Sin & Suffer

Pepper Winters
Sin & Suffer
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Hachette Audio
Release Date
January 2016
Book 2 of Pure Corruption
Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

"Some say the past is in the past. That vengeance will hurt both innocent and guilty. I never believed those lies. Once my lust for revenge is sated, I'll say goodbye to hatred. I'll find a new beginning."


She came from a past Arthur "Kill" Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn't as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.

But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.

Now Kill's carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they'll know until they've paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .

Book Review by BJ (reviewer)
Feb 26, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
73 people found the following review helpful
3.5 "Revenge Intertwined with Love" Stars for the story and narration.

After having absolutely loved Book 1, Ruin & Rule, I knew I had to get the conclusion to Art's and Cleo's story, so I jumped at the chance to listen to SIN & SUFFER. In Ruin & Rule, I thought Pepper Winters had created the perfect blend of suspense, heat and mystery, all mixed with an intriguing edge of darkness that, while not as dark as some of Ms. Winter's prior stories (eg, the Monsters in Dark series), was just right to make this romance a truly memorable one. Moreover, and most importantly, I was absolutely glued to the story, reading Ruin & Rule was an addicting experience that left me with no choice but to devour it as quickly as possible.

SIN & SUFFER, however, had a different feel altogether. Lighter in tone and less suspenseful and mysterious in its unraveling (given our background knowledge from Ruin & Rule), it just felt like an altogether different experience than the one I had anticipating. Nonetheless it's always great to get closure to a great love story, and star crossed lovers are one of my favorite romantic pairings. If you haven't yet read or listened to Ruin & Rule, however, it's essential that you start with that book.

SIN & SUFFER picks up where Ruin & Rule ends. Kill's worst nightmares have come true. Cleo has been kidnapped by his father and his MC. Kill, in turn, is still trying to recover from the serious symptoms that his concussion has wreaked on his genius IQ. His facility with numbers, and statistic defying success trading on Wall Street, is, in large part, what has led to the extreme success of Pure Corruption. A success which has allowed the MC to be much more politically correct and democratic, which many would consider largely unconventional when it comes to the traditional hierarchy of MC clubs.

However, even if he can rescue her, Kill struggles with the knowledge that Cleo now remembers everything, including how he has sinned against her family and by extension her. So even as the long planned revenge lays finally within his grasp, will he ever be able to recover the one thing he can't live without? Surely Cleo will never be able to forgive him for his sins?

As I read the first book, the narration added an additional different element to my experience of this installment. Kelsi Nesser has the perfect spirited voice to bring this fast-paced action and emotion packed romance to life. Her dramatic emphasis, which brought many scenes to a feverish pace, rang true to me as being consistent with the revenge tinged, explosive nature of the characters and story that Pepper Winters penned.

However, a choice in her narration style gained my attention repeatedly. First and foremost, she gave Cleo a British accent. Although warranted in part due to her witness protection time in England, her style clashed with the other MC members who all had a different sound. I also found it a bit strange that Cleo's thoughts were in American accented English but her dialogue had a British accent. Additionally, I couldn't help but let my mind wander a few times during the narration to contemplate whether an American who moved to England for a few years in her teenage years/early twenties--even if suffering from amnesia--would all of sudden pick up a completely new accent. Moreover, upon returning to her home environment in America and remembering her identity, wouldn't her natural, original speech have emerged at least for the most part? Perhaps Ms. Nesser's portrayal is correct, and in any event it did help easily distinguish Cleo from the other characters without reliance on dialogue tags, but I just couldn't help ponder this question, which caused me to have to rewind the audio at a few different points.

All in all, I enjoyed some of the convention-defying aspects of the Pure Corruption MC. Moreover, if you loved Kill and Cleo in Ruin & Rule, then you will definitely want to hear the rest of their story in SIN & SUFFER. Just be prepared for a slightly different tone overall in this final journey to the conclusion of their story.
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