Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sinnerman

Title: Sinnerman
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL: www.dreamspinnerpress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61581-921-8
Genre: {M/M} Fantasy, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Nothing is more devastating to Jackson Tybalt than finding his Hearth - the man he loves - in the arms of another. Feeling betrayed and not caring what happens, in the months that follow, he acts rashly, putting himself in one dangerous situation after another.  He’s not interested in romance or a relationship but that’s exactly what the Kyrie Raphael has in mind for him when he realizes his chance with Jackson has finally come. Tenderness from Raphael might be what Jackson needs but it’s the one thing he won’t accept. What he needs, first, is to change his attitude and realize that he’s a good friend, a responsible Warder and worthy of love. 

Sinnerman is the fourth release in Mary Calmes ongoing Warder series and while I enjoyed Heart in Hand, the last release, this one is my new favorite. Be aware that due to the overlapping of characters from one book to another, it would be best to read them in order. 

Jackson is the most flawed…the most damaged of the Warders and his emotional pain from the betrayal of his Hearth is so intense, it’s almost palpable. Ms. Calmes takes us along on his dark journey of anger and self-hate, showing just how close to the razor’s edge of destruction he’s gotten. Jackson’s interactions with his ex-Hearth, Frank, are heart-wrenching, making it easy to wish horrible, painful things to happen to Frank. Then there’s Raphael, the Kyrie, who’s not exactly a demon but who isn’t a human either. This guy is intriguing and pairing him with Jackson wasn’t expected but works perfectly. Good going, Ms. Calmes. Yet their relationship starts off as dark and gloomy as Jackson is feeling because rough and painful is all he’ll accept. It’s only the power of Raphael’s faith that finally shows Jackson he’s worthy of the very thing he fears…love.

We see plenty of the Warders and Hearths from the previous releases and seeing how much they care about Jackson and what happens to him…the danger he’s putting himself in are wonderful friendship moments, which I really enjoyed. Okay, I admit it. Jackson and what goes on in this story tugs at my heartstrings and while at times it didn’t look like it would happen, I’m glad Jackson and Raphael got their happily-ever-after in the end. Look for the last release in the series, coming soon.

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