Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5 out of 5Original Review Link
Once, Abraham Stirling and his closest friends reveled in being known as the Hellraisers. However, that was before the five of them managed to sell their souls to the devil in exchange for power. Haunted by his time as a soldier, Bram doesn’t want to give up his ability to persuade women to fall at his feet. Yet he can’t ignore the fact that London is literally going to hell around him. Especially since his unwanted companion won’t let him forget it.
Valeria Livia Corva was a Roman priestess who knows firsthand the cost of bargaining with the devil. Now a ghost intent on righting the wrongs she and the Hellraisers have done, Livia knows that she must convince Bram to pick up the mantle of warrior again, lest the devil take the world to hell with him. What Livia doesn’t count on is the sinful lord, who she’s bound to, awakening desires in her that makes her yearn to be human once again.
There are no saints, only sinners in SINNER’S HEART. The final battle between good and evil in the HELLRAISERS series is filled with danger, sensuality and romance, making for an exciting read.
I tend to shy away from stories with ghosts as heroes or heroines, but Livia is such a great character that her incorporeal state didn’t bother me in the slightest, though it’s definitely an obstacle for her and Bram. Livia is cunning, sensual and wholly engaging. The chemistry between her and Bram is fantastic, both in bed and out. Bram, in turn, is so much more than the rake that society sees him as. There’s honor in him, though the wounds of his past made him ignore that part of himself long before he began to be influenced by the devil. That being said, you can’t ignore Bram’s erotic talents — SINNER’S HEART features one of the sexiest scenes I’ve read in a while.
The battles the Hellraisers must fight — for their souls, for their loved ones, against the devil and even against each other — fill SINNER’S HEART with the most delicious tension. I hesitate to talk too much about the non-romance aspects of the book because much of the joy of reading is in the discovery. Suffice it to say author Zoë Archer makes the road to redemption an interesting one for Bram and Livia.
SINNER’S HEART is the third book in the HELLRAISERS series and I definitely recommend reading DEVIL’S KISS and DEMON’S BRIDE before picking up Bram and Livia’s story. While you can probably follow along without having read books one and two, the overarching series plot is so completely interwoven with the romance that you’d be missing out if you don’t read the HELLRAISERS books in order.
Zoë Archer is an auto-buy author for me, and with books like SINNER’S HEART it’s easy to see why. SINNER’S HEART is a wonderful addition to a truly excellent series.
Note: My review was written for Romance Junkies and is cross-posted here courtesy of Romance Junkies