Book Review : The Rebirth of Sin (Wicked Trinity #2) by Courtney Lane
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.
A Sneak Peek Into The Story
“The Rebirth of Sin” is the second installment in the Wicked Trinity Trilogy, therefore if you haven’t read my review on the first book – The Sect – I strongly suggest to go check that one out first before proceeding to read this review as there might be some spoilers from the first book.
Now that Rebirth has been burned to the ground. Noah and Keaton rejoiced. It makes sense to expect them to have their happily ever after. Especially after everything Keaton has been through, one would expect fate to smile upon her and let her have her fairytale ending right? Wrong.
After Noah come to get Keaton back in Quebec City, Keaton believes him when he says she is everything that he will ever need. She believes him when he tells her that as long as she remains by her side, he will be strong enough to stay away from his more depraved and twisted desires. He tells her that as long as they are together, he will be fine because she is the only one he will ever need to satisfy his needs. And Keaton believes him. In the span of a few weeks that they are together in Quebec City, he truly shows her how much he adores and cherish her. He was so sweet and loving that it made Keaton believe that the sliver of humanity that he showed her in Rebirth is real and he really has changed for the better.
Keaton is head over heels for him, she loves the affectionate man that Noah has become that she invites him to come back to her hometown and stay with her. Although Keaton seems to be fine and unaffected by the incident with Rebirth, truthfully she has been hiding it behind the mask that she has grown so accustomed to wearing. Keaton is not without her own demons to fight. Now that she is back to living her normal life – working for her mother’s company and hanging out with her old friends – she finds herself constantly stressed. The expectation from her mother and the way her friends act as if they are walking on eggshells around her is starting to eat at her. And as if that is not enough, Keaton has also notices the change in Noah.
“My head was under water, plunging into depths far below sea level. I hadn’t the slightest idea how to keep myself from sinking to the bottom of the dark water. I was freed only to find that my freedom was a chimera. ”
The Noah that she once adore seems to have disappeared for good. He has become a recluse. He refuses to see her parents and get to know her friends, all the while continuing to push Keaton harder and harder past her limits. She can feel the difference with Noah, and it scares her. Where he once showed some semblance of humanity, this time, Noah seems to have totally changed into a different person. While trying to balance her life between him and her outside world, she finds her loyalty tested again and again.
The once enjoyable and intimate sex with Noah has now become the one thing that Keaton detests. Noah relentlessly force his demented desires onto her. He hurts her and push her hard. He push her to a point where she breaks and scream and cry for him. His desires to hurt her worsens, and with that, he also comes up with more creative ways to hurt Keaton. Noah always has a way to exploit her weaknesses. Be it her state of mind, her body or her loved ones, he does everything in his power to assure that Keaton has nowhere to run.
And just when she almost losses all hope, she meets Braeden Michaels. Although Keaton is skeptical about his motives at first. His continued efforts to protect and support her makes her believe that he genuinely cares for her. The more time she spend with Braeden, the more overwhelmed she feels. His ability to bring out the feelings she thought she would never feel again leave her speechless. However, as much as she likes Braeden, can she really trust him to not have secret agendas around her?
After reading the first book, The Sect, I was actually a little bit disappointed because it wasn’t as dark as I had expect it to be. I was debating on continuing to book two, as I wasn’t exactly interested in reading Noah and Keaton being chummy and romantic for the entire book. After finishing The Sect – as twisted as it was – I thought I have uncovered the whole plot of the story as I wasn’t able to see how Courtney Lane would be able to twist the story more than it already is. But damn does this woman prove me wrong.
Even in the first book, Noah has always been a mystery wrapped in a riddle. Hot and cold at any given time, but this time around I felt like I was met with a totally different character. In this book, he is just downright sadistic. I have no idea what has gone into this man and what made him change so drastically. I am honestly just as confused as Keaton is. There are times where I hate him so much I want him dead. Although there are also times where I find myself hoping to see a part of Noah that is still redeemable.
His eyes were shielded by his dark, thick eyelashes.
His words were barely heard, “The devil’s whispers are quieter when I’m with you.”
As for Keaton, now that she is back in her old life, she is also back being the people-pleaser. She wants to please everyone; her parents, her friends, the public, Noah. And as much as she annoys me with her need to make everybody around her happy, I have to admit that she definitely is one hell of a strong woman. Seeing her struggle between her body and mind and rationalizing some of her choices in this book was…interesting yet horrible at the same time.
“Who are you, Braedan Michaels?”
“I can’t disclose much more about who I am, but I can tell you who I want to be.
I want to be yours, Keaton.”
As for the new mysterious character – Braeden Michaels – I am still on the fence with him. Having known that Keaton is basically a magnet for fucked up men, I am not sure whether or not to trust Braeden and his motives. With Keaton, it is hard to imagine a man who is in her life genuinely and solely because he care for her. She now has way too much of her share of sick and corrupted men that I have a hard time believing a man is around her without having a twisted agenda to fulfill. But then again, I am still giving him the benefit of the doubt. I am willing to wait and see how the whole thing will unfold in book three.
Would I Recommend?
“The Rebirth of Sin” is written in multiple POV. I love that Courtney Lane decides to add more that just Keaton’s POV as it allows readers to get into the characters’ minds and understand their motives better. This book is very unique in a sense that it doesn’t follow the traditional pattern in it’s genre type. It is grim, raw, and intense yet fascinating at the same time with how the story unfold. All the twists and turns that you will never see coming is one of the aspects that will keep you on your toes. The Wicked Trinity Trilogy is a very complex and multifaceted story that will leave you stunned and speechless. I have tried, again and again to guess where the story will go next, only to fail horribly.
If you are looking to read something dark, graphic and twisted, then look no further. This is undeniably the author that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting for more.
“There were times when she looked at me like I was her forever.
But I’d never kid myself into thinking she really believed that. To her, I was temporary. ”