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Saved by Sin (MF)

Paladin Protection Agency 1

Siren-BookStrand, Inc.

Heat Rating: SCORCHING
Word Count: 40,578
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[Siren Classic: Erotic Paranormal Romance, ghosts, light spanking, HEA]

Security consultant Sinjin Heath is on leave while recovering from a mission that went tragically wrong. The physical scars may have healed, but he still doubts his ability to protect anyone, ever again.

Michelle Jamieson is starting over. She’s finally escaped from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Robert. The only problem is that her ex isn’t ready to let her go. When he realizes she’s truly out of his reach, his obsession drives Robert to kill himself so he can return as a malevolent ghost.

Haunted and terrified, Michelle goes on the run and winds up at her family’s cabin. Things seem to be improving when she meets her sexy neighbor, Sinjin. The sparks between them fly fast and hot, but before they can begin to face their growing feelings for each other, Robert’s ghost comes for Michelle. Ready or not, Sinjin finds himself back in the protection business. And if he fails this time, he’ll lose the woman he loves.

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User Reviews
After reading Susan Hayes’ Whispers in the Dark, I had to check out the first book of the Paladin Protection Agency, and I am very glad I did. Michelle is a woman starting over after a really bad re...

- LaurieRoma

The story starts when Sinjin (Sin) Heath, meets up with Michelle Jamieson. A woman still recovering from an abusive relationship. Michelle’s ex-husband has killed himself, and he has decided that he...

- Lori King

Professional Reviews

5 DELIGHTFUL DIVAS: "Susan Hayes is another new author to me, but she completely wowed me with Saved by Sin, her first book in the Paladin Protection Agency series and now I’m hooked. If the engaging characters, crisp, witty dialogue and tight plot don’t grab your attention, then the fast-paced action and smoking hot love scenes definitely will. Not only do I love the double connotation of the title Saved by Sin, but I also loved the new twist on the plot that ms. Hayes has incorporated into the book. Basically, because one would never think of their ex commiting suicide with the explicit purpose of coming back as a ghost just to taunt and ultimately kill you. Sin is sex-on-stick and could protect me anytime. But this man also comes with excess baggage that needs to be cleared out if he ever hopes to find a Happily Ever After, especially with Michelle. There was a point in the book where the protector became the protected and just made my heart swoon because vivid descriptions left no doubt that a lasting releastionship was blossoming betweein Sin and Michelle. You can’t help but root for these underdogs to fight off the evil ex and embrace the Happily Ever After they so rightfully deserve. Michelle simply warmed my heart. She’s smart, sexy, kind-hearted and just wanted a fresh start. Never in her wildest dreams did she think that one day she’d be fighting a ghost who was her ex. Fortunately, she meets Sin and the sparks begin to fly. There is so much sexual tension sizzling below the surface between these two that if you don’t get all hot and bothered it will truly be a shame. Unfortunately, like Sin, Michelle has some excess baggage that she needs to unloaded before she can embrace her Happily Ever After – one being the ex who is now a ghost. As the two embark on a dangerous journey to fight an evil being, will love and determination see them through, or will one wrong move destroy their chances at a Happily Ever After? Guess you’ll have to read the book to find out. Ms. Hayes hit the mark when she created the evil nemsis in this compelling story. There were some seriously creepy scenes in Saved by Sin that at times had the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. Just thinking about it as I write this review still gives me the shivers. Saved by Sin is well-written with a vivid setting that makes the story and characters leap off the pages. I can’t wait to see what happens in On Jason’s Watch, which is the next book in the series. So, if you haven’t picked up a copy of Ms. Hayes Paladin Protection Agency series, then what the problem? Trust me when I say that this is one series you do not want to miss. Bravo Ms. Hayes, you’ve hit a home run with Saved by Sin and I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the series." -- AJ, Dark Divas Reviews

4 CUPS: "Michelle is haunted by a man who refuses to let her go. He is a man she is incapable of resisting, but loving her just may put him in the eye of the storm. Sinjin, aka Sin, is unable to let go of a past he refuses to leave behind. Michelle may be the one who shows him that the past can only control you if you let it. What do you do when the man who stalks you is dead? You find a soul mate willing to stand beside you against the unimaginable and accepts destiny. Saved by Sin is a book that will take the reader for a whirlwind ride. I have fallen in love with all of the characters. The action moves rapidly and sweeps readers into a world they can never imagine. It is a first for this seasoned paranormal reader, and I will be looking for all the books in the series as I want to see what happens to the characters introduced in Michelle and Sin's adventure." -- Delane, Coffee Time Romance & More

4 STARS: "Loved it! If I didn't have every day life things to do, I would have finished in one sitting lol. Robert, typical psycho controlling ex, is hellbent on tearing Michelle down even after death. I have to say, that is one determined control freak, lol. I liked the story a lot, it was fast paced and full of action, which is definitely my kind of book. I cannot wait for more Paladin Protection Agency stories." -- Emi, Bitten By Paranormal Romance

4 WHIPS: "Saved by Sin was a wonderful read. I loved the opening, the emotion that you can practically feel from Michelle and the frustration she has with her dead ex. I loved the meeting between Sinjin and Michelle, and its truly heartfelt the emotions that they have for each other. The twists and turns in this book are truly great, I won’t say anything too much because I will ruin it for you, but I enjoyed them. I love the way that the author solves the issues that Michelle and Sin both faced. I thought that the book wrapped up well and enjoyed it a great deal. You can see in the novel where the author is setting up for the other books in the series, and I for one look forward to them." -- Holly Vixen, Reviewing Vixens

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The wind blew hard enough to make the windows shimmy in their frames, and she went to close them, yanking back her hand in surprise when the last window slammed shut before she’d barely laid a finger on it. Her nerves on edge now, she turned to the door, and was stunned to see a man’s shape filling the doorway. For a moment, she was seized with panic, her heart squeezing into her throat and choking her as irrational thoughts filled her head. It’s Robert. He’s here! Part of her mind screamed at her to run, but she couldn’t move, or speak.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to startle you.” It was not Robert’s voice, and now she realized whoever was standing at her door was taller than her ex-boyfriend, his big body very nearly filling the open space.

“It wasn’t your fault. I just seem to be jumping at shadows today.” Michelle offered her apology without moving, curious as to who would be out in this normally isolated area.

“I know how that can be.” Her visitor stepped just inside the cabin door and stopped to lean back against the frame. The cabin lights were bright enough to reveal his face for the first time. “My name’s Sinjin Heath. I’m in the cabin on the next lot over.”

All the air seems to rush out of Michelle’s lungs as her eyes drank in the vision in front of her. He was tall enough to make her tip her head up to see his face, which was rare considering she was five foot ten in her stocking feet. His brown eyes were so dark they seemed almost black, and he wore his hair long, its dark-brown length falling loose past his shoulders. A thin scar ran from his temple to just by the outer corner of one eye, giving character to a face that might have otherwise been too pretty to be real.

“Hi.” She finally managed to pull herself together and gave him what she hoped was a friendly smile as she offered him her hand. “Michelle Jamieson.”

He took her hand with a smile, but instead of shaking it, he raised it to his mouth and brushed a brief kiss over the knuckles as his brown eyes stared into hers. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Michelle.” His mouth turned her name into a whispered caress, and for a moment, she forgot to breathe. As her mind returned, she realized he was still holding her hand in his, and she tugged it out of his grip. “In all the years my family have been up here, we’ve never seen anyone at that cabin. I thought maybe it had been abandoned.”

“I don’t think it gets used all that much. It belongs to the company I work for. They keep it for using as a retreat for employees in need of a little peace and quiet.” He shrugged slightly, his eyes still watching her intently. “I’ve been here a few weeks. You’re the first person I’ve seen.”

“Sorry if my arrival has disturbed your solitude,” she said, wondering what could make someone leave their life to come out here to hide. Then she realized that was exactly what she was doing. “I uh…needed some time away myself.”

“I think this lake is big enough for the two of us to share.” Sinjin’s lips quirked into a grin that made him look like a mischievous boy. “I’ll take this half, you take the other side?”

“Maybe I should take the top half and you can have the bottom.” She found herself grinning back.

“No thanks, I don’t have any gills.” He turned his head and swept back his hair to show her his neck. “See?”

She caught a glimpse of another scar as she leaned in and pretended to examine his neck for gills. “I see. Well, I suppose we’ll just have to share the top half then.” Without thinking, she reached up and brushed her fingertips to the scar just visible above the collar of his shirt. “What happened?” The words were out before she realized she was speaking, and she felt him stiffen and his hand reached up to cover hers.

“It’s a long story. Let’s just say my line of work comes with danger pay.” He kept her hand in his as he lifted it from his neck, his fingers moving lightly over hers. “I came over to see if you needed help. If this wind gets any worse, we may lose power.” It was hard to think when he was holding her hand like that, and it took a moment for his words to sink in past the warm tingles that rose at that simple caress.

“I haven’t checked on the generator yet. Thanks for reminding me.”

“Just being neighborly.” He smiled again and her heart did a triple beat. “I wouldn’t like to think of you over here sitting in the dark tonight, all alone. Why don’t we go check on it now?”




He groaned into her mouth, spearing deeply with his tongue. It was a promise of things to come. She wrapped a leg around his thigh and squeezed, needing contact, craving his body like an addict needed their drug of choice. He broke their kiss at last, lifting his head to stare down into her eyes, his own full of desire. “I need you, Michelle, need this.”

She recognized the need in his eyes, the yearning for companionship, for someone to keep the darkness away. Those needs mirrored her own. She nodded as understanding bloomed between them. “I need you, too.”

His lips brushed her brow for a sweet, tender second and then swept down her cheek and jaw to her throat, leaving a trail of fire in his wake. Every kiss seared and teased as he worked his way down her body, pausing to suck each breast for a glorious minute before moving downward once more. She lay back, releasing her hands from his hair and uncoiling her legs from his, freeing him to do what he wanted. Whatever he wanted, she didn’t care. Not so long as he didn’t stop touching her.

Cool air wafted over her as he threw back the quilt, uncovering them both. His mouth was still branding her skin over and over again. His tongue swirled around her navel, and she shuddered in pleasure at that simple touch. She shifted her body, her thighs falling open. Her need grew urgent, but still he sampled the skin of her stomach, making her wait. She moaned, her hips bucking slightly, conveying her need, and he chuckled. His breath was hot where it fanned over her skin.

“You’re sexy when you’re being impatient. We’ll get there soon, sweetheart.” He lowered his head another inch and exhaled again, deliberately heating her flesh and making her squirm. “I promise.” Something in the way he spoke those two simple words made Michelle’s battered soul feel lighter, and she sucked in a deep breath, forcing herself to relax, to trust him.

His lips brushed over her inner thigh and then lower, featherlight kisses trailing all the way down to her knee and then her calf. His hands cradled her leg, stroking and teasing, and she felt a sense of terrible loss when he moved away again. She heard herself whimper in protest, and he laughed.

“Soon,” he told her, and then his mouth was on her again, nibbling at the tender skin of her other calf. His hands wrapped around her leg, and there was nothing but the glorious sensations he was giving her. Each kiss was a little higher than the last, closer to the one place she needed him to touch. But he was moving so slowly it was going to kill her.

“Tease,” she hissed at him, cracking one eye to give him what she hoped was an evil glare.

“Sometimes.” He winked at her and then settled himself between her thighs at last, his hands gently spreading her folds as he leaned in without warning, his tongue tracing a line of fire along her labia. Pleasure sizzled and popped over her skin and through her body, and she lifted her hips off the bed, pressing her pussy against his mouth.

“Sinjin!” She cried out his name as he pressed his face deeper into her folds. His wicked tongue lashed at her clit again and again before his lips sealed around her clitoris. He drew it into his mouth with a sharp suckling pressure that nearly brought her to orgasm right then and there. “Oh god,” she groaned, and she could feel his growl of approval vibrate through her, adding to the myriad of sensations bombarding her senses. Again he sucked, and this time the tip of his tongue flicked against her sensitive pearl, drawing out another moan from her. He was merciless in his attentions, keeping her right on the edge without letting her come down, never letting her fall into the bliss of release.

Over and over again, he pleasured, flicked, and laved at her folds, until she was panting his name. Just as she was about to break, to beg him to let her come, she felt him shift and he slid two fingers into her pussy, filling her. Her world shattered, and she came on a cry, hurtling into an orgasm so intense the entire world disappeared and there was nothing but the sweet ecstasy of his touch.

As the world came back into focus, she found herself staring into his dark eyes again, and she smiled as she wrapped her arms around his neck and drew him down to kiss him. His lips tasted of both of them as she drew his lower lip into her mouth and sucked on it, her teeth scraping gently over his skin.

“Gotta ask.” He managed a nearly intelligible mutter, and she released his lip so that he could speak more clearly. “Are you safe? Otherwise there are condoms in my cabin.” He was panting, and for the first time she realized how close to the edge he was, how much he wanted her.

“I’m safe.”

“Thank the gods, I really didn’t want to have to run over there naked.” He laughed and kissed her again, his body settling into the cradle of her thighs, his rock-hard cock resting between them. His hand cupped her cheek, and he kissed her gently, “Ready?”

She grinned suddenly and rocked her hips up into his. “Hell yes, what are you waiting for?”

“Brat.” He was still laughing as he moved himself into position and arched his back, sliding himself home. “So good,” he groaned as their bodies joined, hers giving way to his thick length one slow inch at a time.


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