Title: Made For Sin
Author: Stacia Kane
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Expected Release Date: August 30, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 251
Rating: 3 Stars
Karen Marie Moning raves that Stacia Kane “delivers dark, sexy urban fantasy at its finest.” Now Kane introduces her most addictive antihero yet: a Las Vegas PI who makes his own luck—and embodies everything that’s oh-so-right with Sin City.
A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly.
But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster—minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm. What catches Speare’s attention, however, is that the missing appendage was severed clean by a demon-sword, a frighteningly powerful tool of the underworld.
Speare’s out of his element, so he turns to a specialist: Ardeth Coyle, master thief, dealer in occult artifacts, and bona fide temptress. Ardeth’s hotter than a Las Vegas sidewalk on the Fourth of July, but she’s one sin Speare has to resist.
The dismembered corpses are piling up, unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows, and if this odd couple hopes to beat the odds, Speare needs to keep his hands off Ardeth, and his head in the game.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Having never read any of Stacia Kane‘s books before, I have no idea whether Made For Sin had tie-in to any stories of her demons books. For a standalone, it had too much unfinished business and – in my opinion – left the main character in quite a shitty place.
I’m not saying this is a bad book. Not at all. I thought it’s a pretty entertaining story, ghastly violent in some parts (though none too details you could lose your lunch over), yet action-packed, fast-paced and quite gripping.
The story set in AU Las Vegas where magic, occult, sorcery were known practice to mankind, though a certain pact void them to be used among Legacy Family (mobs) war. EL Speare, a PI who had close connection to one of those powerful family, was cursed with demon beast inside him most of his life. He was asked to investigate the garish murder and by circumstance met Ardeth Coyle, a master thief and dealer in occult artifacts.
Told in third person from Speare’s POV, the author really got us up close and personal with Speare’s feeling and thoughts, as well as his struggles with the beast inside him. Steeped in debauchery and sin he might be, I quite like his character and sympathized with him. Most of his “enhanced” abilities that made him great PI were owing to his beast. Though the side effects were not pretty to him or anyone around him.
From start to finish this book spanned about 48 hours in total, following our MC hopping around Vegas. At first, it felt like I was jumping straight in the midst of ongoing action with not enough background story that I literally stopped and checked if there’s any prequel I missed. The missing pieces were filled in somewhat as I read on, though not as much as I’d like. And after the bloody trails and such show of power the villains seemed to obtain, the last battle was disappointingly anticlimactic for me.
The way the story wrapped up made me think that there’d be continuation book after this. While not really unfinished, it strongly felt like paving the way to a new series. The secondary characters – Ardeth and cop Majowski – hadn’t shown their last card, I don’t think. And I wish Speare more luck in romance department. But what do I know? It’d be interesting if my assumption proven true, though. 🙂
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher viaNetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.