The Society of Sinners

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Nestled high in the mountains…
The quiet community of Jackson Station is where everyone knows your name and…species?
Vampires have existed since almost the beginning of time, but not in the way we have been led to believe. These were not men cursed by the devil but warriors blessed by God to have great strength, agility, and eternal life.
Come meet the members of The Society... More

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Published: Aug. 10, 2011
Words: 80,060
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465953810
About Charity Parkerson

Charity Parkerson is an award winning and multi-published author with Ellora's Cave Publishing, Midnight Books, and Punk & Sissy Publications. Born with no filter from her brain to her mouth, she decided to take this odd quirk and insert it in her characters.

*2013 Readers' Favorite Award winner
*ARRA Finalist for Favorite Paranormal Romance
*Five-time winner of The Mistress of the Darkpath
*Named one of the top 10 best books by an Indie author in 2011- Paranormal Reads Reviews
*Best Paranormal Romance of 2012- Paranormal Reads Reviews
*Quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald as an authority on Independent Publishing.
**Connect with her online:
Website: charityparkerson.com
Facebook: facebook.com/authorCharityParkerson
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Review by: Robert Zimmermann on Feb. 09, 2014 : star star star star
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book with vampires. I don’t always find much exciting about the genre, but Parkerson was able to write the mythology of these vampires, werewolves, and other creatures in an interesting way.

I liked the idea behind how the creatures came to be, and how/why The Society of Sinners itself was set up. It adds a better depth to the story than just having all these characters with abilities and leaving it simply as that. This also helped in the development of the characters and their histories.

I also found it interesting that the novel was split into 5 separate, but connected, stories. At the heart of it, these are 5 stories about the pairing off of various characters, as well as way to introduce bits of the ongoing plot for the next stories to build on. This worked well, though I found that it allowed some events to become predictable, as the stories had obvious similarities with the romance. But all in all, the first four stories were great and built up a nice story. I didn’t feel the same way about the 5th story though. It takes place about 25 years after the others (which occurred in a much shorter time frame, all together). This alone sets it apart from the rest of the book. It also doesn’t really build off of the rest of the book directly; it’s a side story in a way. Though, I can see how it’s possible that the conflict could lead to the next book in the series, I felt this was a self-contained, unrelated occurrence.

Looking back at the characters, I do feel that they were developed nicely, even if there was too much insta-romance for me. It still fit in with the idea of fate/destiny/a bigger picture that is a factor in their world.

Now that the characters have been set up, their relationships established, and some hints at a bigger conflict thrown at me, I’m anxious to see where the other books of the series take the story. It was nice to read a novel from this author, while in the past I’ve really only read short stories.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Laurie: Urban Fantasy Review on March 28, 2012 : star star
I got a copy of The Society of Sinners from the Read2Review program on Goodreads, again I’d like to thank the author for making this available to us and R2R for letting me review it. The book wasn’t so much a novel as it is a collection of interconnected short stories, in most cases a minor character in one story becoming the lead in the next. Except for me as a reader it doesn’t really work. The first story wasn’t all that connected to the second an it is only in the last three stories that it happens, they connect. The format drove me nuts! You just get into the story of one character and then it is over.

The other thing I disliked and again this was because of the format was there was no real back-story, no common enemy not enough tying things together from one story to the next. Either the hero or heroine was buddies with someone in the previous stories. Because the book was essentially a collection of short stories, each story became pretty formulaic; 1. boy meets girl 2. boy thinks girl is hot 3. boy and girl have sex and finally 4. boy and girl get married and live happily ever after. It was too predictable and by the fourth story I was bored with reading the same thing over and over.

The romances lacked tension, after all everything was wrapped up in 60 pages or less so there was no build up no real danger with the possible exception of the last story. This book just didn’t work for me and I can’t see myself going any further in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Vonda Norwood on March 25, 2012 : star star star star star
This is an Extremely Erotic different take on vampires and why they exist and well worth reading just for that fact!!! I was happily surprised by Charity's design of her vampires images and found them to be very sexy!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana Rock on Feb. 29, 2012 : star star star star
Read from February 19 to 23, 2012

This is actually like five novellas: Brandon and Stacy’s, Jazz and Cherish, Gabe and Taylor, Dominic and Mika, Dimitri and Annabelle; but they all have intertwining stories. The vampire and other supernatural mythology is unique; they are blessed by God (the 'pure, untainted' ones, that is.) It's like a mini- Paranormal Romance series with a heavy dose of Urban Fantasy all rolled into one book.

With all the different heroes and heroines to choose from, everyone can easily find at least one to root for. I was worried once I realized it was several novellas; I was expecting a vague collection but this ties up all together tighter than a bow. I was really excited about the new ideas on vampires and shifters. There was just the perfect combination of romance, action, and sex. It got a little something for everyone!

I find myself only giving it 4♥'s because of several common pitfalls; primarily the "sudden love" syndrome, but also the desire to learn more about Jackson Square and the "world" they live in. These did not in any way prevent me from really enjoying this book. I would still absolutely suggest this for any PNR fan.

If you don't do novellas, I still recommend this book. It really is just one story broken into 5 parts. I'm still a little steamy under the collar from all the hot men....
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charlayne Elizabeth Denney on Feb. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
With her book, Society of Sinners, Charity Parkerson has created a very interesting and refreshing twist on the vampire mythos. The book is the story of five men, members of the Society. Brandon, the vampire next door who ends up working with humans to help humans and vampires start a new life. Jazz, the vampire who is like a monk, serving God and the Society as a special elite warrior. Gabe, the werewolf, who walks away from the Society to try to live a normal life as a game warden for the mountain surrounding the little town of Jackson Station, Tennessee, where all the stories take place. Dominic, the vampire who tracks those who are sought by the Society, and Dimitri, a tainted vampire.

Vampires are not cursed by the devil or made by evil but by God as warriors for good, to battle evil and protect humans. They are much more than the familiar undead from so many of the books on the species. They are living beings who eat, sleep, and live like humans, however they have the usual strength, agility, and the eternal life to be able to perform the duties given to them.

The organization that kept the vampires and other supernatural entities from evil and who avenged those who were harmed by that evil is the Society of Sinners. And they take their mission very seriously in this first book. The evil comes from other vampires. Those who have the same powers as the warriors, who were once warriors in their own but who decide they want to rule, to have power over others. They use those powers for their own gain and to harm others. They create minions by harming and turning humans into vampiric slaves, they kill, and because of their actions they and their progeny are targeted by the Society.

The book reads like an anthologized novella, written in segments for each main character with a prologue for each that defines the background of the vampires and the Society. The stories have a main focus on the character but it has the other characters involved as well and it connects with a weaving that is complex yet very beautifully done. Each story gives the character his own voice and sets up the next and the situations with smooth grace.

I've not read a paranormal romance quite like this one and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Smith on Feb. 15, 2012 : star star star
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. I think this was a great quick read (5 short stories). It definitely held my interest and made me crave more. I really enjoyed that this wasn't your typical vampire/werewolf story. It definitely had an interesting take that I found refreshing. However, it seemed more like stream of consciousness than interconnected stories. Yes some of the stories had the same characters from the previous stories but it just seemed kind of thrown together.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Christie Rich on Feb. 07, 2012 : star star star star
So I have to admit that I don't get into Novella's much. Something about this type of story seems to always leave me wanting more.

I'm rating this book 3.5 stars because it basically combines 5 novella's into a book about a group of paranormal creatures.

I liked that the Vampires were actually enhanced by God. I thought it was a nice take on what is supposed to be an "evil" creature.

All of the stories were good, but I felt as if they could have been fleshed out more. I would have also liked to have seen more of a connection between the characters. I am not sure if this will come out in a later book, but that would be nice.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alexia Smit on Feb. 02, 2012 : star star star star
I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book. It has a great storyline and is well written. This novel has 5 parts, namely:

Part One – Brandon
Brandon and Stacy’s story starts off with Stacy, Brandon’s neighbour, catching him having a snack on the pizza delivery guy. Apart from Brandon being a one of a kind vampire he is also a stripper – yes, you read right *winks*. He is a mindbender vampire and he can read people’s thoughts as well as control them… Stacy calls him a “mind humping freak”!

During their story you meet a few characters and learn about their mission in life – which can be compared to the back bone of this novel. You’ll hear about these characters throughout the whole novel.

Part Two – Jazz
Jazz’s story was my favourite. He is “Art Assass`i De`u - The Killing God”. He basically gets his ‘assignments’ directly from God. He is always hunted, he has never really known warmth or comfort, he feels no emotion and he has never known love… until he met Cherish.

Cherish has a very sad past, she was a student and one evening after class, she was attacked, murdered (turned into a vampire), raped and kept against her will for 2 years. She finally escapes and now lives a very quiet life, working at a bar. She has always had eyes for Jazz when he comes to the bar for a few drinks on Friday evenings.

They have so much chemistry and such a strong relationship that it was difficult to not fall in love with them.

Part Three – Gabe
Gabe and Taylor’s story was a bit weird but still friggin’ awesome. Their first meeting was extremely steamy. Gabe is a Were and Taylor is mortal. After a few more of those steamy meetings Taylor finds out that her life has changed… in a big way. When Gabe finds out about Taylor’s little secret he makes it his mission in life to make her his wife.

At a very young age Taylor got married and learnt the hard way how life works. She works at the only diner in town and was barely scraping by each month until Gabe came in and saved the day.

This couple went through a lot of ups and downs and eventually they made it work. I lurve the ending to their story!

Part Four – Dominic
Dominic is a Tracker. Dominic and his wife, Mika were separated for a very long time. Their positions within the Society came between them. Mika has suffered and blames herself everyday for allowing that to happen – she is at the point of self loathing.

The very thing that separated them so many years ago brings them back together. Mika’s job required her to betray a friend of hers and that was her last straw. Dominic then realizes what Mika’s position within the Society has done to her throughout all the years and he swoops in and saves her from herself, from her emotional turmoil.

Dominic can hear everyone’s thoughts except for Mika’s. She is the one and only person that he can’t hear. I loved how they found each other again after all those years and how they work through their issues together.

Part Five – Dimitri
I can’t say much about Dimitri’s story without giving too much about Gabe and Taylor’s story. There is no other way to describe Dimitri other than – he is a tortured soul. He is very old and lost his wife. He went over to the dark side for a good couple of years. He has so many issues but he really tries to break away from everything and start anew. He then meets the person that he believes he has waited all his life for.

Overall… I enjoyed how all five parts of this novel ties into one. I loved all of the main characters / couples in the book! Their stories captured my interest from the get go. This novel has everything in it, from action to steamy romantic scenes to laugh my ass off humour. The male characters are absolutely swoon worthy! This is the first time I’ve read a book written by Charity Parkerson and it’s definitely not the last.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ReginaPuckett on Sep. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
The Society of Sinners was a spellbinding book of vampires, a warrior from God and werewovles. I'm not certain you could get a better combination of characters together. I loved this book from the very first chapter until the end of the book. The Society of Sinners is a set of stories that intermingle with interesting twists and turns. Even though the stories are about all of these creatures of the night, they are all love stories. These aren't your average tales of romance, they are hot, steamy love stories. This is a must read for everyone interested in believing there is real love out there.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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