Book Tour – Review & G!veaway: Love The Sinner by Avril Ashton – Rating 4.5 of 5

Title: Love the Sinner
Author: Avril Ashton
Source: CBLS Promotions in exchanged  for an unbiased review
Price: $6.19 Kindle
Where to buy: Amazon

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Description: A notorious gang leader and an NYPD cop. An unlikely couple, but is it true what they say? Could Gabe hate the sin but love the sinner? 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. Reader Advisory: This book contains brief scenes of gang-related violence.

Review: Love The Sinner is a love story between two very different people. One is a well-known respected cop from NYC and the other is a well-known criminal and boss of one of the most notorious gangs in Brooklyn NY.

Gabriel Ashby has always been on the right side of the law, he has always fought to bring justice and to keep criminals off the streets. That’s until he finds himself in an interrogation room with Angelo Pagan. Angelo Pagan is the boss of Los Pecadores – a gang known to deal with gun trafficking and very dangerous.  Drugs are rooming the streets of Brooklyn and bodies are dropping like hot tamales.

Gave and his captain are set to find out who is behind those dealings and they have their eyes set on Angelo Pagan. Angelo is a criminal by profession, after his father’s death he became the “boss” a man known for his dealings and risky business. Pagan has a shadowed past and one he can’t easily forget.

Gave have his eyes set on Angelo but he can’t help notice other things about this dangerous man. Things he never thought to think about or even acknowledge. Angelo Pagan notices Gave in more than one way. He is a man of the streets who keeps more than one secret. He finds himself looking at Gave and immediately feels attracted to him. Their attraction is instant and dangerous.

Love the Sinner is a very nice read; it has a good plot and fascinating characters. This book isn’t for the weak of heart. There is sex (tons of it), very graphic at that. There is love, understanding and resignation. I enjoy how well the author manages to bring these two very different people together; making their differences the very thing that brings them together.

This book has a very nice plot, drugs, firearms trafficking and a debt that must be met. Crime, love, sex & passion seem to be the main theme in this story but don’t let that woo you from reading it. It is short,  but it is filled with a great scenes of crime and its dealings.

Reader Advisory: M/M relationship – graphic sexual content.

4 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

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“You put the people you claim to care about in jeopardy and here you are, burying your sister. How does it feel to be the reason your sister’s dead? The reason your mother is heartbroken?”

Pagan just stared at Gabe, his lips curved, eyes mocking. Unmovable. Unreachable.

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Gabe ached to punch him in the jaw, knock some sense into him. Some morals. Most of all he ached to touch the man, test the texture of those lips, and wasn’t that the most fucked-up thing of all? Before he stepped into this room his most pressing concern was how to react if Trish brought up marriage again, and now this.

Lusting over a criminal. Gabe pushed back his chair and got to his feet, spinning away in an attempt to hide the bulge in his jeans. He headed over to the door and opened it before turning to Pagan. “You can leave, but trust me when I tell you we will find the person responsible for this.”

Pagan got up, grabbing his sunglasses. He walked past Gabe, brushing up against him, body heat reaching out to scald him. Gabe hissed in a breath, schooling his features into a blank slate. His fingers twitched, itching to fist in the thick luxury of Pagan’s hair.

“I’d warn you not to take justice into your own hands, but I’m hoping you’ll try.”

Pagan stopped and met his gaze with a raised eyebrow.

“I want you to try something ’cause I’ll be there watching,” Gabe growled. “And I’ll get to lock your ass up. Take you off the streets finally.”

A slow smile spread over Pagan’s features, genuine and real, catching Gabe completely off guard. He fisted his hands at his body’s hungry reaction, glancing away before Pagan caught any signs of his attraction in his eyes.

“I’ll be seeing you, cop.”

Gabe turned back to him, watching as Pagan allowed his mask to slip for a second. There. Written behind those flashing gold eyes was the same heat. The same attraction.

Then he blinked and it was gone.

Pagan sauntered off, leaving Gabe’s heart thumping and his body aching.


Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

All Comments

  • I do read both crime and romance novels and I love reading novels that are both!!

    chickie434 06/17/2012 7:18 am Reply
  • I enjoy crime and romance novels – but love it even more when its combined into one! Thank you so much for the chance to win!

    Erin Walters Koiso 06/15/2012 1:07 am Reply
  • I enjoy reading M/M novels, especially combined with mystery/crime and romance.

    Tracey D

    booklover0226 06/13/2012 12:32 pm Reply
  • I love crime romance, thanks for the chance to win

    Jolene A 06/12/2012 6:05 pm Reply
  • I love reading all kinds of romance stories, especially one’s with a bit of suspense.

    caitymack 06/11/2012 3:26 pm Reply
  • I read crime/romance novels. I read any genre and crime ones are one of the more thrilling ones. It’s exciting and I like that there’s also a romantic element.

    Fiery Na 06/11/2012 1:25 pm Reply
  • I read any genre. I love mystery/crime romance novels.


    Joanne Balinski (@JoanneBalinski) 06/11/2012 10:33 am Reply
    • Hey Joanne! Gurr, is you stalking me? If so, me likey ;D

      Avril Ashton 06/11/2012 3:31 pm Reply
  • I love crime romance I read cut and run by by Madeleine Urban, Abigail Roux and fell in love with crime romance.

    Kerry Sullivan 06/11/2012 10:12 am Reply
    • Me too, Kerry. Love crime and romance.

      Avril Ashton 06/11/2012 3:30 pm Reply
      • When you combine romance & action and add to that awesome characters you have a winner.

        ReadingDiva 06/11/2012 3:33 pm Reply
  • Thanks for hosting me today and the lovely review.

    Avril Ashton 06/11/2012 9:57 am Reply
    • Hi Avril,
      It was a pleasure reading Love The Sinner, it is my first M/M read and I enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

      ReadingDiva 06/11/2012 9:59 am Reply
      • First M/M? Well, I do like being first ;D So happy you enjoyed it and I didn’t ruin the M/M genre for you LOL

        Avril Ashton 06/11/2012 3:30 pm Reply

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