Between Sinners and Saints

  • by Marie Sexton
  • Narrated by John Solo
  • 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall.
Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi.
Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something they can find only together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they'll find a way to heal each other, and they'll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.

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great story, good narration

Levi is a “Mormon” bartender who literally fucks any man willing and never goes back for seconds. He’s a surfer and when his back starts to hurt he begins to see a massage therapist in the hopes of alleviating the pain. He doesn’t count on the sweet, shy, funny man who helps him with his back and later, his heart.

Jaime has a tragic past involving sexual abuse. He locks himself away and won’t allow anyone in, but when the outgoing Levi storms into his life he can’t say no, especially when it’s Levi and his bed that make him feel the safest he’s ever felt.

In addition to navigating this sometimes awkward and painful relationship, Levi and Jaime have their family demons to overcome. Both serving as a wonderful sounding board for the other on the path to healing.

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Wow. This is another great book by Marie Sexton. I’d avoided it even though I’m a big fan because of the religion and the pain surrounding these guys.

I have to admit that I wanted to strangle Levi’s family. I never got them. They made some great strides – sure – but they were so stubborn and ridiculous, I can’t believe they thought that offering Levi chastity was a viable option.

I loved that Jaime was the one who helped Levi heal with his family. His desire for the closeness they shared helped Levi to get past his own stubbornness and I think, vice versa for his family.

The sexual abuse part was fairly well handled, my only issue is that I think a professional counselor really would have helped Jaime get through his issues in a better way and couples therapy would have done them wonders.

Audiobook

For whatever reason, listening to this was a bit easier than reading it and I really enjoyed John Solo’s narration. He doesn’t go over the top – in fact no one even has southern accents as you’d expect – but he does a nice job of bringing the story to life.

I highly recommend this to people who have an interest in the Mormon lifestyle – the author clearly did her research and she manages to describe them without villainizing them. It’s a moving love story and very well done.
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- Morgan A Skye

Good narration; okay story

Any additional comments?

I thought John Solo did a really good job with the narration - conveying the situations presented and narrating the different character voices. I enjoyed the narration and wouldn't mind picking up other stories narrated by him.

What I liked most:
~ I loved this is a hurt/comfort story that deals with some really heavy subject matters.
~ I loved the story is told from both Levi and Jamie's POV.
~ I loved Jamie and the way Sexton handles Jamie's past trauma, the aftermath, and, ultimately, his healing. Jamie is what kept me going through the story.

I eventually liked Levi, especially his handling of Jamie and Jamie's past. It helped my respect for his character to grow, which is good because I really hated him for the first 50% of the story, then mostly disliked him for the next 10%, then eventually liked him. His actions, thoughts, behavior...I wanted to punch him. But he grows, through his love of Jamie, and that helped me like him better.

I knew going in that the story has an association with religious themes, so I didn't find the subject matter to be surprising. I did find it heavy handed at times, but those times usually passed pretty quickly and I tried not to dwell on them. Levi's family, and their religious battering, no matter how well intentioned, grated at me terribly even as I respected their growth and willingness to alter their opinions.

Ultimately, the story is about the power of healing, family and love. Fans of hurt/comfort should check this out, especially the audio version.

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- Belen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Marie Sexton