Narrator: Sebastian York, Teri Clark Linden
Series: Bad Habit #2
Published by Brilliance Audio Release date : January 12th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: AudioBook
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Audiobook Challenge
Chloe Carmichael’s life feels pretty sweet—she’s both maid of honor and florist for her best friend’s A-list wedding, things are getting serious with her boyfriend, and her flower shop is about to get a spread in a national magazine. But it all quickly turns sour whenever the best man, Bad Habit drummer A.J. Edwards, shows his face...his handsome, unforgettable face. A.J. is everything Chloe doesn’t want: tattooed, selfish, and all-around bad news. So why can’t she stop thinking about him?
Goody two-shoes Chloe isn’t exactly A.J.’s type, either, but the chemistry between them is undeniable. A.J. will be the first to say he isn’t a saint, but there’s something he’s not saying—something that would devastate Chloe. The only way he can protect her is to push her away, but the drummer finds he needs her now more than ever. When a wedding-day confrontation reveals secrets they’re both hiding, will Chloe and A.J. ever find their rhythm again?
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After reading the first book in the series, Sweet as Sin, and seeing Chloe and A.J.’s animosity towards each other, I was hoping that the next book would be theirs. It didn’t make sense and I just had to KNOW what the deal was. So when Make Me Sin became available I was ALL OVER IT. (And Hello, Sebastian York was one of the narrators.)
Of all the things I could say about this series – it’s addictive. I don’t know what it is about the drama, characters and the like but I just can’t get enough and it’s so much FUN. Make Me Sin was more heavy on the angst and drama, and slightly darker but had it’s hilarious moments as well.
Chloe and A.J.’s relationship build up was slow-moving over the course of the novel. They go from hating each other to somewhat starting to understand each other, to like and then to love. Their chemistry is intense. There was a lot of push & pull, and the back and forth sometimes was pretty frustrating. The angst is strong in this one.
A.J. was in short, an ass. Some of the things he said and did made my blood boil. He has this HUGE wall around himself, and his self loathing was extreme. I couldn’t understand how one person could hate themselves so much and think they are less than deserving of love & happiness. His pain runs deep and at times, it was hard to read. Chloe felt this way too, and started to tear down his walls.
I adored Chloe. She’s head strong and I loved that she went for what she wanted. Although a lot of the character growth was on A.J.’s side, Chloe had some of her own. She comes off as too sweet, too prim and just too vanilla. She was use to taking the safe road. And it took meeting A.J. for her to see that the best roads taken aren’t the easy ones. Meeting A.J. really challenges her and opens her eyes to a lot around her, and about herself.
Those two aside, I love how we see strong female relationships as well. Kat, Chloe and Grace are best friends and I love how they are there for each other for everything. There are no fenemy shenanigans. And the close relationship Chloe has with her brother as well. There are some hilariously awkward moments that had me laughing out loud, especially when Grace was involved.
The set up for book 3 pretty much set itself up. It’s going to be Grace’s book – and after that bombshell of an ending, I have a feeling it will be the darkest one yet.
This was my first book listening with Teri Clark Linden. Her narrator was perfect for Chloe but did take some time to get into. I could nit pick about her narration, but the overall performance overshadows all the things I could say. Sebastian York is my favorite male narrator. However, there are not many A.J. chapters, so his narration was few and far in between.
All in all – I really liked Make Me Sin. It’s full of drama, angst and heartbreaking characters. It’s not a light read, and not one I would recommend to all readers, either. I recommend it to those that LIKE these types of novels. Dark, mysterious, angst ridden but sweet and hilarious at times too. Ms. Geissinger’s writing is addictive so I will be continuing the series.
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