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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Sin and Honey: The Touch of Betrayal by Taryn Scarlett

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ToughofBetrayal For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women... So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6 Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way. Taryn Scarlett’s lush re-imagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
There are so many things that could go wrong with Biblical fiction, for instance, it is so far back in the past, the author really needs to do an awful lot of historical research to truly get the feel of that time period into the book. At times while I was reading this novella, I felt like I was in that time period, other times it could have been any other early time period. I truly wish that the author was more descriptive with the Ark of the Covenant, and the Judges area above it. I would have loved to read more about the culture of the Judges' time period.
Beyond that, this was a lovely re-imagining of the story of Delilah and Sampson. I always thought Delilah get the short end of the stick in the Bible, of course, she was an outsider who may or may not have been criminalized by the storytellers of the original Bible. This novella truly give Delilah flesh and voice. It showed a human, feminine, and often loving side to the wily, materialistic, evil seductress we think we know. We see a reason behind Sampson's overwhelming hatred of the Philistines, not just that it was a God-given duty to destroy all Philistines. We see a humanity behind the hero of Sampson.
I love reading re-imaginings of Biblical stories, and this one is no different, though I would like to feel more that I was in that time period.
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Taryn ScarlettAbout the author:

Taryn Scarlett holds a B.A. in Theater and English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her weaknesses are chocolate, floral sundresses, soapy TV dramas, and anything purple. SIN AND HONEY is her first series. You can visit Taryn at www.TarynScarlett.com.
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