Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Made for Sin
Author: Stacia Kane
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 205 pages
Release Date: August 30, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: 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.
I haven’t read a Stacia Kane book in years, so when I saw this book available on Netgalley, I immediately requested it. I loved her Megan Chase trilogy and I even loved the few books I read from her Downside Ghosts series. Unfortunately, I did not love Made for Sin.
I thought the premise was interesting: private investigator living in Las Vegas must commit minor and mortal sins to keep the demon inside him from taking over his body. Speare is the PI and has been hired by a family friend to look into the murder and dismemberment of one of his “men”. Speare quickly discovers that the killer used a magical artifact to commit the murder and decides to pull in Ardeth, a gorgeous thief, to help him with the case. Speare has to continue to sin, but with Ardeth stuck by his side, it becomes harder and harder to keep himself controlled. And with the bad guys dabbling in evil forces, Speare’s demon has difficulty staying quiet.
This is probably the worst book I’ve read in 2016 and I know I would not have kept reading if I didn’t have to write a review for it. There is absolutely no world building. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of a new world and left to fend for myself. Not because it was filled with mystery and intrigue. No, it was basically Las Vegas with evil magic lurking around in the darkness. But I didn’t know that in the beginning! I didn’t know what was “normal people” knowledge of the underworld.
Also, I didn’t care much for the characters. The story is told completely from Speare’s third person POV, so I did eventually get to know him. But it was a slow process to connect with him because all he could think about was sex and committing his next sin. Then there is Ardeth. We never get her POV and I never felt any connection to her, nor did I believe the attraction between Speare and Ardeth was anything more than lust.
Lastly, there is no happy ending, not even a happy for now. No, at the end, Speare and Ardeth part ways. Is this a series? Will Ardeth become Spear’s love interest in the future? I did look around online to see if the author has plans to continue on with more books in this series and I could not find any evidence of that. There wasn’t even an author note at the end of the book suggesting this is only the beginning of Speare’s journey. At this point, it doesn’t matter much to me, because I will not be reading any more books if this does become a series.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*