Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Sin & Seduction
Author: Allison Cassatta
Series: Seduction #1
Genre: MM Contempoarary
Length: 216 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 18, 2012
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Dorian Grant is king of the New Orleans underworld, but he isn’t mafia and doesn’t appreciate the assumption. He’s simply a crude businessman anyone in his right mind would think twice about screwing over. Life in the Big Easy is all about sin, and violent, short-tempered Dorian has committed them all.
But not all New Orleans sins leave a bad taste in the mouth, as Dorian discovers the night a man stage-named Sweet Heat dances into his life at a club called Sin and Seduction. Dorian was expecting a hot lay. He damn sure wasn’t looking for a relationship, and certainly not with someone like Jansen, who turns Dorian’s grimly organized world upside down.
Now Dorian finds himself pressuring Jansen to quit his job because he can’t stand the thought of other men touching what’s his. Of course, Jansen wants a little quid pro quo—after all, Dorian’s job is dangerous. Jansen just doesn’t realize how dangerous until it’s too late.
Review: I was very excited to pick this one as my mobster theme book. Big, tough mafia type guy falls for smexy dancer, turns his life around, etc. I’m a bit on the fence with this one, however, because there were just as many things that I liked as that I didn’t.
Jansen – Had trouble with the name, so I ended up calling him Jan most of the time (his roommate was already Jason). He’s a sweet thing but not the brightest bulb in the pack. Poor kid falls for the dark, mysterious Mr. Grant, even though everything under the sun is telling him to run and hide and don’t look back. He had been attacked and raped a year previous, so he was still a little messed up about that, especially when Mr. Grant is the first he’s been with since that ordeal. All goes well though, at first. Jansen spends so much of his time worrying about Dorian’s temper and killing proclivities that it is hard to believe there can be much more than a physical attraction here.
Dorian – I wasn’t too sure what to think about Dorian. He wasn’t so much as a mafia king as just a violent criminal business man. I liked him, then I didn’t, then I did again, throughout the entire story. He never made excuses for his behavior/actions/violence but it did get a little tiring hearing about him being such a monster, etc. Also, it took about halfway through the story before I realized he was supposed to be Cajun. His dialog was a little off much of the time, and I had a really hard time visualising his character.
Jansen/Dorian together – I honestly did not the connection between these two. Jansen was terrified of Dorian 90% of the time, yet he kept going back for more or had to be drugged to enjoy himself. Dorian treats him like crap much of that time as well. Then, Dorian’s continual reference to Jansen as his beautiful dancer, was another niggle I had. But these guys eventually make it to a somewhat happy ending, given their circumstances haven’t changed all that much from the beginning.
However, there were things I liked, such as the few steamy scenes where Jansen didn’t actually end up bleeding and in need of mental and physical treatment. There were some likable characters that could prove interesting in the future, but the guys in this installment fell a little flat for me.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*