Sin & Honey: The Touch of Betrayal Review

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... I am excited to share my thoughts about the novella--and offer a chance to win a copy of the book in the giveaway at the end of this post!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in an upcoming blog review.  All opinions are my own.

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 reimagining 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?

The Touch of Betrayal offers a very different look at a well-known Biblical story.  I honestly didn't expect to like the story--or to be drawn into the story as quickly and fully as I was. Taryn Scarlett does an excellent job retelling the story of Samson & Delilah--with so much character development that readers may experience a change in perception of the couple and their stories.

Readers will not be short-changed by the novella length.  So often, novellas leave readers feeling let down when the story ends too soon or feeling a little lost when the story's scenes are not fully developed.  This is one of the best novellas I have read in that the author grabs your attention immediately and is quite masterful in creating a very well developed and complete story in her limited space.

Would I recommend Sin & Honey:  The Touch of Betrayal by Taryn Scarlett?  I was surprised by this book.  I wasn't sure how I would feel about a more erotic, retelling of a Biblical story--but, it was very well done and is certainly worthy of a spot on your summer reading list.  Obviously--this may not be everyone's "cup of tea"--it is not a Christian romance novel.  However, if you are open minded and enjoy hearing a fictionalized retelling from a different perspective, this novella is sure to interest.
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About 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
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