(WAGES OF SIN #2)
by Tara Leigh
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I am the monarch of Manhattan’s underworld.
A corrupt king, ruling a sinful empire.
I wasn’t born to the crown.
Nevertheless, I wear it well.
Aislinn Granville is the Crown Jewel of my empire—my queen.
To my enemies, she’s my Achilles heel—a perfect pawn.
Without her, I am a wounded warrior.
A ruthless, relentless beast.
There is nowhere she can be taken that I won’t find her.
No adversary I won’t crush to get her back.
Even if I have to burn this city to the ground.
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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CORRUPT SAVIOR continues right where CRUEL SANCTUARY ended and since that ended in a cliffy I was salivating to get my hands on it. If you haven’t read the first in this duet, stop right here. Although I try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, I will refer to some events that happened in the previous book.
I expected Damon to lose it when his Spitfire went missing. He is ready to burn down the world and bring everyone, who was only remotely involved, to justice. His feelings for Aislinn are so obvious, yet, there is a little boy inside him that has issues expressing them, which is what causes major conflict with Aislinn. This arrogant, self-assured man, who doesn’t get frazzled easily, shows his belly only to the woman who occupies his mind around the clock.
“I don’t know what it’s like not to love you, princess.”
Aislinn handles her abduction surprisingly well. She is badass, never giving up, and, while hoping and waiting for her King to save her, not sitting quietly like a damsel in distress. Now here is a bit of an issue I grappled with. We learn about her childhood trauma in the first book which still affects her in the presence. Yet when she is in a similar situation it doesn’t trigger much in her. Another thing I didn’t completely buy wasFor all the times Aislinn said that she was Damon’s and gave the impression that she had no illusions about him, she threw the towel pretty quickly which I found a little irritating. However, she was the fierce, strong, independent woman we saw in the first book so it was hard not to love her.
Damon and Aislinn trying to find common ground and uniting the different worlds they live in is the theme of this story. They have a lot of obstacles in their way that need to be overcome first. There is the constant threat to their lives that makes this story suspenseful and thrilling. And let’s not forget the steam – dayum, Damon is a beast. The air positively crackles when Aislinn and Damon are in the same room.
Now I said in my review for CRUEL SANCTUARY that I love Tara Leigh’s writing style and let me make clear that I still do. It’s all the things I said it was – vibrant and crisp, however I found that she writes with a lot of flourish in CORRUPT SAVIOR which feels a little exaggerated because many of the sentiments have the same pattern.
The man who has become my world. My heart. My everything. Damon King.
Damon King. My devil. My monster. Mine.
She is the air I breathe. The beat of my heart. The light to my dark. The goddess of my dreams.
The devil who danced into my heart, the monster who slayed my nightmares, the lover of my fantasies.
I lost the only good thing in my life. My bright light. My sunshine. My spitfire. My goddess. My queen.
I already have my reward. My savior. My savage. My devil. My dark knight. And his name is Damon King.
There are more of those throughout the book and while these are beautiful words I think a little more economical usage of them would have made them more meaningful. Plus, at some point they felt a little filler-y.
With all that being said, this book was entertaining, the little issues I had didn’t influence my enjoyment much. Damon and Aislinn’s relationship was captivating and breathtakingly beautiful and I rooted for them from beginning to end. If you like your books a little on the darker side and with a lot of passion grab this!