(WAGES OF SIN #1)
BY TARA LEIGH
Regina Wamba, Mae
They say New York City is the Devil’s Playground.
This city belongs to me.
And so does Aislinn Granville.
She is a pampered politician’s daughter.
A decorative ornament,
raised to smile and nod and do what she’s told.
Except… she doesn’t. Not with me. Ever.
In this city full of thugs and thieves, I’ve kept Aislinn safe.
From my enemies.
Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.
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I’m not going to tell you a lot about the plot of CRUEL SANCTUARY. I think picking this up only knowing about the story what the blurb tells you is (intriguing) enough. Instead I’ll tell you about the characters that drive this story to its cliffhanger end.
I love a good anti-hero. The one shrouded in darkness that gets cracks when he meets his match and all of a sudden the light comes through. Damon rules over New York from the underworld, nothing goes past him without him knowing. He is the puppet master of criminals and politicians alike, keeping a well adjusted balance. He’s a former hacker, as brilliant and ingenious as he is depraved.
I invade Aislinn’s body like an army. Like a starving, vengeful, bloodthirsty soldier intent on domination.
She is the spoils of a war I never knew I was fighting. Aislinn Granville is my victory.
And I claim her.
When he made his first appearance I rubbed my hands giddily because I knew I’d be in for a treat. He is a cocky, unconscionable man who loves to rile up Aislinn. He has wanted her since he saw her in pictures of a magazine on the walls of his prison cell. But as it is always with these men, they want something, think they can take it and then walk away. So my gleeful reaction is “Who the heck is he kidding?” And sure as hell this heroine is going to make him eat his words. The way he underestimates her is a thing of beauty.
Aislinn is a sassy, feisty firecracker and ready to go to extremes and she makes herself look cool as a cucumber in the process. She literally set her bed on fire, what after that ensued is probably one of my favorite scenes in a book. I loved her strength, her clear head and ability to open her heart and her steadfast morals. However, her black-or-white view of everything shifted when she learned more about Damon and his past.
Damon King is a ruthless bastard. A dark warrior with the soul of a savior.
Damon walks the edge between good and evil but it becomes clear very soon that he has his own code of honor, that ensures that he will never fall victim to the dark completely. Although I suppose he may come close, when the woman he has been obsessing over for years is in danger. I was so looking forward for his reaction when he realized that Aislinn wasn’t the spoiled daughter he thought her to be.
Their connection is at first based on necessity and hate-lust but damn they make the air crackle with sexual tension. Aislinn has every intention to resist Damon (and fails) and Damon won’t accept anything less than total destruction of Aislinn’s resistance and armor. This sexual attraction turns into something more profound once they get to know each other – Damon’s vulnerability made my heart go pitter-patter.
What I just experienced was a full-body paroxysm of the most intense pleasure I’d ever felt.
A total body detonation.
Courtesy of Damon King.
Tara Leigh’s writing is descriptive, engaging and captivating. I marked so many quotes that moved me in some way. She has this vibrant, brisk writing style that makes it super fast to read. So now I’m a bit miffed because I have to wait a couple of weeks until the second of this duet releases. CRUEL SANCTUARY is sexy, suspenseful, a little dark and entirely seductive. I couldn’t move my eyes away from my Kindle. Tara Leigh has a new fan.