Publication date: 08/15/2021
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
I think I've made it pretty clear in the past that I adore Emma Scott. I mean, I did a whole "reasons why you should read Emma Scott" post and everything. Not to mention all the book recommendations lists she's appeared on. So, it should surprise absolutely no one that I loved her latest release. But still, here's what you should know about The Sinner:
Plot overview: A grumpy, warrior demon meets a shy, introverted human and sparks fly. But are they really strangers? Well...it's complicated. (That's all I'm giving away. No spoilers here!)
Trope bingo: slow burn, grumpy/sunshine pairing, demon falls for human romance.
I love it when authors try out different romance categories. I loved it when Isabel Jordan branched out from paranormal into contemporary rom com, and I adored seeing Emma Scott give paranormal a try. And while some readers will undoubtedly miss her gut-wrenching contemporary romances, I'm pleased to report that everything I love about her contemporaries was still present in this PNR read, and those things include (but aren't limited to):
1. A grumpy, alpha hero who is never a complete a-hole to the heroine. And if he IS ever an a-hole to the heroine, you can bet there's a good reason for it. Caz is the quintessential Emma Scott hero, and I loved everything about him.
2. A lovely, optimistic heroine who might seem fragile on the outside, but who is stronger emotionally than she ever could've realized. Lucy was that kind of heroine. Caz doesn't "fix" her. He merely helps her realize and accept just how amazing she truly is.
3. Just the right amount of scene setting and world building. There's enough detail here that I'm not left with questions, but not so much that it overpowers what this story truly is, and that's an emotional, character-driven romance that just happens to include demons.
4. Sexy times that are hot, but also crazy emotional and romantic. The sexual tension between Caz and Lucy is hot right from the start, so when they finally do give in to those feelings, it's VERY satisfying (ahem) for the reader.
So, long-story-short, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If you're not reading Emma Scott, what the hell are you waiting for??? Get to your Kindle and start reading!! You can thank me later.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
This one is stigma free. No rehab needed.