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I Belong

Review: Sinner’s Creed by Kim Jones

Title: Sinner’s Creed

Author: Kim Jones

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: Sinner’s Creed MC (Book #1)

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

Format: Paperback, 336 Pages

ISBN-10: 1101987693 (Penguin/Berkley)

ISBN-13: 978-1101987698 (Penguin/Berkley)

Reviewed by: Stephanie


First in a new series—welcome to the Sinner’s Creed Motorcycle Club, where hard bodies and hot leather are made for each other, and love gone wrong is the most irresistible of all…
“I was the demon-possessed monster and she was the innocent, naïve angel. But none of that matters. She asks, I give and right now, I’ll kill anyone who tries to stop me from giving this woman what she wants—me.”

Dirk lives in the shadows—performing hits, maintaining order, and upholding the no-holds-barred legacy of the Sinner’s Creed Motorcycle Club. A nomad with a restless spirit and a cold heart, the open road is his world. One of the few constants in his life: his desire for the one woman who has consumed his thoughts for years.

Saylor Samson grew up far from the harshness of Dirk’s world. But ever since she was seventeen she’s been drawn to this dark and mysterious man who always seemed to show up just when she needed him.

After years of fated encounters, he’s back. This time he’s taking her. This time she’s ready for the ride. But just when the darkness in Dirk’s life begins to fade, Saylor reveals a secret that puts them both to the ultimate test. Now, Dirk has to make a decision: submit to his destiny with the MC, or choose his own.

Quick & Dirty: A fantastic final 20 percent can’t totally make up for all the flaws that come before it in this first book in the Sinner’s Creed MC series.

Opening Sentence: I knew the man in front of me was doomed.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Dirk is the nomad for Sinner’s Creed MC, meaning he “takes care” of any problems that arise within the club, aka beating down and/or killing anyone who needs to be made an example of. He was raised in this club. It’s in his blood. There is nothing else he cares about. Then, he runs into Saylor. Immediately, he cannot get her out of his head. When she says she wants to ride with him, against his better judgment, he can’t help but say yes. From that moment on, his priorities begin to shift. But will that shift in priorities end up hurting his position in the club? Will the club try to bring punishment onto him and Saylor?

I’ll be honest. I have a lot of negative things to say about this book. The one positive I have is that the last 20 percent is absolutely riveting and feels so real. It is for that reason only that I bumped up my rating to 3 stars rather than the 2 I was planning on giving it.  I can’t go into much more detail than that in order to avoid spoilers, but that last 20 percent is truly excellent.

Then, there’s the 80 percent that comes before that, which is not so good. For one thing, we’re dealing with a case of “insta-love” here, and that’s one thing I cannot stand in books. I need a build up to a relationship in order to connect to the characters, and when they just instantly adore each other, I have a hard time connecting. It causes me to roll my eyes rather than feel touched when something sappy/romantic happens. It’s just not believable to me.

Second, I’m not a fan of Dirk. He just comes off as a bit too alpha/jerk-ish for my taste. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s basically an assassin, honestly. I could probably get past that. But since we’re in his head for the entire book, we’re treated to his thoughts, and they  just don’t put him in a good light. In that same vein, not being able to get into Saylor’s head makes it hard to connect to her. We just see her through Dirk’s love-obsessed view, and never really get a good feel for her as a character.

All in all, this one was a struggle for me. Up until that last 20 percent, I was forcing myself to read. If I didn’t have to review this one, I probably would have stopped reading and never gotten to the part that actually swept me away. I honestly don’t know if I want to read the next one in the series or not. Part of me is intrigued, because that last 20 percent was truly great, so I wonder if maybe that will carry through into the next book, even though it will focus on new characters. If I do decide to read the next one, it will be with much trepidation because this one was just not my cup of tea for most of the novel.

Notable Scene:

“Do you know what would have happened if you hadn’t come back when you did?” I search her face, wondering if she wants an answer or if she just wants to remind me what a fuckup I am.

She wants neither.

“I would have left. You know I was planning on leaving that day. I had to get outta there, Dirk. I had to leave. Whether it was with you or on my own, I was gone. There are three people in this world that really mean something to me. The two that I really mean something to are in Europe for the summer. It’s not their job to keep tabs on me; they’ve never been able to. It wouldn’t be surprising to them to find me gone. I don’t work, I’m not enrolled in classes right now, and there is nothing about me not being home that will throw up a red flag to anyone. Nobody is gonna miss me, Dirk. If that pathetic reason isn’t enough to convince you why I thought this trip was a good idea, then nothing is. And to answer your question, my phone is at my house, on my dresser. Right where I left it.” She walks past me toward the store, and the need for her to answer the question that is pounding in my head outweighs the need to remain myself–the man who never asks questions.

“What about the third?” I call out to her. “What about the third person who really means something to you?” She turns and her voice carries across the parking lot and flows through my ears like honey.

“I’m looking at him.”

Sinner’s Creed MC Series:

1. Sinner’s Creed

2. Sinner’s Revenge


FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley provided me with a copy of Sinner’s Creed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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