Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (174 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Clover
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.
They say opposites attract; in this case opposites attract, connect and then explode!
When Gabe, a good guy, meets Angelo, a real hard ass bad guy, the last thing either of them expect is to fall in love. But that’s what happens, and from that moment on their lives are turned not just upside down but inside out and twisted all over the place.
Love the Sinner is one of those books where you really do have to suspend your disbelief. Gabe, a high flying cop, dedicated to his career, justice and keeping the streets safe suddenly finds himself, for the first time ever in his life, massively attracted to a man. That man is Angelo, one of the city's most notorious gang leaders and, although gay, he’s never been with a man and keeps his sexuality securely under wraps. However, once you accept this part of the plot, and the fact that both men are willing to risk everything to be with one another, this story becomes a real page-turner.
The sex is hot to the point of melting your e-reader, the characters are three dimensional and, Angelo, despite being the sort of man I normally wouldn’t be rooting for in a novel, secures his status in the book as one of the heroes. I really sunk my teeth into the plot and was pleased that I couldn’t always second guess what was going to happen next. Also, for me, the end was perfect and the author managed to leave me with a lovely warm, gooey feeling inside.
If you enjoy steamy m/m, a read that takes you on a journey to both sides of the track and a great happy ever after, then make sure you pick up a copy of Love the Sinner.