Saturday, September 14, 2013

Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton

Title: Love the Sinner
Author: Avril Ashton
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Sinners of Brooklyn #1
Main Characters: Gabe and Angelo
Release Date: May 2012
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he’s interrogating, isn’t like any other. Gabe can’t deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo’s ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night?

Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He’s resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can’t get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

My Review:
This book was absolutely fabulous, but there are things about it that bother me, while at the same time, made the book so freaking good. Angelo is the head of the Los P gang in NYC. He's an in your face, no holds barred tough guy. He meets Gabe after his sister is gunned down and he's being questioned about what he knows about it. Gabe is a detective and Angelo is one of the most wanted in NYC...if only they could pin something on him. But when they meet in the interrogation room, there is an instant buzz between them....something that completely shocks Gabe because he's never had that with a man and to have it with this man is just so wrong.

Suffice it to say this is one sexy book. There is so much sexual chemistry between the men, but they are so far apart. Their relationship is impossible in every sense of the word. This book is all about the forbidden which is part of what makes it so freaking good, but it also makes it difficult at times. 

Angelo is not a nice guy. He's in charge of a NYC gang...he kills people and you see that in the book. For me, personally, that's difficult and kept this book from rating an A or A+ on my scale. But at the same time, you see why he does what he does and he's not a bad guy. I literally spent the last 20% of the book with my stomach in knots about how it all works out. It's very emotional. 

The book was amazing and I love authors who can take relationships like this, where absolutely it should NEVER work out, and manage to make it work believably. I'm still on the fence about reading the other books in the series, though. I like the good guy/bad guy aspect, but worry that these books may just take the bad guy part just a shade too far for me and the next book features both heroes who are gang members.

1 comment:

J9 said...

Yep, the moral ambiguity of the gang member leads makes for a complicated read. But the emotional intensity is just so delicious!!