Book #89: Made For Sin by Stacia Kane

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A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly.

But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster—minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm. What catches Speare’s attention, however, is that the missing appendage was severed clean by a demon-sword, a frighteningly powerful tool of the underworld.

Speare’s out of his element, so he turns to a specialist: Ardeth Coyle, master thief, dealer in occult artifacts, and bona fide temptress. Ardeth’s hotter than a Las Vegas sidewalk on the Fourth of July, but she’s one sin Speare has to resist.

The dismembered corpses are piling up, unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows, and if this odd couple hopes to beat the odds, Speare needs to keep his hands off Ardeth, and his head in the game.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. Everything following this paragraph is my review in my own opinion. I was not compensated at all.

Hmmm… what to say about this book. Made For Sin is most definitely in the realm of urban fantasy with some romance. The core of the book is written as a romance, but the ending threw me off. Without giving too much away, I’ll try to review other things instead.

Speare was an interesting male lead. He is a tortured soul and a good person forced to do terrible things. This quality sets him apart from other male leads in similar books. Or at least I felt it did because we see the book in his point of view. I actually liked that. I got to see the male side of a romance and it was refreshing.

The urban fantasy mystery part was so/so. I liked the concept, but their didn’t feel to be that much mental work with them for me. I’d like to describe this book as a TV show pilot where next episodes will either get better or make the story overall tank. As it is, I am intrigued enough that I would like to see more once it happens.

And that brings me back to the ending. Yep, it definitely feels like a next book is in the works. I wasn’t expecting that and so it threw me for a loop. Still intrigued though!

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