Sinner's Steel by Sarah Castille
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This series just gets better and better. As the war between the Sinner’s Tribe and the Black Jacks rages on, Zane finds himself facing a future he gave up on almost a decade ago. Evie, the girl who got away, pops up on his radar and she’s dating the president of the Black Jacks. Even a blind man can see this situation spells trouble with a capital T. If that weren’t enough, secrets and betrayals from their pasts have caused them both to build walls around their hearts and both are scared of letting the other in. But if we’ve learned nothing else about the Sinners, we know that it takes a strong woman to be a Sinners’ old lady and it’s not an easy road for either of them to travel.
The book opens with a glimpse into Zane’s past and the girl who stole his heart. Fast forward nine years to the present, and the Sinner’s finally have the traitorous Axle in their sights and as they are about to bring him to justice – one percenter style – Jagger and Zane realize that their childhood friend Evie is working in the body shop they’ve cornered him in. Both men are stunned and in their distracted state, Axle gets away yet again (that man is turning out to be slipperier than an eel). When Zane refuses to reveal himself to Evie or accompany Jagger to see her the next day, we learn that there is a good chunk of Zane’s past that Jagger hasn’t been made privy to. As the story unfolds we find out why Zane has no interest in bringing Evie back into his life and his decision is understandable. But as someone who should know better than to judge someone without all of the facts, Zane finds out that he misjudged Evie’s situation years prior. The fact that the chemistry between them seems to have only intensified over the years makes it almost impossible for them to stay away from one another and makes for some seriously steamy scenes throughout the book. Unfortunately when the Black Jack’s president learns that Zane is sniffing around his property (so to speak), Evie gets a crash course in the outlaw biker lifestyle she never wanted and her life goes from tame to terrifying in no time.
There is a ton of conflict in Sinner’s Steel yet not the angsty kind, but rather the gritty drama you expect from an MC romance. Due to their past, there is some major relationship drama that plays out between Zane and Evie and the way in which Castille writes the story, I found both characters to be sympathetic. Neither’s life has been ideal since their parting and each has made compromises for the life they now lead. Add to that the escalation of the Black Jacks attack on the Sinner’s Tribe’s territory and the madness and mayhem add to the body count on both sides. And Viper’s involvement with a civilian (Evie) makes matters worse on so many levels. In fact, Viper acted so differently than we’ve come to expect that I thought I was remembering the wrong character; that or the man had a massive personality transplant. As terrifying as it was, it was almost a relief when his true colors shined through because he was seriously freaking me out. Fortunately the author balances the dark with the light and in Sinner’s Steel, the light happened to be Evie’s son Ty. I absolutely adored Ty (and his swear jar) and laughed my butt off when he realized how much money he could rake in around the bikers. Sinner’s Steel was a great addition to the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, because even though I knew that Zane and Evie would get their happy ending, Castille kept an element of danger throughout much of the book that had me on the edge of my seat as I read as fast as I could to find out how their story played out. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to find out which of our Sinner’s is next up to find his old lady.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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