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Love the Sinner by Arvil Ashton

Love the SinnerLove the Sinner by Avril Ashton
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
Novel:  69,594 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2
 

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.

Excerpt

Interesting book but very hard to rate.  Gabe is a cop who interviews Angelo the local gang leader after Angelo’s sister is killed.  There is instant lust/love when they meet.  Gabe is straight and has never looked at a man that way when you add to that Angelo being the leader of a gang that Gabe is on a task force for you have some problems.  Gabe is then shot but Angelo during a raid.

There is an overload of sex in this book.  I’ll be honest…I don’t get the relationship.  They should have never got together and then it seems that sex is all they have.  They are constantly fighting about the relationship or getting jealous over others because they have to hide.

The writing is good.  The author does a great job with descriptions and details.  Unfortunately the sex is a bit repetitive.  It is hot at times and rather rough, which I like but it gets a bit too much.  The characters are likable, even Angelo who kills during the book is likable.  The author really did a good job trying to portray Angelo in a good light.  I have my doubts about how realistic he is but he does end up being likable.

Overall this is an enjoyable read but it does come off as a little too much porn without plot.  Also the plot is very unrealistic and the attraction between characters unbelievable.

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No Quarter by Christine d’Abo

No QuarterNo Quarter by Christine d’Abo
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
Novel:  63,805 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  2
 

Book 1 in the Bounty series.
When bounty hunter Gar is given a simple locate-and-retrieve mission, he’s convinced it’s a waste of his skills. His success rate is legendary, and this assignment is almost too easy.
There isn’t a more prolific space pirate in the galaxy than Captain Faolan. When he walks into a bar with a proposition heavy in mind, he’s not expecting anything to go wrong.
Forced from his solitary existence to work with Faolan, Gar can’t deny his need and desire for a man who he should put in prison. When the hunter becomes the hunted, Gar must learn to put his faith in a man he doesn’t know, or run the risk of ending up dead.

Excerpt

This was a space pirate and bounty hunter book.  The idea of which isn’t real new.  Gar is a well known bounty hunter, known for getting who he is after.  He is a cold man that has a fairly clean living reputation.  Faolan/Wolf is a pirate.  He lives in the now and makes the most of his time.  He is also very successful and known as to never leave a crewmember behind.

The writer did a good job with the writing in the story.  The world created wasn’t full but what was given was very well detailed.  I think though that the author made it a bit shallow.  There was very little background ever given about the world.  You are actually left knowing very little about what seems to be a major conflict within this world.  Also this is an action type adventure but I really didn’t feel the excitement of that type of read.  It seemed like the sex scenes lasted the longest of anything.

The characters were vivid.  I loved their attitudes.  Gar’s decline in character from this cold fighter to a much warmer one was well done.  I think because of this shift some readers will be turned off.  Gar’s character in the beginning makes a much better read for some.  I get that the character was hiding but there is something about a ridged man giving in to love that just makes some of us gush.

The read was good but not great.  It just felt a little to cliché.  It becomes boring and the characters didn’t click with me.  I didn’t get into the feel of the book so it wasn’t what it could have been.

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