Sinful (Deadly Omen #2) by Jenica Saren
Released: October 25, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Jenica Saren
Reviewed by Keyrsten
Six deadly sins, one power that no one can control
I had thought shit had hit the fan when the love of my life turned out to be a cheating scumbag with cardboard-coloured eyes. But, boy, was I wrong.
No, it really went down when I found out that my six new roomates were actually six of the Seven Deadly Sins, the townspeople were being stripped of their sins - and souls -, and I was kidnapped by a psychotic zombie-preacher.
Getting back to "life as usual" is proving easier said than done, especially since my "usual" never particularly included uncontrollable bursts of power or possessed mental hallucinations.
Don't even get me started on the weird forcefield thing around the church where we defeated that... thing.
No one can get in.
No one can get out.
The darkness around it is too powerful for even my guys to safely approach. We need help, and a lot of it.
I thought we were done with crazy, but with me in the picture I guess it's unavoidable. Boy, are we screwed.
Holy mother of Tahoe. I think Jenica's goal with this book was to leave me in an emotional puddle of pain. The it hurts so good type pain. The kind of pain you crave from a good heart-wrenching book. The kind that an author sets on fire and then walks away cackling evil like, leaving you to stew over all of the emotions the book left you with. A pain you crave from a good book. You know what I mean? No? Maybe it's just me ... some may say I'm just a little bit of a masochist.
The fallout of book one has left Ria in a sea of confusion and unable to trust her own senses. Every day she wakes up and puts on a carefully crafted mask of nonchalance and the facade of being okay. Her feelings are warring against one another: the need for the guys not to see her as fragile versus the need for them to worry about her and take care of her. There is a vulnerability to her that we didn't get to see in the first book, which is refreshing and draws her deeper into my heart. She doubts her place with the guys and in turn starts to doubt herself. With each page Ria's mask begins to crack and by the end of the book it has completely shattered. I don't know if Ria will survive the fallout .... hell I don't know if I will.
Every damn time the guys let their sins show I can't help but cackle out loud. Really. It is loud and highly unattractive, but alas I can't help myself. Although the guys continue to have their funny and playful sides, they also have a softer more vulnerable side in this book. There were so many moments that played with my heart when it came to the guys and their POVs. You get a taste of their struggles with their past and their struggles to find their place in Ria's life. Each of them are drawn to Ria. Each of them want the best for her. Each of them want to take care of her. Each of them want her. Their inability to see through Ria's mask hurt my heart a little, and when that comes to a head it will tear open your heart. Literally Jenica will rip out your heart and leave it on the ground. Trust me, I've experienced it.
That damn boyfriend scene ... hell the eyeliner scene. With each reaction and action that took place in those scenes I was rolling. It was that rolling laughter that caused you to cry, but not in a sad way. Trust me, you'll be in the same boat when you read those. Drea and Kel's scene .... their friendship is so damn precious and to get that moment with them was so beautiful. Eliam and I have a rocky relationship, but it's not as rocky as his relationship with Ria ... hot damn that is one love hate relationship I can't help but be consumed by. Ria and Rafe's scene shredded my heart into tiny little pieces. I understand why it happened, but damn doesn't mean it doesn't hurt any less.
This series has been like a siren. Book one lured me in with it's song. Book two distracted me with their vulnerability and tugged on my heart. I have a feeling book three might just ruin me ... but damn it if I don't want it. This series is like an all consuming and passionate love ... each book will tear off a little piece of your heart, but in turn it will give you a piece of it's heart in return.
Rating: 5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addict with slight wino tendencies.