Genres: Contemporary Romance, Rock Band Romance
Published by Montlake Romance
Released on July 15, 2015
Sweet as Sin started out as a story I was in love with and excited to read and then…BAM…the story took a left turn into creepy land and stayed there to the end. There is a reason the author gives at the end as to why, but unfortunately, it doesn’t make the story any better.
In a reading slump, I gravitated to the cover of this story and had to read it. Who doesn’t want a rock band bad boy falling for the unconventional young woman who wants nothing to do with him or his fame? Kat Reid loves her life after having a harsh childhood. She owns her own house in LA and gets to put on the make up for the rich and famous. The rich and famous she detests and wants nothing to do with even on a good day. After several re-schedules she ends up on set of the music video for Bad Habit doing the lead lady’s make up. But the lead lady, Avery, is out of it and Nico Nyx is on the set. Nico and Avery have been a thing for a while so he whisks her away from the set, but Kat cannot deny there was a sizzle to their meeting.
With that sizzle comes the idea that Kat should replace Avery as the bride in the video. Nico and Kat sizzle and burn hard during the shoot, but Kat still wants nothing to do with Nico. Nico won’t take no for an answer and sweetly starts to court and seduce Kat into his life when all Hell breaks loose the the story gets dark, creepy and about as unsexy as anything.
Nico has so many dirty secrets bottled up and some of them are coming out to bite his ass and take Kat with them. You find out about his childhood which was worse than Kat’s onto a life of running away and keeping secrets that are pretty disgusting at times. The creep factor dialed up so high at this point I probably should have known it wasn’t going to calm down.
Throw in there is some stalkerish tendencies from Nico to Kat. He often traps her against a wall and kisses her roughly to make her bend to his way. Or he will spank her if he feels she did something wrong. While this wasn’t a BDSM book, it started leaning to a disciplinary type story a few times. There were times I wondered who was more crazy as this felt all wrong.
Kat had two great friends, but one kind of rubbed me wrong at times. Grace is a therapist and often throws out advice or objections to Kat. Then you learn she has no memory of her past, but then again no story about how she doesn’t know who she is for real. Chloe’s in a bad relationship but then starts dating one of the cops usually around when things go wrong.
Nico had band members, but you never really saw them in concert or working. While Nico is this big music star, I only saw lyrics from the video shoot. You never see him pouring over lyrics or cords. It all just felt fake. Since the story was told completely from Kat’s point of view, you never learn about really what Nico feels or wants except for what he blurts out like how he wants lots of kids at one point and doesn’t want to wait.
If anything, Kat is in no way a gold digger. Her one saving grace. Her friend also said she didn’t have an ounce of self-preservation at one point and I had to agree. She gave Nico what he wanted, every time and it got old fast. He said she ran all the time, I think she didn’t try to run far enough or fast enough.
Now to put into perspective some of this, the author explains at the end something tragic happened in her life. She finished the story on a much darker note and knew it trying to get help to make it better. While this was different than the original and second plan, it was something I really wished she had tabled and come back to at another time or even started over. It just wasn’t ready in my mind for me to read. I hate to say it, but this wasn’t a great story. It left me in a blah place. And yes, I know about death in the family after losing someone a year ago to cancer. It’s hard and I feel bad, but I can’t lie and say this is a great story. It just isn’t.