Title: The Rebirth of Sin
Author: Courtney Lane
Series: Wicked Trinity, Book #2
Genre: dark, suspense, thriller
Keaton Mara once lived through a hell created by the most detestable malefactor she has ever known. Ready to put the worst behind her, she returns to the life she once abandoned with Noah, the man who arguably broke her and saved her simultaneously, at her side.
Noah Oliver is on what he believes to be an ordained mission. Purging the evil from the world is a crucial element of his personal vendetta. The seduction of the tormented souls, enticing them to give in to their temptations, accompanies his central mission.
Without Noah’s sanctuary to keep his more depraved desires satisfied, and with Keaton attempting to adopt a normal life, Noah faces an inescapable conflict.
Can Noah keep the devil off his back, or will the individuals he has the grandest plans for witness his wrath when they fall from grace?
Content contains descriptive violence, coarse language, graphic sex, minor horror elements, and scenes that most readers would find objectionable. Reader discretion is strongly advised.
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The Rebirth of Sin by Courtney Lane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
5 **didn’t see that coming** STARS
“You haven’t scratched at the surface of it all, and because your vision is obstructed, you may never see what’s right in front of you.”
This is by far the most difficult review I have ever had to write. The Rebirth of Sin was such a complex and mindboggling book, hours after I finished reading my mind is still spinning, trying to put all the pieces together and most importantly attempting to figure out where it will all go next.
There are very few authors who can pull off such a risque balance right on the edge of going too far and pushing limits way too much, while keeping the reader engaged, curious and a little baffled as to what is going on. Without giving anything away, this book answered some of the questions I had after The Sect, it revealed a lot more secrets and put so many more layers on top of all I thought I knew, that it basically twisted the 'reality' we learned in The Sect completely on its head.
Are you confused yet? Well, let me tell you one thing. After I finished reading this book I felt for the first time since I started the series everything made sense; in a twisted, suspend your disbelief kind of way.
The Rebirth of Sin is the sequel to The Sect and picks up a few months after we last saw Keaton and Noah in the café. Rebirth is gone. They are home in D.C., back with Keaton's family and friends. Keaton is trying to adjust to her new and yet old life. She lives with Noah and what might surprise people, their 'relationship' is kind of worse than when he held her against her will at the pseudo cult.
Noah has always been a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Hot and cold at any given time, but this time around I felt like I was confronted with a completely different character. Despite his shortcomings and you know....torturing Keaton all the time, he did show some semblance of humanity before. Now? Not so much. I guess the saying is right...people always tell and show you who they are, we just choose not to see what is right in front of us.
“I lie to you constantly Keaton. The sad thing is, I don’t think you’ll ever know what’s true and what’s false about me.”
Case and point.
Well, Noah is one sick motherfucker. No redeeming qualities, as far as I can see. I'm putting this here with a warning. The book is divided into two parts. Part one lasts until around 56%. And that is also where a lot of people might want to give up and just quit. I know I wanted to DNF....because yes, my limits were pushed past the point of no return. And my threshold for mindfucks is pretty damn high.
So, why the 5 stars and why did I love this book after all? Well, what comes in the second part completely blew my mind. Talking about deception and misdirection. Ms. Lane is a brilliant mastermind as far as I'm concerned. I can only urge you to trust the author and hold on for dear life. It is so worth it, I still can't believe what she did there.
I’m like a broken record when it comes to Courtney Lane. She completely twists your mind and takes you on a rollercoaster ride of epic proportions. If you are willing to read something dark, graphic and deceptive, look no further. This is an author who will deliver every time. Just be prepared to be on the edge of your seat, confused as hell and a little frightened maybe. ;)
My body was riddled with agony; the slightest touch brought about an excruciating sensation. The pangs superseded any ability to have an orgasm. Whether he tasted me, or cradled me in his arms, and plunged into me—carefully, slowly, adoringly—there was no pleasure to be had.
Hovering over me, he watched me as a creeping look of satisfaction displayed itself across his face. He grabbed my chin, forcing me to look up at him as the tears steadily streamed down my cheeks. “I’ve never loved someone as much as I love you, and it’s why I hurt you so much.” He clasped his hand to my neck with hardly any pressure and pressed his lips to mine. “Circumstances have changed. My needs have changed. I need you to love me as much as I love you. No one ever has. I need you to love me, and I need you to become my wife.”
I was thrust immediately from one emotion to the next. I couldn’t dissect what I felt; I didn’t want to.
Stark naked, he pulled out of me and lifted off the bed, disappearing for a while. When he returned, he held two white pills in his hand and a glass of water in the other. Lifting my head through my winces, he placed the pills one by one into my open mouth and tipped the glass of water to my lips. He stared at me as I glared at him. His lips moved as though he had something to say but couldn’t find the right words to verbalize it.
On the brink of his phone ringing, he released me and reached across the bed to grab his phone. He became visibly agitated over whatever he saw.
Preparing to leave, he left me with his last words of the night before he disappeared, “There are only so many times you can pretend to be something you’re not before the real you cracks through. You need this, princess, as much as I need it. You breathe for me like I breathe for you. Stop holding your breath, thinking you will survive without me.” He delayed and dropped his chin. His eyes were shielded by his dark, thick eyelashes. His words were barely heard, “The devil’s whispers are quieter when I’m with you.”
ALSO IN THIS SERIES
Title: The Sect
Author: Courtney Lane
Series: Wicked Trinity, Book 1
Genre: dark read, abuse, bdsm
WARNING: This book contains pretty much every dark theme there is. Not recommended for those with any triggers or sensitivities to violence, dubious and/or absent consent, and deviant sexual acts.*****This is NOT a romance and it is not a story of "true love".
Keaton Mara ran away from a life that had become a nightmare to live on the streets. While the location she now calls home is a dangerous place, she is protected by an unlikely friendship.
The streets provided her with the education she could've never earned from the prestigious university she attended. Regrettably, the term 'educated fool' becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Due to meeting a man with whom she shares a captivating chemistry with, her judgment is clouded, resulting in a fateful decision.
The consequence of trusting the prepossessing stranger results in her being stolen away to a place unknown. Her deceptive new surroundings are just as beautiful as the people who reside there. She discovers that it's a place where the culture of sex without limits or morals is their religion.
Keaton quickly begins to realize that the beautiful scenery serves to hide a very dark truth. The seductive and enigmatic man--who lured her there--desires to save her soul. His intentions are sinister, because saving her soul is synonymous with breaking her.
Because Keaton believes her soul was brutally stolen from her many years ago, she thinks he can't save (or destroy) something she no longer has.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren't necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you'd encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren't easy to fall in love with.
Currently, Courtney can be found either working on her next book, playing the latest role-playing game on her X-Box (preferably a game by BioWare), or spending time with her family.