Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/29/2011
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.
Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi.
Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something that they can only find together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they’ll find a way to heal each other, and they’ll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.
I have to admit upfront that I did not read the blurb on this one before I picked it up so I had no idea what I was getting into. So as the story progressed and religion started to pop up, I got nervous. I was worried this would turn into some political statement on religion and become preachy or intense. But I quickly discovered that while this story did make a strong point and take a stand on certain topics, it was done tastefully and in a way completely appropriate for this story.
Between Sinners and Saints is the story of two very broken men and how their love saves them both. It is the journey of two men finding themselves and finding ways to be the very best they can be. Both Jaime and Levi were rich and very real characters. Both men captured my heart, in different ways, but both men wormed their way inside and I felt so much empathy for them both. I really needed Levi to be a better man for Jamie. I really needed Jamie to let Levi help. I had a personal investment in their love in a way that I have been feeling less often lately.
Levi was a fantastic man. His struggles ran the gamut and while I don’t understand his epiphany, it was a great one that was true to his character and his upbringing. His journey to happiness took on many forms with each being pertinent to his life at that moment and with each being needed for him to finally become the man Jamie deserved.
And Jamie, poor Jamie. The author did a fantastic job painting the portrait of a man whose life was viciously stolen from him before he even had a chance to live. His life was horrible and I cried for his pain and suffering. I cried for the way he will always be tainted, even with his happy ending. I was so angry over his family but so grateful that Levi’s family, for all its issues, could help Jamie’s journey.
I am so glad I did not read the blurb before I picked this one up. Had I, I really believe I would not have grabbed this one and I would have missed out on a very thought provoking and well written journey of self discovery. The message this story promoted was one of tolerance that we all could learn from. Jamie and Levi’s love and their path to happiness was worth the read and I will revisit them again in the future.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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