WHY I READ IT
I read and loved The Indebted Series, cementing me as a Pepper Winters Fan. I was also given an advanced reader’s copy
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
She came from a past Arthur “Kill” Killian never forgot. She made him sin and made him suffer. She tugged him from the shadows and showed him he wasn’t as dead as he thought. And with her resurrection came betrayal, deceit, and war.
But then they took her. Stole her. Imprisoned her.
Now Kill’s carefully laid plans for vengeance are complete. He craves action, retribution-the blood of his enemies. War has begun. War is all they’ll know until they’ve paid their penance. He will get her back-and rewrite their destiny . . .
So, here’s the thing: I read Ruin & Rule and loved it. MC books are not really my thing but I loved the story and the characters and the world that Pepper Winters created in Ruin & Rule. If you’ve read the Indebted Series, then you’ve already met Arthur “Kill” Killian. In Ruin & Rule, Pepper Winters tells us the story of Kill and Cleo, and the love they had and then lost. Sin & Suffer is a continuation of that story and I was so excited to be able to read both stories back-to-back.
I love Cleo and Kill because they’re fighting so many battles but their love for each other is unconditional. They have to fight against Kill’s father, Rubix, who wants to eliminate Kill and Pure Corruption MC. They have to fight against the eight years that separated them. And they have to fight against their own visions for the future. While they fight battle after battle, their love brings them back to each other. There are moments between Kill and Cleo that truly made my heart stop because I felt Cleo’s pain, confusion, and desperation. I’ve never lived in a world like Cleo and Kill’s but Pepper Winters made me understand and feel every one of Cleo’s emotions. In Ruin & Rule, Cleo is unsure of who she is and in Sin & Suffer, she comes into her own. She knows that her place is by Kill’s side as his equal and I love that she demands equality in their relationship. Kill is a hardcore alpha, so of course, he resists Cleo’s demand for equality but like every good alpha, he gives in and realizes that their relationship only works when Cleo is his partner.
What I didn’t like in Sin & Suffer is the turn in the plot. Suddenly, the story was no longer about revenge and retribution; it becomes a story about ending government corruption. Throughout Sin & Suffer, I thought the entire time that Wallstreet and Grasshopper were going to turn on Kill. I was waiting and waiting. Wallstreet seemed shady, Cleo was suspicious of him….and then BAM! Wallstreet and Kill’s ultimate plan is revealed. I can only say that I felt let down because this new plot element felt disconnected. It takes away from Cleo and Kill’s struggle and fight to not only be reunited but to get revenge. Kill says he wants more, which I understand. He wants more than Pure Corruption, but to somehow have “more” mean a life in politics seemed out of character.
Pepper Winters sometimes has an over-the-top approach to writing where she includes everything, including the kitchen sink and these stories are no different. If you read Ruin & Rule, then you owe it to yourself to read Sin & Suffer because Cleo and Kill’s story is amazing. If you’re a Pepper Winters fan, then the Pure Corruption duet will not disappoint you.