Release Date: January 12, 2016
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Rock Star Romance
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?
Oh and it is INTENSE! Chloe and A.J. have been at odds for some time now and I've been anticipating how it's going to work out between these two. There's obviously an attraction as both are good looking in their own right and acknowledges it. But for some reason, AJ seems to absolutely hate Chloe's guts. Why? Nobody knows. Chloe hasn't done anything to provoke such a response from AJ and there's no hint of any misdeed in the past that Chloe is aware of.
I love the back and forth bickering. AJ is pretty intimidating when you take in his size, he's also broody, and doesn't mince words. And despite AJ's imposing presence Chloe isn't cowed and stood her ground against his attacks. The verbal volley between these two was entertaining, cute, even funny at times.
And this is where things get interesting. Chloe broke up with her boyfriend because he is a major asshole and assaulted her because he can't process their separation. It was also around his time that AJ started to let Chloe in and things started heating up, getting emotionally intimate, and a semblance of romance is brewing.
Then all sorts of stereotypical drama started. AJ gets all emo which led to him telling us his oh so tragic backstory; Chloe started getting too attached despite AJ's warnings that he's not really the relationship type. The poor girl didn't heed his warnings and hoped that she's the one who can tame the beast. Well it did eventually but Chloe got hysterical, yelly, and very insecure in the process. Then the ex from hell came back, made a big scene in Kat and Nico's wedding, someone got shot, someone was dying, things got cheesy, lots and lots of drama! Oh my!
Cue the eye rolls from this lady.
I'm being very subjective here. MAKE ME SIN is an intense, emotionally heavy, angst-ridden rockstar romance. I know a lot of you love that so you won't be disappointed with this.
Unfortunately MAKE ME SIN is just not for me. I don't like over the top drama filled with cliches and character stereotypes like a commitment phobic rockstar who acts all jerky after making the girl fall for him because he doesn't deserve love. Bullshit on that! If anything, AJ deserves the best in life after what he's been through so the stunt he pulled on Chloe is beyond upsetting.
So I'm using the term "like" here loosely. I love the first half, I thought I have another 5-star read then it just got too much for my cold, cold heart to endure, AJ and Chloe failed to melt it completely. It also looks like the next one is going to be just as difficult for readers like myself. Not sure if I'll read that.
Anyway, ignore my bitter bites. Like I said, I can be so cold-hearted the Ice Queen of Narnia is jealous. So don't take my word for it, MAKE ME SIN is a sweeping and affecting installment guaranteed to melt everyone's heart... but mine. Read it and fall in love