Detective Gabriel Ashby has never looked twice at another man, yet the criminal across from him, the man he's interrogating, isn't like any other. Gabe can't deal with the sudden, intense need he has for one of NYPD's Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo Pagan ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing amid the rubble. Gabe would love nothing more than to bust Angelo's ass and lock him up. So why is he seeing the bastard in his dreams at night? Angelo Pagan knows attraction to Gabe is suicide. He's resolute to ignore the chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabe, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now the two can't get close enough. They settle into a forbidden affair threatened by lies and betrayal, living on different sides of the law with no way of breaching the gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example of Angelo, Gabe has to decide if it's really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.
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"YES!!!! One of my favorite m/m series!!!"
I totally preordered all four books in this series and eagerly waited from them to release... I got this series on e-book... and was hoping for it to be narrated...
It was awesome...
Angel and his cop Gabe really set this entire series off on a grand scale... I loved Angel!!!
I absolutely loved the narrator... as I read this book before, so I really expected a lot from the narrator, as there is a lot of Spanish... Renard Pasquale nailed it!!! He transition from Spanish to English perfectly, and even narrated Angel with a Spanish accent... Perfection!!
Any fan of m/m romance need to have this entire series in their collection... One of the good ones... It has drama (gang/cop action); romance (smexy scene that leave you panting) and last but not least... a storyline (it's a series with reappearing characters).
"Literally one of my all time favorite narrations!"
Gabe is an NYPD police detective working on the drug crimes in NYC. He investigates Los Ps – a gang involved in guns and drugs – run by Angelo Pagan. While interrogating Angelo something crazy happens and the previously only straight cop finds himself lusting after the gay criminal.
Angelo, too, finds Gabe intriguing, and despite the obvious craziness and danger in the situation, the two embark on a slow but hot relationship.
Eventually, something will have to change. Gabe cannot stay in his profession and be with Angelo at the same time – but what will he choose? His life or his love?
This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE AUDIOBOOKS!
I’m going to have to include my review of the Audio with the book here because OMG the two MUST be experienced together! Renard Pasquale NAILS this. He is a WONDER. He did the Brooklyn accent, the Hispanic accent, the Spanish words, the passion, the emotion, the danger… all of it impeccably. Avril Ashton writes HOT and DARK romances and Renard’s voice just works so perfectly here.
While the story seems totally impossible, somehow Avril makes it seem plausible, possible and pre-destined. Gabe and Angelo share that kind of love that really epic love stories are all about. When you have to give up everything for the one you love… wow … that’s devotion.
The smexy times are OFF THE CHARTS hot and the feels – wow – so many feels – all the feels!
I’ve loved and listened to this many times over the years and I can’t believe this is my first time sitting down and writing a review for it!
If you haven’t read/listened to this series you are seriously missing out. I won’t lie – there are parts that are hard to listen to and it’s a dark story – but the end is so sunshiny bright and beautiful – it’s totally worth the ride.
(One teeny tiny criticism – I didn’t care for Syren voice at all – he carries that same voice over for Syren’s story and it’s the one in the four part collection that I didn’t adore. I liked it a lot – but between the BDSM and Syren voice it fell easily to my least favorite of the lot.)
6 of 5 stars highly recommened
"Interesting premise that failed a bit in execution"
There was too much sex and not enough character or relationship building so I'd have to say no...
Make the men less emotional. Decrease the frequency of sex scenes. Actually show why these men are in love with each other beyond lust at first sight...
Somewhat. Some of the narrative was brought down by overacting on the narrator's part.
Well if they cn find an actor who looks and sounds like a younger Andy Garcia or a taller version of Antonio Banderas, then that guy can play Angelo. Gabe... I don't know.
I found out about Ellora's Cave not paying their authors the royalty they're due. If I'd known about that beforehand I wouldn't have purchased this title. I know there are 3 other books in this series and that they're much better than this book but I'm going to hold off on purchasing them until Ellora's Cave can sort themselves out.
"I really liked this, although I shouldn't"
Honestly, I really shouldn’t love this book as much as I do. Objectively, this really is not a very good book. It is an overly sappy, unrealistic alpha male, instalove read, which would make more sense in a shifter book, but whatever. That said, for some reason I loved it. I love Angelo and Gabe’s relationship. They are just too cute!! Big tough men exposing their feelings to each other in a very sappy way. It will definitely not appeal to everyone. This is NOT Ty and Zane in Brooklyn. This couple has a very different dynamic. The narrator does a really good job bringing diversity and emotion to the characters, and there is a lot of emotion in this story. Not Cardeno C levels, but a good amount. I think it is worth a credit. On to Book 2.
"Gabe and Angel"
The narrator, but for whatever reason, I did not like the voice of Gabe, It did not match what he was doing in the story, or maybe I just did not like Gabe, don't know..
This is the first I have seen of audio for her books
no, first but definitely not the last.
Neither, this was good for the kick off of the series, and a necessity to read or listen to to get to the next books, but 2 and 3 are my favorites.
"Enchanted story excellent narrator"
I fell in love with this story, story about two lovers overcoming difficult obstacles. not even prison sentence can tear up their life. perfect example of enduring love.
"A Good Sinner"
This was a really good book. Angelo Pagan is the head gang leader of Los P a notorious gang in Brooklyn NY. When his sister is killed the NYPD brings him in for questioning where he meets Detective Gabriel Ashby. Gabriel has never looked at another man he was straight he had a live in girlfriend both Angelo and Gabriel know they shouldn't be together a cop and a gangster. When a police raid goes bad and Angelo shoots Gabriel to save his life. Angelo can't stay away from Gabriel and he Gabe doesn't want him to. This book was really good the chemistry between these two was hot. I love reading M/M and when one of them is a gangster I was in heaven listening to this book. Angelo was a killer he was also a damaged man thanks to his uncle who tried to kill him many times for the things that his mother did so when his uncle begin to give him problems he pushes back all the while sneaking around with Gabriel. Both men are hot and sexy Angelo with long hair Angelo who has know he was gay since he was 14 Gabe is confused about his sexuality although he knew that the relationship with his ex was over before it was. Their relationship has some ups and downs with each man being on an emotional rollercoaster due to a lack of communication and them not wanting to face that their relationship might not last. The sex scenes are very erotic and I loved them. This is a new series to me and this is also the first time reading this author this book was very well read as I listened to it on audio the narrator did a really good job he pulled me right in so much so that I have already purchased the next book and I am looking forward to reading it.
"Fell in love with this story...."
...all over again. I read Gabriel And Angelo's story a while ago and fell in love with their characters, their struggles and their love. So, it's amazing to have their story brought to life with a great narrator whose voice was perfect for both characters.
I forgot how much sex was in this, a little too much for me, but when it was over and the story picked up again, it was nothing but action and romance. And those 2 together are perfection!
"This is one Awesome Audiobook OMG!"
Ok if you are not a fan of m/m romance this audiobook is not for you (yaoi). This is one hotttttt story OMG a gang leader and a cop My heart was racing till the end ,loved these two characters Detective Gabriel Ashby and Angelo Pagan the most wanted man.This is going to be one of my favourite m/m romance audiobook I highly recommend it. The narrator Renard Pasquale was Awesome!
"Cop and Crime Lord were the perfect pair"
I love what the narrator did here. Loved it. I felt this one and he brought great emotion to the characters.
Detective Gabriel "Gabe" Ashby was interrogating one of the most notorious Gang leaders in NY, Angelo Pagan, when he found himself getting distracted by Angelo's lips. Angelo was the leader of Los Pescadores, was brought in for questioning due to Angelo's sister's disappearance. But this was some kind of fluke because Gabe is straight.
Weeks later, while Gabe is recuperating from getting shot by Angelo, they meet up again and Gabe begins to see there is more to Angelo than the street thug person. They soon give into lust and embark on a secret affair that they both know cannot last. After all, Gabe is a cop and Angelo is criminal. Soon their outside lives collide and they are forced to face music and make a difficult choices. But can they give up what they have found with each other?
Even though I suspected this would have an HEA, I didn't know how the author would pull it off, I mean, this is a classic case of Conflicting Interests. It's not a good look for a criminal to hang out with a cop, and vice versa. They both risked a lot sneaking around. But I love the person they were with each other. I love the narration and I loved the angst factor. I am glad I finally gave this book a chance and I can't wait to read book 2.
"Love transcends all"
Love the Sinner ranks amongst the most enjoyable books that I have listened to. This is gay "Mills & Boons" at its best!
Love the Sinner compares well with such books as, The Way It Is, by A J Thomas. Both involve seemingly impossible relationships between characters from the authorities and those outside the law.
I have read Renard Pasquale's narrations of all four of Avril Ashton's, Brooklyn Sinner, series. He brings all the characters to life with vivid vocal dramatisation, maintaining a high standard throughout.
Unconditional love has never been this hard!
Avril Ashton is able to spin a gripping story, filling out the different characters in strong and vivid ways making them believable. This makes the whole series of the Brooklyn Sinner, a memorable read. Highly recommended!
"Flawed, but I loved it anyway"
When I read a rec for this book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I loved the premise of the bad guy and the cop. I wasn't disappointed despite some things grating on me.
I loved the dynamic between the two, the hot sex, how much they loved one another and the backdrop for the story. Some of the side characters were great, Pablo, Kane and Angelo's mother. (I've happily downloaded Pablo and Kane's own stories ready to go.)
Make no mistake, this book is both HOT HOT HOT and it doesn't sugar coat the violence and who Angelo really is. That is a very readable/listenable combination.
Renard Pasquale is the perfect narrator too, the way he does the accents is just right - although Syren's accent is plain weird.
What I didn't like about it was the speed in which it went from first sight to love. I like a bit of build up. Gabe barely blinked before jumping into bed with Angelo the criminal and as a dedicated cop surely there would've at least *some* angst about it first, or at least after they first got it on, but no, it was straight to LOVE. Then Gabe goes bonkers about something that Angelo does, breaks it off, then five minutes later he's being all moody that Angelo made a decision without him when they weren't even together. He wasn't very consistent!
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