Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton

Love the SinnerRate: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, Law Enforcement
Length: 229 pages
Published: May 9, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

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.

I read the Run this Town series first, and now I’m moving back to the very beginning with the Brooklyn Sinners. Both series are stand-alone, but all the characters are interconnected. Plus, I’m getting ready to read all the books in-between the two and the ones connecting them to the new series, Loose Ends.

My View: This story is another example of the author’s ability to create characters that steal the reader’s heart. We get happy and suffer with them, for them, without exception.

My main complaint is about the beginning of the story. When the MCs met for the first time, the reader had to assume they knew each other, but then we find out that was their first time talking to each other. Everything they know comes from Angelo’s record and any information he gathers about Gabe. After that, the reader just had to suspend their beliefs about attraction and rights and wrongs. Some areas were a little slow and others too fast, but in the end, a good balance was achieved.

I like this book, and it works well as the first in the series, setting the main couple and the rest of the characters. From the very beginning, I wanted to know more about Pablo, Kane, and Syren. And at some points, it distracted it me from Angelo’s and Gabe’s story. But overall, still another great story by this author.

What I liked the most: The sex scenes, obviously : -D Actually, the depth of the MCs feelings for each other.

I wanted more of: Nothing, really.

Who should read it: Fans of law enforcement stories.

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