Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners #1) by SL Jennings
Release Date: August 11, 2016
Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.
Fate had a different plan.
I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.
My thoughts are power.
My words are weapons.
Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.
He doesn’t lose.
He doesn’t compromise.
And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.
Not until me.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.
I have only read two books by SL Jennings and both were contemporary romance titles. I was excited by the prospect of a paranormal story from her. The cover and title of Born Sinner caught my eye, and I admit, the blurb seduced me further. Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations (for the most part).
Born Sinner starts out really well. The prologue was short and absolute perfection. I immediately needed to know more. The same can be said about the first few paragraphs of chapter one. Eden, the main character, has power. And it is a good one. One you will wish was your own. And it simply gets stronger, packed with action. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to really like (possibly even love) this story.
As the reason for her kidnapping/imprisonment is revealed, so does the plot. And I have to admit, it’s more original than anything that’s been put out there recently. It kind of has vibes of the movie The Devil’s Advocate – which is actually referenced in the story in one scene. Anyway, the danger Eden presents is a huge issue…one the Se7en want to change or avoid at all costs. And so they consult other supernatural beings to help and get answers.
I enjoyed the way this book and story is laid out. There are nightmares that seem to have more meaning than just dreams. There are “erotic” moments that are really hot, but also seemingly not real. Jennings does a great job in creating the question of did that happen or not?
I love, love, LOVE L regardless of his slip-up at the beginning of the book. I think that once things are explained, it’s forgivable. And the rest of the Se7en are lovable in their own ways, too. You can sense the familial bond they share, and Eden seems to fit in well.
I did have one issue around the 35% mark. I found it to be unbelievable and unnecessary. It was a stupid addition (IMO) and one that served only in making the Se7en further indebted to Eden. I just didn’t believe that these immortal creatures wouldn’t be able to administer first aid. While I did roll my eyes and see it as contrived, it didn’t take away too much from the story itself.
The ending was not a shock. But I did love how it went down. I figured the man from the hot scene earlier in the book was MORE. This book is a great start to a series, and I will definitely continue! I’m looking forward to what’s next for everyone, as well as what the rest of the story holds.
Kelli’s Rating: 4/5
Blush Factor: 4