I quite enjoyed this one. Only read on book from this author in the past and I remember loving it.
Though I must say my rating was difficult to ponder. Overall I can say that I liked the book but some parts I really felt were unnecessary and made me feel a little uncomfortable.
In the first novel in USA Today bestselling author Claire Kent’s deeply sensual story of love, lust, and deception, a woman searching for the truth discovers that she’s sleeping with the enemy.
Portrait artist Kelly Watson keeps her relationships simple and steamy, with no strings attached. She’s had a hard time trusting other people since she was a child, when her father was murdered for trying to blow the whistle on corporate corruption. Nearly twenty years later, Kelly finds herself in the arms of a seductive stranger—the very same man who may have ordered her father’s death. And even as she plays him, using hot sex as a means to revenge, Kelly is tormented by one question: Is she committing the ultimate betrayal?
Caleb Marshall has spent decades forging a high-powered career, rejecting intimacy for the convenience of fast women and cheap thrills. But Kelly intrigues him, pushing commitment buttons he didn’t know he had. Still, something is wrong. Despite their physical and emotional chemistry, Caleb feels the fear inside of her. Now the only way to keep her safe is coming clean, before secrets and lies destroy their connection—no matter how deep, intense, and addictive it may be.
Author : Claire Kent
Title : Sweet the Sin
Series : Revenge Saga #1
Publisher : -LoveSwept
Pages : 259
Release date : July 7, 2015
Genre : Contemporary, Erotica.
She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been so deeply attracted to a man. He wasn’t even her type. He was too old for her—with a dusting of silver in his hair—and she normally preferred blue-collar types. Military men. Cops. Firefighters. Construction workers. Men with calloused hands.
Not like this guy at all.
“I know who you really are,” he said, easing even closer to her so that her breasts brushed lightly against his chest for a moment. “You believe in love, don’t you?”
It was so far from the truth, Kelly almost laughed. She hadn’t believed in love since her father was murdered. “You are so wrong about me, it’s not even funny. I bet I believe in love even less than you do.”
“What do you believe in, then?” He was touching her hair again, skimming the tips of his fingers down the length of one loose strand.
She could hardly believe he was a stranger. It felt like she knew him—all the way down to the core. “I believe in being self-sufficient, just like you do.” She leaned toward him just enough to graze her nipples against his shirt before she pulled back.
“Do you?” There was a slight flush to his cheeks now, and it looked like he was breathing more quickly. He was definitely turned on. Just as turned on as she was. “What else do you believe in?”
“I believe in seeing the world as it really is and not dreaming of romantic fairy tales, just like you do.” She knew this about him, as well as she knew it about herself.
She saw the affirmation in his eyes, mingling with the blaze of desire. “And what else?”
“And I believe in sex.” They were in a public park, but she didn’t care. Responding to the challenge he posed, she slid one hand down his chest, then his belly, until she reached his groin, which she gave a brief caress.
She hadn’t been wrong. He was aroused. Hard in his jeans.
His breath hitched at her touch, and she could see he was holding himself back. “What do you believe about sex?”
“I believe people can come together for mutual gratification without all the baggage the world has built up around it.”
“Ah,” he murmured thickly, settling one hand on the small of her back. “Free love, then? To go with the puppies and flowers?”
“Not love. Sex. There’s no overlap unless you make it so.”
“I don’t make it so.” He pushed her hips toward his body until she could feel his arousal against her middle.
She was fighting to catch her breath, her pussy pulsing with desire, and her mind struggling to keep up with his quick wit. “Somehow, I knew that about you.”
“I’ve met a lot of women who make such claims, but then they’re crying when I don’t call them the next morning.”
“I’ve met a lot of men who do the same thing.”
He shook his head, pushing his erection against her very slightly. To the people in the park, they must look like they were just hugging, but a hug was very far from what was going on between them.
To Kelly, it felt more like battle. And she liked it. A lot. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d been this turned on, this invested in a conversation.
“So, you don’t cry?” he asked, his brown eyes smoldering with lust, excitement, and intelligence.
“I haven’t cried since I was ten years old.”
That was true too. She hadn’t cried since the months after her father died. Her whole world had changed that year.
“I still have no proof this is nothing but pretense on your side.”
“Because I’m a woman? Because I have a sweet face? You’re old enough to know that appearances deceive. You can fuck me now, and I’d never give you a second thought. You’d never hear from me again.”
“If I fuck you,” he murmured, “I promise you’ll think of me again.”
“There’s no way you’re that good.”
“You shouldn’t say such things. You’ll only be proven wrong.”
“Your arrogance is astounding, but I still haven’t seen you follow through.”
“You want me to follow through?” It was a genuine question. She could see that he was waiting for an answer as he watched her, even through the growing desire.
She’d had sex with strangers before. All she’d ever had was sex with strangers. She didn’t normally have sex on a Saturday morning in the park, but there was no good reason not to.
She wanted this man—like he was a challenge that must be met, a battle that must be won.
“We’ll see,” the man said, sounding faintly skeptical, as if he still didn’t believe she took sex as casually as he did.
“See how, exactly?” She raised her eyebrows in a question, a call to action.
The man met the call, grabbing her hand and pulling her toward the wooded area nearby. He snapped his fingers, and the dog stopped chewing his Frisbee and jumped to his feet to follow.
Kelly’s breath caught in her throat as they neared the trees. “The car might be more comfortable.”
“I’m not going for comfort here.” His grip was firm and strong and authoritative as he pulled her after him.
She felt a wave of panic as they entered the trees, not at one of the trails, but in the thickly grown area closest to where they’d been standing.
The woods were dark, unknown, everything hidden—masking horrors she just couldn’t face.
When they’d gone a few feet in, she couldn’t make herself go any farther. She physically couldn’t do it, yanking her hand out of the man’s.
He turned around with a resigned expression. “That’s what I thought.”
He thought she’d given up. He thought he’d won.
But he wasn’t going to win this, her phobia about the woods be damned. She grabbed his shoulders and pushed him against a large tree. “What did you think? That we would go deep in the woods where you could safely hide, where no one could ever see what we were doing? This is far enough.”
There was more risk of being discovered, this close to the edge of the woods. They would be out of sight, but not very far.
Kelly didn’t care. The fear of being caught was far milder than her fear of going deeper into the woods. Even now, a chill had broken out on her skin, almost distracting her from her arousal.
Claire Kent’s writing has something that will definitely push you to read past your level of admittance. The book is told in the third person POV, mostly from Kelly but we get to have Caleb’s from time to time. She got me hooked to the story from page one, and the first interaction scene happening left no guess to what I just got myself into. Some damn good erotica.
We met Kelly Watson, young pet portrait artist (yes, they exist) leaving her life day by day. She suffered a great deal as a child losing her father in terrible circumstances and being abandoned by her mother after while. She’s since have been adopted by a wealthy older couple, growing up with her trust shattered and building up a stoical mind as a way to protect herself.
She met Caleb Marshall fortuitously, while she was expecting to meet a client of hers in a public park. His description fit her client’s and she mistakenly approach him thinking she’s to paint a portrait of his dog.
Caleb is a little much older than Kelly, in his forties, he is her complete opposite. Powerful and rich businessman, he exudes charisma and confidence.
Ensues a great flirting session between the two, some banter joust revealing their instant attraction. Attraction both decide to act on and find their release no so far the public eye. Agreeing that their encounter must remain unrepeated, they part ways leaving the reader literally hooked and wanting more.
Claire Kent astutely crafted captivating characters and depicted lust, desire and hunger with a real perceptive sensibility. I truly could “feel” the raw emotions of both characters and genuinely wanted to get to know them and off course was hoping for second meeting! The scene in the park was just fucking hot and definitely not the most heated. This book was definitely on the smutty side with A LOT graphic sex scenes and it pleased my pervert side, thank you!
Receiving an information from her estranged birth mother about Caleb’s identity and past, Kelly takes advantage of her charms to seduce and exploit Caleb. Will she find what she’s looking for? Will these two aloof characters will fall for each other? How ugly the truth is going to be?
-You can fuck me now, and I’d never give you a second thought. You’d never hear from me again.
-If I fuck you, I promise you’ll think of me again.
It’s unfortunately to soon and impossible to tell because the book is ending on a mild cliffhanger…
It’s with the reappearance of Kelly’s mother that my uncertainty regarding my rating comes in… Kelly felt somewhat driven to con Caleb based on her estranged mother’s hear says… It was obvious some kind of animosity and resentment was going on between Kelly and her mom, so I couldn’t understand why she felt compelled to follow her mom’s idea to seduce Caleb.
What left me some kind of bitter taste and really made me uncomfortable was some of her sexual encounters with Caleb. Clearly she was attracted to him—at least her body— but due to his past and what he might have done, she felt ashamed, disgusted by the very idea to touch him (and rightly so).
It was really disturbing, as a reader, to read about scorchingly hot sex scenes with the back-thoughts of the heroine questioning herself and giving herself a pep-talk to follow through.
At one point it almost felt like we were running round and round because one sex encounter would go perfectly on both ends when the time after she would question herself again… The repetitiveness of her indecisions was borderline boring and I must admit it played a great deal in my 3 stars rating.
Last point at least, I had no idea I was going to read a 2 parts story when I requested this title. I don’t think it was mentioned anywhere at the time and I truly felt cheated to have to wait on a second book to know how this will end and what consequences Kelly’s manipulation will have on her growing relationship with Caleb… Next book is scheduled for release in October, and there’s no tell if I’ll read it then. I usually wait for all parts of a serial to be released before starting because I read so many books I just can’t rely on bribes of memories to fully appreciate the next one.
To conclude, Sweet the Sin was a really entertaining erotica novel, covering attraction and lust, with a nice revenge subplot and a growing “forbidden” love…
Claire Kent has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she’s not writing, teaches English at the university level. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Noelle Adams.
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