Title: Cardinal Sins
Paris Hansworth, star whore turned senator and the most powerful man in City M, has been hiding his terminal illness for years. Searching for a way to reverse the toxic environment that’s killing him, Paris stumbles upon a lost research facility, and a merman named Rain.
Years alone have made Rain long for companionship, and the beautiful man on the other side of the glass intrigues him. But Rain speaks the wrong language, and is decades out of touch. He isn’t quite sure what to think of the new environment he’s been thrust into.
As a virus spreads through the city targeting City M's most private residents—A-Ms—Paris realizes he’s out of time. He’s willing to sacrifice everything, even his own life, to stop it. But Rain might just be the missing DNA link to explain the mutations created in the last plague, maybe even the cure.
Watching Paris race to save his friends, Rain knows he's found someone special and will do anything to stay by his side. But the past Paris thought he’d escaped is seeking revenge, and he’s forced to adapt yet again, possibly even becoming a monster. He only hopes Rain will still want him.
Author: Lissa Kasey
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Hidden Gem
Series: Hidden Gems
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Hidden Gem
Published by Dreamspinner Press Source: Author
Published: November 13, 2015
Genres: Dystopain, Fantasy Romance, Male Male Romance
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I highly recommend reading Hidden Gem before you venture into Cardinal Sins. Aki and Shane have a huge amount of page time in the second book of Lissa Kasey’s Hidden Gems series. In all honesty I felt like this book was divided into thirds. A third of this book belongs to Rain and Paris, a third to Shane and Aki, the other third went to what I’m assuming will be the next romance. I would have enjoyed more of Paris and Rain but the events unraveling here affect Aki and Shane just as much as the other others of this world.
Someone wants all of the North dead and they have created a super virus to see it happen. To make matters worse Paris is losing a battle to an illness that he has tried to hide all of his life. Paris doesn’t have time to stop for his medical needs though. He has to see to properly training the new whores at the Gem, get his new casino Cardinal Sins up and running, keep up appearances for his senate seat, find his senate seat successor, and he feels he must atone for the sins of his father by continuing to rescue the strays from the south. It’s the slaver background that has Paris on a helicopter seeking an AP facility in a frozen lake looking for a long lost link to Aki’s past.
Alone for far too long in a buried fish tank Rain welcomes the newcomers who have stumbled upon his frigid underwater dwellings that was once a laboratory of some sort. Rain is hopeful that the humans curiosity will lead to freedom and friendship, a little more variety in his diet will also be much appreciated. His new home in the fish tanks of the Cardinal Sins Casino is nearly a dream come true. He can explore nearly the entire casino in the warmer tank with its numerous access tunnels. Keeping an eye on the extremely handsome Paris quickly becomes his favorite way to pass the time. That is a blessing of sorts as Rain is able to help Paris at the very moment he needed it most.
Rain is definitely the easiest going captive I’ve ever read, he never tries to escape. I would have thought after his initial capture that put him where Paris found his he’d have been weary of the new people. I never got that impression. The page time given to the previous book and the next book took away from Paris and Rain’s romance. While I enjoyed what I believe to be some build up for the next book I was left wanting more of the development of Paris and Rain’s feelings for each other. I’m still completely intrigued by this world though. It is so vastly different from what we’re living today. The struggles that the characters have deal with on a daily basis while far-fetched to me make so much sense to the time and place that this book is set.