One of my favorite books is Between Sinners and Saints by Marie Sexton. This book’s seems so real to me. Ms. Sexton deals realistically with Jaime’s abuse and how he reacts to everyday situations. You can feel Levi’s anger and hurt towards his family. You can feel the fragile friendship that builds over time into romance. You can sympathize with Lev’s family with their dilemma towards their religion and their faith.
Blurb: Levi Binder is a Miami bartender who cares about only two things: sex and surfing. Ostracized by his Mormon family for his homosexuality, Levi is determined to live his life his own way, but everything changes when he meets massage therapist Jaime Marshall. Jaime is used to being alone. Haunted by the horrors of his past, his only friend is his faithful dog, Dolly. He has no idea how to handle somebody as gorgeous and vibrant as Levi. Complete opposites on the surface, Levi and Jaime both long for something that they can only find together. Through love and the therapeutic power of touch, they’ll find a way to heal each other, and they’ll learn to live as sinners in a family of saints.
One of the things that stood out to me while reading this book was the respectful way that Ms. Sexton treated the Mormon faith. During the course of the book she never bashed nor condemned the Mormon faith. No matter how any of the characters disagreed , their faith is never made to look bad. This is a great book of finding something you didn’t know you were looking for; of healing with the help of someone else. A great book to read that combines M/M romance and religion in a respectful way.