Sunday, January 25, 2015

Christie's review: A Necessary Sin by Georgia Cates


Title: A Necessary Sin
Series: The Sin Trilogy #1
Author:Georgia Cates
Release Date: December 29, 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, an organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge’s son Sinclair—until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She’s always known this undertaking would place her life in danger—she never imagined her heart would be as well.

Georgia Cates wowed me a couple years ago with her book Beauty from Pain. That was my first book by her and I devoured every delicious morsel of that story. It wasn't something that was completely unique from any other books I've read with the temporary sexual arrangement that quickly gets emotional trope. Nevertheless, it managed to trigger every emotion I was meant to feel and the passion between the MCs had an intensity to it that got my hearty approval. So I was more than excited to see that she had a new release for me to check out. Not only is it set in the organized crime world which had become a fairly new obsession with me, but it had a strong revenge theme in it. Sold. I'm almost incapable of turning away from that in books.

The general sum up of the plot is this:

Stella (Bleu) mother is murdered when she was a little girl, and she was left for dead. Although she survived, a piece of her humanity died with her mother.

Most children are too naïve to recognize the moment they are being ruined for the rest of their lives. I wasn't that lucky.

She became obsessed with the idea of revenge and retribution and was willing to break society's laws and moral codes to get what she wanted. Her life's goal was destroying the man who destroyed her. And that plan was ingratiating herself into the Fellowship (an organized crime brotherhood in Scotland) through her target's son: Sinclair Breckenridge.

I did like her character. She didn't have a weak bone in her body, and she was intelligent. Although she did come off as completely cold and calculating through the entire book, I found myself enjoying her strength and her lady balls of steel. She seriously had no fear or hesitation in her plans. Even though the heroine didn't give me the warm fuzzies, she stayed consistent and it really made her come to life and feel naturalistic to me.

Sin was a difficult one. In the beginning, I didn't care for his personality much. He was this power hungry, egocentric man who used women as playthings. But he was exactly what I expected, it fit, so I was fine with that. Sin is the next in line to take over the family empire and he was raised to be ruthless and untrusting. I have to say he met his match in those personality traits with Bleu. I thought they complimented each other well, but very quickly, they both start developing unwanted feelings. They see a similar soul in each other and reluctantly, admiration and a fast growing obsession begins.

Now, feelings are involved that neither expected or desired and all they can do is hope that they can find a way to hold on to each other with all the massive things standing in their way. Secrets. The Brotherhood. Revenge. Lies. How could they ever muddle through the mess that they've sunk into?

While I didn't dislike the book, it wasn't really as exciting as I thought it was going to be. What I was expecting was maybe a lightly dark (if that makes sense) mafia book that had that emotional punch that I felt from BFP. What I got was a mafia book that was attempting to be dark, and mostly in the beginning achieved that, but as the book wore on, the hero Sinclair (Sin) felt less and less like that hard and cold man he was portrayed as, and became a soft version of himself. I wasn't feeling that. The man is supposed to be hardcore. A man who was raised by criminals and is willing to kill if necessary. But after being strung along by the heroine in her plot for revenge, very quickly starts to melt like a pat of butter. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind it, but not when it doesn't stay true to the characterization that we were meant to believe. I mean, when her true identity was revealed? Eh. It was kind of a letdown. I was excepting a little more from that, it fell pretty flat. Not to mention, his reaction was WAY off base. He almost immediately forgave her total deception and manipulation! Gah! Maybe I'm bloodthirsty, but I wanted to see some heads roll! Also, The idea that her adoptive father Harry, who was an FBI agent, would stand behind her plans for murder when she told him as a twelve year old girl? Nope. I can't see that, sorry. Simply because he saw her determination? As a twelve year old girl. I'm just not able to conjure that image in my mind.

So, while it wasn't quite what I had hoped, I liked it enough to continue on with the next book. I'm definitely curious to see where the story will turn in the second in the trilogy.


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