Sinner’s Creed is the first book in Kim Jones’ series of the same name. Ms. Jones brings true life experiences to her writing, making Sinner’s Creed one of the most authentic glimpses into MC life I have ever managed to get.
Before I continue, I feel compelled to let readers know that this book does not contain a HEA. This may be a turn-off to some of you, but before you dismiss this novel completely, I urge you to consider the meaning of true love. Ms. Jones has created two people who love each other completely, and, although things don’t end happily for them, I can’t help but feel that she has crafted a beautiful love story.
Dirk knows nothing but life on the open road. Working as a Nomad for the Sinner’s Creed motorcycle club, he travels back and forth across the country, doing various violent jobs for his club brothers. Most of these jobs involve killing people, and Dirk doesn’t seem the least bit bothered by his life of crime. Nothing comes before his brothers, who have given him the only sense of family he has ever known, and if being a hitman is what they need from him, that’s exactly what he’ll do.
Dirk is no stranger to sexual encounters. He can have any woman he wants, but none of them mean anything to him because his mind is held captive by the memory of beautiful, young, innocent Saylor Samson. True, the two of them have only met a handful of times over the past five years, but Dirk has never been able to get her out of his head. Something about her calls to him, bringing him to her door over and over again until finally, he has had enough. He’s determined to make Saylor his own.
Saylor knows nothing of MC life, and very little about Dirk himself. She just knows she feels drawn to this dark, enigmatic man who shows up whenever she needs him – and now she needs him more than ever, for she has a secret, a secret that has the power to bring them together or completely tear them apart.
The story is told in first person, completely from Dirk’s point of view, a style I don’t often encounter in romantic fiction. Usually, the story switches between the hero and heroine’s perspective, allowing the reader to get a full sense of both characters. Unfortunately, seeing only Dirk’s side of things made it difficult for me to truly understand Saylor’s point of view. I questioned a lot of her actions, as she seems far too accepting of Dirk’s many flaws and his extremely violent lifestyle. It doesn’t seem realistic for her to just wait alone in a strange hotel room while Dirk goes off and kills people and then to ask no questions when he returns. We’re supposed to see Saylor as an independent and intelligent woman, but her willingness to follow Dirk blindly into all manner of danger doesn’t quite fit.
This is a very violent story. It opens with Dirk stabbing someone repeatedly just to prove his loyalty to his club. He’s a deeply damaged man, someone who doesn’t seem to possess a softer side. As the story progresses and Dirk falls deeper in love with Saylor, we see him change in some ways, but, for many readers, the change won’t be enough. This isn’t a story of love completely redeeming someone. Instead, it’s a study in small changes that allude to something deeper.
Overall, I enjoyed Sinner’s Creed and found it to be a completely unapologetic look at life in a motorcycle club. It’s not a book for everyone, but, if you’re someone who yearns to explore the darker side of romance, I urge you to give this a try.