ARC Review: The Rebirth of Sin by Courtney Lane

1 Feb 2016

Book Title: The Rebirth of Sin
Author: Courtney Lane
Series: Wicked Trinity #2
Release Date: February 11th, 2016
Genres: Dark Erotica, Psychological Thriller
Keaton Mara once lived through a hell created by the most detestable malefactor she has ever known. Ready to put the worst behind her, she returns to the life she once abandoned with Noah, the man who arguably broke her and saved her simultaneously, at her side.

Noah Oliver is on what he believes to be an ordained mission. Purging the evil from the world is a crucial element of his personal vendetta. The seduction of the tormented souls, enticing them to give in to their temptations, accompanies his central mission.

Without Noah’s sanctuary to keep his more depraved desires satisfied, and with Keaton attempting to adopt a normal life, Noah faces an inescapable conflict.

Can Noah keep the devil off his back, or will the individuals he has the grandest plans for witness his wrath when they fall from grace?

Content contains descriptive violence, coarse language, graphic sex, minor horror elements, and scenes that most readers would find objectionable. Reader discretion is strongly advised.

Is it possible to be so confused but still be completely awed by a story after putting it down? Every time I pick up a Courtney Lane book, I know I’m in for some mindf*ck of a twisted dark ride but she still manages to catch me offguard every single time! I don’t even know where to begin with this review because just as I thought I had things figured out, NOTHING is always as it seems when it comes to her books. Allow me to gather my thoughts as I still absorb the shock of the twist.

Eventhough it’s been exactly a year since I finished The Sect, I still recalled how that book messed with my mind and had me staying up till 5am to buddy read it with my blog wife. The theories were endless and Noah- oh god he was such an enigma. After a rather satisfying ending in the Sect, I was curious to see whether Courtney will take us next by reopening this story arc. Little did I expect that the road to redemption was far from over for our characters.

The Noah in this book seemed like a completely different character, it almost felt like he was a whole another character on its own. His actions had me furious and enraged but later had me confused and conflicted. 

“I lie to you constantly Keaton. The sad thing is, I don’t think you’ll ever know what’s true and what’s false about me.”

Keaton on the other hand, I can see the reason that is guiding her reactions but half of time, I feel like yelling at her to self-persevere. Some of these brutal scenes literally had me wincing and shuddering as I read because I can’t even begin to imagine the brutality of it. But what I really loved about this one is there’s a new player in town now. He’s like the knight in the shining armor to save the damsel in distress that is Keaton and he is oh-so-swoony. At this point, I’m like “Noah who?”.

Without giving away a huge chunk of the plot details, all I can assure you is: whatever you think you know about what went down in The Sect, think again. The sequel brings out a whole new level of beast that none of you will see coming. Courtney has outdone herself with this one. The last 15% of the read was the real kicker that threw me off and quite frankly, I don’t know why I didn’t see this twist coming! That’s a rhetorical question because Courtney never fails to stump me even after reading almost all of her books. She always finds a way to outsmart her readers and truly, that’s why she’s an auto-buy author for me.

Now I’ll just be twiddling my thumbs as I await anxiously on the next book to see how this will all unfold.

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old, she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.

Although she's had a few short hiatuses, writing has been her passion for a number of years. Until 2013, she'd always viewed her writing as a personal hobby and a purgative process: She never thought about sharing her very personal works with anyone outside of her friends and family. On October 8, 2013, she took the plunge into self-publishing and began making her works available to the public. 

While many of her works touch several different genres, she has an archetype when it comes to the female protagonists in her stories — they have to have certain brand of strength, be deeply flawed, and harbor layered personalities. In her books you will find themes that reflect the darker side of life with a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. She also has an affinity for characters that aren't necessarily the girl or boy next door, or the people you'd encounter in everyday life. In other words, she prefers to explore characters who aren't easy to fall in love with.

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