- Ellora's Cave Publishing
- Release Date
- May 2012
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Multi-cultural/Multi-racial Romance
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.
Reader Advisory: This book contains brief scenes of gang-related violence.
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2012 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
220 people found the following review helpful
LOVE THE SINNER is a hot M/M romance between good guy and bad guy, cop and robber and all that, but it's the amazing visuals and the intense emotions the author created that made this book for me.
From the moment police detective Gabriel Ashby met gangster Angelo Pagan, he knows that his life is going to be different. He is straight, has never looked at another man "in that way", but he is instantly attracted to this man—a man...and a criminal to boot.
Angelo Pagan knows he shouldn't be attracted to the cop, but he can't help it. And when Gabe is hurt during one of their run-in's where they are on opposite sides of the law, Angelo risks everything to check on his cop.
As the attraction becomes undeniable, the risk becomes even greater. And love may be the only thing worth that risk.
I just loved this book. The tone of it was dark, almost visceral, and I felt like I was transported into the seedier side of life as I was viewing it through Angelo's eyes. It's not often that I root for a "bad guy", but I was rooting for this bad guy all the way. I could see what Gabe saw in him, and I wanted desperately for Angelo to see it as well.
I'm not usually a fan of the "Gay For You" trope, but I loved the way this author handled Gabriel's feelings about being with a man. It made me more invested in the characters and made me wish harder for the relationship to work against the odds.
The plot was nail-biting at times, frustrating at others, but through it all, it was immensely entertaining. I could not stop reading because Angelo and Gabriel had their hooks in me.
Overall, I thought LOVE THE SINNER was fantastic. With the great characters, the depth of emotion, and descriptive writing, I was taken on quite the ride. I haven't read anything by Avril Ashton before, but I'll definitely be looking out for more of her work.
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