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Born in Sin

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Author: Kinley MacGregor

Published: 2003 by Avon Books

Format: Mass Market Paperback , First , 372 pages

Isbn: 9780380817900

Language: English


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Stunning Caledonia MacNeely fights an unfamiliar shiver when she is offered in marriage to the infamous ′Lord Sin′. Though Callie fears this mysterious knight - less for the dark whispers that damn him than for the burning desire he invokes - she is under order of the English King. And with the fate of her troubled clan hanging in the balance, she has little recourse.

30 review for Born in Sin

  1. 5 out of 5

    When Funmi Met Romance

    REREAD: AHHHHHHHHHHHH This book is the BEES KNEES! me reading this book--> One of my most favorite books, and the heroine is like everything a herione should be. RIDE OR DIE oh yeah!!!!! Born in Sin: 5 star read with complex characters and fulfilling progression of plot towards a above satisfactory HEA Again, I have chosen to read a book that has been thoroughly reviewed multiple times. It seems I'm perpetually behind the great romance reads curve , however, it does afford me to ability to simply REREAD: AHHHHHHHHHHHH This book is the BEES KNEES! me reading this book--> One of my most favorite books, and the heroine is like everything a herione should be. RIDE OR DIE oh yeah!!!!! Born in Sin: 5 star read with complex characters and fulfilling progression of plot towards a above satisfactory HEA Again, I have chosen to read a book that has been thoroughly reviewed multiple times. It seems I'm perpetually behind the great romance reads curve , however, it does afford me to ability to simply write on how i feel! 5 Reasons I Value This book As A 5 Star Read... 1. MacGregor was not lazy with the plot Often, Writers in my honest opinion are lazy with romance. They do not spend enough time building the tension, working out the problems, or other important matters. I don't know how many times I have read a 350 or so page book and by page 150 the writer has solved all the main problems or dissolved the sexual tension and we are left with 200 pages of TSTL moments and silly, urbane misunderstandings. MacGregor did no such thing. This is fine writing with an in depth acuity toward the story line. 2. The Plot Progression is perfect in a mathematical sense This goes slightly with No. 1 but Its done so well I couldn't not mention it! The timing in this novel was impeccable. The tension building is long enough to invoke your feelings but not too long as to tire you out. I must say I love the placement of the rising action, climax, and falling action. The perfect timing of certain aspects of the novel take away the predictability, which as an avid romance reader I know other people grapple with. 3.There is a lack of character duplicity I HATE, ABHOR, LOATHE, and every other similar word when characters are way different than what they are written to be. For instance, please do not call the hero a rake or a demon when all he does is copulate a lot with willing partners, gamble at GENTLEMENS CLUBS, tell bawdy jokes, and tup more girls. He is not a rake, he is not evil, if anything he is just HORNY! The point is, in this novel when she said Sin was evil he did things worth being deemed evil. When the heroine Callie was deemed beautiful she was actually beautiful INWARDLY and OUTWARDLY. I appreciate the honesty to her characters 4.SIN.SIN.SIN...SIN ;) That's the hero of the story if you don't know and boy he is sex personified. I just want to literally and you make take this however you want...eat him up! His resiliency is something born of god. I don't love abused or tortured heroes because I have a fetish for charity cases. I love them for all the odds they beat. I love them for the war they willing chose to engage in in order to truly LIVE, LOVE, AND BE LOVED. Sin is inwardly gorgeous. What he has done is horrible, scary, and down right wrong. Yet, like a phoenix he rises from the ashes of his destruction and shines. There is a quote that he said that completely stopped me. Closing his eyes, he did what he hadn't done since he was a small boy. He prayed. He prayed for the politics of Henry and her brother not to come between them. Prayed for some miracle that would see them with a future together. And as he lay there, behind the lids of his eyes he did another thing he'd not done since early childhood. He hoped. He saw in his mind the children he would love to have. Little boys and girls with their mother's warmth and spirit. He wanted this dream. With every piece and part of him, he ached for it. He had to have it. The beginning may be a little confusing of that quote, but hopefully you understand. This is a man who would give it all to just for once be more than his past. He is a survivor and I adore him!!! 5. Callie She was a beautiful beautiful heroine. She fought fiercely for everyone even if it meant she was in last place. I respect her tenacity and ability to face adversity. sin needed a strong woman not some missish noble flower above getting her hands dirty. What i loved about her is that she was something without her husband. A lot of historical romance heroines are nothing without their men, in fact, I have seen in writing many a heroine say that. She had so much strength. she even told him if he left she would miss him but she would raise their child the right way. I know that despite her pain she will always be strong for her people. THAT is the definition of a heroine! In conclusion, I cannot express enough the necessity of reading this book. It is a great addition to the genre of romance and a testament to the ability of writers to create a fine specimen of a character Similar Books 1. Kiss of the Highlander! 2.If You Dare 3. If You Deceive

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    5+ stars – Historical/Medieval/Highlander Romance Oh, how I loved, loved this book! I’m a sucker for emotional romances with tortured heroes, and Born in Sin is a touching read featuring one of the most abused and anguished romantic heroes of any that I’ve read. Sin’s unbearably tragic past and continual suffering and mistreatment from others have made him justifiably brooding, jaded, distrustful, reclusive, and full of self-loathing, yet he treats the heroine with gentleness and reverence. H 5+ stars – Historical/Medieval/Highlander Romance Oh, how I loved, loved this book! I’m a sucker for emotional romances with tortured heroes, and Born in Sin is a touching read featuring one of the most abused and anguished romantic heroes of any that I’ve read. Sin’s unbearably tragic past and continual suffering and mistreatment from others have made him justifiably brooding, jaded, distrustful, reclusive, and full of self-loathing, yet he treats the heroine with gentleness and reverence. He’s one of the most unforgettable, heartbreaking, and sigh-worthy heroes in Romancelandia. And Callie, the plucky lass who’s determined to convince Sin he’s worthy of love and devotion, is one of the most spirited, steadfast, compassionate, loyal, and endearing heroines ever. Sin and Callie forge a love that is pure, poignant, passionate, inspiring, and truly wondrous. Although it’s a medieval highland historical romance, Sin reminded me in some ways of another of my all-time favorite tortured heroes, Zsadist from Lover Awakened. And like Zsadist and Bella in Lover Awakened, Sin and Callie in Born in Sin are a treasured Romancelandia couple for the keeper shelf! Big 5 stars! It’s hard to cast someone as dark, dangerous, and broodingly sexy as Lord Sin, but Eric Bana has his penetrating, midnight eyes. Dress him in all black knight garb, put him on a black war stallion, and give him a sword, and he’d make a compelling, forbidding Lord Sin. And this sexy knight could portray Sin rather convincingly as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rashika (is tired)

    I AM FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEe NEVER AGAIN. Holy shit this was bad. You have insta love. Men who apparently have tough armors but are weak as fuck IMO. Women who can apparently see through all of that shit to the sad sad man who lies inside when no one else could. So many tropes. It was depressing. The only good thing about this book was that the dude was a virgin. It amused me. I must stop reading books none of my friends have rated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader

    Reread 2020 I stand by my 4 star rating. I will only add that it seemed repetitive at times. The constant mention of how the heroine smelled like lavender, and the hero's constant internal thoughts of not being worthy were overdone. But overall I liked this book very very much, just not quite a 5 star. We see Simon again who adds a light hardheartedness to all the depressing circumstances around hero Sin. Unlike book #1, there was a lack of witticism in the dialog, and I miss the medieval words t Reread 2020 I stand by my 4 star rating. I will only add that it seemed repetitive at times. The constant mention of how the heroine smelled like lavender, and the hero's constant internal thoughts of not being worthy were overdone. But overall I liked this book very very much, just not quite a 5 star. We see Simon again who adds a light hardheartedness to all the depressing circumstances around hero Sin. Unlike book #1, there was a lack of witticism in the dialog, and I miss the medieval words the author formerly used. I also wish she went a little heavier on the Scottish accents. It was great how the author carefully worded the hero's dialog to make me think I had mis-categorized the book (view spoiler)[as virgin hero. I was glad to see I made no mistake when he confesses it to the heroine. (hide spoiler)] I would definitely recommend and will reread . Safety (view spoiler)[ H&h Both Virgins. 1st, last, only Cheating-No OW/OM-No Abuse.Torture-Yes. Sin was dreadfully abused and tortured in his past and he talks of it in relative detail. Both mentally and physically. Cursing-I don't think so ILY/HEA/Marriage/Baby-Yes (hide spoiler)] Original 2016 read ____________________ Oh How my heart was breaking for Sin throughout this entire book. I really liked the h as well. I do suspect however judging by the reviews that the version of this book I read was revised heavily. It appears that a lot of the torture descriptions were removed, most likely for the better. I gave 4 stars only for some small reasons: I felt King Henry would not have been so accommodating to the way he was being spoken to most times. I didn't buy the the fact that Sin forgave his stepmother so easily at the end. On the good side, I loved the characters especially Simon who gave the light hardheartedness much needed in this story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jan

    2.5 stars. I tried another new-to-me author, but I didn't really love this one. Hero and heroine were quite well-drawn, but the hero's angsty back story was just a bit too much for me to take. There were some funny lines and some sweet scenes. But overall, not really my cup of tea. I admit, I did some skimming. Oh well, I tried.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Quinn

    Born in Sin is the third book in Kinley MacGregor's Brotherbood/MacAllister series, and I would have to say it is my favourite one so far. It was also the reason I started this series, as I had heard many good things about the book, particularly its tortured hero, Sin. If I’d read this one as a standalone, I think I might have been disappointed. Not because I would have missed any crucial background (even though Sin and his brothers first appeared in Claiming the Highlander), but because the writ Born in Sin is the third book in Kinley MacGregor's Brotherbood/MacAllister series, and I would have to say it is my favourite one so far. It was also the reason I started this series, as I had heard many good things about the book, particularly its tortured hero, Sin. If I’d read this one as a standalone, I think I might have been disappointed. Not because I would have missed any crucial background (even though Sin and his brothers first appeared in Claiming the Highlander), but because the writing style might have been more ‘light’ than I would expect from a good ‘tortured hero’ book. Thankfully, having read Master of Desire and Claiming the Highlander (both of which were very enjoyable reads), I knew what to expect from the writing. MacGregor has a fairly plain, simple, straightforward style. She is not overly descriptive, and leans more toward fun than angst. The language is not authentic for the time, but nor did it jolt me out of the story. I’m not sure that I’m explaining myself particularly well here, but because I was not expecting an angsty, complex read, I wasn’t disappointed with the fairly ‘typical’ romance fare. Some might even call it clichéd, but that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me. I found Sin’s story to definitely be worth reading. Sin MacAllister's life has been the stuff of nightmares. Talk about tortured. Immediately following his birth he was cast out by his mother in England and sent to live with his father in Scotland. A constant reminder of his father’s infidelity, he was treated abominably by both his father and step-mother, never acknowledged and always left to watch from the shadows while his ‘legitimate’ brothers received care and attention. When King Richard comes looking for hostages, Sin is thrust away and told never to return. From that point, his life goes from horrible to unbearable. He is eventually sold by his guardian as a slave to the enemy, and trained by the Saracens as an assassin, forced to do things no man, let alone a child such as himself, should witness. After many years, Sin takes his one chance for freedom when he is sent to assassinate King Henry. Having pledged his eternal loyalty to the King, Sin is left with little choice years later when the King bids him to marry a Scottish lash in an effort to halt the raids on the English settlers in Scotland. Sin is a product of his life experiences. The things this man has endured could break your heart. He has never been shown kindness, never felt a human touch in anything other than anger, knows only hatred and animosity. He belongs nowhere, and to no one. He has no business with a wife, particularly one as lovely as Callie. I could go on and on about the story, as much happens when Sin is forced to return to the Scotland he hates, with the wife he knows will eventually betray him like everyone else - but I should probably let you read the story yourself rather than have me continue to tell it to you. Suffice it to say, if you have a liking for ‘tortured heroes’, Sin is a must-read character. I had indicated in my review for Claiming the Highlander that that book and its predecessor (Master of Desire) weren't closely related, but I want to note that this book is related to each of the first two books. Although it could probably still be read as a standalone, the others are also good reads so why not enjoy them all!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sha Mslvoe

    Another great story from Kinley MacGregor!! I wish I read it last year when I saw this book. I ignored it coz I thought she won't beat my favourite Highland authors. My judgement was wrong, Born in Sin was the BEST book I've ever read. Better than Master of Desire. I love how Callie try to win Sin's heart. Sin is a tortured hero. His parents throw him and never admit that Sin is their son. I know some parents are CRUEL but I really hate them in this story. His mother deserved a slap! Although he d Another great story from Kinley MacGregor!! I wish I read it last year when I saw this book. I ignored it coz I thought she won't beat my favourite Highland authors. My judgement was wrong, Born in Sin was the BEST book I've ever read. Better than Master of Desire. I love how Callie try to win Sin's heart. Sin is a tortured hero. His parents throw him and never admit that Sin is their son. I know some parents are CRUEL but I really hate them in this story. His mother deserved a slap! Although he doesn't have LOVE in his, his brothers, foster brothers and Callie loves him. I loved him too!! His fan who reads this story loves him too. You will sigh, laugh, cry, anger, happy reading this book. This book will captured your heart and you will be sorry for not reading Born in Sin. Recommended. Please read, you don't know what you're missing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Sin is a very tortured hero who endured so much cruelty and pain. He is a powerful fearless knight but his heart is pure gold. Callie is taken hostage by the King and as a way of ensuring peace between the English and the Scots he forces a marriage between Sin and Callie. Sin is a very damaged man who wants to avoid love at all costs but Callie is a strong and patient heroine. Her love saves him and heals him. If you love a swoon-worthy hero who treats the heroine like a queen then you must read Sin is a very tortured hero who endured so much cruelty and pain. He is a powerful fearless knight but his heart is pure gold. Callie is taken hostage by the King and as a way of ensuring peace between the English and the Scots he forces a marriage between Sin and Callie. Sin is a very damaged man who wants to avoid love at all costs but Callie is a strong and patient heroine. Her love saves him and heals him. If you love a swoon-worthy hero who treats the heroine like a queen then you must read this book!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Re-read 03/12/20 Screw my 4-star rating. 5 fucking stars all the way. Maybe it was the fact that it was raining. Maybe it was the gloomy, cold, turn on the fireplace kind of day and I was in a mood. I don't know. But I loved this even more than the first time I read it. It still breaks my heart and then somehow slowly pieces it all back together. I might have teared up a little. Okay, I totally did. It's just so romantic. Sin is so damaged, so tortured, but he isn't cruel. He's grumpy. But he's a Re-read 03/12/20 Screw my 4-star rating. 5 fucking stars all the way. Maybe it was the fact that it was raining. Maybe it was the gloomy, cold, turn on the fireplace kind of day and I was in a mood. I don't know. But I loved this even more than the first time I read it. It still breaks my heart and then somehow slowly pieces it all back together. I might have teared up a little. Okay, I totally did. It's just so romantic. Sin is so damaged, so tortured, but he isn't cruel. He's grumpy. But he's a giant softy. And I can't help it, I still want to chase him around with my arms open telling him to accept my love and that he's worth it. *Just looking at that gif made me remember everything about Land Before Time. And then it made me sad. Because of Littlefoot's mom. And then I got misty-eyed. I think this book opened an emotional dam of tears and that does not make me happy. I might as well read Old Yeller next. THANKS, BOOK. ****************************************************** I adored this book. I have a feeling this is one of those love it or hate it kind of books. In many ways, it's pretty much just a paint by numbers HR. We have the hero who doesn't believe he can love or deserves love and a heroine who is determined to love and win the love of the hero. You know how it goes. Fortunately for me, it didn't matter to me how many times this has been done before, it's one of my favorite tropes. Sin was sold when he was a child and all of his emotions were tortured and beaten out him. Not to mention that he was trained as an assassin at a very young age. In a backward sort of way, he manages to save the life of the king and in return asks for his freedom from the group of people who bought him. His request is granted and he promises loyalty to the king, but only the king. He refuses to ever be beholden to anyone again. Time passes and the king has decided that he is going to make peace by marrying Callie (who is his hostage) to Sin. Both of them are pissed about it and want to refuse but strangely enough, they don't immediately hate each other. They find that they actually get along. They marry, and of course, Sin isn't exactly popular with Callie's people. Which Sin happens to be used to. Callie is determined to win Sin's heart and of course, Sin believes he doesn't have one, but he still wants her love. So begins a gloriously adorable and romantic mutual wooing. Reasons I shouldn't have liked this book: -Cliches. So many cliches. -Sin went from emotionless grump to please love me way too quickly. -Callie was unusually stubborn for a woman of her time. Not in a plucky heroine kind of way, but in an almost stupid and completely unrealistic kind of way. -This book was a walking example of instalove. Reasons I loved this book: All of the above. I loved it all. I loved watching Sin fall for Callie, even if it was too fast. I loved that Callie had such a strong backbone. She needed to have one if she was going to deal with Sin. I especially loved how secretly soft and kind Sin was, despite his upbringing. I'm a big fan of tortured, reclusive heroes who aren't giant assholes. Sure, he was emotionally closed off, but he was never cruel. The sex was great, the romance was actually romantic, and it was an easy read. The writing was well done and I really enjoyed getting to catch up with characters from the previous books. I wasn't sure I'd like Sin as much as Draven from Master of Desire, but I did. Maybe even more so. Yes, it was completely formulaic, but IMO, that only matters if you don't like the formula. I can't help it, this book was like catnip for me. A lot of people are going to find this book over the top mushy but I love mushy books. The mushier the better! I regret nothing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eastofoz

    This book was very predictable and boring. There is endless repetition that acts like filler just to get over 300 pages (how many times does the reader have to read how emotionally damaged Sin is and how beautiful and wonderful Callie is???), nothing really happens after you've hit the half way mark, it's touted as being witty/funny but there is very, very little humour and what is there is ho-hum, the love story is gag worthy--all your stereotypical bad romance story inanities, the language doe This book was very predictable and boring. There is endless repetition that acts like filler just to get over 300 pages (how many times does the reader have to read how emotionally damaged Sin is and how beautiful and wonderful Callie is???), nothing really happens after you've hit the half way mark, it's touted as being witty/funny but there is very, very little humour and what is there is ho-hum, the love story is gag worthy--all your stereotypical bad romance story inanities, the language doesn't match the period (I don't really think they were saying "Oh you wish!" way back in medieval times), and everything is extreme--so beautiful, so angelic, so sad, so horrible...it's like the author didn't know any happy medium. If you want a lack-lustre story with nothing interesting and the same old same old, then this is the book for you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    ρυηүα [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts. Ah, Sin you're great! I'm a very simple person, so I'd like to talk about you in simple paragraphs. But, I assure you there's nothing simple about you babe and never you feel down because of how people treat you! They're just cowards, you know? And your mother (though I have hesitations calling her that)? She's a shallow, self-centered, pitiful thing; just don't let her get to you dear. Tru My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book. This one's got 2 parts. Ah, Sin you're great! I'm a very simple person, so I'd like to talk about you in simple paragraphs. But, I assure you there's nothing simple about you babe and never you feel down because of how people treat you! They're just cowards, you know? And your mother (though I have hesitations calling her that)? She's a shallow, self-centered, pitiful thing; just don't let her get to you dear. Trust me, I'm here for you, so is Callie. I believe that girl is the one for you and you both are made for each-other. I'm waiting for you to realize it darling. I had to write something personally to Sin. I love this man. He has to be my most favorite KM hero so far (though there is Draven and Jack ... Also, can't wait to read about Ewan). I feel so much for him and his bad, messy life that I don't even know if I'll be able to express myself adequately. His life as a Saracen slave and before that (I had no idea about it), as a squire to Harold of Ravenswood (Master of Desire hero Draven's father) was just sad. In MoD, there was no hint about Sin; I didn't know Sin, Draven and Simon grew up together, at least before Harold sold him to some Saracen trader. I'm not going to talk about that life since it's all in the book and too sad for me to discuss. I'd rather talk about him and Caledonia and how fate brought them together. Well, whatever it was that brought them together, I don't care but I really really like Callie. She's brave and smart, kind, generous and so far I've seen nothing TSTL about her. Not a single thing! And, I adore it! As king Henry's captive, she was scared for her and her little brother's life so she made several attempts to flee, all of which were really commendable. Meantime, Henry threatened, wheedled and manipulated Sin to marry her so that he can command her clan. Callie still didn't know this is her man when she met Sin while fleeing for the first time (yah, there were more attempts). The whole process was such fun to read! I loved how Sin was acting besotted and then, was disgusted about it. Sin fascinates Callie. Even after knowing many things about him, she cares for him. And, I applaud that. She doesn't judge him, condemn him on spot. I wish she flayed the woman, that is his mother, after that incident when they married. I kept on seeing parts of her and liked her more and more for it. The way she cares for her half-brothers, her step-mother (who deserves praise too), her clan and most of all Sin; she is simply great! Now, she wants to know this man better who's trying everything to ignore her. But, Sin's confused and thinks he isn't deserving of a life full of care, love and acceptance and I don't blame the poor babe one bit! You just have to read to know how people treat him and how his parents blamed and cast him away for their own sins. I was speechless! Even his step-mother, Braden-Lochlan-Ewan's mother Aisleen, I was disgusted by her words/actions. She won't get any respect from me in any other book for sure! Don't even wanna talk about his dad! Callie is so different, so adorable and beautiful all over, Sin wants her with all his being but just can't make himself vulnerable anymore. He tried in the past and was spurned. But, he wants her and there's no denying it. Now, they're in highlands where Sin is supposed to take Callie's clan the MacNeely in hands. Trouble's brewing there that needs to be taken care of. Callie still doesn't know that Sin is half-Scot so she's afraid of his well-being. There's every chance of seeing the other MacAllisters again. I loved the reappearance of Simon. I liked him from MoD, even though I didn't approve of his dalliance with Emily's lady's maid. Here, when they visit Ravenswood, these two seen together (though if someone hadn't read MoD before, won't know about their past). Simon is, again, helping Sin and Callie to bond. I loved visiting Draven and Emily, since they're my other favorite KM couple. Callie's brother Jamie was an adorable kid. There are funny scene aplenty in this book and no matter what some say, this book is great! PS: I've read in some reviews that Sin is supposed to be a virgin! Really? So far, whatever I've read, gave me this impression that he has this almost inhuman ability to supress his physical desires. If so, then it'll be my first novel where the h/h loses their virginity to one another. Interesting! PPS: They haven't consummated the marriage yet, that wedding night scene was hot yet kinda funny but eitherway, it wasn't done. Again, Callie doesn't know ... why? Read the book! :p I like that Callie isn't a squeamish miss when it comes to sex. She's bold and knows what she wants and she wants Sin bad! ;) ****************** Och Sin, lad, ye're killin' me! That's right. I love you, trust me. So, even when Callie thought things like: Och, she could strangle him. Och, but the man was insufferable. Och, the man was exasperating. Och, the stubborn oaf. ... I can't but love you more. You Are Adorable! Again, great minds think alike, see? Och, but the man was handsome. Och, but he was the finest-looking man she'd ever beheld... ... I absolutely agree with Callie and trust her judgement! ;) Then again, she was worthy of my praise. But, Sin dear, you were more worthy of my kisses. I adored you throughout the book; I was saddened, overwhelmed, a bit exasperated at times but mostly, I was amazed by your capability of compassion, caring for the ones you love, your yearning for Callie and of course, the love you felt for her. Your past and the way you suffered in the hands of the others, the way they used you ... I'm in awe that you still had these inside you. And, that's what made you the man I simply admired. I enjoyed this book so much, I gulped it down faster than I thought I would. Sin, I've already mentioned, stole my heart completely. Callie, an incredible heroine, I adored too. This book had much angst, specially concerning Sin's life and the way he was just was resigned that his life's always be like this; all sufferings and pain, being the scapegoat. He'll never be worthy of a better life, be a better man whom a woman like Callie could love. I cried a lot for the man because it seemed so unfair. His sufferings in life was just so. Already mentioned, I'm amazed that he was able to feel love and give it in such abandon that in the end, he decided to sacrific himself to save Callie's clan. It was a pleasure to read how their relationship grew and Callie's perseverance on seeing that this man is well-loved and never hunger for the soft touch was exquisite! The trouble with Henry and her clan, created by someone very close to her, was a bit unexpected but not entirely unusual. In the end, it was heartbreaking to see how Sin decided that he would sacrifice himself instead of that person, so that Callie wouldn't have to choose and ultimately, her clan has the peace she always dreamed of. He even donned the MacNeely plaid to show Henry he belonged to the clan, but mostly, to Callie. For a proud man who always made sure he's never owned by anyone (not even Henry), never belongs to anyone [ref: his past with his father], it was a huge step! It was also incredible. But, these are just a few examples of the man I couldn't but love. Some might find his 'ordeals' a bit too much and I did too at some points but there wasn't any real moment of frustration for me. The way Callie rescued Sin from Henry's forces was marvelous to read. I was so happy, can't explain. Loved reading the MacAllister brothers and the way they all came together with men from both the clans to help Callie. Then, the epilogue. It was Christmas and the poor babe never knew a real Christmas in his life. I believe if Sin can, I'll forgive Lochlan's mother Aisleen, too. I think I understood the reasons behind her cruelty, though nothing excuses the way she treated him. Loved that she gave Sin a fitting Christmas gift; the MacAllister clan banner, which had four golden swords stitched in it before (one blackened after Kieran's death), now had five. It was beautiful. I was teary-eyed and had this big idiotic grin on my face, just knowing that Sin knew he's loved and admired by people around him and he was accepted just as he is. Finally, he was at peace. A great big 5 star! :D PS: My words on Sin being a virgin were correct and I believed the reasons behind it. Pretty compelling but admirable nonetheless. Love scenes were sweet. It was great to read Callie telling him how mad she is for him and showing him not only by making love but in other ways too. And, of course, Sin returning the feeling in his own way only made it all sweeter. :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Romanceaholic

    Another typical "Kenyon" tortured hero. As one of her earlier works, I definitely recognized later characters in Sin -- my boyfriend (Acheron), as well as pretty much every hero from the "Born In" series under the Kenyon name, and so forth. Did that stop me from enjoying it? Of course not lol I'm a Kenyon/Macgregor/etc. fangirl, so of course I eat that crap up with a spoon ;) It can get overwhelming if you've decided to glom her writing though, so I find they're better read with a few other books Another typical "Kenyon" tortured hero. As one of her earlier works, I definitely recognized later characters in Sin -- my boyfriend (Acheron), as well as pretty much every hero from the "Born In" series under the Kenyon name, and so forth. Did that stop me from enjoying it? Of course not lol I'm a Kenyon/Macgregor/etc. fangirl, so of course I eat that crap up with a spoon ;) It can get overwhelming if you've decided to glom her writing though, so I find they're better read with a few other books in between. What worked for me: *I actually went back and forth on whether this was a pro or con for me, and settled on pro -- I like how our heroine didn't really fight the marriage to Sin past the inital "WTF you can't tell me who I have to marry!" reaction *Two words: Virgin Hero :D *This was a heavy book, what with all of the mess Sin had gone through, but it had a lot of hidden humor that rather took me by surprise What didn't work for me: *Did NOT like the epilogue -- I found it hard to believe and just too bloody "tidy" for my tastes. Overall? A very angsty read with a lot of references to lifelong rejection and abuse, but with a sweet love story and just enough "intrigue" to keep things interesting. Solid 4 Stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Skrivena stranica

    It was ok, enjoyed reading it. Was very unrealistic in many regards, even more so than it's usual for romance novel.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Re-read from my youth. This book was the only book from Kinley MacGergor that I read and liked back when I was a teenager. When I started reading in this genre again, I read other books in the series and couldn't really say that I liked any of them. But I postponed re-reading Born in Sin because I did not want to destroy a favorable impression of a book I liked. Now I have finally reread this book and I am glad to say that I still like it today, and like it much better than any other books I hav Re-read from my youth. This book was the only book from Kinley MacGergor that I read and liked back when I was a teenager. When I started reading in this genre again, I read other books in the series and couldn't really say that I liked any of them. But I postponed re-reading Born in Sin because I did not want to destroy a favorable impression of a book I liked. Now I have finally reread this book and I am glad to say that I still like it today, and like it much better than any other books I have read from the writer. Sin and Callie were special. The bastard half Scot and his Scottish bride who wouldn't let the devil have him. Sin stood out from all the MacAllister brothers and he really wore the "tortured hero" name well. Shunned by everyone except for a handful few, Sin was a truly noble man, who wore pride and shame well. Kinley MacGregor has my gratitude for not writing Callie to be some highland shrew. Callie was a breath of fresh spring air, loyal but not blindly so. She was the perfect heroine for Sin, she was accepting and generous, understanding and wise. She did not let her loyalty to her family stand between Sin and her. You cannot imagine my relief at finding Callie so. I was so afraid that I would be subjected to yet another "brave and loyal" woman who did not recognize the faults of those she loved. That being said, while I really enjoyed reading the story, I feel that the book could have been more emotional. Sin and Callie did not spend enough time together to share enough scenes for that purpose. And Sin's reluctance got old. I mean it is alright to be reluctant but then a few more scenes where Sin couldn't help but feel, where Sin shared the scenes with Callie, would have made his reluctance more touching. Sin's foster brother Simon was a rare treat. I laughed whenever Simon was in the story. He probably wouldn't be a very good hero, not dark enough. But as a secondary character he was great, bringing some much needed humor into the story. I thought the final reconciliation in the epilogue between Sin and his step-mother very touching. A son forsaken and regained. One thing that some readers may find interesting but could be spoilerish? (view spoiler)[oh and something some readers may find interesting: Sin was a virgin like Callie. Being a bastard and having suffered as a helpless child, Sin did not want to father any children who may end up being as helpless as he was as a child. For that reason, he had never had sexual relationship until Callie. (hide spoiler)]

  15. 5 out of 5

    P

    With everything happened to Sin and his love for the heroine, I couldn't give this book less than 5 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    PepperP0t

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was easily transported back to this world within the first paragraph of the much maligned and damaged Sin MacAllister's star turn. King Henry is holding both Laird's daughter, Callie MacNeely, and her young brother hostage. Callie has unsuccessfully tried to escape with her young brother to her beloved highlands and Callie's latest attempt brings her to the attention of the ferocious warrior, Sin. Sin both intrigues and fascinates Callie and she immediately wants to explore the tender and the I was easily transported back to this world within the first paragraph of the much maligned and damaged Sin MacAllister's star turn. King Henry is holding both Laird's daughter, Callie MacNeely, and her young brother hostage. Callie has unsuccessfully tried to escape with her young brother to her beloved highlands and Callie's latest attempt brings her to the attention of the ferocious warrior, Sin. Sin both intrigues and fascinates Callie and she immediately wants to explore the tender and the lustful feeling she can't control when he's near. The King believes a union tying Scotland to his most loyal warrior who is strong enough to hold the land is an excellent solution to a few problems. Henry decrees that Sin should not only marry Callie and secure Scottish lands for the crown but also capture the notorious outlaw known as Raider, who is causing havoc along the Scottish/English border. Sin, who has only known abuse, hatred, insults and fighting his whole life finds his plan to not marry anyone, ever, thwarted at every turn. Resigned to the marriage, Sin has been looking for a solution to performing the Kings command and not alienate the people he will be set to rule over once the marriage is performed. Since marriage to the fearsome Sin is both Callie's ticket home and a husband she believes she can love, Callie's believes she's broken through some of his barriers and happily agrees to the marriage. Only Sin seems to be aware and to care about the precarious position he's been placed. Callie and Sin made a great couple and surprisingly had a good chemistry. The vivacious Callie was so vividly drawn, she practically jumped off the page and projected her presence even when she wasn't around. Stoic Sin was just as well developed with his pain radiating in ever widening circles. I completely loved this couple. Callie patiently, gently and utterly melting the ice around Sin's heart and soul was ROMANCE. The action and suspense threads were also well done but for this reader the romance read's secondary characters Simon & the MacAllister brothers bound the previous installments to this story, strengthening the series foundation. The was no shortage of villains here as Sin's past unravels and the task before him becomes clearer to all. Superb writing and a seamless flow ensured the story's healthy romance, action and suspense threads skillfully wove together for a book I just didn't want to let go. This is definitely a new favorite series for me. Original Read: January 28, 2014 Rating: 4.75 Stars Actually

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna D.

    I’m going through Sin withdrawal! The end of a book I love is always bittersweet for me…I was sad to see it end. Sometimes I have a really hard time separating my love for a character from my love for a book/story. This is one of those times because as much as my head is telling me that the story was just good (a 3-4 stars, and not a 5) I have to give this book 5 stars (more if I could) because I LOVE Sin MacAllister’s character and I felt a 5-star worth of enjoyment from this book. I laughed I’m going through Sin withdrawal! The end of a book I love is always bittersweet for me…I was sad to see it end. Sometimes I have a really hard time separating my love for a character from my love for a book/story. This is one of those times because as much as my head is telling me that the story was just good (a 3-4 stars, and not a 5) I have to give this book 5 stars (more if I could) because I LOVE Sin MacAllister’s character and I felt a 5-star worth of enjoyment from this book. I laughed out loud and cried (the ugly sort of cry too!) more than once! My sister looked at me funny and thought I was crazy!! But I don’t care! Not since reading Derek Craven from Lisa Kleypas’ Dreaming of You have I fallen in love with such a tortured hero. Again, KM/SK created my favorite kind of hero..strong, handsome, commanding, and tortured. Best of all is that even though he pushes the heroine away (thinking that he is undeserving of love) he is never disrespectful towards the heroine. I know he had a rough childhood from Master of Desire and Claiming the Highlander, but we get the whole picture here in his own book…and it’s about time he gets a HEA with a heroine deserving of such a great man. Callie is a lucky lady! Other than the romance, there are plenty of other factors that made this a 5 star book for me. Sin’s sarcasm/unlikely humor was awesome! I appreciate KM/SK’s humor so much! As well as the tender moments --Those damn childhood flashbacks and in the end when they defended Sin…OMG! Heartwrenching! I’m an easy sucker for these scenes. Again, I loved Simon here - he and the brothers are hilarious! I can’t wait to read Ewan’s story. Did anyone notice that King Henry strikes again as a matchmaker? First with Draven in Master of Desire (although that wasn’t his purpose) and here again with Sin.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. First I’d like to say there was a lot I really loved about this book. The first half of the book I was sure it was going to be 5 stars. So I do highly suggest you give it a try if you haven’t yet, because you might love it. Caledonia, or Callie, is captured by the English and presented in marriage to Sin, who is almost like a right hand man to King Henry II. First thing I liked about this book was this time frame, as I don’t find as many books taking place during this reign. Callie is a Scot and First I’d like to say there was a lot I really loved about this book. The first half of the book I was sure it was going to be 5 stars. So I do highly suggest you give it a try if you haven’t yet, because you might love it. Caledonia, or Callie, is captured by the English and presented in marriage to Sin, who is almost like a right hand man to King Henry II. First thing I liked about this book was this time frame, as I don’t find as many books taking place during this reign. Callie is a Scot and she loves her clan and homeland. I really enjoyed the spunkiness of her character in the beginning and her good heart. She tries to understand the hero and break through with him and keeps trying to make her marriage what she dreams it can be. She doesn’t allow her new husbands standoffish attitude and cold shoulder get to her. I did feel her character rather plateaued though and became redundant. Sin. Ahhh. I read in another review he was a 5 star hero in a 2 star book and I can totally see why that person would think this. I just loved him. Those black eyes, that tortured past, his connection to the heroine who is his only bright spot in the world...yet I believe the author just took it a bit too far in trying to established how crappy his life was. I usually love drama and angst but this was just getting repetitive with the non stop stories of all the horrible things he went through. It was ever so dramatic. If you haven’t read the book yet and plan to, I recommend you stop reading my review now. Spoilers ahead with specifics I didn’t like. Ok? Ok. The hero has never been loved. And it was beyond overdone. The author was so repetitive just over and over how horrible his life has been. He’s a bastard child. His mother hated him. His stepmother hated him. His father hated him. The English hated him. The scots hated him. His dog hated him. His great great great grandfather hated him from the grave. He was a slave. He was sold by his father. He was an assassin forced to slit people’s throats for food. Everyone got presents on Christmas except him. Everyone got presents on birthdays except him. He didn’t have a birthday. He didn’t have a name. He was named Sin when he was 6 because everyone hated him. Someone throws a cabbage at his head. Someone shoots him with an arrow. Someone tries to poison him. Someone tries to stab him in the back...my GOSH. I got it about 1/3 of the way through (if not the first chapter, because it was pretty well established) and I wish she would have then focused on Sin and Callie growing together instead of finding out more horrible things every chapter and Callie trying to soothe him and Sin pushing her back. She definitely established his pain but then didn’t really move on from that. Also this author loved the word moan. I overall enjoyed her kisses and scenes but the fact that everyone moaned so much the first few times it dimmed my enjoyment for future scenes. She moaned, he moaned, they moaned. I really struggled with what to rate this. I loved it, yet it annoyed me. I give 3 stars I guess. I think if I read this 5 years or so ago I would have loved it. I’m just so extra picky now 😭

  19. 4 out of 5

    Saly

    3.5 stars If I hadn't read the Dark Hunter series by this author I may have enjoyed this more. But this features a typical SK hero, tortured, rejected by all, fights the h's influence, expects everyone to forsake him. H is compelled by his King to marry h. He tries to stay away from her, can't and loads of angst later HEA. Not bad.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Daneesha

    I met the hero in a previous book, Claiming the Highlander. He was intriguing then and this is his story. It's so sad. He claims neither England nor Scotland for his heritage and he was not wanted by his father, his mother, or his stepmother. He was basically sold to some mercenaries and tortured. He had to kill people to stay alive until he met King Henry II. So, he has this reputation of a fearsome devil and fierce warrior on the battlefield. The female in this book was so great. She helped hi I met the hero in a previous book, Claiming the Highlander. He was intriguing then and this is his story. It's so sad. He claims neither England nor Scotland for his heritage and he was not wanted by his father, his mother, or his stepmother. He was basically sold to some mercenaries and tortured. He had to kill people to stay alive until he met King Henry II. So, he has this reputation of a fearsome devil and fierce warrior on the battlefield. The female in this book was so great. She helped him learn to love. It was so bittersweet when he was feeling love, but not sure, and afraid because he had been spurned all his life. He only knew hate, fear, and disgust because people treated him like that all the time. Of course, there's a happy ending. I loved it though. Very touching without being horribly saccharine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    4.5/5.0 It's not perfect but within the realms of light, easy historical romance, it is close. The portrayal of a tortured, abused and unloved hero has seldom been written better. Sin, the bastard son of an unloving father and hateful mother had such a horrendous childhood that no one even considered the possibility of redemption. Callie does not know this, however, and having never heard of the infamous Sin, chooses to look past his reputation to find the man underneath. This story is both heart 4.5/5.0 It's not perfect but within the realms of light, easy historical romance, it is close. The portrayal of a tortured, abused and unloved hero has seldom been written better. Sin, the bastard son of an unloving father and hateful mother had such a horrendous childhood that no one even considered the possibility of redemption. Callie does not know this, however, and having never heard of the infamous Sin, chooses to look past his reputation to find the man underneath. This story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. One thing is for sure, it is undoubtedly and completely sigh worthy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eli Easton

    An enjoyable 4 star read for me. The 'extremely damaged man finds love' scenario was enjoyable as well as the historical aspect with the Scot's and King Henry. The romance was pretty steamy. The sub plot with the raider was well done. Points off for excessive length, repetitive internal dialogue ('no, I can't possibly trust that she loves me' for 400 pages) and a tendency towards purple prose. It's clear this book was written some time ago. Still, obviously a romance classic and worth a read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lady Raven RAVE!

    http://www.romancenoveljunkies.com for readers THIS book was so... good Sin is like the man you just wanna get to know if he really exist There is a part in the book that was SHOCKING, breath taking and just so so times infinity sweet that you rarely will find in Historical romance novels..this book will not disappoint, get the series start with the MASTER OF DESIRE the first book and the BROTHER HOOD OF THE SWORD series you will know the characters more. http://www.romancenoveljunkies.com for readers THIS book was so... good Sin is like the man you just wanna get to know if he really exist There is a part in the book that was SHOCKING, breath taking and just so so times infinity sweet that you rarely will find in Historical romance novels..this book will not disappoint, get the series start with the MASTER OF DESIRE the first book and the BROTHER HOOD OF THE SWORD series you will know the characters more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    It was hard to put this book down. After reading several just ok books, I have just had a run of seriously good books! I will be reading the rest of this series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Preacox

    Sin McAllister is the epitome of a tortured hero. I've never encountered another hero that had so much shit happen to him. I mean the poor man doesn't even have a proper given name, for God's sake! He's been called "lad" for most of his god-awful childhood, until the moment when he wanted to know what his name is. That is when his stepmother called him "Sin" because, as a bastard, he was conceived in sin, born in sin and would live in sin for the rest of his unworthy life. ZOMG! This guy was an Sin McAllister is the epitome of a tortured hero. I've never encountered another hero that had so much shit happen to him. I mean the poor man doesn't even have a proper given name, for God's sake! He's been called "lad" for most of his god-awful childhood, until the moment when he wanted to know what his name is. That is when his stepmother called him "Sin" because, as a bastard, he was conceived in sin, born in sin and would live in sin for the rest of his unworthy life. ZOMG! This guy was an outcast and unwanted from the moment of his conception. He was unwanted by his own mother, unwanted by his own father, and even more unwanted by his stepmother. The only ones who were friendly to him were his four half-brothers and later on his foster-brothers, Draven and Simon, who we know from the first book, Master of Desire. Sin has been shunned all his life. He never knew parental love. He was cast aside, abandoned, and banished. Sold to the Saracens when he was still a boy, he was forced to become an assassin. Pain, torture, starvation, and fear for his own life were his constant companions. Now, as a man, Sin is a fearsome, deadly knight and advisor to King Henry. Everyone trembles at the knees when he is around. They call him the devil who eats little children for supper. He's still getting shunned by those around him. Until, one day, he meets Callie who is able to see the man behind the façade. Caledonia MacNeely has been abducted by King Henry in order to stop the raids that are committed by members of her clan. The mysterious "Raider" has to be stopped. Henry wants peace. That's why he orders Sin to marry Callie. Sin's job is to indentify and punish the Raider for his crimes. Once again Sin has to return to a land he deeply despises, to people who will reject and loathe him with a vengeance, with a wife he didn't want but can't resist. I liked Sin's book. It wasn't as awesome as Draven's book (the first of the series), but I still had lots of fun reading about Sin and Callie's adventure. There is just something about tortured heroes that is utterly compelling to me, and Sin's character was right up my alley. "Born in Sin" is a book I will gladly reread many times. It shouldn't be missed by those who are fond of a tortured and brooding hero.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mishma Nixon

    For more review visit Chasing Faerytales Sin is a wounded, damaged man who's never had a good childhood because of his mixed heritage and unloving parents. He is brought up with hatred and then was sold to savages finally being saved by the king of England. This makes him a tough,savage assassin of the king and feared by everyone, until the king makes him marry a woman whose kind and gentle heart shatters the ice around his own. The book is so beautiful. The horrors of Sin's life is unbearable and For more review visit Chasing Faerytales Sin is a wounded, damaged man who's never had a good childhood because of his mixed heritage and unloving parents. He is brought up with hatred and then was sold to savages finally being saved by the king of England. This makes him a tough,savage assassin of the king and feared by everyone, until the king makes him marry a woman whose kind and gentle heart shatters the ice around his own. The book is so beautiful. The horrors of Sin's life is unbearable and heartbreaking to read about. How can people be so cruel? My heart broke for the little boy who grew up without love, sold into slavery, was used as an assassin and hated by everyone around him. So when he finally finds someone who loves him unconditionally, it was so beautiful to read their story. Callie is a gentle and pure soul who has so much love,kindness and compassion inside her and I guarantee that everyone who reads this book will cry when they read about the love of a woman saving the soul of a man who never had any in his life.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Britta

    Another fantastic addition the Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor's MacAllister series. Saved from the harsh life of slavery and killing he was sold into, Sin is the trusted advisor and sometimes friend of King Henry of England. Allowing no man nor family to claim him, Sin deals with his demons (and being called a demon as well as the devil himself and a baby eater) on a daily basis. Much to his chagrin, Henry orders Sin to marry a woman who is the oldest daughter of the former (now dead) Laird o Another fantastic addition the Sherrilyn Kenyon/Kinley MacGregor's MacAllister series. Saved from the harsh life of slavery and killing he was sold into, Sin is the trusted advisor and sometimes friend of King Henry of England. Allowing no man nor family to claim him, Sin deals with his demons (and being called a demon as well as the devil himself and a baby eater) on a daily basis. Much to his chagrin, Henry orders Sin to marry a woman who is the oldest daughter of the former (now dead) Laird of the clan MacNeeley. Sin wants nothing to do with her. He wants nothing to do with the homeland (Scotland) who shut her door to him. Sin hates ALL things Scottish. Who is this red haired vixen? Caledonia. So Scottish, her name is the Gaelic word for Scotland. What is a man like Sin to do? And what happens when he starts to fall for the little minx? All around a good addition to the series. This book allows you to see all the brothers, their dead father, and Sin's step-mother (the rest of the boy's biological mother) in a different light.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nazneen

    This was a beautiful book..I must tell that this hero SIN would be one of the most tortured heroes..Gosh!! It was heart wrenching to hear his story..How everybody was cruel to an innocent boy..How could his bloody parents blame him for his birth when it was their mistake to have an illegitimate relation..I loved how Callie tries hard for him, how she never gives up on him, how she is determined to make her place in his heart & to show him that he is loved..I can really describe my opinion on eac This was a beautiful book..I must tell that this hero SIN would be one of the most tortured heroes..Gosh!! It was heart wrenching to hear his story..How everybody was cruel to an innocent boy..How could his bloody parents blame him for his birth when it was their mistake to have an illegitimate relation..I loved how Callie tries hard for him, how she never gives up on him, how she is determined to make her place in his heart & to show him that he is loved..I can really describe my opinion on each & every situatio. but it's not possible..I was so glad when he admits to himself as well as her that he loves her. It was a beautiful story, with beautiful hero, heroine & beautiful ending...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katrina Passick Lumsden

    While I didn't despise this book as much as I've despised some of MacGregor's other books, it still just didn't do it for me. There's a pervading shrewishness and stupidity to MacGregor's heroines that I just can't abide, and her heroes are always reluctant to the point of absurdity. It's normal for people to be insecure, particularly when they've gone through everything Sin did, but for shit's sake, he hated everyone and everything, and himself even more. It got to be tiring, the melodrama drai While I didn't despise this book as much as I've despised some of MacGregor's other books, it still just didn't do it for me. There's a pervading shrewishness and stupidity to MacGregor's heroines that I just can't abide, and her heroes are always reluctant to the point of absurdity. It's normal for people to be insecure, particularly when they've gone through everything Sin did, but for shit's sake, he hated everyone and everything, and himself even more. It got to be tiring, the melodrama draining me to the point of just not giving a fuck anymore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    I really loved this one. I liked both hero and the heroine very much. It's definitely one of those books you can read again and again. I'll definitely re-read it in the future. The book is well written and it has everything you'd want in a good book: romance, suspense, sad and funny moments and even some parts that were real tear jerkers. I loved the writing, I loved the characters and I loved the story. Highly recommended.

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