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Love the Sinner (Brooklyn Sinners) [Kindle Edition]

Avril Ashton
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1419970895
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave (May 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082B3DXA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Premise Full of Steamy Scenes June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True unconditional love October 7, 2012
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Gabriel Ashby is a 'straight' police detective who falls in love with Angelo Pagan a notorious gang leader who commits unspeakable crimes. This is unheard of. Gabe's life is all about protecting society from the scum that is Angelo Pagan. Unconditional love teaches both men to look at what is in their hearts first. To look beyond what each other does for a living and into their souls. Gabe finds out that beneath the criminal there is a man who loves his family and will do anything for them. He finds a man with integrity, character and heart. Angelo finds the same in Gabe. I loved how the author gave complete background on each man so that you saw what made them into the people they became. Angelo is cold when he is a criminal but you see him being vulnerable with those he loves. You want to hate him at the beginning but as as the story unfolds, you start liking him. You know what he does is wrong and although you want him punished you can,t help but root for him. I have to say I was happy when he killed the guy who tried to kill Gabe. I felt his rage. The author made me think for a second how I would react if someone tried to harm someone I loved. Wonderful story.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential- Not Quite There Though June 24, 2012
By Bitchie
Format:Kindle Edition
I know this one got some great reviews, but I just didn't feel it. I loved the premise of two total opposites, a cop and a gang leader falling for each other, but this one just felt to pat, too easy. They meet across an interrogation table, and BAM! that's it, twu wuv. Never mind that the cop was straight and never even thought about a man in that way, or that the gang leader was being questioned for murder.

I found these two supposedly tough guys to be too sweet, and they cried too much. The sex was hot, and there was a LOT of it. I actually found myself skimming the scenes, something I rarely do.

All in all, a really great idea, really well written, but it just missed the mark for me
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Furnace
Ok, so this is what real love, destined lovers and hotter than blue fire is like? Awesome romance, beautiful HEA. Getting all the other books of this series NOW!
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I really enjoyed reading this book. I actually have read it more than once. It is a great read. I did however feel that there wasn't enough angst on Gabe's part, I mean all of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Missey
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love the Sinner!!
I was pulled in and hooked!! This story grabs your attention at the very beginning and it doesn't let go!! I absolutely loved it!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crystallization
4.0 out of 5 stars It took a while for me to get into this ...
It took a while for me to get into this. I couldn't feel the emotional connection between the two characters. With that being said, as the story unfolded, they grew on me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brooklyn Sinner's Series
Got this book as a free read. It totally wrapped me up in the story of Angel and Gabe...totally loved the book all the way through, reread it numerous times and the other 3 in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by willie oakley
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star book.
A Good book. But a bit rushed! Everything happened too fast in my opinion. But I would recommend it, definitely!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars super hot
I really enjoyed this. Yes Angel and Cop got together and fell in love very quickly but I just didn't care. I loved them and therefor I cheered them on. Read more
Published 9 months ago by elgato
3.0 out of 5 stars not my favorite, but boy does this series get better
Not my favorite of the series so far, For whatever reason, Gabe got on my nerves. I loved Angel and the other characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed
I am freaking smitten by these boys. Love the relationships and friendships. Thank you Avril for sharing them with us.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So Hot! Actually Pulled for the Bad Guy!!
Wow wow wow!!! I absolutely fell in love with this book! I was instantly hooked from the first few paragraphs and I truly could not put it down. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Madison T. Edwards
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A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Stone Mountain, GA. with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). 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.

A lover of cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Erotic and GLBT Romance.

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