Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: Sweet the Sin by Claire Kent

Sweet the Sin 
by Claire Kent
Series:  Revenge Saga #1
Pub. Date:  July 7, 2015
Publisher:  Loveswept
Pages:  259
Format:  eARC
Source:  NetGalley


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In the first novel in USA Today bestselling author Claire Kent’s deeply sensual story of love, lust, and deception, a woman searching for the truth discovers that she’s sleeping with the enemy.


Portrait artist Kelly Watson keeps her relationships simple and steamy, with no strings attached. She’s had a hard time trusting other people since she was a child, when her father was murdered for trying to blow the whistle on corporate corruption. Nearly twenty years later, Kelly finds herself in the arms of a seductive stranger—the very same man who may have ordered her father’s death. And even as she plays him, using hot sex as a means to revenge, Kelly is tormented by one question: Is she committing the ultimate betrayal?

Caleb Marshall has spent decades forging a high-powered career, rejecting intimacy for the convenience of fast women and cheap thrills. But Kelly intrigues him, pushing commitment buttons he didn’t know he had. Still, something is wrong. Despite their physical and emotional chemistry, Caleb feels the fear inside of her. Now the only way to keep her safe is coming clean, before secrets and lies destroy their connection—no matter how deep, intense, and addictive it may be.

Sweet the Sin is intended for mature audiences. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.



I wanted to like this book, but I ended up just being annoyed. It was all lies, more lies, manipulation, and sex. I even found myself skipping the sex parts (which constitute at least 75% of the book) so I could get back to the storyline. And the sex scenes that I did read or skim weren't very good... they can't be good when you have one party who is scheming and faking things the whole time. (Or thinking of their dead father - ew ick ew.)

There really weren't any likable characters that I could connect with. Caleb is a ruthless business man, we really don't know or find out anything more about him than that. He may or may not have killed Kelly's father. Kelly is the queen of one-night stands, afraid to let anyone get close to her. Her father was killed when she was a child, and her mother abandoned her. Now, at age 28, her cold heartless mother has shown up and wants Kelly to screw Caleb until she can find out if he was responsible for her father's death. Mother of the year award coming right up. And Kelly decides to do it - hence all of the lies and manipulation.

I almost abandoned this book several times, but I wanted to find out if Caleb did it or not. Alas, at the end I was left unsatisfied. While there is not a cliffhanger per se, the story is left wide open to continue I guess into the next installment in the series. While I want to know what happened, I don't know if I can deal with another book of lies and manipulation.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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