Today we are happy to host a blog tour stop for Georgia Cates' hot and sexy book,
The Next Sin. Keep reading for a review, an excerpt and a giveaway!
An epic tale of revenge and love in a new romantic trilogy from the New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Series.
Bleu MacAllister is in hiding less than three months when Sinclair Breckenridge discovers her whereabouts. Her former lover, the future leader of a criminal organization known as The Fellowship, resists the tug of his heart heartstrings in her direction. Instead, he opts to watch over his beloved from afar. And she has no idea. But Sin's sacrifice is short-lived. His bonny lass is a hunted traitor. He fears Abram's assassins are closing in, leaving him with one solution for saving Bleu--make her his wife. Marriage seems an easy fix for their dilemma but wedded bliss is brief when the couple finds trouble lying in wait beyond the realm of the brotherhood. Will the original revenge seeker find herself the object of collateral damage?
The Next Sin starts off fast and furious. It picks up a few months after the events of A Necessary Sin take place. Bleu is trying to make a living as a private investigator, while taking care of her ailing father. Bleu is living wither her sister, Emerson, and lives life as a loner. It's not that she wants to be alone. It's just that Bleu only has one man on her mind - Sinclair Breckenridge. And really, who wouldn't have Sin on their minds? The commanding, sexy, dangerous man she left in Scotland handcuffed to a bed haunts her memories, but Bleu knows that it's for the best if she moves on with her life.
Unbeknownst to Bleu, Sin has been very close to her for some time. The alpha bad boy has the same thoughts as Bleu - he can't imagine his life without her in it. Not only is she a full-fledged member of The Fellowship, but she is the love of his life. Sin can't forget his strong, beautiful and firey bonny. After weeks and weeks of searching for a solution to their problem (spoiler from the first book) Sin has come to the conclusion that the best play he can make is to marry Bleu. Now, I know that doesn't sound romantic and all, but Sin wants to marry Bleu - this is just an excellent way for him to hurry the process along, and keep Bleu safe from his evil uncle.
Bleu eventually agrees to marry Sin, but there are a host of other obstacles that this couple faces. Between Bleu's father and sister, The Fellowship, The Order (a rival crime organization), Bleu's obsession with finding her mother's killer, and Bleu's fertility issues, the Breckenridge's are up against myriad problems. Unfortunately, not everything will work out with sunshine and rainbows for this power couple. To add fuel to this perfect storm, Sin is placed in a situation where he must take on more responsibility in The Fellowhsip, leading to strain on the young marriage.
I have to say that although I am a huge fan of Sin, there are some things he does in this book that pissed me the hell off. Understanding his position in The Fellowhip is one thing....breaking life changing and intimate promises with his new wife is something completely different. He makes some huge personal missteps that had me cringing throughout this book. Bleu feels neglected, and even angry at times, but nothing will shake her faith in Sin. I think Sin has been thrust into a whole new world very quickly and is having trouble adjusting to his new roles in life. Sin is forced to make very difficult decisions that weigh on his mind. He also makes a crucial mistake at the end of this book. For being a crime boss, Sin sure takes security for granted.
Bleu is focused on finding her mother's killer. Unfortunately, she is careless at times with her search. With the help of Sin's mom, and her father's old detective partner, she begins to make some headway against the big mystery that has driven her entire life. The suspense from the first book is present in The Next Sin, but it's more convoluted. Bleu has other matters in her mind - her position in The Fellowship, her duties to her husband and her feelings of alienation from her family all play a role her her state of mind. Abram is not a central figure in this book, but he makes his moves behind the scenes. Abram is a rotten, wicked bastard that will stop at nothing to achieve his endgame. Abram makes some poor choices that lead to a lot of drama in this story. I honestly don't know how or why Sin puts up with what he does.
If you are a fan of dark romantic suspense, then this series should be at the top of your list. I love Cates' writing. Her story flows from page to page, the action doesn't let down, and the chemistry between Sin and Bleu is fierce. I love the mystery behind this book and the character's motivations for their actions. I can't wait for the conclusion to this roller coaster ride of a series!
Add the conclusion to this steamy series to your Goodreads list! One Last Sin will release on March 23, 2015!
I’m in the background of Bleu’s life, as I have been for weeks. I have eyes on her at all times, even when they’re not my own. I safeguard her from harm. It’s all I’ve done since tracking my lass down in a small town in Mississippi, right outside of Memphis. I act as her protector from afar and she has no idea. She believes she’s hidden from The Fellowship—and me—but she couldn’t be more wrong. I’m always here, keeping a watchful eye on her and the MacAllister family.
I often need to be reminded that this is Bleu’s world. Every person she has contact with isn’t a threat but there’s an enormous problem with that. I have no idea who’s friend or foe.
I was concerned when Bleu disappeared at the bar with a man earlier tonight. I was on the verge of barging into the back until my lass came out on stage to perform with the band. I don’t think I’ve ever been so surprised in all my life. I knew she played but I never pegged her for a public performer. That doesn’t seem like my Bonny at all.
But I guess I don’t really know the real Bleu MacAllister. I only know the woman she pretended to be.
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters.
She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.
When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.
Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.