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Love the Sinner | [Avril Ashton]

Love the Sinner

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Avril Ashton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 02-22-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 02-22-14 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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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).

    Great buy/sale/credit!!

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    Riva 02-27-14
    Riva 02-27-14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer The Woodlands, TX 02-27-14
    Kindle Customer The Woodlands, TX 02-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Gabe and Angel"
    What made the experience of listening to Love the Sinner the most enjoyable?

    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..


    If you’ve listened to books by Avril Ashton before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first I have seen of audio for her books


    Have you listened to any of Renard Pasquale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no, first but definitely not the last.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    🌹Tiffiney🌹 04-03-15 Member Since 2015

    🌺 Lover of Amazing Stories 🌺

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    "Fell in love with this story...."
    Any additional comments?

    ...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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina 12-22-14
    Tina 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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!

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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-04-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 10-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

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    JC 09-24-14
    JC 09-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting premise that failed a bit in execution"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    There was too much sex and not enough character or relationship building so I'd have to say no...


    What could Avril Ashton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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...


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Somewhat. Some of the narrative was brought down by overacting on the narrator's part.


    Could you see Love the Sinner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    VB 09-20-14
    VB 09-20-14 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to great stories matched well to the right narrators.

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    "the Narrator keeped me here."
    Would you try another book from Avril Ashton and/or Renard Pasquale?

    not really


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was glad about the ending. I like HEA. loved it ,


    What about Renard Pasquale’s performance did you like?

    I LOVED IT , it was the only reason I finish the book.


    Do you think Love the Sinner needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no , it was not easy to hold my attention.


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    moon/delights United States 09-10-14
    moon/delights United States 09-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! Love to listen to jazz, r/b and listen to erotic or a good paranormal sci-fi and " good narration is everything"

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    "hot hot hot"

    I loved every second of this book all the action, drama and the characters are so real to life. The narration is the "BEST" I say get the whole series! VERY VERY GOOD JOB Avril Ashton

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 08-04-14
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the Sinner but not the saint"
    Would you listen to Love the Sinner again? Why?

    No - really could not get behind Gabe being such a wishy washy, double standards, over reacting a**.


    Would you recommend Love the Sinner to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the series, but not the first book.


    Have you listened to any of Renard Pasquale’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Renard Pasquale's performance for this and all the rest of the series is outstanding!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Angel's first confrontation with his Uncle


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with it the books get better

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    "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.

    (Spoilers below)
    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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