Sinjin by H.P. Mallory
Series: Bryn and Sinjin #1
Published by Self-published on April 23, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Suspense
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If you like your books steamy (this is an adult paranormal romance, not for kids or teens!) read on!
SINJIN is the first book in the Bryn and Sinjin Paranormal Romance series:
Abandoned on the battlefield by the people she calls her tribe, Bryn must face the fact that she is now playing prisoner to the Queen of the Underworld, who also happens to be her fraternal twin sister. As the days and months go by with no word from the Supreme Elder of her tribe, Bryn thinks her life couldn’t get much worse.
While Bryn bemoans her imprisonment, her sister, Jolie, is doing everything in her power to ensure that blood ties are thicker than they appear. Jolie wants nothing more than to befriend Bryn and teach her not to hate the Underworld, but to embrace it.
But Bryn fights the very idea of becoming one with her enemies, although she can’t help her attraction to a certain six-hundred-year-old English vampire, Sinjin Sinclair. Once Bryn is placed in Sinjin’s care, she’ll find herself battling the undeniable magnetism of the vampire, the one creature she abhors above all others.
Sinjin’s quick wit, his indisputable sex appeal, and the mystery that surrounds him all point to the fact that if Bryn falls for him, she’ll be in over her head. But, as a warrior through and through, Bryn isn’t the type to fall for anything, especially a handsome face. If anyone should be able to withstand the lure of the vampire, Bryn appears to be the likeliest candidate.
Of course, looks can be deceiving…
Careful what you wish for!
A fun bit of escapism into a fantasy world full of magic, witches, fae, vampires and werewolves. Not only was it fun but it was free when I picked it up! This book is a spin-off from the Jolie Wilkins series and IMO you’ll get more out of this book if you’ve read the Jolie series first. And for anyone who has read the Jolie series, no need to backtrack, I found that I slipped back into the story line with ease.
I doubted if I could ever get used to our similarities. Even though we were fraternal twins, I’d only recently discovered that I even had a sister. Truth be told, I preferred the days when I didn’t know she existed. Life was much easier then.
Bryn is being held captive by the Underworld and as luck would have it, their queen is her twin sister. Both sisters possess powers, one being an Elemental and the other a Witch. While they look-alike that’s where the similarities end. Their individual powers and upbringing is what sets them apart. Bryn is a warrior who draws upon her training to keep her prepared for the opportunity to escape. No amount of coaxing from Jolie takes away the fact that Bryn is a warrior that has had her wings clipped by being held captive. With her only life experience being that of a warrior, she relies on her training to keep herself true to her people. Jolie is a loyal and proud queen and with the benefit of a more liberal lifestyle, she is a lot more relaxed than her sister but never complacent. Jolie sees Bryn more as her sister than her enemy and doesn’t relent on her attempts to bring Bryn around to her way of thinking at the same time as trying to garnish acceptance from the others to accept Bryn. In spite of her attempts, Bryn and the others foster a healthy mistrust of each other, fueling the angst throughout this story.
The men of my tribe were civilized and managed to control their baser tendencies rather than flaunting them. They were so unlike the men of the Underworld, who seemed to pride themselves on their insatiable lustful appetites. I’d been raised to recognize that any feelings of sexuality had to be quashed for the greater good of the tribe.
The men Bryn encounters in the Underworld are not making life easy for her. Dealing with Sinjin, a sexy vampire and Odran, a fine-looking fae king let alone all the other players have her constantly blocking out their unwanted attention. Their behaviour was so foreign to her, the men here had a way of leaving her with no doubt their appreciation of her fine looks and exactly how they could entertain her. Something that would never happen where she came from. She’s not devoid of emotion, it’s been trained out of her and the experience is off-putting at the same time as being intriguing. Determined not to let frivolous behaviour take her away from her end goal to be a good warrior, she remains in her well-trained zone keeping her walls up and maintaining her guard…well mostly. Sinjin is amusing while Odran just gave me the creeps, he never seems to live up to his hot description IMO. He relies too much on underhandedness to win people over and it pleases me no end when it tends to backfire on him. At the same time, I could easily see him being portrayed differently and swaying my opinion of him.
Sinjin chuckled. “You know, Bête Noire, you have an uncanny way of stripping the fun out of all my games.” “Well, your games are usually juvenile, bordering on infantile, so I’m happy to do the honors.”
In the Jolie Wilkins series, Sinjin won me over as a great choice as a lover/partner. He is smooth with centuries of practice in getting it right and he was a temptation for sure. This time though, I didn’t want him to win Bryn at the expense of her relinquishing who she was. He is still the same witty, fun and dangerous vamp and they have chemistry but I wanted her to keep her independence more than get her man. Their time together is a battle for them in more ways than one, using her time to keep her skills in check. They understand each other and I get the feeling they both sense they are outsiders, no matter what hospitality Jolie extends to them. It’s no secret that neither Sinjin or Bryn have hope of being totally accepted amongst Jolie and Rand’s people. There’s a lot of unrequited tension going on, not only with Sinjin but all that surrounds Byrn, emotion is not a trait she has embraced.
First and foremost, you are strictly a warrior. Pain does not exist, and you feel nothing, I told myself. I will not cower before or submit to this lowly creature.
Charged with a near impossible task for her people, Bryn continues under what she assumes is some control over the end game. It’s apparent early on that this is not a straightforward battle that she faces and that she is dealing with forces that are a lot more deceptive than she first believed. At times I became frustrated with missed opportunities but overall the story was one that I enjoyed. Be ready for the ending, you’re going to want to grab the next book (and luckily you can) and as I said at the beginning, be careful what you wish for!
Rating: 4 stars
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