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Sara's Review: The Sinner (Black Dagger Brotherhood #18) by J.R. Ward

REVIEWER PURCHASE PUBLISHER: Gallery Books RELEASED: March 24, 2020 GENRE: Fantasy, Romance LENGTH: 512 pages FORMAT: eBook, Audible, Hardcover


Syn has kept his side hustle as a mercenary a secret from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. When he takes another hit job, he not only crosses the path of the vampire race’s new enemy, but also that of a half-breed in danger of dying during her transition. Jo Early has no idea what her true nature is, and when a mysterious man appears out of the darkness, she is torn between their erotic connection and the sense that something is very wrong. Fate anointed Butch O’Neal as the Dhestroyer, the fulfiller of the prophecy that foresees the end of the Omega. As the war with the Lessening Society comes to a head, Butch gets an unexpected ally in Syn. But can he trust the male—or is the warrior with the bad past a deadly complication? With time running out, Jo gets swept up in the fighting and must join with Syn and the Brotherhood against true evil. In the end, will love true prevail...or was the prophecy wrong all along?


This hasn’t been my favorite book in the series. It is honestly more about Butch and his continued journey as the destroyer than it is about Syn and Jo. I like Butch, he isn’t my favorite, but I do like him. Ward has given him one of the more interesting story ARCs, and I do like how we continue to see the “older” brothers in the newer stories. Syn is a psycho. No other word for it. He is a serial killer, and it was honestly never explained why, other than he had a horrible childhood. I don’t understand why his behavior is overlooked and tolerated. Because he is a good soldier in the fight with the Lessers? Jo is a half-breed who has been looking for answers for a long time, and V has constantly been scrubbing her memory. I liked Jo, and I liked her tenacity. Her with Syn didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but ok. Overall, The Sinner was ok, not my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either. I am giving it 3 Boundless Stars.

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