After having a bad time with the first novel in this series, Sweet as Sin, I was leery of trying another book with characters I didn’t really like. Well Make Me Sin runs you through an obstacle course of emotions. Since reading this one, I think I have decided I am done with the series. There are just too many questions and holes in the story…so let’s get going on the review.
Chloe Carmichael was Grace from the first story. She owns a flower shop and generally is happy since going out to do what she wants with an overbearing family. It doesn’t help that A.J. Edwards keeps throwing insults her way. A.J. is Nico’s bandmate. Grace and Nico are getting married and of course Chloe is doing the flowers, but also she is the maid of honor to A.J.’s best man. Needless to say, this gets dark fast with Chloe refusing to mind her own business and stay away.
A.J. remains a mystery for most of the book and while the onion layer metaphor is getting old, it fits exactly. You slowly learn he is from Russia as his accent gives way at times. Prostitutes seem to be his only friend because he finds them so honest. He has some peculiar medical conditions. They all wrap up a complex man who can’t even keep all the story lines separate. Complex doesn’t begin to explain his character. Through this, we learn he finds Chloe to be so pure that he tries to push her away.
Chloe isn’t quite a complex. Her family is rich and have certain standards they expect of their children. Chloe’s brother is gay and their parents won’t acknowledge it. Recently having broken up with her cop boyfriend, they feel he is the best match she can make. Buying the flower shop just goes against all of their wishes and I wanted to applaud when she stood up to them. In the end, her Dad is there for her.
What I found in this story was a mess of story lines that left me scratching my head. A.J. has had a tough life, and a tough future. He feels the mix of his emotions deeply and I found him to be interesting, but the saying “God gives you only what you can handle.” This statement means he could handle a lot. A LOT. Almost too much for one story. The other problem is you never see the band doing anything. A.J. and Nico are in a few scenes, but other than that, there isn’t much in the way of a band. So I can’t really call this a rockband romance. Its mostly a contemporary romance.
These two hurt each other, love each other and could destroy each other. It is a drama of push and pull with external elements making it all the better and worse. I can see much promise in the writers writing, but I don’t know if I can handle this much bad things going on to one character. It just became a Greek tragedy in some ways. So make sure you have tissues or a strong fortitude, because you will need them to read this romance….with a happy ending after all that.
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