Sinless (Deadly Omen #1) by Jenica Saren
Released: May 5, 2018
Genre: Fantasy Romance / Reverse Harem
Publisher: Jenica Saren
Reviewed by Keyrsten
So, introduction time and all that fun stuff. Yay.
My name is Ria. Don't ask about the last name, I don't wanna talk about it. I am twenty-three years old and living a pretty glamorous life, what with the fiancé (he's amazing, by the way), the nice car, the gorgeous house, and the job I love. Huh? The job?
Okay, so yeah. I'm a stripper. How's that for an opening line?
Well, I had all of those things before shit hit the fan and I found myself in this tiny town in a not-so-tiny house. Speaking of the house, I have roommates. Six, actually. Let me clarify: I have six insanely hot, insanely weird, and insanely insane roommates. Gory details and all that be spared, shit's getting real in this innocent-looking town and, let's face it, I'm not qualified to handle bizarre crap. Not my thing; I'm a stripper for fuck's sake.
However, Eliam, Gatlin, Kellan, Gray, Beck, and Rafe seem to think that I am just the gal for the job. The Severin brothers are getting me all involved and in danger, and I'm truthfully terrified - not of the danger stuff, but these guys. There's something different about them that I can't quite put my finger on, but I swear I'm going to figure it out.
Holy toledo sweet baby lanta. Ria is so witty and so damn sassy. She has perfected the art of inappropriately timed curse words, and I love it. I already have decided that we'd be best friends. She is so comfortable with who she is and just doesn't give a flying fuck what anyone else thinks of her. Ria is such a strong woman, but at the same time she has a vulnerability to her. She is able to take everything the guys throw at her and just roll with the punches. Her nicknaming skills are fabulous and I cannot wait to see what else she decides to call Kellan. We have gotten hints of Ria's tragic past and those little tidbits are a punch right in the emotional gut. There is still so much to explore about her past, but the pieces that have been given so far are tragically beautiful.
Each of the guys had their own personalities and didn't blend into one voice at all. Sometimes that can be a tricky thing with reverse harem novels, but Jenica has mastered that aspect here. I had a feeling from the title that the storyline was going to have something to do with the Seven Deadly Sins, and damn I was as a giddy as a school girl when it came to be true. Each of the brothers represented their sins so well, but in a more modern and non cheesy way. The playfulness of glutton, the duality with wrath of hot tempered and teddy bear, the efficiency and care of sloth, and the loyalty of envy were all so damn intriguing and endearing. I'm still trying to get more of a grasp on pride and greed, but so far I still love them. I cannot wait to get to know the Severin brothers more and see how each of their relationships with Ria continues to grow.
A moment of appreciation for our secondary characters Clove and Drea. Clove is such a batty and eccentric old woman, but you can't help but love her. I feel like she is quite the little trickster and I can't wait to see how her role plays out with the story. I just want to take Drea under my wing and mother hen the shit out of her. She is so damn precious and I just want to smite all the assholes that give her any grief. Her bond with the brothers is so adorable and I'm loving the friendship that is developing between her and Ria. Jenica, I swear to sweet lanta you better not touch one hair on my precious Drea's head.
So far the world building is contemporary with a taste of fantasy, and it has been executed beautifully. I have to admit, the descriptions of the town kind of gives me a Stars Hollow vibe and I'm here for it. Jenica really paints a picture for you to see the world around them. One of my favorite scenes involves Ria pole dancing and I swear I could actually see the scene before me as it played out. The witty banter is another of my favorite things. When Ria is going back and forth with the brothers it often led to me cackling out loud like a maniac. Even Ria's banter with inner Ria (baby Ria, internal Ria, the devil on her shoulder?) was comical and entertaining to see.
Ria was in dire need of a fresh start and boy did she get one. She wasn't expecting to find herself a little family amongst the Severin brothers and Drea, but damn if it didn't come right when she needed it. I have a feeling things are going to get much darker and more complicated as we go. I need to prepare my heart. I am so looking forward to how things play out from here. I'm officially addicted to these sins.
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.