Monday, June 4, 2012

Review for Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton

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.


The premise of this book drew me in with its bad boy falling for a sexy male cop amongst the world of gang violence.  The sparks exploded between Gabe and Angelo across an interrogation room table and what followed was an extremely erotic gay-for-you story that kept you on the edge of your seat as retribution was slowly being doled out.

Angelo was left no choice but to become gang leader after the murder of his father.  He doesn't enjoy committing violence but to avenge his father's murder and keep his neighborhood clean and safe he'll do whatever must be done.  As the death toll towards his family climbs he starts rethinking his future plans.  An unexpected encounter with sensitive and sexy cop Gabe finalizes his decision and as they get closer together Angelo's life is put even more in danger.

Angelo is to die for, utterly delectable, and I can see why Gabe is drawn to him even though he's never been interested in men before.  He oozes sex appeal and you could feel his animal magnetism whenever he came on the scene.  Gabe was a sensitive soul and always wanted to see the good in Angelo.  He purposely set aside what he knows of Angelo in order to have a relationship with him.  It didn't seem realistic that he could live with himself knowing the crimes Angelo had committed and this does in fact finally pull them apart.  

Their relationship is one big up and down emotional rollercoaster ride as both want nothing but the truth from the other.  Their sexual interludes are extremely intense and erotic and almost overwhelm the story in their frequency.  The eroticism once or twice edges close to violence as each man stakes his claim over the other.

The ending of the book puts a perfect bow on Gabe and Angelo's relationship even though it seems a bit too pat and a bit unbelievable.  It was satisfying though and made all of their struggles worthwhile.  With a memorable cast of secondary characters and an intensely emotional storyline this gay-for-you story easily draws the reader in and has me excited to read more from this talented author.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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