappoint. Ps, I loved the visual of the cover. Not only is it hot, but I could see the scene this came from. BEAUTIFUL!!! ~I volunteered to read an advance copy~
Brigid68 10 months ago
There are some authors out there that have that ability to take you on an amazing journey. Sierra Simone is one of the authors. She pushes the limits with the stories she writes and Sinner definitely pushed some limits. Sean Bell, brother to everyone's favorite Priest Tyler Bell, is one hot AF man whore. There is just no other way to describe him. Zenny is his best friends little sister, who is going to become a nun. There is just so much to love about this book and these two characters. There is just so much more to Sean than his man whoring ways and Zenny is really kinda badass. I felt so many emotions reading this book, especially the parts with his mom, those scenes were so beautifully written, it felt like I was right there with them. This book, I highly recommend!!
KDRBCK 10 months ago
Sinner by the outstanding and incredibly talented author Sierra Simone is the second novel in the Priest Series. The previous books are Priest and Midnight Mass, they're Tyler and Poppy's books. Reading a Sierra Simone book is like opening a box of pralinés. You never know what you'll get, only that it'll be something delicious. I expected a smoking hot, heartwrenching read and Sierra Simone delivered exactly that and much more. Sinner is a full length standalone novel. Sinner is not a romance; this book can't be put in a box. And now, may I present you, Sean Bell. He's one of five siblings; a 36 year old successful businessman. He's cynic and sarcastic as they come. He only loves two things, his family - especially his mom - and his job. And then he meets "Her". Zenobia - Zenny - Iverson and she turns his world upside down and inside out. She teaches him a thing or two about love, life and faith. If there ever was a anti hero, Sean is it. He's bitter and hard around the edges - and on the other side a lost boy deep down in his soul. With Ash, Embry and Greer in the New Camelot Series she blew me away, and with Sean Bell in Sinner she did it again. I started reading and I wasn't hooked, I was HOOKED. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down, I had to know what happens to the characters. And now I'm sitting here with a serious book hangover, empty and wrung out. Sinner, just like the previous books, sucked me in whirled me around, put me upside down and spit me out. Sinner is raw and it is gritty and my heart hurt for the characters. I could feel their emotions in the words, their love, desperation, pain and hurt. Favorite Quote: " ..life isn't measured in days. It's measured in moments you want to create.." I highly recommend Sinner, Priest and Midnight Mass and wish I could give more than 5 stars.
bbarneybooks28 10 months ago
Sean Bell is not the type of man to ask for forgiveness; in fact, for the most part, he finds no reason to change his sinful ways because Sean has his own religion and the only people he’ll kneel for are the women who he worships with so much more than his hands. I really wouldn’t call what Sean goes through in Sinner a crisis of faith because he lost his Catholic faith a long time ago, and I don’t believe he wants it back, but he does question and struggle with the idea of finding his ‘proper’ place in life…it’s just that the word ‘proper’ doesn’t quite describe how he wants to spend his days with a woman he can’t stop thinking about…a woman who is quite a bit younger than him…a woman whose faith and beliefs are directly opposite to his own…a woman who believes that she’s been called to serve God…to take God as not only her Lord and Savior but also as the only love of her life. Considering Zenny’s professed dedication to God, having any kind of sexual encounters with Sean, the ‘sinner,’ could be seen as sacrilegious, but Simone illustrates just how much Zenny and Sean’s chemistry and connection defies standards, boundaries, and perhaps even logic, because their age difference and their seemingly contradictory life goals should be seen as more than barriers to cross, but that seems to be how Sean sees them as, and the more time these two spend together, exploring one another on a carnal level, the deeper their bond grows, which leads Zenny to question her life’s path and Sean to realize that The sinner and the nun sounds like the introduction of a bad joke, but in relation to Sean and Zenny, they’re the words that should keep them apart…that should have Zenny praying for Sean’s soul, not wanting to commit a multitude of sins with him. But that’s not their story…those monikers are not the true essence of who these two characters, are and Sierra Simone forces Zenny and Sean to be stripped bare, showing readers the many layers of their personalities, the reasons they chose to be on the path they were throughout much of the story, and the truth of their relentless need for each other’s body and perhaps even one another’s soul. Sierra Simone is a truly gifted writer – one who isn’t afraid to explore taboo topics in deliciously salacious ways. Simone stretches her readers’ minds, forcing them, not necessarily to question their own beliefs when it comes to the subjects explored, but to look beyond their views…beyond their staunch judgments, and try to understand others’ perspectives on love, faith and commitment, regardless of how untoward, immoral, or unethical they may appear to be. 4.5 Poison Apples
Jnnfrg 10 months ago
Sierra has done it again! She has written another book that brought out so many emotions for me. This book is on a very short list of books (only 3) that have made me cry over the past year. *Note: Even though Sinner can be read as a standalone, I think that reading Priest first will definitely add more to the reading experience of Sinner. Sinner is way more than an erotic taboo romance. It addresses a variety of topics/issues as the relationship between Sean and Zenny develops. Since this is a Sierra book, of course there are some ridiculously hot sex scenes. But Sean exhibits a LOT of patience, attentiveness, and care throughout the development of Sean and Zenny’s relationship (sometimes so much that Zenny gets frustrated and impatient with him). This book also features a lot of introspection regarding Sean’s feelings about God, religion, his feelings for Zenny, his personality, his family, and his professional life. Without giving too much away for readers that haven’t read Priest, something happened to the Bell family 15 years prior that caused Sean to turn his back on Catholicism and God and shaped the person that he is at the beginning of the book. There are some similarities between Priest and Sinner with regards to the internal struggle that Tyler and Sean experience in both books. Both of the Bell brothers reach a type of crossroads where they have to decide how they are going to continue to live their lives and whether or not they have the courage to choose a different path from what they thought they wanted. And in both books the relationship between the male and female MCs is the impetus behind the Bell brothers reaching that crossroads, but both Tyler and Sean make their decision for themselves, not as an attempt to try and hold onto Poppy or Zenny. I loved the discussions that Sean had with Tyler, Zenny, and his mother regarding his anger towards God, the Catholic Church, and how people could believe in a God that let’s terrible things happen to God people. The conversation between Sean and the Reverend Mother is one of my favorite parts of the book. I was so impressed with Zenny’s dedication to her faith and the goals that she had set for herself, despite the goals her parents had for her. Even though there is a 15 year difference between Sean’s and Zenny’s ages, there were many times that Zenny showed more maturity than Sean. Since Sinner is in Sean’s POV, I was glad that Sierra included 2 brief chapters that are transcriptions of voicemails Zenny left for Sean. These chapters provided glimpses of what Zenny is thinking and feeling at key moments in the book. Sinner was not a quick read for me. It was a book that I took my time reading so I could process all of the issues and topics that Sierra addresses in Sean’s story. I feel like I am still processing this book. I’ve highlighted about 50% of this book because there are so many quotes/passages that were impactful to me. Sinner, like so many of Sierra’s books, has been added to my list of top favorite books and I look forward to rereading it in the future.
VoxLibris 10 months ago
How do you write a book featuring a hero who believes that his sexual needs are depraved, who doesn't so much eschew the existence of God as downright renounce it, who has some of the hottest sex you've ever read, and, instead of making you think about the feral ferociousness of that sex, instead makes you think about God? How do you DO that? I'm talking to you, Sierra Simone. HOW DO YOU DO THAT? I get it, somewhat. Sean Bell, whose older brother Tyler (he of Priest fame) has tried to help Sean understand his relationship with God, is a man who wants to think that he rejected God but really believes that God rejected him. So when you start with that premise, you anchor him in a sort of Catholic confusion. Is God a loving construct or a mythological convenience? And then he meets a young woman who is a nun postulant. By her very nature, she makes him rebel even harder against her vision of God. Sean believes that others perceive him as a sinner more because he needs to see himself as having the fortitude to resist God than because he is a bad man. So, Sierra Simone, you have crafted this beautifully complex man, someone who has crafted a world built on the idea that he controls everything, including his baser instincts. He's a man who sees things in a strictly "yes" or "no" way, not in a way that allows a "but" to creep in there. You wrote this guy in a way that lets us as readers see ourselves in him in the ways that we question and feel skepticism. In one scene, you make us pant and squeeze our thighs together, and in the next, you make us believe that what we just experienced was every bit a spiritual euphoria as a physical one. Sinner, for me, comes down to these lines: "To be fully human is to be fully sexual, and while that doesn't mean having sex or even sexual desire, it does mean being fully in your body. It means recognizing that there's nothing any less holy about your body than there is about your soul, that as long as your body is treated with consent and respect and affection--and that you treat the bodies of others in the same way--there's nothing inherently sinful about your flesh." Maybe what you're telling me, Sierra Simone, is that sex isn't the way we sin. Maybe the way we sin is through denying love and dignity to others. I don't know how you managed to convey that so beautifully and with such heartbreaking poignancy juxtaposed with such brutal carnality in one book, but you did.
queenzany 11 months ago
Holy heck that was scorching good! Sinner is a sinfully delicious, that will rock your dirty panties off! Fulfilling your naughty desires come to life with a smile and some filthy hot as heck talking, in just one book! It had it all, heat, so hot we could categorize it as a 5 alarm fire! Plus the storyline was so compelling, it just blended into a wonderful package of carnal perfection. GOD YES! Bring it on! I can live with being a hot mess of filthy desires! In so doing that put my love for Priest on the back burner! Which is nearly impossible for me since Father Belle is my go to filthy book for hotness. Even if I feel the need to go to confession after reading it every time! HEHEHEE!!!!
Arys 11 months ago
Sinner by Sierra Simone is book three in her Priest series and it stars Father Bell's brother, Sean Bell. A standalone contemporary romance about love, forgiveness, and finding that life is still worth living with the ones you love even after tragedy. Since the tragedy that befell the Bell family, Sean has been working non-stop to make money and caring for his family, which includes paying for the best doctors and care for his mother as she battles cancer. When a contract his company landed hits a roadblock he is sent to talk to the tenants, a group of nuns helping the community, to try to get them to leave so they can demolish the building. It should be easy… However, when the nun (or postulant) he is meeting turns out to be Zenobia Iverson, his best friend's little sister and the same woman he flirted with and almost kissed the night before, he is thrown for a loop. Zenny is on her way to finishing her nursing degree and about to enter her training towards being a nun. But when she realizes she is not being stricken with periods of intense temptation or doubt, she thinks it may be because she doesn't know what she is missing. So she asks Sean for help. Soon these two characters agree to spending a month together, but what will happen at the end? Sean and Zenny are obvious opposites. A nun and a playboy. The combustion when these two get together is epic. Zenny is stubborn, independent and intent on getting her way, but she is also young and inexperienced and has a whole lot to learn. Sean is complicated, worldly and missing something that maybe he doesn't even know. Each corrupts the world of the other in just the right way and together are more than the sum of their parts. Overall, Sinner by Sierra Simone was a hot read with dirty, sensual scenes but also romance and real character development that will have you falling for Sean and Zenny for so many different reasons. (I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book I received for free in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
Jill__D 11 months ago
4 stars for - Sinner - book two in the Priest series by the wickedly talented Sierra Simone. While this is technically the third book in the series it can be read as a complete stand-alone, but if you have not yet indulged in book one - Priest - and a novella (1.5) - Midnight Mass - go now, actually you should run and read them...I can't even begin to tell you all that you are missing out on! As with most of Ms. Simone's writing she holds NOTHING back often hitting topics that others may find taboo, illicit and at times even scandalous, but she does so in ways that captivate and leave you wanting more. Sean Bell has it all - good looks, a great job, more money he could spend in this lifetime and a new woman in his bed every night. Attending a charity function was supposed to be just another night out, but he meets a goddess in a red dress that takes his breath away. Having to abruptly leave the function causes him to miss out on a night with his beauty, but unbeknownst to him they will be meeting again sooner than he could ever possibly imagine. Zenobia (Zenny) Iversen is a twenty-one-year-old college senior who is about six weeks away from taking her vows of chastity prior to becoming a nun. Zenny is also in her last year of nursing school and plans on specializing by becoming a mid-wife. As ambitious as she is with both nursing and her duties to become a nun she still pushes herself to do more, to live up to the expectations of her mother - the judge and her father - the doctor. Attending the gala and dressing up was to be her last hurrah of sorts before she buckled down and took her vows, so she never expected to see the one man she has loved since she was a little girl looking so handsome and tempting in a tuxedo. The amusing part is he doesn't even realize that she is his best friend's baby sister. This was a beautifully written love story that kept me invested from start to finish. With so many obstacles in their way and the drama of everyday life it was an intricate tale that I truly enjoyed. The other Bell brothers also made appearances in this book and if the author is wondering whether or not we would read those books as well the answer would be a resounding YES! It seems my fires burn the hottest for Father Jeremy Bell and I will ALWAYS kneel at that man's altar, but his brother the - Sinner - is pretty darn hot and filthy too :)
Rhondaz 11 months ago
5 SINNER & HOLY HOTNESS STARS!! This book will be engraved on my heart forever. Sean and Zenny's story will touch your hearts with all the feels and perfection. Their story is perfect, hot, sexy, sweet and so touching. Sierra Simone gives us forbidden in the best way and you fall in love with every character. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Christine_Miller 11 months ago
One thing that I've come to expect with Sierra Simone books is that I will always get an amazing story with a lot of hot sexy time. Sinner completely blew me away. I never expected to go back into the Priest world and meeting Sean Bell was absolutely everything I hoped it would be. Zenny and Sean's story is one of childhood friends reconnecting and exploring a relationship that can't lead anywhere....or can it? This story is about exploration and about finding yourself. What is important today, might not be important tomorrow. It's OK for goals to change and for a person to forgive and move on. It's OK to find your happiness and it's what every person should do. This was an extremely moving and emotional read for me. I never expected this story to completely leave me speechless as I turned the last page. Zenny and Sean's story left me with a huge book hangover and completely in love with their story. It was everything. I will say now that Ms. Simone has taken us back to the Priest world, I do hope that we will get the other brothers' stories. Amazing read!
kgagnon 11 months ago
4.5 Stunning Stars! Wow, this forbidden romance was so poignant, raw and dirty, yet had some very sweet and funny moments as well. This story explores so many emotional and religious concepts along with heartbreaking personal struggles that make the deliciously dirty moments even more necessary and meaningful. Sean feels so angry at God and the church, after the death of his sister. He always loved the church and now tries to control everything in his life, himself. He shows the world how cocky, vain, selfish, and sinful he is. He actually loves his family fiercely, and will do whatever it takes to protect them. But then Zenny enters his life, asking for something so forbidden, he starts to question everything. Their relationship is surprisingly sweet, and very passionate and raw. The power exchange between them is poignant and beautiful. Sean is so complex, multifaceted, and intriguing. I really cared for him and loved watching his evolution. I also loved Zenny and how smart, caring and passionate she is. They balance each other and are perfect together. Ms Simone expertly weaved a tale of love and loss, passion and heartache, and ultimately of hope and faith, so beautifully. It is so alluring, seductive, and raw that you will definitely feel every emotion. This story has a little of everything that will test you to your very core and keep you fully invested from start to finish.