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Roman (Saints and Sinners) [Kindle Edition]

Kennedy Streath
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a dying town, two teens marked as broken struggle with the burden of lies masquerading as truth. Not even a man of faith is strong enough to hold back the coming darkness.

Benedict Nowak bailed on his marriage, taking his son with him but leaving behind his five year old daughter. He had his reasons. He had no idea they’d come back to haunt him.

TJ had come to terms with the mother she despised, making those small concessions that made life bearable. But her mother’s death changed everything.

Her brother, Anton, was the parent missing in TJ’s life, until he found a calling in violence, and left his sister at the mercy of shrinks and a mother with ice in her veins.

Roman Rincon was the juvie rescued by Father Marcus and placed in the care of Benedict Nowak. With his records sealed, no one knew what happened that fateful night when Roman was only fourteen. All Father Marcus knew was the boy had confessed to a crime not even the cops would talk about.

In the small coal mining town of Montville, two teens whose lives have been shattered beyond repair must find a way to cope … with school, with each other, with growing up marked as broken in a town dying under the weight of secrets and lies.

Warned off having anything to do with Roman, TJ is all too willing to agree, except for one little thing. The young man lives in the apartment above her father’s car repair business so avoiding him might be a problem.

As for Roman, he will take his secret to the grave, no matter what the cost.


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Review by Greta van der Rol:
This book starts off with a fairly routine YA premise - a sixteen year old girl (TJ) finding herself dumped on her estranged father when the mother she despises dies. Coming from a wealthy, upmarket life style and a private school, she's faced with a new life in an impoverished, dying mining town where Latinos do what they can to survive. TJ's brother, Tony, the only person who cares about TJ, is a serving soldier due to return to active service, leaving her to cope on her own. Before he goes, he makes her promise to keep away from Roman, a young man working for her father.
It's obvious TJ isn't going to keep away from Roman. But many things about this novel are not obvious.
And then there's Roman. He's described as a seventeen year old juvenile delinquent who is sent to live with Ben as a form of rehabilitation. From the outset it's obvious he is dark and dangerous. But how dangerous? And who to?
In a way this is the usual YA coming of age story, but it is so much more. There's a thread of dark fantasy - or call it myth - which begins as a hint, then coalesces in the latter part of the book and brings it to a thumping, heart-stopping climax. It's a book about love, acceptance, sacrifice and redemption on many different levels. The characters are all well-developed, real people with pasts and futures and reasons.
The writing is sensual and evocative. This is no skim read. You have to pay attention or you'll miss things. Perhaps that is my only criticism. The description is rich and real.
I really enjoyed this book. My YA days are far behind me and it would be sad to imagine that this is just a story for 'teens'. It's not. I give it *****.

About the Author

Saints and Sinners: Roman started as a personal challenge, writing on the fly, 2-3 chapters per week and posting them blog style, never completely sure where the characters and the story would take me. As the project gathered fans (some rabid and very supportive) and a life of its own, I found that sweet spot where creativity and energy found synergy. I hope you like the outcome. Book Two: Sacrifice is on deck and will follow the same format. For more information see: http://saints-and-sinners.weebly.com/index.html

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481244779
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PubRight (January 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AMSUDOS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,372,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! February 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I wasn't really sure what to think about this book, the story absolutely floored me. I was never quite sure where it was going, but was very willing to keep reading to figure it all out. The electricity between Roman and TJ is so immediate you just "feel" that there is more than meets the eye there. The trouble being TJ promised her brother Tony to stay away from Roman. Add in TJ's mom has died, and she is being moved in with a dad she hasn't seen since she was five. From a wealthy life to an impoverished one, TJ must make a lot of changes.
I most certainly never expected the twists and turns this book took, it took my breath away and left me filled with absolute admiration for Kennedy Streath. The style this book was written in was also new to me, I must say I truly enjoyed it, it's almost a rough and gritty form of story telling. I look forward to the next book, you have made a fan for life! Many thanks for gifting me this ebook so I could read and review it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise! March 16, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I started reading this book, I wasnt sure I was going to like it. It begins with a teenage girl who has just lost her mother, if you could call her that, and then had to go live with a father that left her when she was an innocent 5 years old and had no idea what was going on. I expected this to be a story of her finding her place in a small town, learning to love her father and all peaches and cream in the end. this was not the case at all! Much to my surprise and excitemnet, it was anything but peaches and cream. We fairly quickly learn that there is another plot entirely at work here. The father is an ex drunk just trying to get by, relying on a priest to help him make decisions and his son, who we find out the priest practically raised because the of the fathers habits and that's just the beginning. We meet Roman, a dark soul who appears to be a troubled teen but in reality is so much more. He becomes the unsuspected hero and protector to the girl who really has no idea what she has walked into with this family and town. All this and we havent even talked about the brother and his girlfriend!! The brother seems like there is so much more to him but it is held back. We get just enough to keep us wondering about him. I am really anxious to see his story in the upcoming book!
this book is full of twists and turns and I just could not put it down! When it ended, I was like "what!! that's all? There is so much more that I want to know!" I highly recommend this book, just keep going past the teenage girl coming into her own thoguhts and before you know it, you will be transported into something deeper, darker and so much more intriguing!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saints and Sinners ROMAN March 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When I started reading this book I had the impression that it was going to be a coming of age story about a teenage girl dealing with the loss of her mother.It kind of had a bubble gum feel to it.But boy was I ever wrong, because it turned out to be much,much more.Indeed it is about a teenage girl dealing with issues, but not by any means issues any of us had to deal with as teens.Kennedy Streath has written characters with many marvelous layers and by the time those layers are peeled back you are knee deep in paranormal magma.Kennedy gives you just enough information to make you yearn for more.When all is said and done this book was an amazing read,very well written and had all the wonderful qualities that made it into a bonafide page turner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Poppet
Format:Kindle Edition
Roman, oh Roman! Shew! Strong silent type is epitomized brilliantly by the way this author captured Roman's enigmatic character. The mystery boy with a brutal secret is magnetic Wow, so many secrets, a twist I could never anticipate, and just freaking incredible writing.

When I started reading I was highlighting phrasing I loved and stopped after a few pages realizing I'd be highlighting the entire book, page after page. 'suburbia potholed with compromise', eyes the color of penance' etc. I absolutely devoured this novel. The writing was so crisp and succinct, the descriptions enough to bleed darkness into my fingertips and riveting to such a degree that I stayed up all night reading this. Fatigue never set in, I just read and read for ten hours straight and when I closed the last page I NEEDED more, I wanted so much more.

The plot is complete, I'm just a glutton for wanting more of this charismatic boy-man and his shimmering black love.

Basically the story starts off with the death of a mother (if you can call her that). Oh how I related to the narcissistic misery that was her mother. Shipped off to live with a father she doesn't know and an older brother who is Mister combat with a capital C (Tony is also a soul you'd like to see more of), when he deploys the night she gets 'home' leaving TJ alone with a stranger and Tony's shrapnel scarred girlfriend.

And then it gets good! Holy moly! At first I wondered if it was YA, but it's not. The main characters may be 16 and 17 respectively but the mine is a central character, adult issues and worries are all over this plot, and there is a brother/uncle/priest who is carrying keys to phenomenon I'm positive he knows more about but isn't telling.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and intriguing. I want more.
Oh, wow!
Okay, let me explain that. I am in awe at this author’s writing style. So free, so uninhibited, so original, yet getting the point across so perfectly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M Medler
3.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't get into it.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars.

I didn't get the hype. I tried...I really did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marie-Naughty Moms
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare 5 stars
I honestly don't know why I agreed to review this one, YA paranormal is not my thing. Typically it's full of cliches and stereotypes, and is seriously lacking in the creativity... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anneconley
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mesmerizing!
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Wow. This book was poetic in parts and I absolutely loved it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I received a complimentary copy to read and review. I loved it. I couldn't put it down. It's a very interesting book. The characters that Kennedy created are great. Read more
Published 5 months ago by sjledge2
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Twisty
This story reminds me of the southern gothic books I've read and enjoyed immensely. The writing is deep and dark, and it carried me to places that I haven't been in quite a while. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rebecca Poole
4.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Books Review
Theresa Jane Nowak (TJ) finds herself abandoned again. TJs father left when she was 5. Her father took her brother and raised him but left her with her mother. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sassy Southern Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars Luscious word pictures and scintillating prose
This was a book that immediately twisted my expectations. At the beginning it seemed like a typical coming of age saga, young girl goes to live with her estranged father - but it... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Marisu Fronc
4.0 out of 5 stars Works on you inexorably like a slow-acting drug
ROMAN (SAINTS AND SINNERS) by Kennedy Streath is a teen romance of sorts but not one for the fainthearted. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Carole "The Romance Reviews"
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dark Coming of Age
There are fragrances, aromas that speak to us deeply, that take us to another place, another time. This book is scented with menace. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Susan Wilson
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More About the Author

Saints and Sinners: Roman started as a personal challenge, writing on the fly, 2-3 chapters per week and posting them blog style, never completely sure where the characters and the story would take me. As the project gathered fans (some rabid and very supportive) and a life of its own, I found that sweet spot where creativity and energy found synergy.
I hope you like the outcome.
Book Two: Sacrifice is on deck and will follow the same format.
For more information see: http://saints-and-sinners.weebly.com/index.html

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