☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
You know what they say about family.
Blood is thicker than water.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
A house divided cannot stand.
Margie is the keeper of her family’s secrets.
Six sisters and one brother.Billions in assets.
Generations of malfeasance.
And one heartbreaking secret three people keep.
Her father, Declan.
And Drew—the man she loves.
You know what they say about secrets.
Three can keep them if two are Drazens.
There’s never been a Drazen who went down without a fight.
And there’s never been one who didn’t fight for love.
Wow! I am overwhelmed by C.D. Reiss’ highly emotional Sacred Sins. Since the conclusion of the author’s Submission series, fans have been clamoring for more of the Drazen family. She delivered tenfold with her “Saint Margie” duet. Sacred Sins is the duet’s dramatic, twisty conclusion. Margie’s story is tortured, beautiful and emotional.
Sacred Sins is told primarily in the present; however, it does start in the past and make a couple time leaps to give readers some needed backstory. The majority of the novel takes place in parallel to Monica and Jonathan’s story in C.D. Reiss’ Submission series, and it is told from the tortured perspective of Margie Drazen. Margie’s life is filled with secrets, regrets, and longing. Her long ago wild fling with rockers Stratford Giliam and Indiana Andrew McCaffrey is a secret she is struggling to keep buried.
I loved the insight into the nefarious patriarch, Declan Drazen. He is still amoral, but you see his attachment to his long-suffering wife and children in a different light. Ms. Reiss made him just empathetic enough for readers to like him a little (and then feel guilty for doing so).
More standout secondary characters are Will Stanton and his adorable daughter, Hannah. I have enjoyed Will’s cameo appearances in other books, and it was a delight to get to know this character better.
All that I can say about the plot is that it is fast paced and chockfull of action. Without ruining the experience, it is safe to say that Margie has her hands full! The woman’s intelligence and gamesmanship has taken her to the top, and her big heart is going to keep her there.
To enjoy Sacred Sins, it is essential to read book one, Secret Sins. This duet is a great place for new-to-the-author readers to jump in. I loved every word of both books in this duet. Brava Ms. Reiss—you’ve created characters that readers care about and a scintillating story line to keep them up all night reading.
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