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Combinando suspense com paixão Nora Roberts oferece nos um bestseller explosivo e muito sensualNos indolentes dias de verão uma intensa vaga de calor é a maior notícia na cidade de Washington – mas a meteorologia é ignorada quando uma jovem é encontrada estranguladaMais duas vítimas se seguem e subitamente todos os grandes jornais falam no assassino a quem chamam “O Padre” Quando a polícia requisita o auxílio da psiquiatra Tess Court ela apresenta o retrato perfil perturbador de uma alma perversa para definir o criminosoMas o Detetive Ben Paris não quer saber da psique do assassino – o que ele não consegue ignorar é TessConfiante e atraente Ben tem uma lendária reputação como mulherengo mas Tess não reage a Ben como as outras mulheres tornando o desafio de a conquistar muito mais alicianteEnquanto Ben e Tess se associam como parceiros nesta perigosa missão a chama da paixão acende se No entanto alguém mais tem o olhar enfeitiçado pela bela psiquiatra loura e talvez ninguém consiga impedir a próxima tragédia

10 thoughts on “Sacred Sins

  1. says:

    I absolutely love anything written by Nora Roberts but Sacred Sins – not exactly one of my favorites but it’s still worth a readWhat I likedI eventually warmed up to the two mc’s Ben Paris is that not a fab namethe gorgeousobviouslydetective working a serial killer case and Tess Court beautiful smart and caring psychiatrist who has been assigned to assist and profiling the killer for the police However my favorite character was most definitely Ben’s partner Ed He’s such a likeable and engaging guy who has not become the cynical and cold cop as most are portrayed in books The dialogue between Ben and Ed is fabulousloved the scene where Ed takes Ben to view the house he has just boughtsome really funny and great interaction between themThe differences between Ben Tess – yes opposites do attract A successful and independent woman from a privileged background and a down to earth regular guy who faces criminals every day of his life and so happens that he absolutely does NOT like psychiatristsThe feelings that Tess had for one of her patients Joey was surprising at first the way she becomes involved personally with the case but as I learnt about her was able to understand it because she’s really a very caring person and not a “by the hour” doctorsSo what made me not TOTALLY CRAZY about this bookOne of the many reasons I love this author’s books is that romance is what I want and this book was the fact that the suspense and mystery was the main plot and the love story just a kind of add on Ben Paris – geez his behavior towards Tessat times I wanted to “klap” that’s my slang for hit his head and get with the timeswomen can be just as smart independent as men are for heaven’s sake If I was Tess – would have kicked his ass a few times OTT alpha maleThe so many times we have to read about Tess Ben’s different stance on how to deal with killers and murderers I must be honest and say that I did skim over some pages that repeated the subjectOkay I never guessed who the killer waswhich was pretty cleverit then falls flat on how he’s finally captured Talk about a rush to get to the end – imho it could have ended with a bit BANGAnd the SMOKING – okay the book was written before the much anti smoking issue came into serious beingbut geezBen smokes gives cigarettes to a witness Ben smokes againbet Tess had him brushing his teeth before she kissed himor maybe he sucked on some mints LOVED THIS SCENE“'You're a shrink?' 'You're a cop?' 'That's the bell for round one'”“Okay Maybe I see you as someone raking in bucks off frustrated housewives and bored executives Everything harks to sex or mother hating You answer questions with questions and never raise a sweat Fifty minutes goes by and you click over to the next file When someone really needs help when someone's desperate it gets passed over You label it file it and go on o the next hour”Ben“All right let's try a different angle You're a homicide detective I guess all you do all day is two wheel it down dark alleys with guns blazing You dodge a few bullets in the morning slap the cuffs on in the afternoon and haul him in for interrogation Is that general enough for you?”TessThough written a few years ago the story still holds itself and is still a “I like” read

  2. says:

    I read this for Romance Book Bingo 2017 Headless Woman square I vaguely recall reading this book when I was a teenager I re read it because I was totally light on details I think I ended up getting bored with it and never finishing it though If the book didn't have a cover with a woman half out of a dress with Fabio and his flowing mane of hair I tended to not sneak those from my mom Sacred Sins is a pretty good procedural by Roberts There was some romance and the two leads didn't annoy me to death like in the sequel you can read that review later You can see some elements that will follow Roberts later on in her In Death books later on Heck I see the heroine in this one Tess Court being really similar to Doctor Charlotte Mira The set up is that psychiatrist Tess Court is asked to help out the DC police when they suspect a serial killer is in their midst Tess is reluctant to take the case however the MO of the killer has her wondering about whether this killer is as evil as the police portray him to be Her ability to look at the gray in something that looks totally black and white sets her up for constant fighting with DC detective Ben Paris Ben has a lot of feelings about psychiatrists none of them good and thinks in the end all Tess is going to do is give out some sob story about the serial killer when he is eventually captured I have to say that I really enjoyed Tess I think it's honestly because of the fact she comes across as sensible She doesn't go around disparaging any of her patients with mental issues She even clues into the fact that perhaps the serial killer may be schizophrenic based on his writing what he is doing to the victims after they die and even what he is telling her once he seeks her out I don't know if I could have been able to keep my head like Tess does or be able to be so neutral when she gets involved with this case Her ability to fight to get her patients what care they need in order to live full lives is what really made me like herThe character of Ben was a little harder to take I think it's because Roberts sets him up as a ladies man Which is okay but I just wasn't seeing it His annoyance at feeling attraction for the good doctor and him fighting against it felt very true too The issues with him not wanting to see the bad in the world though got a bit old I liked that Tess pushed back on him wanting her to be separate from his work He's a cop they are seeing each other she wants to be part of that too The secondary characters really work for this one too Ben's partner Ed Jackson is a straight up hippie I am still trying to wrap my head around anyone in DC in the late 1980s this was originally published in 1987 would be all about not eating meat not smoking and eating berries every five minutes I also liked that we get some insight into a Catholic priest who also has a degree in psychiatry who is able to give some insights into the serial killers religious meanings behind these deaths One of Tess's patients is also included as a secondary character and my heart broke with that whole story line Roberts does a great job writing a teenage boy who feels lost and alone The romance between the two of them really works for me Though I have to say I was not a fan of Ben being handsy with Tess without permission A few times Roberts notes that he reaches out and takes some of her hair and winds it or plays with it Umm this is before they even are physical with each other Then again I am a black woman do not touch my hair without permissionThe writing is pretty good I thought Roberts does a great job setting up the overall plot We get POVs from Ben Tess and the serial killer We also get a couple of what I thought were funny moments I also loved how Roberts shows how Tess is affected by what happens to her patients though she does her best to not let it overwhelm herThe flow is a little slow here and there but I am not going to complain about how Roberts sets the book up She does a good job of building everything up I did get a bit over the back and forth between Tess and Ben though regarding what are they doing and I was just waiting for Ben to catch up to the fact that he really cared about and was falling in love with Tess The setting of DC made me smile Roberts obviously knows the city layout and she is able to point out a few landmarks that I know Rock Creek Park the Kennedy Center etc and makes the city as much a part of the whole book as the characters The ending is the only part that I think really came out of left field It felt a little Lifetime Movie for me when you find out the serial killer is the ice cream delivery man that has been running around

  3. says:

    I can see why the mixed reviews on this book On some levels the book is great then again there are parts that you just want to skip entirely No one does character development like Nora Roberts The character development is continual throughout the book I really enjoy the way she slowly peels back the layers on her main characters There were some really good things about this book but other areas were just flat I am not especially fond of Tess way too much of the martyr for me and Ben I just am not feeling the sparks after their initial meeting Die hard NR fans will stick it out but if you aren't a die hard fan there are far superior books by her for you to read This book was written in 1987 NR had all the elements for a great RS book here but it just didn't quite come together The NR of today would have taken this book and knocked it out of the park Someone is strangling women with a Priest's white silk amice and Ben and his partner Ed have no leads whatsoever Tess is a psychologist whose grandfather is a US Senator He persuades Tess to take on the job of profiling the killer She has a very demanding workload and doesn't want to get involved but she find herself drawn into the investigation and into Ben As Tess and Ben get to know each other they find there are depths to each of then that the other just did not expect Then the whole thing takes a dearly turn when the killer targets Tess 3 12 stars

  4. says:

    This sounds super good and it's on sale at for 299 I see it's the 1st in a series and I really don't want to get hooked into another series right now Does this work as a stand alone novel or is the plot ongoing throughout the series?

  5. says:

    There is no black and white not in religion not in psychiatry and certainly not in life Did God create us out of his goodness and generosity and perhaps a sense of the ridiculousness? Or did we invent God because we have a desperate innate need to believe in something larger powerful than ourselves?When multiple female victims turn up dead by the hands of what seems to be an overly religious psychopath the police force in Washington DC turn to the help of renowned psychiatrist Tess Court to help get into the mind of this killer Ben Paris has a severe prejudice against 'head doctors' and he assumes that Tess is just a fraud like the rest of them But there is something about her warm and caring personality that draws him to her Something he just can't resist She admired someone who could be at ease with people without worrying about impressions opinions To be that way you first had to be at ease with yourself Somehow content as she was with her life she'd never quite gotten thereI have to say that even though this is one of her older novels it is definitely one of my favorites I liked the storyline but even than that I was captivated by the characters especially Tess I'll admit I was originally drawn to her because she is a psychiatrist and I am extremely interested in that profession from a career perspective But I also grew to love how she was such a strong woman yet was still such a caring and compassionate person at the same time I not only liked her as a character but I really admired her as a woman Definitely a character I could look up to

  6. says:

    I've really enjoyed other Nora Roberts books But not this oneI was bored and underwhelmed by the end This one's not for me

  7. says:

    I was tempted to tag this as historical LolIt is wierd reading about a world without mobile phones and internet The mystery was good and the romance was ok I've read much better books by NRI'll read the next one in the series soon

  8. says:

    I don't usually read much of this author This book caught my attention though A little slow to start but it became very interesting I have to say she got me I never saw it coming at allyay NR

  9. says:

    This was just okay for me Neither the mystery or the romance grabbed me

  10. says:

    I can definitely understand the mixed reviews on this book as I myself am mixed about my own reaction I did enjoy it mostly so it rates a 3 star or higher but not sure how much higher There is a killer who is murdering young blondes and then absolving them of their sins The plot is actually very good it had a good mix of detail criminal element and good guys but the buildup of suspense seemed to be lacking It's like the plot flat lined before we got to the ending The supporting cast was a good group although for me they felt underdeveloped I really liked Ben's partner Ed and the role that Monsignor Logan played All the elements of the plot are there and I liked them but I never was on the edge of my seat It could be that too much time in the story revolved around building the subplot of how to resolve Tess being a psychiatrist and Ben being opposed to psychiatrists The romance between Ben and Tess had all the right elements but they just didn't sizzle together They never felt like a couple And individually I'm not sure I liked either of themI have a long standing gripe on the player type characters Unfortunately Ben is such a character and it took me a while to warm up to him A long while as in I'm not sure I have yetPage 57 His smile was slow and though his eyes never left her face he took in every detail Hello I'm BenUnfortunately this was his reaction to another women while on his first date with Tess Yes the woman was obvious in her interest in Ben however Ben's reaction of being receptive to her interest moves him down a number of notches in my book and definitely not worthy of hero status I'm annoyed not intrigued I want to be intrigued by the character set up to be the leading man And there are a number of scenes in the book that showcase or allude to his player status Such as in typical player mode Ben takes Tess to bed picks a fight and doesn't call JERK mode I didn't put Ben on my d bag hero shelf but he came closeAnd perhaps even worse Tess sometimes seems amused by his player mode For me this isn't romance Yes it's a romance and they get their HEA but how they got there didn't work for me and I didn't believe in itAnd I had issues with Tess I like strong women which she appears to be But thenPg 192 NR sets up the worst scenario strong woman who falls apart so that she lean on player jerk She is strong and competent until he shows up and then she gets all shaky and weepy So the scene also has a couple cops come over to set up her phone for wiretapping And my thought is Why do you stay in a silk kimono when additional cops are coming over to put a wiretap on your phone? Because the next sex scene doesn't work as well if she had been a normal person and put street clothes on The physical description of Tess may be described like a Grace Kelly or even perhaps Tippi Hedren remember the classic blonde from Birds but something didn't quite work for me Maybe Tess was too much of a martyr for me Tess and Ben tended to see things differently way differently and I didn't really feel that they moved closer on their opinions I just didn't see Tess and Ben working out They may have resolved a couple of issues but they certainly left a couple on the tableThere is a second book in this series which features Ben's partner Ed I liked Ed and his book is next on my list