Sins of the Flesh

Sins of the Flesh

by Caridad Piñeiro
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Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Piñeiro

Caterina Shaw's days are numbered. Her only chance for survival is a highly experimental gene treatment-a risk she willingly takes. But now Caterina barely recognizes herself. She has new, terrifying powers, an exotic, arresting body-and she's been accused of a savage murder, sending her on the run.

Mick Carrera is a mercenary and an expert at capturing elusive, clever prey. Yet the woman he's hunting down is far from the vicious killer he's been told to expect: Caterina is wounded, vulnerable, and a startling mystery of medical science. Even more, she's a beautiful woman whose innocent sensuality tempts Mick to show her exactly how thrilling pleasure can be. The heat that builds between them is irresistible, but surrendering to it could kill them both . . . for a dangerous group is plotting its next move using Caterina as its deadly pawn.

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ISBN-13: 9780446543835
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Caridad Piñeiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project: write a book for a class lending library. Her love of writing continued through high school, college and law school. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, her passion for the written word led to a determination to publish and share the stories she loved with others. In 1999, Caridad's first novel was released and a decade later, she is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas. Caridad hopes to continue to share her stories with readers all over the world for years to come. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

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Sins of the Flesh 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Caterina "Cat" Shaw was a fighter to the tips of her toes and nothing was going to knock that out of her. She had overcome a painful childhood to become a concert cellist and was determined to recover from the brain tumor that had left her blind and unable to play. The fight would be a tough one but she trusted the doctors who offered the cure but when the treatment turned into a drug induced, experimental nightmare it was the fighter in her that saved her from doom. A terrible accident at the lab she was being held at resulted in Cat being accused of murder so she started running. She ran for her life with only a minimum of herself functioning and found herself being chased by the police and the doctors' hired mercenaries. The police want to find out what happened that night and the other doctors want her back to eliminate her as evidence but evidence of what even Cat is not sure. The cure turned into an experiment which resulted by making her a person that can blend into her surroundings literally by her skin color taking on that which situation she finds herself. While this helps her stay alive the doctors' mercenary, Mick Carrera is very, very good at his job and only a few steps behind her. Before long Mick has located Cat but within a heartbeat he decides something is not right with the story he was told about her and before he turns her in he will find out what that something is. Cat is physically damaged and mentally not logical so Mick brings her to his safe house and calls upon his sister, Liliana, a physician herself to help him get to the bottom of all this mystery and help Cat recover, if they can. Mick tries to remain impersonal but there is something about this beautiful woman is calling him deep inside and the only answer seems to be to let himself believe that she is not the killer and could be so much more if he let her. But there are a number of distractions including Mick's nemesis who has nothing but revenge in his plans for Mick and Cat. Cat soon discovers so much pleasure can be derived from such pain and Mick is providing all the pleasure she can handle. What a wonderful surprise to discover that he may be tough on the outside and all muscle and firm talk but inside he has the soft heart of poet that is warming her up with a fever from love not infection. They share an Hispanic heritage and come to discover that there is so much more to life than just the few pieces of happiness that can be had - what an amazing eye opener for two people so different yet so much alike when it comes to trying to find the other half of their soul. What a wonderful story and a great book for not only the paranormal genre but also a touch of mystery as well as suspense. You may think you know what is going on and who the bad guys are but turn the page and discover that nothing is as it seems and the people that you were convinced were the evil doers may just not be after all. Mary Gramlich ("The Reading Reviewer")
harstan More than 1 year ago
Musician Caterina Shaw is dying from brain cancer. She agrees to be a guinea pig in genetic experiments conducted by Dr. Raymond Edwards in a hope this may save her life; she has no other prayer. The experiments work, but also have a side effect. She has super human skills and lost much of her memory. When she is accused o murder, Caterina flees needing to learn the truth and how to control her new abilities. Raymond hires mercenary Mick Carrera to capture and bring Caterina back to him so he can continue his experiments on her; he prefers her alive, but dead is acceptable. However, when Mick catches up to Caterina he finds he wants to help her; as he rejects the idea she could be a psychopathic killer. Instead he takes her to his sister vowing to keep his Caterina safe; unaware that diabolical Raymond has other less ethical operatives working the extraction. Sins of the Flesh is an action-packed thriller that never takes a breath once Caterina accepts the radical experimental treatment. The story line is faster than the speed of light, but though Caterina is fully developed, Mick is not so the audience never fully understands his motive to become a mercenary (especially once we meet his family) or to not bring her in even if he likes her. Caridad Pineiro provides another one of her super romantic suspense thrillers as the heat is on. Harriet Klausner
gl More than 1 year ago
Sins of the Flesh is an unusual thriller - and combines science fiction, romance, and suspense. Caterina Shaw is a complex and sympathetic character trapped in because of her experimental medical treatments. Mick Carrera is a strong leading man - essentially good but tortured and with a complex past. Sins of the Flesh reads a bit like well done science fiction films and television shows - fast-paced and full of twists. If you enjoy watching Doll House, Fringe, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Dark Angel, I think that you'll thoroughly enjoyed Sins of the Flesh. Publisher: Forever (October 27, 2009), 336 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Caridad Pineiro is a NY Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than twenty novels and novellas. Other titles include: Fury calls, Death Calls, Darkness Calls, Danger Calls, Temptation Calls, Devotion Calls, and Blood Calls. Caridad is also a wife, attorney, and mother. Caterina Shaw had only one chance for recovery after being given a terminal cancer diagnosis-Agree to enter a trial for a highly experimental gene treatment. With no other options, she willingly agrees, but now she doesn't recognize herself. She has memory lapses, strange things are happening with her body, and she has terrifying powers. Worse yet, she's being accused of the murder of one of her doctors. Mick Carrera was hired by the medical team under the table to bring in Miss Shaw before she can hurt someone else, and before the police can get to her. But after finding her, Mick isn't so sure this woman is a vicious killer, and he's not only finding himself attracted to her, but he's discovering a web of lies that leads right back to the very medical professionals who hired him. With time running out for Caterina without treatment, and Mick to get to the truth, they must work together to fight the wrongs done to her, before it's too late. I'm not sure if this is intended to be a series or not, but by the way the epilogue reads, I believe it is. There is also an excerpt for the next book, Stronger Than Sin. My reason for mentioning this is because the only fault I found with the book was the lack of closure medically speaking for Caterina. I won't say any more to ruin it for future readers. This book was a fascinating blend of science, romance, action, and mystery. With experimental gene therapies, cloning, and stem cell research expanding in real life, the possibilities this book incurs and what already is made this hard to put down. The romance and heat between the hero and heroine was stirring, the action was fast-paced, the characters believable, and the plot intriguing. What's not to like? The secondary characters were likeable, making the reader fall in love with Mick's family, especially Lilliana, who has her own little side-story in the book. Most of all, Caridad has a very conversational tone to her writing, which makes her stand out from the rest and tell a riveting, memorable story. A highly recommended read! Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Caterina makes a difficult decision. The only way that she can survive is by hoping a new, experimental gene treatment will save her. After receiving this treatment, she is changed in ways that she had never imagined. When she is accused of murder, she does the only thing that seems logical, she runs. Mick is searching for a cold-blooded killer, little did he know that Caterina is nothing like he was told. The two have a magnetic attraction toward each other. Giving in to their desires may cost them their lives. Loved it! I love the characters and I couldn't help but root for them. I'm looking forward to more of Caridad's work.
tracier More than 1 year ago
With its gripping storyline and compelling characters Sins of the Flesh will have you hooked from the very first page! Caterina Shaw is a world renowned cellist but she is struck down in her prime with an incurable brain tumour and loses her vision. Caterina's doctors convince her they have a program they believe could save her life so trusting in them she agrees to go. Mick Carrera is a problem solver, when people need something fixed permanently he is the person they call. When Dr Raymond Edwards reaches out to him and offers him a job to track down a missing patient who murdered his colleague and return her to him. Mick listens but becomes more sceptical as the conversation progresses but eventually agrees to find Caterina Shaw. The more Mick digs the more things are not adding up and when he finds Caterina and discovers he is not the only person who has been contracted he knows something is wrong. Caterina is injured by the other man and Mick decides to contact his sister Lilliana who is a doctor to meet him at his place to help Caterina. As Caterina's condition is realised the truth will quickly starts to unravel and soon it will not only be Caterina in danger. When Mick discovers an old enemy has also been contracted he knows it can only end with one of them dead. Can Mick save Caterina and keep his family safe or will his old enemy strike and cost him everything. I loved Sins of the Flesh and look forward to reading many more of Caridad Pineiro's books
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Athenna More than 1 year ago
World famous cellist "Caterina `Cat' Shaw" consents to undergo risky experimental gene therapy at "Wardwell Biotech", to treat an inoperable brain tumor. She is considered a terminal case. She is willing to undergo an experimental treatment to get her music back the one thing she values more than anything in her life. Now she finds herself covered in blood and fleeing from the medical facilities ware she was held. She finds that her skin is changing like a comelian and adapting to the colors of the things she touches. Her blood is a glowing green color. What has happened to her? She is disorientated and can't remember how she got her or who she is. She just knows she must get away from this facility they must not catch her.Mick is a mercenary and has been hired by the doctors who created what is in Cat. They knew he would be perfect for the job because he is a get the job done by any means necessary. Now they want Mick to track her down and bring her in dead or alive. They claim she has killed one of their doctors in a gruesome rage. Mick takes the job, but is a bit weary of the doctor. Mick has a strong since of integrity and will stop at nothing to make sure the right thing is done. Mick couldn't even bring himself to cash the check because he felt deep down in himself that these men were lying and holding back with him and he refused to just take their word for it and deliver this woman. After careful detective work nick finds her and he sees that she is not this horrible murder they presented her to be but this meek scared women, Mick takes the wounded, obviously abused and malnourished woman to his `safe house' and enlists the help of his physician sister "Liliana" to treat her. Liliana is an orthopedic resident at the local hospital and through connections is able to have Caterina's unusual blood secretly analyzed. Along with the obvious signs of abuse on her body it is also discovered that Cat has a significant genetic DNA abnormality, and she has been given a lot of medication that causes dissociative behavior, and hallucinations. This would explain why she was so confused in the beginning as to where she was and who she was. But as the drug ware off she because more aware of her surroundings and of Mick.Mick is a strong, handsome man with an air of danger that attracts the kind of woman who enjoys a quick affair and moves on. He has never been able to settle down in to a relationship, he felt all the other women never truly knew or loved the real him. Mick convinces himself that `Cat' is his `mission', `captive', `target', even making a conscious effort in referring to her as "Shaw" and not Cat. However, as the days go on and the drugs wear off enabling Cat's true personality come clear, Mick cannot deny his developing feelings for her. Cat is a beautiful, sensitive, delicate, refined musician. She also possesses a determination and strength that belie her other qualities. Cat find that she needs Mick in a away she never needed anyone. He makes her feel welcomed and safe all in one. This book was different; some parts were a bit hard to understand because it was a lot of medical terminology that I didn't really understand. . It was fast paced, well written and a quick read. I liked the ending I thought it worked out good, all the characters were strong and well written. There is not a whole lot I can tell you about the book because that would spoil it for you. I am defiantly intere
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C3_1991 More than 1 year ago
I liked the characters in this book. The "sci-fi" aspect was different from any other book I've read. My only complaint is that it wasn't available via e-book.
CaridadPineiro More than 1 year ago
"Readers will root for these two characters as they battle the bad guys to find a future together." BookPage "Mick is an interesting hero, a mercenary for hire, but a family man on his own time. Caterina is strong-willed, and now forced to deal with something she never imagined, she'll grow even stronger. This is a terrific paranormal story for readers who're tired of the same old, same old, with an interesting new idea. The only bad thing here is that the publisher is making us wait till next fall for the second story in the series. I'm giving this one four of Cupid's five arrows." Bella Online "Sins of the Flesh is engaging from beginning to end. A very enjoyable book with enough twists and turns to keep me interested in the story and want more. I will be looking for more books by Ms. Pineiro." Read more . . . "I can hardly wait for the next in this exciting new series to come out. This is as good as paranormal gets!" Romance Reviews. "This has all the makings of a great paranormal romance -a beautiful heroine, a dark, sexy and protective hero and a compelling and relevant subplot." RT Book Reviews. "Caridad Piñeiro never disappoints, and her new series looks to be a winner in every possible way. No author is better at crafting novels which explore the paranormal than Caridad Piñeiro." Read more . . . "'Sins of the Flesh', is a fast paced page-turner, the narrative is packed full of action and suspense with number of surprising plot twists." ClosetWriter. Read more . . . Jessica Andersen: "If you're feverish for a chilling scientific thriller with a sharp edge of romance, I prescribe Sins of the Flesh as a sexy, satisfying cure!" LA Banks: "Sins of the Flesh explodes on the page with page-turning action and sizzling love scenes as only Caridad Pineiro can deliver!" Carole Nelson Douglas: "Cutting-edge scientific conspiracy gives "paranormal" a fascinating and believable new edge in Caridad Pineiro's exciting romantic suspense thriller. A man and woman, each labeled "rogue," must make extraordinary efforts to stop a species-threatening scheme. Pineiro's Mick and Caterina generate plenty of heart, heat, and heroism to defeat clever and brutal killers." Angela Knight: "In Sins of the Flesh, Caridad Pineiro has written a sexy adventure with a luscious hero and an amazing heroine. Mike is a delicious Alpha Male, and Caterina has guts, intelligence and courage. The plot is fascinating, and the romance is delightful. I couldn't put it down!" Lindsay McKenna: "Caridad Pineiro is one of the most gifted and talented paranormal writers we have. I can't WAIT until the next Caridad Pineiro novel comes out! She is on my automatic reading list! No one creates a page turner like Caridad Pineiro!" Debra Webb: "Sins of the Flesh captured my full attention with its too-human characters and its too-real plot. A fascinating, adrenaline-fueling read! I could not stop turning the pages!" "What a wonderful story and a great book for not only the paranormal genre but also a touch of mystery as well as suspense. You may think you know what is going on and who the bad guys are but turn the page and discover that nothing is as it seems and the people that you were convinced were the evil doers may just not be after all." The Reading Reviewer
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