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Roman (Saints and Sinners) [Kindle Edition]

Kennedy Streath
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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:

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 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
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is sinfully good. February 16, 2013
By Lance
I first started reading Saints and Sinners in the author's blog many months ago. The best thing anyone can ever say about a book is, in my opinion, that for something from a genre and style I normally wouldn't be interested in, this was completely engaging.

The Roman character is terrific. There's depth, a rich voice, and believable emotions. I liked everything about this book, especially the captivating ending. It paid off for me very well. I recommened this book, over and over again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wowza March 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given this book in return for an honest review. TJ is going to live with her father because her overbearing, unemotional mother has died. She is leaving behind a life of wealth, athletic and academic prowess, and all that she knows to go live with a man she barely knows. Her brother, who used to be her saving grace, has abandoned her for his own Missions. All he tells her before he leaves is to stay away from the strange boy that lives over her father's garage. Roman. Hard to do when every time she turns around, he is there, watching her. He makes her nervous, but curious as well. Roman has a secret, a secret he isn't sharing with anyone, ever. TJ is out of place in a Podunk town with no sports, no AP classes and where she is a complete outsider. This book was a keep you guesser. Everyone seems to have secrets, and throughout the book you keep waiting for the next one to drop, to discover what it is, who it's about and what it means to the characters and the story. Roman is creepy and intriguing at the same time and TJ is just a typical teenaged overachiever. This book has a bit of everything, mystery, suspense, awesome characters, secrets, the creepy factor, and just a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the book and hope for more from this author.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 4 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 6 months ago by Susan Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Title - Roman (Saints and Sinners)
Author - Kennedy Streath
Stars - 5
Reviewer - Wende Sheets

TJ is a 16 year girl that is lost, her mother, who she... Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Ramsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Roman - Saints and Sinners
I've heard people talking about this book for awhile. I'm really glad I finally read it. Kennedy Streath has created a story full of surprises. Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. Blackmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Promises, promises
Sixteen year old TJ is a tough nut to crack. The book opens with her mother's funeral. Her parents divorced when she was young and she was raised by her cold, calculating mother. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JPaules
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars Rounded up
Not a bad book. Paints a stark picture of small town poverty and the linterwoven lives of a father, daughter, brother and Roman. Part romance, part paranormal, part psychological.
Published 13 months ago by Kazza - On Top Down Under Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My kind of darkness...
Roman, how many ways can I say I love thee...painfully, tragically, completely!
This was so much more than a book! IT was a feeling, a raw emotion, a beating heart! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!!!
This is a dark and forboading story. Full of twists turns and supernatural thrills.

TJ a lost girl, who made a choice as a young child, without realizing what she was... Read more
Published 13 months ago by michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and entrancing!
The title said it all for me- this would be an `otherworld' type of read, and I was in. And yet all begins normal enough. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elaina J Davidson
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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.
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