Title: Sin For Me
It was anything but easy, but Gideon Black has finally managed to create a safe haven for himself on the gritty streets of Detroit. He worked hard to get on the straight and narrow, pulling himself up from an underground crime syndicate before it consumed him completely. But the past isn't staying put, and now that it's come calling, it's not after him, but the woman he considers the closest thing he has to family . . .
Zoe James has always loved Gideon more than anything in the world. She knows he only wants to keep her safe, but his overprotectiveness has taken over her life and it's got to stop. She's sick of him treating her like a little girl, but is she woman enough to handle the truth when it
finally comes out?
As old enemies close in, a complicated but undeniable passion is growing between them. Gideon tries to hold on to Zoe and keep her safe, but he may have to let her go in order to save them both . . .
Author: Jackie Ashenden
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hold Me Down, Dirty For Me, Take Me Deeper, Take Me Deeper
Series: Motor City Royals #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Dirty For Me, Wrong For Me
Published by Kensington Source: Publisher
Published: March 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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I’ve been waiting for Sin for Me. I’ve wanted to read Gideon and Zoe’s story since the series started. These two have a very long history starting when Zoe was a very young child. As they matured their relationship hasn’t in some ways. Zoe’s certain her feelings have changed from the idolization of Gideon she felt as a child to adult love of the man. Gideon is slower to look at Zoe as the 25 year old woman she now is and subsequently treats her like a child still. He hasn’t even noticed her in a sexual way which is good. If he’d been attracted to her much earlier it would have been creepy. This story was in large part an exploration of ͞where do we go from here͟. They both have a lot of introspection to do and it’s not easy for them to move from their childhood closeness to forge a relationship as man and woman.
Gideon has always looked after Zoe since they shared a foster home when she was six. He
hasn’t been in the habit of explaining his motives to her. In today’s environment, his not letting Zoe go to college or leave his home probably rubs a lot of people the wrong way. He is high-handed with her for some very good reasons though. She willingly allows him to be controlling without forcing him to explain himself. They both need to learn to communicate.
Ashenden often writes outside the lines of what’s comfortable to readers. Her characters are gritty, not always likeable and that can be said of Gideon and Zoe. Their first sexual encounter is rough. The way Gideon treats Zoe isn’t the loving, caring, sweet sex you’d expect a man who cares so much to give his virgin lover. Zoe’s OK with that. Because she’ll take Gideon any way she can get him or because she genuinely likes it? It’s hard to say…probably some of both. The entire course of the book these two struggle. It’s not a clean and easy rode to their happily
Personally, I like that this book, and the series, has not been full of politically correct romance and characters. It’s refreshing to read something with an entirely different angle to it. I will admit, it’s harder to identify with the characters but maybe we don’t always need to the rote hero and heroine of typical romance novels. I suspect far more real life relationships work like Gideon and Zoe’s than the Cinderella stories we love so much. I get tired of stories where some little, silly misunderstanding is all the challenge the beautiful heroine and Alpha-
but-caring hero must overcome.