Monday, August 17, 2015

Sin on the Strip by Lucy Farago {ARC Review}

Sin on the Strip
by Lucy Farago

Coming September 29, 2015

What happens in Las Vegas always burns bright, especially after hours. In this sizzling new series, the city's 24/7 glitz hides one woman's darkest nightmares—and one investigator's seductive secrets...

Control is everything to gorgeous Maggie Anderson. Her exclusive club gives abused and troubled women a refuge from Vegas's merciless streets—and helps her reclaim her shattered sense of freedom. But now someone is brutally murdering those she fights so hard to save. And baring her deepest fears to the one man who insists on protecting her could be the one move she won't survive…

Elite private investigator Christian Beck knows this particular serial killer's MO—and his own wrenching failure to find him—all too well. But staying two steps ahead of Maggie's determination to uncover the truth pushes his well-honed skills past the limit—and ignites his most naked instincts. Now every clue is a lie, each irresistible desire a lethal trap. And the closer he and Maggie get, their shattering secrets will either save them—or torch their lives to glittering ash…

It's confession time! As a blogger, I often get tired of writing reviews for books that were just kinda meh... If I love a book I can gush about it for hours and if I hate a book I can rant like nobody's business but when I finish a book and don't necessarily feel one way or another about it it get's hard to put my feelings into words sometimes, if that makes sense. And that's the case with Sin on the Strip.

One the one hand, I really enjoyed the suspense aspect of the book. I had an inkling of who the villain might be when they were introduced but it was still nail biting to sit back and wait to see when they'd make their next move. Plus there was the mystery of the reason behind the villain's actions that had me curious.

Unfortunately, I didn't particularly enjoy the characters and the romance fell a little flat for me, which made it hard to enjoy it as much as I would have liked. So, let's start with the characters shall we?!

Maggie had a pretty big scare a few years back that left her leaving the work she loved behind to run a strip club where she helps the girls finish their education and make better lives for themselves. She is definitely the type of heroine I could admire, but unfortunately, she had so many TSTL moments and contradictions in her persona that made it hard to connect with her.

And the hero, Beck as Maggie called him, wasn't much better in my opinion. One minute he hates Maggie and everything she stands for and the next he's mad that she'd put herself in danger. I'm all for an overprotective, possessive hero, but his actions contradicted a lot of the thoughts in his head. And I got so tired of hearing about the fact that Maggie wasn't his type then he's gushing over how beautiful she is and how gorgeous her legs are and blah blah blah.

Overall, this was an okay read but it definitely would have been a lot more enjoyable if the characters were more likable and the romance was more believable... But, of course, that's just my opinion and someone else might fall in love with Maggie and Beck and everything they had to offer. Me? I probably won't be reading the next book in the series when it comes out but who knows? Maybe the characters will surprise me.

Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Sin on the Strip through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


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