Sinnerman (Warder #4) by Mary Calmes


Title: Sinnerman (Warder #4)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 150
Characters: Jackson Tybalt, Raphael Caliva
POV: 1st person
Setting: Contemporary
Sub-Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Cover Rating: 4
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.

Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover—he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.

Review:

Bounty hunter Raphael Caliva is chasing more than demons in Sinnerman, the fourth installment in Mary Calmes’ sexy Urban Fantasy collection.

The Warder Series follows the adventures of a clutch of Bay Area demon fighters known as warders, as they battle to protect the unsuspecting human population from the forces of evil. Each warder is an orphan, entirely without familial connections save for his fellow warders, his sentinel, and his hearth, the partner who is utterly essential to the warder’s existence. The hearth is the touchstone, the grounding force that keeps the warders connected to something natural in an unnatural world.

Sinnerman is the story of the destructive aftereffects when the connection between a warder and his hearth is irrevocably broken. Jackson Tybalt and Frank Sullivan are an example of what happens when a hearth is more enthralled by the preternatural world that exists behind the veil of “normal” than he is with the man he’s supposed to love and protect. Jackson discovers his partner/lover/sanctuary in the arms of another man, the ultimate betrayal that brings an end to their partnership and leaves Jackson alone and vulnerable, a circumstance that spells death for a warder.

His confidence bruised, his soul shattered, Jackson spirals into a freefall of risky behavior, a situation that leaves him open to the temptation of the sexy kyrie who wants and needs to be claimed by the warder who owns his heart. Theirs is a story of healing and acceptance made even lovelier by the unconditional approval and acceptance of the closest thing these men have to a family.

Each time I read a book in this series, the immediate response is, “This one is my favorite yet.” And that trend absolutely continues with Sinnerman. I was already half-way in love with Raphael before this installment in the series. There is no half-way about it anymore. Raphael and Jackson take it to an all new level of sexy, filled with ups and downs, and the sort of emotional payoff I’ve come to expect from these brave, bold, and beautiful heroes.

Reviewed By: Lisa

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Sinnerman by Mary Calmes

As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.

Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover—he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.

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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: Novella