M. Berens Reply to on 23 September 2017
|A Shot of Sin: A Shot of Sin is a workplace romance, but this isn't just any workplace! It's a restaurant (Taste of Sin), a bar (Shot of Sin), and a sex club (Vault of Sin). The plot is steady and unique. The characters are well developed, believable, and at times, very frustrating. Leo and Shay drove me so crazy sometimes that I wanted to shake them! Leo is part owner of A Shot of Sin, along with his friends TJ and Brute. Shay is probably their best bartender, with a sassy mouth and sometimes a hot temper. Leo and Shay got a little carried away in a storeroom one day, and now it's affecting their jobs. Leo doesn't think a permanent relationship will work with anyone because of the Vault.Will Shay prove him wrong? Can they continue working together?
Union of Sin: In a sense, Union of Sin is a second chance romance, but to label it so simplistically just wouldn't do the book justice. There aren't sufficient words to describe Union of Sin except to say that it really blew me away! From the first pages, I was spellbound. The plot held my interest all the way to the end, so I was up reading until 4:00 am!. It was riveting and filled with angst. The characters were complex, believable, and well developed. TJ is part owner of the Vault of Sin, along with his friends Leo and Brute. Cassie is his wife and silent partner in the Vault of Sin, in addition to working at a hotel. TJ and Cassie are in the midst of a divorce, and TJ won't even tell Cassie why. He admits that he still loves her and that there will never be another to take her place. She still loves him. So why are they getting divorced?!? (Seriously, TJ drove me insane most of the book, and I cried for Cassie more than once!)
Brutal Sin: What a fabulous ending to the Vault series! This book had so much angst and sexual tension; I couldn't put the book down without knowing how it would end! Bryan is nicknamed Brute for good reason; it suits both his persona and his demeanor. He was really maddening sometimes with his arrogance and attitude of indifference! That being said, he really was a great guy deep down, with a lot of loyalty to his friends. I feel like I would have liked more glimpses into Brute's family dynamics and childhood. Pamela, whom he nicknamed Ella, was struggling to find satisfaction. While I didn't dislike her and certainly felt great empathy for her at times, I would have liked to see her be a little bit stronger in standing up for herself and what she wanted, maybe more like Cassie from book two. The intimate scenes were well written and hot; it was undeniable that Brute and Ella had chemistry to spare. I cried more than once during the book, something that I really appreciate in a book.