Bethany reviews ‘Love the Sinner’ by Avril Ashton. Published by Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc on May 9, 2012, 264 pgs.
Why I read this book: This was re-read week and I was in the mood for hot, well this one is just that.
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.
This week was re-read week and I re-read a lot of my books. Certain books when I need comfort, certain books when I’m in the mood for angst, and certain books when I’m in the mood for heat. And let me tell you this book delivers on the heat. Wooza, get a glass of ice water and dive right in if your looking for some serious smexy times and a touch of the forbidden.
I read this book the first time back in 2013 and it was a bit out of my comfort zone. I mean really, a law abiding cop and a leader of a gang? Nope, I so was not used to reading anything like that, but when I finished this one I started right on with the second in this series.
Gabe is a cop who meets Angelo in an interrogation room and is shocked at the intense attraction he feels toward him. One because he has never been attracted to a man before and two because Angelo is a criminal. But the attraction is definitely not one sided, Angelo knows that falling for a cop would be very very bad for him and his gang. But as they say the heart wants what the heart wants. When Gabe is shot Angelo knows there is no staying away from this particular cop.
I loved watching these two try to navigate a relationship with one another. It was hot and needy and seemingly wrong, both knowing that it will end very badly should people find out. Gabe can’t be a cop and in love with someone he was trying to put away, and Angelo can’t be the leader of his gang and be gay.
This book is not for the faint of heart, it is dark and sometimes very hard to read. The author drags you to the seedy parts of gang life for Angelo, and its angsty as hell at times. There were MANY times I wanted to yell at both Gabe and Angelo. I cried, I laughed and I fell in love with these two men. I am so glad I choose this as my re-read, I highly recommend you give it a try. The entire series is brilliant, and I give this one a solid 9.
A West Indian transplant, Award-winning author, Avril Ashton, now lives in Stone Mountain, GA, with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise a daughter who loves reading and school (
not so much school anymore she’s back to loving it) . Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother.
Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.