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.
“I need you alive. I need you breathing.”
He took in a breath then let it out in a rush.
“I need you.”
I love when some external reason makes the relationship difficult. Gabe being a detective at NYPD, and Angelo being a criminal, precisely the head of Los Pescadores, one of Brooklyn’s most notorious gangs, are definitely dealing with this kind of problem. They are perfect together, their chemistry is sizzling hot, and uncontrollable.
He stroked his tongue over Pagan’s teeth and tongue, searching deep, needing more of that taste. That indescribable taste of Angelo Pagan he was quickly getting drunk on.
“Oh my God.” Gabe didn’t recognize the words falling from his lips. They sounded wrecked, ravaged. Like his insides. Staring at Pagan’s lips, red and glistening from his kisses, he couldn’t catch his breath.
Rough fingers palmed his throat. “Can you forget that, amante?” Soft kisses brushed his forehead, nose and eyes. “I can’t. I dare you to try.”
“Sometimes it scares me how natural this is,” Gabe whispered. “How I don’t question the way I feel about you. I don’t think anyone else can make me feel like I’m fucking melting every time I look into their eyes. But you do.” He grabbed a fistful of Angelo’s hair and yanked his head back. “Every single time, you do.”
I loved the way Gabe dominated over Angelo, the feared gang leader, in bed, taking control of him, and how Angelo enjoyed that. It was perfection. The erotic scenes are breathtaking and inspirational.
Angelo is amazingly self-giving and I appreciated that he tried to be honest. But it simply was not in his nature to be completely open about his ‘occupation’. He needed time for that, and it was nicely done. His character is well-developed, and every aspect of it, even the ugliest, is presented without glamour.
Angelo Pagan leaned against the archway leading into his living room, arms crossed, relaxed sensuality oozing from his every pore. Clad in head-to-toe black, the man looked like the sexiest freaking burglar ever.
There is a perfect amount of drama, suspense, and violence in the plot for an erotic romance.
The secondary characters are intriguingly done too.
All in all
The story is sometimes unrealistic, here and there sugary sweet, but still enjoyable, with great characterization, well-built plot, and decent romance. The main appeal of the story is the steamy and intense erotica.
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