Sin for Me by Jackie Ashenden Release Date: March 28, 2017 Publisher: Kensington Book #3 in the Motor City Royals series Number of Pages: 299 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: XXX Read 6/9/18 to 6/10/18
I have a confession to make. As much as I enjoyed this series overall, I think my expectations were set too high. The first book in this series, Dirty For Me, is off the charts phenomenal. I then read the first two books in the Tate Brothers series and they also blew me away. So while I really enjoyed the last book, Wrong For Me, and this book, they just didn’t live up to the hype in my mind. Also, I’m from the Detroit area and really, really, really wanted to see a bit more of the city in these stories.
All of that being said, in case you didn’t notice from that paragraph, I still am really glad I read this series. I absolutely love all of the characters and was fully invested in what they were doing for their neighborhood and neighbors. I wanted to see them succeed and find love.
Gideon has been a grounding presence since the start of this series. He, quite frankly, seemed a bit of a saint. So, Zoe’s hero worship of him wasn’t surprising. Of course, all good heroes have a not-so-pretty story in their past that made them into the great person they are. Gideon was much harder on himself than anyone else would ever be, but I can’t blame him. He did a lot of bad things. Zoe was able to see the true Gideon, once he let her in, and accepted him for both his good and bad deeds.
Zoe drove me a bit nuts all while I also sympathized with her. She had led quite a sheltered life for a woman who had seen and been through so much in her first 13 or so years. Once Gideon “took charge” of her when she was young he really kept her in a bit of a cocoon, so I couldn’t fault her for staging a rebellion…even when it drove me crazy.
I like Zoe and Gideon together, I think they’re good for each other. I was, honestly, a bit taken aback by the reaction of the others. I love how Tamara came into the whole dynamic of this little “family” after everyone was an adult so had a totally unique perspective. They really needed that when it came to this situation.
Again, I love this series overall and even enjoyed this book. There just seemed to be a bit of a repetitiveness in the push/pull between Gideon and Zoe that dragged on a bit too long for me. I will still be recommending this series (especially the first book) to people and will most definitely be recommending this author’s work overall. I’m very happy I started reading her books. They always suck me in and keep me engaged.