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I'm ready to lie, cheat and steal to get the evidence I need to save my father. Evidence I believe Savannah O'Neill is hiding behind the crumbling walls of her mansion and her cold untouched beauty. So, I pretend to be the broke handyman she needs in order to get close to her. But I never expected Savannah to be so…vulnerable and sweet. Or the chemistry between us to be so I'm ready to lie, cheat and steal to get the evidence I need to save my father. Evidence I believe Savannah O'Neill is hiding behind the crumbling walls of her mansion and her cold untouched beauty. So, I pretend to be the broke handyman she needs in order to get close to her. But I never expected Savannah to be so…vulnerable and sweet. Or the chemistry between us to be so hot. I use both to seduce her secrets from her. And soon it's my heart that’s in jeopardy. When all my sins are revealed is the damage I've done to Savannah's heart too much to be repaired?


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I'm ready to lie, cheat and steal to get the evidence I need to save my father. Evidence I believe Savannah O'Neill is hiding behind the crumbling walls of her mansion and her cold untouched beauty. So, I pretend to be the broke handyman she needs in order to get close to her. But I never expected Savannah to be so…vulnerable and sweet. Or the chemistry between us to be so I'm ready to lie, cheat and steal to get the evidence I need to save my father. Evidence I believe Savannah O'Neill is hiding behind the crumbling walls of her mansion and her cold untouched beauty. So, I pretend to be the broke handyman she needs in order to get close to her. But I never expected Savannah to be so…vulnerable and sweet. Or the chemistry between us to be so hot. I use both to seduce her secrets from her. And soon it's my heart that’s in jeopardy. When all my sins are revealed is the damage I've done to Savannah's heart too much to be repaired?

30 review for The Sinner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Molly O'keefe

    Hey everyone! THE SINNER will be released in KU on April 13! One click here -- https://amzn.to/3dTMw4a How about a steamy teaser!!! I wrapped one of the towels around my waist and stepped out into the hallway. And almost right into Savannah. She jumped back and put out a hand, which by dumb luck touched my skin, the damp muscles of my stomach. On instinct, total instinct, I put my hand over hers pressing it tight to my body. So she could feel me. And I could feel her. She didn’t pull away. In the stea Hey everyone! THE SINNER will be released in KU on April 13! One click here -- https://amzn.to/3dTMw4a How about a steamy teaser!!! I wrapped one of the towels around my waist and stepped out into the hallway. And almost right into Savannah. She jumped back and put out a hand, which by dumb luck touched my skin, the damp muscles of my stomach. On instinct, total instinct, I put my hand over hers pressing it tight to my body. So she could feel me. And I could feel her. She didn’t pull away. In the steam from the bathroom I made her touch me. And she let me. I was exhausted from the day, from my lies. From using revenge to distract me from the blood on my hands. I was exhausted from thinking too much and I wanted to use her to forget. For just a second. And she wanted the same. I knew it. I could taste it. “Do you want something, Savannah?” I whispered. She licked her lips and I moaned. Her eyes lifted to mine and I could see it in her. The pull towards me. It would take nothing to walk her backwards to the sleeping porch. To my bed. “What do you want?” I stepped closer so she could feel me. Smell me. “Matt,” she breathed. “Just…say it. I’ll give it to you.” Oh, god, I would give it to her. My blood pounded. “I can’t,” she whispered and stepped away and I was a liar but I wasn’t an asshole and I let her go.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    The start of a new series about the O'Neill family which is scandalous, filled with gamblers, whores, thieves and bad luck. The heroine Savannah was abandoned by her mother along with her two brothers at her grandmother's house almost twenty years ago and this has coloured her life. Everyone she has loved has left her, her brothers(one for poker, another for politics), the guy she fell for turned out to be married leaving her pregnant and infamous, so for years she has suppressed herself, hiding The start of a new series about the O'Neill family which is scandalous, filled with gamblers, whores, thieves and bad luck. The heroine Savannah was abandoned by her mother along with her two brothers at her grandmother's house almost twenty years ago and this has coloured her life. Everyone she has loved has left her, her brothers(one for poker, another for politics), the guy she fell for turned out to be married leaving her pregnant and infamous, so for years she has suppressed herself, hiding out and being a cynic towards the world. She only needs her daughter and her grandmother and then the hero comes into her life and she is suspicious of him. He takes a job cleaning her garden but she doesn't trust him and rightly so. The hero used to be an architect, on top of the world and then six months ago that all changed, one of his firm's project killed someone and even though he was not involved, he should have kept an eye out and this caused him to lose faith and see his best friend bankrupted. So, he decided to chase, the heroine's mother who caused his father to spend seven years in jail. He comes to the house under false pretences and then gets to know the three females there, how they have been hurt and are wary of being hurt again and he knows what he did was wrong, he knows telling them the truth will hurt them but knows it has to be done. Of course the truth comes out before he can confess and Savannah and her daughter are furious at him and want him to leave but her grandmother doesn't and sees Matt can bring Savannah out of deep freeze. I liked seeing Matt work through his issues and not leave despite the anger directed at him, he falls for Savannah but knows that getting her to trust him won't be easy and I loved his move at the end when he told her to have faith knowing it could backfire. The book neatly sets up the brothers as well and I am looking forward to their stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    4.5 so close to 5 ... what am I reading right now? No seriously, what is happening right now? STARS!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  5. 5 out of 5

    oitb

    Gah, I wanted this to be better than it was. The book is quite atmospheric and moody—hot Louisiana heat, a dark-ish manor with overgrown greenery, secret gems. I love the idea of a troublemaker family with a reputation, now whittled down to a family of matriarchs. It felt colorful and different. The main characters’ sexual chemistry was also off the charts and the tension delicious. But the book ultimately never delivered. The main characters felt underdeveloped—people with sketches of personalit Gah, I wanted this to be better than it was. The book is quite atmospheric and moody—hot Louisiana heat, a dark-ish manor with overgrown greenery, secret gems. I love the idea of a troublemaker family with a reputation, now whittled down to a family of matriarchs. It felt colorful and different. The main characters’ sexual chemistry was also off the charts and the tension delicious. But the book ultimately never delivered. The main characters felt underdeveloped—people with sketches of personalities, but not fully fleshed out. I’m not sure they were able to transcend their sexual chemistry into something deeper and more meaningful. The inner monologues felt a bit over dramatic and veering in platitude territory. The author has a tendency to tell, not show. But she is a great feelings writer, and I did like a lot of lines. Some favorites: “The night had a texture to it, a lush throbbing weight that reminded me that there were a lot of living things out in all that blackness.” “She has a sweet tooth, I thought, and knowing that felt more intimate than her hand against my stomach.” “But I wasn’t thinking about it now. I was thinking about Vanessa O’Neill and stolen jewels. And that tiny split in the seam of Savannah O’Neill’s skirt.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Manda Collins

    I chose this one because the heroine is a librarian, but I ended up getting much more than a stereotypical librarian story. Savannah O'Neill has learned the hard way not to trust people. She's built a wall around her grandmother, her daughter and herself that very few are able to scale. Matt comes to Bon Terre carrying some serious baggage with him. And not just from his crappy childhood. What he's looking for in the O'Neill's house is stolen jewels, but what he finds is a way to heal the wounds I chose this one because the heroine is a librarian, but I ended up getting much more than a stereotypical librarian story. Savannah O'Neill has learned the hard way not to trust people. She's built a wall around her grandmother, her daughter and herself that very few are able to scale. Matt comes to Bon Terre carrying some serious baggage with him. And not just from his crappy childhood. What he's looking for in the O'Neill's house is stolen jewels, but what he finds is a way to heal the wounds that have been plaguing him for the last six months. What I loved most about this story was the real emotional impact that O'Keefe was able to give in a brief page count. The characters were finely drawn, and the interactions between the three O'Neill women rang true to me. Especially the ups and downs of having two willful women in charge of one household. I liked the fact that Savannah realized that her own distrust was rubbing off on her daughter, and that she took steps to remedy it. And Matt and Savannah's interactions were smoking hot--even though the love scenes themselves took place off stage. (Which made me sad, I'll admit, but it was still an excellent read.) I thought the contrast between Matt's relationship with his dad--a convicted jewel thief--and Savannah's lack of relationship with her mother--a con woman--was really well done. Rather than having a "all criminals are bad" message, O'Keefe acknowledged that people are complicated and so are their relationships. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series--about Savannah's poker playing brother, Tyler. Already bought it from Kindle last night:)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Kramer

    How is Molly O’Keefe always so good?! I am loving the start of this series and can’t wait to see what happens next. Set in Louisiana, we get the sweltering heat of the South and some crackling chemistry between Matt and Savannah. They want each other, even though they don’t trust each other, and I loved watching this play out. They both carry guilt for things that aren’t their fault and have clearer perspective about what the other person has gone through, making for such compelling emotional ar How is Molly O’Keefe always so good?! I am loving the start of this series and can’t wait to see what happens next. Set in Louisiana, we get the sweltering heat of the South and some crackling chemistry between Matt and Savannah. They want each other, even though they don’t trust each other, and I loved watching this play out. They both carry guilt for things that aren’t their fault and have clearer perspective about what the other person has gone through, making for such compelling emotional arcs. Savannah is attached to the house, believing that everyone always leaves her and wanting them to come back. It’s become an anchor dragging her down and I really loved how Matt eventually responded to this. It spoke to his character, as well as his understanding of what she needs and what they both need in order to have a healthy relationship. Savannah’s 80 year old card sharp grandma Margot and her 8 year old daughter Katie (not a plot moppet!) rounded out the cast. This whole story was so vivid and rich, particularly with the symbolism of Matt fixing up the overgrown garden, that I couldn’t put it down. CW: theft, house break-ins, incompetent cops, slut-shaming, hero’s mom died of cancer when he was 8, 28 year old man died in a partial building collapse, heroine did not realize her boyfriend was married until after she became pregnant with her daughter (broke the relationship off), gambling, maternal abandonment 20 years prior

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kari Hansen

    When Matt finds himself at Savannah’s door he is on a mission to get the information he needs from Savannah to right the wrongs of the past. Having her think he is the handyman she hired seems like the perfect way to not only find out her family’s secrets but any secrets that could be in the home as well. Savannah has her hands full between her career, managing the family home and looking after her grandmother and her daughter. She has a painful past that everyone in town holds against her, but s When Matt finds himself at Savannah’s door he is on a mission to get the information he needs from Savannah to right the wrongs of the past. Having her think he is the handyman she hired seems like the perfect way to not only find out her family’s secrets but any secrets that could be in the home as well. Savannah has her hands full between her career, managing the family home and looking after her grandmother and her daughter. She has a painful past that everyone in town holds against her, but she is strong and resilient and knows that she can only count on herself as no Prince Charming is coming to her rescue. As Matt gets to know Savannah and her family will he realize that the subterfuge he is involved with could destroy the best thing that has ever happened to him before it is too late? This story takes you on an adventure filled with secrets, suspense and steam as two people who are damaged by their pasts may be just what they need to heal each other.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Fortna

    ARC for honest review with no compensation 4.5 stars The Sinner is book 1 in the Notorious series by Molly O’Keefe and what a great start to this series! Matt Howe (Wood) comes to Bonne Terre looking for his dad’s accomplices and the missing jewels from a Las Vegas heist years before but what he finds is more secrets, suspense, hidden identity, chemistry with Savannah O’Neill hoping to make friends with Maggie, Savannah’s daughter and so much more. Can’t wait or the next book in this series...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cynema

    SEXY SINS THAT BLUR THE LINES OF REVENGE “It was wrong to want her like this. I couldn’t shake this lust.” The Sinner was absolutely charming with a new author to me, and a seductive and visceral tale of revenge, forgiveness and love that was so touching and emotional, despite some story flaws. It was all about feelings. “The lovely, wounded, and notorious O’Neill women” are in the forefront of this modern Gothic, and what better setting than Louisiana and a crumbling, family mansion that reminded SEXY SINS THAT BLUR THE LINES OF REVENGE “It was wrong to want her like this. I couldn’t shake this lust.” The Sinner was absolutely charming with a new author to me, and a seductive and visceral tale of revenge, forgiveness and love that was so touching and emotional, despite some story flaws. It was all about feelings. “The lovely, wounded, and notorious O’Neill women” are in the forefront of this modern Gothic, and what better setting than Louisiana and a crumbling, family mansion that reminded me of the Garden District in New Orleans. Sweltering heat and emotions, the decay and loss of hope, and humidity mixed with blistering lust that left me swooning. The MC’s thoughts were all-consuming with emotions, and their steamy romance was off-the-charts romantic. This story does an about-face, as a revenge mystery morphs into a sensual love story. Architect Matt and hot librarian Savannah are both profoundly affected by the past sins of their parents, and ironically come together as antagonists in a revenge scheme that simply loses steam in the face of love. Their backstories are mostly just touched upon -- Savannah’s estranged mother, the connection to Matt’s imprisoned dad that led to a crime and missing gems that make Matt seek revenge against the O’Neills, and Savannah’s sad affair with her baby daddy -- which makes me think it will all come out in the rest of the Notorious series, since this is the first book. So, it’s not actually about a long-buried crime, a mother’s mysterious disappearance or a son’s need to avenge his unjustly imprisoned dad which are all left hanging. It’s about forgiveness, letting go, getting on with life, and opening up to the possibilities of love. “My whole reason for coming here no longer mattered.” The notoriety of the O’Neill family makes matriarch Margot, her granddaughter Savannah and her love child Katie the butt of town gossip, and their mansion is the fortress that protects them. They only need each other, but are going broke. Matt conveniently takes the job as handyman to spy on them and restore their overgrown, vandalized garden to its former glory. So many lies they all hide, and mistrust on both sides. As Matt gets to know each of them, he changes his mind in every way. But, love and intention aren’t always enough because it could all evaporate when they find out he lied. Margot, Margot, Margot. How I loved her. 80 going on 40 and brazenly unapologetic for her colorful, promiscuous past, with razor-sharp instincts that see more in Matt than he sees in himself. She’s a true lioness and surrogate mother to her brood of two, and I loved her dearly. Savannah (28) was such a wounded bird. Abandoned by everyone in her life and fearful of everything, especially life outside the mansion and not trusting enough to fall in love. “I was a fly in amber.” How true because she’s stuck in a rut and dragging her curious and precocious daughter down with her. She could love Matt and set herself free, but doesn’t know how. What’s she willing to risk for love? And, little Katie (8). OMG, this kid stole the book. So incredibly well-written. She had a wisdom, depth of soul, and perception that a really smart, only child has. Her scenes were perfect precision. She was tough, fierce, resilient, smart, insightful, loving and yet small and vulnerable, as only a child can be. So captivating. “…the guy lied. Put his liar’s mouth all over me." “Do not get attached to these women. I am here, after all, to hurt them” … but ... “A few hours in the company of these women made me feel lighter. Cleaner. The ghosts and their dirty hands were leaving me alone.” Matt was a lost soul floundering in revenge who finds himself, while restoring the garden and protecting and loving three generations of O’Neill women. He was such an amazing man, seductive lover, and perceptive about Savannah and Katie needing him that it all embraced me like a warm blanket. The story was incredibly moving at creating emotional depth different than other authors, but individual elements moved pretty fast. What’s missing is all those connecting stitches in time that aren’t explored. Things jump fast from one way to another. He takes advantage of the woman by posing as a handyman to learn their secrets, but immediately abandons the idea as he instantly becomes attached and tries to compensate for their issues of abandonment and loss. They fascinate him beyond anything else, but every issue or conflict follows the same course of -- poof! – being instantly gone. Most of all, he falls in insta-lust with Savannah. Although acting on it is a slow, sensual tease, it still happens on the second day. And despite Savannah’s legit misgivings about men, she also falls instantly for Matt and pursues him, but still won’t trust him. Huh? The big thing – revenge -- starts out being the glue of the story, but the most important story beats involve emotions and feelings. Even though the execution slips, I loved the other elements enough to compensate.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Thomas

    I loved the first in this new series. Matt and Savannah were so emotionally charged you can feel it coming out of the pages.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ri

    Interesting start I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this book. From the blurb, I was expecting something a little more sinister. However, it wasn't in the way that I was expecting. There were suspense, mystery, and secrets. The characters were great as was the history. I was expecting this to all be resolved and tied up in this book but there was a definite mystery that I can see now will be interwoven throughout the next books. It ended on a HFN but I look forward to finding o Interesting start I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I started this book. From the blurb, I was expecting something a little more sinister. However, it wasn't in the way that I was expecting. There were suspense, mystery, and secrets. The characters were great as was the history. I was expecting this to all be resolved and tied up in this book but there was a definite mystery that I can see now will be interwoven throughout the next books. It ended on a HFN but I look forward to finding out more. I am not sure if it is Carter or Tyler that is next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ayekah

    Another great story from Molly. It's a quick and easy read and plenty of steam and a tweak of suspense. Can't wait for the next book. Another great story from Molly. It's a quick and easy read and plenty of steam and a tweak of suspense. Can't wait for the next book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Brant

    Good lord, what a book! If you’ve read books from this author, you will remember the Everything I Left Unsaid series, the writing in this book reminds me of that series, and I loved it. This story has all the mystery, suspense, humor, emotion and dayum, hot, steamy love scenes that will leave you hot and bothered for hours. Margot, Savannah and Katie are three family members that live alone in a manor that’s falling down around them, including the garden area that is the target of break-ins, so Good lord, what a book! If you’ve read books from this author, you will remember the Everything I Left Unsaid series, the writing in this book reminds me of that series, and I loved it. This story has all the mystery, suspense, humor, emotion and dayum, hot, steamy love scenes that will leave you hot and bothered for hours. Margot, Savannah and Katie are three family members that live alone in a manor that’s falling down around them, including the garden area that is the target of break-ins, so they decide to hire a handyman to fix things up, but there are secrets in that old house, and Savannah is the walking wounded. In walks Matt Woods, tall dark and handsome doesn’t even cover it, and when these two meet chemistry sparks and the story takes off, but Matt has his own secrets. I loved the side card games, hysterical, Katie was a little spitfire that you just fell in love with, and Margot was the lady of the house, loved her relationship with both Katie and Savannah. This book is a page turner, would have had it read in a day, but life got in the way. Can’t wait for the next installment, you’re gonna love this book! I voluntarily reviewed an ARC copy of this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    The Sinner is a wonderful start to this 3 book Notorious series. I just love how Molly O'Keefe combines an air of mystery with a hard-fought romance. It seems the O'Neill family has quite the past which brings about much gossip and hatred towards them in the small town of Bonee Terre, Louisiana. With the story focusing on one Savannah O'Neill, this feisty woman will do anything to protect the rundown manor she inhabits along with her proud and very wise grandmother Margot and her strong-willed d The Sinner is a wonderful start to this 3 book Notorious series. I just love how Molly O'Keefe combines an air of mystery with a hard-fought romance. It seems the O'Neill family has quite the past which brings about much gossip and hatred towards them in the small town of Bonee Terre, Louisiana. With the story focusing on one Savannah O'Neill, this feisty woman will do anything to protect the rundown manor she inhabits along with her proud and very wise grandmother Margot and her strong-willed daughter Katie. With the sudden appearance of one Matt Howe, their steady world is knocked on its side and in the end, it's truly the best thing to happen to all of them. There is such desperation felt between Savannah and Matt, each on their own mission to find out more about the other. O'Keefe throws in a few twists and turns and shows us just how undeniable the heat is for both of them and soon we are all curious and biting our nails together wondering about all the whys and why nots of their journeys as Matt and Savannah fall hard for the other in a very short period of time. O'Keefe knows how to give us just enough passion, just enough intrigue and thankfully doesn't make us wait for some real happiness that both Matt and Savannah very much deserve. There is still a ton of unanswered questions wrt the O'Neill family with more secrets that will undoubtedly be uncovered as The Gambler and The Saint follow. I really enjoyed this book and it is truly a great way for readers to discover the magic that is Molly O'Keefe's writing. I happily give The Sinner a solid 5 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Savannah and Matt’s story in The Sinner by Molly O’Keefe, book one in her Notorious series, was an emotional and enjoyable tale that entangles many secrets. Matt is on a mission to find the evidence to save his father. He believes it Savannah has knowledge of the evidence and is determined to break her to get it; pretending to be the handyman she needs in order to get to know her. Savannah is not what Matt expected; vulnerable, sweet, insecure, cold, yet beautiful. Their off the charts chemistry Savannah and Matt’s story in The Sinner by Molly O’Keefe, book one in her Notorious series, was an emotional and enjoyable tale that entangles many secrets. Matt is on a mission to find the evidence to save his father. He believes it Savannah has knowledge of the evidence and is determined to break her to get it; pretending to be the handyman she needs in order to get to know her. Savannah is not what Matt expected; vulnerable, sweet, insecure, cold, yet beautiful. Their off the charts chemistry could provide the electricity for the crumbling mansion where the O’Neills live. As their attraction controls them, secrets end up being shared; putting both their hearts in jeopardy of being broken. Hopefully Matt and Savannah’s are strong enough to overcome the damage done by each other and their fears to discover that taking a chance on love just might be the best thing in life. Ms. O’Keefe wrote a “can’t put down,” emotional story that should not be missed. This tale abounds with emotions, off the chart chemistry, wonderful dialogue, and endearing characters giving Savannah and Matt a chance at love and a forever together. I highly recommend The Sinner to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Cesa

    What a beautiful story filled with so much emotion. Molly O’Keefe’s heartfelt writing makes you feel everything in this story. Savannah has been through a lot and has been hurt over and over again. She doesn’t trust, she doesn’t enjoy life. When Matt shows up on their doorstep a flicker of light shines in that walled off heart of hers. Matt makes us skeptical at first. We know he has a secret but what is it? As his truths are revealed and his walls crumble, we are shown what a truly remarkable man What a beautiful story filled with so much emotion. Molly O’Keefe’s heartfelt writing makes you feel everything in this story. Savannah has been through a lot and has been hurt over and over again. She doesn’t trust, she doesn’t enjoy life. When Matt shows up on their doorstep a flicker of light shines in that walled off heart of hers. Matt makes us skeptical at first. We know he has a secret but what is it? As his truths are revealed and his walls crumble, we are shown what a truly remarkable man he is. He’s tortured by events of his past and he’s on a mission, but maybe that mission isn’t so important anymore. Savannah and Matt open each other’s eyes to so many truths. They help each other heal and it’s beautiful. Katie is such a joy and light through this entire story. She makes you smile and warms your heart. Grandma Margot is such a blessing and the way she loves and takes care of Savannah and Katie is so touching, their bond beautiful. Molly O’Keefe gives us such a wonderful cast of characters. This a heartwarming story that leaves you smiling. I can’t wait to read Tyler’s story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Margot, Savannah and Katie O'Neill - the infamous O'Neill's - live in a falling down rambling manor that has been in the family for many years. So far every one in Savannah's life has left her, her mother, her brothers and Eric, the father of her daughter. So when Matt Woods shows up at the O'Neill manor and is mistaken for the handyman, he realizes that he has a way to get close to these women, without them finding out why he is really there. As Matt transforms their garden into a sanctuary, so Margot, Savannah and Katie O'Neill - the infamous O'Neill's - live in a falling down rambling manor that has been in the family for many years. So far every one in Savannah's life has left her, her mother, her brothers and Eric, the father of her daughter. So when Matt Woods shows up at the O'Neill manor and is mistaken for the handyman, he realizes that he has a way to get close to these women, without them finding out why he is really there. As Matt transforms their garden into a sanctuary, something else blooms between him and Savannah and the chemistry between them is electrifying. But as they try to resist the pull of each other, Matt knows he can't get involved because of the secrets he carries, and Savannah assumes Matt will leave like every other person in her life. I really felt the pain in Savannah's heart and the goodness that made Matt the man he was. Margot and Katie were a fun side story with their poker games, and sass - great read and a wonderful start to this new series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Ditmore

    What a great way to start this series. Loved Matt and Savannah. Nothing is ever what it seems, or is it? The O’Neill’s have a reputation and not a great one either. Savannah is guarded around men and when Matt shows up on their doorstep she’s more than skeptical as to why he’s there. Matt has a motive, he wants to clear his father’s name and get justice for what he’s been through and the only way to do that is to find his partner in crime, Savannah’s mother. All Matt wanted to do was search the What a great way to start this series. Loved Matt and Savannah. Nothing is ever what it seems, or is it? The O’Neill’s have a reputation and not a great one either. Savannah is guarded around men and when Matt shows up on their doorstep she’s more than skeptical as to why he’s there. Matt has a motive, he wants to clear his father’s name and get justice for what he’s been through and the only way to do that is to find his partner in crime, Savannah’s mother. All Matt wanted to do was search the manor to find what he was looking for, he never anticipated having feelings for Savannah and enjoying the company of her family. The closer they get the more he pushes himself away, he’s deceiving her and he can’t continue to do it. What happens when the truth comes out? Will Savannah believe him or will she throw him to the curb? Loved Margot and Katie, they added so much to this story. No spoilers from me, I loved this book and can’t wait for the rest of the O’Neill’s to show up. I received a copy of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reva Parks

    You will love this visit to the O'Neill family manor on the outskirts of Bonne Terre, Louisiana, a small town full of malicious gossip towards the inhabitants of this house built by the great-great-grandfather of the current octogenarian resident Margot. Maybe the gossip is justified since the house's initial use was as a bar and a brothel in the days before cars were common. Now Margo manages the home for her granddaughter Savannah, 28, and her 8-year-old daughter Maggie, The rarely used door c You will love this visit to the O'Neill family manor on the outskirts of Bonne Terre, Louisiana, a small town full of malicious gossip towards the inhabitants of this house built by the great-great-grandfather of the current octogenarian resident Margot. Maybe the gossip is justified since the house's initial use was as a bar and a brothel in the days before cars were common. Now Margo manages the home for her granddaughter Savannah, 28, and her 8-year-old daughter Maggie, The rarely used door chime is rung by Matt (Wood) Howe a handsome man in a suit with an ax to grind. He is immediately mistaken for a handyman Margo has advertised to overhaul the back courtyard. Matt just as quickly decides to take the job to do the spying he is so intent to get revenge and justice for his father who was boondoggled by Mago's daughter Vanessa into the theft of jewels landing him in prison. You will love getting to know these three women through Matt's tortured eyes as he gets no info on Vanessa but is deeply attracted to the town librarian and her daughter.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dar

    Reputation, Savannah has suffered from it her whole life. Every mistake she made, due to her family’s name. Every problem she’s ever had, due to her family’s luck. Every heartbreak she’s ever suffered, due to her family’s curse. She knows it, she embraces it, and she has learned not to hope for more. And while her hopelessness rolls off the pages and hurts your heart, you see she really does want all the things she doesn’t think she should have, but she doesn’t trust it. Matt is almost her oppos Reputation, Savannah has suffered from it her whole life. Every mistake she made, due to her family’s name. Every problem she’s ever had, due to her family’s luck. Every heartbreak she’s ever suffered, due to her family’s curse. She knows it, she embraces it, and she has learned not to hope for more. And while her hopelessness rolls off the pages and hurts your heart, you see she really does want all the things she doesn’t think she should have, but she doesn’t trust it. Matt is almost her opposite, but he is also in a hopelessness place. He is just in a moment, and while Savannah gets to know and fall for him, she heals herself. And while Matt gets to know and falls for Savannah, he heals, but realizes only Savannah can make that final leap. Rich and moist like the Louisiana summer it is set in, this story tickled the sense and soaked into your feelings. A hard fought happily ever after is always sweeter, and this is one of the sweetest!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is the first book in a new series by Molly O'Keefe that focuses on the infamous O'Neil family. I'm not entirely sure what the O'Neil family has done to become such a subject of attention. Matt is looking for revenge. His father is in prison for a Vegas jewel heist. Matt is angry that his father's partners in crime avoided jail and got away with the jewels. He comes to Louisiana undercover and pretends to be a handyman so he can find the jewels and ferret out the truth. He takes a job at The This is the first book in a new series by Molly O'Keefe that focuses on the infamous O'Neil family. I'm not entirely sure what the O'Neil family has done to become such a subject of attention. Matt is looking for revenge. His father is in prison for a Vegas jewel heist. Matt is angry that his father's partners in crime avoided jail and got away with the jewels. He comes to Louisiana undercover and pretends to be a handyman so he can find the jewels and ferret out the truth. He takes a job at The Manor where he targets the mysterious Savannah. He's sure she knows something about the missing jewels. Savannah lives a lonely existence with her grandmother and her young daughter at The Manor. She's been betrayed by anyone she's ever loved. She reluctantly hires Matt to make some necessary repairs around the property. She can't help but be attracted to him but she's sure he's hiding some secrets.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Courtenay Bennett

    It’s been a long time between drinks for me when it comes to a Molly book. And what a way to break that dry spell! Small town? Yep. Gossipy, judgy locals? Yep. Guarded, solitary characters? Yep. Underlying mystery? The perfect combo. The chemistry between Savannah and Matt is immediate, and it is touching and painful. Savannah is hardwired to be suspicious of everyone, so we naturally share her suspicion. But I think you can’t help but be immediately curious and drawn to Matt anyway. Margot and Ka It’s been a long time between drinks for me when it comes to a Molly book. And what a way to break that dry spell! Small town? Yep. Gossipy, judgy locals? Yep. Guarded, solitary characters? Yep. Underlying mystery? The perfect combo. The chemistry between Savannah and Matt is immediate, and it is touching and painful. Savannah is hardwired to be suspicious of everyone, so we naturally share her suspicion. But I think you can’t help but be immediately curious and drawn to Matt anyway. Margot and Katie are such great accompanying characters. They give the story a breath of levity, and their relationship is so touching in its own right. Overall, this is a story about overcoming the past, rising above perceptions, and learning to live. It is full of heart, and that special something we’ve come to enjoy from Molly’s writing. I’m excited to see where the story goes in Tyler’s book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mmeguillotine

    3.5. This reminded me of the old continental Harlequins of the 80’s, for some reason. In both a good way and a less good way. Something to do with the distance I felt from the main characters. I wasn’t completely detached from them, but just enough that I couldn’t quite connect. I’m rambling. It’s late and I’m very tired. It’s a pretty ok story. Love the Louisiana setting, the slight tinge of mystery/danger. Not enough to go full Southern Gothic, but with a hint of that nonetheless. I’m onboard 3.5. This reminded me of the old continental Harlequins of the 80’s, for some reason. In both a good way and a less good way. Something to do with the distance I felt from the main characters. I wasn’t completely detached from them, but just enough that I couldn’t quite connect. I’m rambling. It’s late and I’m very tired. It’s a pretty ok story. Love the Louisiana setting, the slight tinge of mystery/danger. Not enough to go full Southern Gothic, but with a hint of that nonetheless. I’m onboard to read the next in the series. Just that odd distance thing. IDK. I’ve not really had that issue with a Molly O’Keefe before. I’ll be interested to see if it sticks in the next one & to try to pin down where it comes from, if do. I also got the feeling that maybe it had originally been written in third person, and was changed to first. Could that be it? I wonder.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Riding Reviewer

    The Sinner is yet another interesting, heart-wrenching story from Molly O'Keefe. The plot is definitely unique with Matt coming to Bonne Terre to get the rest of the story about his dad's accomplices and the missing jewels from a notorious Las Vegas heist. Matt's a great guy, tormented by a mistake that's not even his fault and with mixed feelings about his father. Savannah has lived a life occluded by her family's history. She's also a very good person living in the shadows of those around her. The Sinner is yet another interesting, heart-wrenching story from Molly O'Keefe. The plot is definitely unique with Matt coming to Bonne Terre to get the rest of the story about his dad's accomplices and the missing jewels from a notorious Las Vegas heist. Matt's a great guy, tormented by a mistake that's not even his fault and with mixed feelings about his father. Savannah has lived a life occluded by her family's history. She's also a very good person living in the shadows of those around her. The O'Neill women are complex and intriguing, each with their own contribution to the O'Neill legacy. Savannah and Matt are perfect for each other but there are some huge obstacles to their finding their happily every after. O'Keefe is a master at writing multi-faceted characters which is so realistic. She's also excellent at pulling the reader in and making them become invested in the story and the people. I'll admit this book had me ugly crying and brought me back to the happy place I expect from the romance part of the story. The Sinner is a great start to this new series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christine Jalili

    I loved this book and ended hardly sleeping since I couldn’t put the book down. I started off wondering what’s wrong with the O’Neil’s? No one seems to like them. They hire Matt, but what’s his real purpose? I felt for Savannah, everyone always leaves her. Can she trust in Matt? Loved the way he knew that she had to find faith in them. It’s a very heartwarming story. Loved their happy ever after. I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy and I highly recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth McDonnell

    This book was so good! Set in Louisiana. Small town. Manor house. A wild matriarch, Grandmother, who plays cards and cavorts with “friends” who are men. A librarian with an eight year old daughter who climbs trees and an architect of the year posing as a handyman. There is mystery, suspense, and a slow burn romance that heats up the pages until they scorch! I really needed this Molly! 5 off the charts stars!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gladys

    Wow, this was a truly epic read. Savannah and Matt's romance will send your heart on a monumental roller coaster ride of feelings. I fell for these characters so hard. These two each are carrying their own heavy baggage and my heart ached for them. Their attraction was undeniable and their chemistry was sweltering. The story will quickly have you captivated with its cleverly crafted blend of drama, secrets, powerful emotions, tension and turmoil. This is my elective, forthright review. Wow, this was a truly epic read. Savannah and Matt's romance will send your heart on a monumental roller coaster ride of feelings. I fell for these characters so hard. These two each are carrying their own heavy baggage and my heart ached for them. Their attraction was undeniable and their chemistry was sweltering. The story will quickly have you captivated with its cleverly crafted blend of drama, secrets, powerful emotions, tension and turmoil. This is my elective, forthright review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Onnica

    I haven’t read a book featuring a heroine so determined to run from love in a long while. I struggled with this book: struggled to care about the characters and thought they were making a huge deal out of not much. Guess my empathy isn’t kicking in for trifles at the moment. Slightly disappointed as I love this writer’s entire back catalogue. Maybe it’s me but I wasn’t feeling it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Millie

    3.5 stars Not quite what the blurb led me to expect. I thought their would be more subterfuge / betrayal, tbh. All ties together quite nicely. A few editing problems - as if it had been changed from third to first person but this wasn't checked carefully enough and rogue pronouns were left behind. 3.5 stars Not quite what the blurb led me to expect. I thought their would be more subterfuge / betrayal, tbh. All ties together quite nicely. A few editing problems - as if it had been changed from third to first person but this wasn't checked carefully enough and rogue pronouns were left behind.

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