Book Review: Sinner’s Fall by Avril Ashton

Sinner’s Fall by Avril AshtonTitle: Sinner’s Fall
Series: Brooklyn Sinners, Book 4
Author: Avril Ashton
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 16, 2013 by Ellora’s Cave Publishing

Tommy Jankowski is hiding from a past he can’t escape and a man he can’t forget. With a new name and resolve, he settles in a small California town. It’s there he catches the eye of a predator. Fearing for his life, Tommy reaches out to his old boss for help. The man who shows up is the last person Tommy is prepared to face.

Mateo Oliveros hasn’t forgiven himself for scaring Tommy so bad he took off running. When Mateo gets a call that Tommy is in danger, he doesn’t think twice before rushing to the rescue, but Tommy isn’t happy to see him. Mateo’s plan is to eliminate Tommy’s problem then walk away, but that’s getting harder and harder to do. The pull between them hasn’t disappeared, in fact, it burns hotter and brighter. With neither man willing to give in, they’re both headed for a fall. It’s only a matter of who goes first.

Reviewed By: J9

In a Nutshell: Finally got the Mateo and Tommy story resolution I wanted and can’t wait for the next in the series.

The Set Up: Tommy ran from Mateo after their one sexual encounter thinking he could never get past his childhood abuse to be the partner Mateo needs. But now a man is stalking Tommy and so Tommy calls Pablo, the leader of his former gang, who sends Mateo to take care of the man hurting Tommy. Mateo never got over Tommy and he’ll do anything to convince Tommy to give them a chance at a future together.

Why I Read this Book: I love this series.

What I Liked: Mateo and Tommy have a great romance. Readers know they belong together and their attraction is so intense it leaps off the page. I was nearly panting when Mateo traps Tommy against a door and talks about all he’s NOT going to do until Tommy is ready to give them a chance. Whew! But what I loved most about their romance is that the author doesn’t have them come together the way I expected. Nope, won’t spoil it and say more but how the couple deal with Tommy’s sexual hang-ups illustrates how deep their emotional connection is.

What I Also Liked: The ending between Mateo and Tommy is lovely and this includes cameos from the leads from books one and two in the series. Again, can’t say more but it’s so good!

The other thing I love is this author does a great job of introducing new leads for the series in very organic ways—and in ways that captured my attention. This happened in book three and again here when two FBI agents are involved in the plot of Tommy’s stalker. Their characters are beautifully introduced, as well as the tension that keeps them apart.

What I Didn’t Like: I really liked these two characters and wanted a bit more time with them. Unlike the other books in this series, this one is a novella. I truly think the author did a perfect amount of relationship development but I enjoyed these characters so well that I wanted to spend a bit more time with them and wish their story was longer.

IMO: Hurry up and write me the next in the series!


J9’s Rating:
4 Frogs


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J9’s reviews for other books in this series:
Love the Sinner, Book 1
Sinner, Savior, Book 2
A Sinner Born, Book 3

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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