The Shine of a Sinful Heart

The Shine of a Sinful Heart by Ximena Escobar

Point and Counterpoint # 01 – Sizzle & Eger

Review of: The Shine of a Sinful Heart by Ximena Escobar



Eger: What makes a sinful heart shine? It appears it’s a pirate’s question.

I love a story where a man gives a woman what she wants, even if it’s something you can barely imagine. There is a much deeper twist to this intricate tale. Blood, of course, is shiny, especially when it is pumping harder due to rising levels of deceit and suspicion, heightened anticipation, when those involved are getting away with something they shouldn’t get away with. In this story, the woman gets to keep what she thinks she wants but must give up something equally important, and the irony is, because of its sinful nature, will never lead to happily ever after even if it looks beautiful.

If this story was a blood pressure cuff, I would give it a 180/105. Call your doctor immediately as these numbers are obviously above normal!

If this story were coins in a pirate’s chest, I would give it five gold doubloons, a hearty argh argh, and welcome to never-after matey!


Sizzle: Ximena Escobar is a writer whose work I find I need to read twice. Within the structure of her exquisite sentences, one can take different meanings. I loved the reflection of the seven deadly sins, one for each day of the week. This has become the only trait that she admires about herself, despite being young and beautiful, the sins in her heart rule her world. Self- adoring hunger for the sins, because she has turned away from God, she has nothing but them.

She is vain. At first I thought she might have taken a boar’s heart to replace her own to give to the queen,  but then I find I can also read it so that she has taken the hunter’s heart and she has no remorse. This is Sleeping Beauty with a sprinkle of Pandora’s Box on steroids. Ximena Escobar drives me to think!

All five senses are titillated by this short four-hundred and eighteen-word micro-fiction story. But it’s the taste it leaves in your thoughts. You need to know more, and are wont to go back to read it again to see what comes out this time.

Sizzles: 4



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Julie Eger · July 8, 2020 at 6:24 pm

This was the first story drawn from the ‘magic hat’ for a Point and Counterpoint Story Review by Sizzle and Eger and it was great fun. We don’t know how this idea will pan out but we hope to have as much fun reviewing other stories. Who knows? Maybe one of your stories will be up next for a ‘magical review!” 😉

    Dawn DeBraal · July 8, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    This was fun. Our hope is to lift up the story and the writer at the same time. It is amazing how two people can read the same story and come away with different things that made an impact on them. Hopefully, Julie and I can continue to come up with refreshing things to offer. I know there will not be a lack of exciting stories to draw from!

Betty Reinke · July 9, 2020 at 2:14 am

Wautoma is a virtual fountain of inspiration! Go girls!

Lynne Phillips · July 9, 2020 at 2:29 am

I love the idea of these reviews. Good thinking

Jim Bates · July 11, 2020 at 7:21 pm

This was great! A complete and entertaining review. Well done!! Hats off to Sizzle and Eger. I’m looking forward to reading more of your reviews 🙂

Sue Marie St. Lee · July 25, 2020 at 11:32 pm

I love Ximena’s writing. She can take the reader to unimaginable places and leave you wondering about the experience long after you’ve left the story. For Sizzle and Eger to take this story on as their first effort is brave and BRILLIANT! You ladies ROCK!

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