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Review: The Lost (Sin Hunters #1) by Caridad Piñeiro

Review: The Lost (Sin Hunters #1) by Caridad Piñeiro

by davincikittieOctober 11, 2011

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! So read on with confidence and let your curiosity get the best of you!***

TLDR recap:

Snatched from his parents as a child, Adam Bruno has hidden his secret energy-manipulation abilities for over twenty years, with no one to train or teach him.  Adam may be a brilliant scientist and millionaire entrepreneur, but a chance meeting with retired Marine Bobbie turns his world upside down.  Carrying the mental and physical scars of a horrific attack on her unit, Bobbie can’t resist Adam’s tender, caring, confident advances and they find themselves in a fight against all odds for the future neither ever believed possible.  The Lost is a GraveTells recommended read!

  • Title: The Lost
  • Series: Sin Hunters series – book #1
  • Author: Caridad Piñeiro
  • Prominent Characters: Adam, Bobbie
  • Recommended reader age: 16+
  • Sexual content level: Moderate



The very first thing that made an impression on me was the dedication at the start of the novel.  It is poignant and heartfelt, and I’m going to quote it because I think it’s great and it’s something we don’t say often enough…

This book is dedicated to the brave men and women of the U.S. Military and their families.  Without you and the sacrifices you make, we could not enjoy the Liberty and Freedoms of this great Nation and for that we owe you an immense debt of gratitude.

Bobbie is a very likable heroine and Adam a believable and surprisingly relatable hero… for a self-made millionaire who can control lightning.  I particularly enjoyed Bobbie’s military background.  Usually, I’m not a fan of military-based characters; they tend to come across as if their profession is what they are instead of being merely a contributor to who they are.  Bobbie isn’t a stereotypical anything – she’s a strong woman whose determination may have been tempered in the Marines, but her heart has always been open and courgeous.  Adam, likewise, has an honest and gentle way of showing his affection, but is relentless in his pursuit of exploring his powers and advancing the energy technology his company is founded on.  His monetary worth plays some part in the story but is not the focus of it, and that was refreshing; while, yes, it’s the American dream to become wealthy and successful, we don’t necessarily want our noses rubbed in it all the time.  Adam’s wealth and style, like his personality, is confident and classy, yet understated.

Initially I found it a little difficult to absorb all of the new terms and the somewhat large cast of secondary characters.  Part of my brain was tied up trying to remember what “Añaru”, “Quinchu”, and “Shadow” meant, as well as keeping straight who was a good guy and who probably wasn’t.  It wasn’t completely clear, for some of the characters, what their ultimate intentions were, and I liked that; it leaves room for character and plot development in the series books to follow.  Something interesting to note is that the supernatural characters are not immortal.  They live fairly normal human life spans of approximately 90 years, and they have family units very much like ours.  It makes them much easier to relate to and allows us to become absorbed in the story more quickly.

The aesthetic appeal of this book is definitely my style.  It’s glowy and sparkly, with a handsome hero who lives in a designer house and drives a fancy schmancy car.  Glowy and sparkly, you say?  Why, yes!  When they touch each other, their auras mix and glow, and they leave sparkly trails down each others’ skin.  Oh, to have magic glitter fingers!


Memorable quotes:

Nothing like talking about a hot guy to take your mind off the pain…

“Tell me about your boss,” she said.

“Seriously? You’re thinking about my boss?”  Tony questioned, obviously incredulous.

“I’m not dead… yet,” she teased, trying not only to lighten her brother’s concerns, but to keep herself distracted.

“He’s rich. Millionaire kind of rich.”

“Damn. I knew there was something awful about him,” she kidded, dragging a chuckle from Tony.


Can I borrow these powers for juuust a few hours?

Adam turned to his computer.  He closed his eyes and pushed forward with his energy, commanding the machine to begin a web search using just his power.  Within moments, he had gotten dozens of hits for Bobbie Carrera and the other members of her family.

The information and images surged from the computer into his brain, where he processesd the data at speeds faster than that of any human.


If you liked The Lost of the Sin Hunters series…

If you liked The Lost, you might also enjoy The Demons of Infernum series by Rosalie Lario (starting with Blood of the Demon) and the Night series by Lisa Kessler (starting with Night Walker).  Both series have an urban setting but while Blood of the Demon focuses on a quartet of half-demon brothers, Night Walker is a vampire novel.  The Demons of Infernum series showcases a strong bond between the brothers and is studded with humor, danger, sacrifice, and adventure.  The Night series is the story of the Night Walkers (friendly vampires) and their struggle against an ancient priesthood determined to wipe them out of existence.  These two series, like the Sin Hunters, have real heart and nail-biting action.

Also check out Caridad’s The Sins series ((Sins of the Flesh and Stronger than Sin)), featuring Bobbie’s brother and sister.


Final thoughts:

The connection between Bobbie and Adam is intimate and intense, and the romantic scenes are definitely steamy, while still keeping a sensitive and respectful feel.  The story itself is visually appealing and doesn’t go too far over the top with too many poof-everything-is-better-now sort of plot devices.  It may take a little bit to really get into the story and feel like you have a solid grasp of what’s happening with the secondary characters, but the development of Adam and Bobbie is heartfelt and believable from the start.  The second book in this series is definitely going on my To Read list!

Rating: The Lost



Related links:

  • Buy The Lost: Amazon
  • Buy Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum series #1): Amazon
  • Buy Night Walker (Night series #1): Amazon – Author Caridad Piñeiro’s website – Rosalie Lario’s website (look for Blood of the Demon) – Lisa Kessler’s blog (look for Night Walker)

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • October 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thank you so much for the kind words about THE LOST. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. THE CLAIMED will be an action-packed novel as the Light and Shadow Hunter civil war comes to a head.

    • October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      I’m really excited about reading The Claimed. That’s Christopher’s story, right? I couldn’t figure out if he was “good” or “bad”, but I liked him anyway. Now I need to go back and read The Sins novels! =)

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