Book 1 of The Sin Trilogy
Release Date: Dec 29
An epic tale of revenge and love in a new romantic trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Series.
Bleu MacAllister is consumed. A horrific childhood incident has caused every decision in her life to revolve around bringing a monster to justice. With years spent studying The Fellowship, a Scottish organized crime brotherhood of liars, thieves, and killers, Bleu will rely on her skills as a special agent to cut Thane Breckenridge off at the knees. But walking hand in hand with retribution means risking collateral damage, in the form of Breckenridge's son Sinclair--until Sin becomes so much more than Bleu bargained for. She's always known this undertaking would place her life in danger--she never imagined her heart would be as well.
Sinclair Breckenridge’s POV:
“People don’t realize the things they say without uttering a word. Something as simple as the lift in the corner of one’s mouth can reveal thoughts and emotions better than any voice. Body language—it’s nature’s crafty trick, second only to falling in love.”
“Aye. It’s a shan.”
“Americans would probably use the word shame.”
“Oh. You sound like you know from experience.”
I have no experience. I’m far too intelligent for such nonsense. “When one falls in love, that person makes the decision to become vulnerable. It’s not a path I’d ever willingly choose so, no. What about you? Has Bonny Bleu ever been in love?”
“I’ve tried dating but it never matters what I do. I’m always what’s wrong.” She’s nervously twisting the ring on her thumb. “I’m able to capture other’s emotions in photos yet I can’t get a grip on my own. I avoid connecting with people. I make myself an island so it gives me an excuse to remain alone.” She sighs and looks embarrassed. “Wow. That sounded like a psychological profile … or something.”
First off we (Emmy and I), have to thank Inkslinger PR and the author Georgia Cates for providing us a copy of “A Necessary Sin” to devour (and yes that is what we did with it) in exchange for an honest review.
Today we have a double review as we do sometimes here. Because Emmy and I both are big fans of Georgia Cates after reading some of her previous books. My first thoughts (just from seeing the cover) was “Oh hell yes I want to read that!” and Emmy was like “Yes, we must read that!” so we did and yes it is very, very good. Personally I’d give it more than a 5 but as 5 is the limit that is where it stands. At the top of the mountain awaiting judgment. Emmy also gave it a 5 (which for her is something that almost never happens because a book truly has to knock her on her ass to get a 5) so its a total 10 for us.
I’m kind of speechless in a good way. What a novel! It started off with a bang and only got better from there. Bleu MacAllister is one bad ass gal. Like she could totes take you down and not break a nail and still look hot as hell doing it. I love that the characters have so much depth. Every page turned leads you deeper and deeper into the woods of deceit, lies and revenge. But we can’t leave out the fact that karma is a bitch and will slap you down any time she sees fit.
This novel took me by surprise in more ways than one. We recently read the Beauty trilogy from this author and we both found ourselves pleasantly surprised. As in the Beauty trilogy, the author has done her research meticulously. The phonetic language she uses for Sinclair's mother...you can read it out loud and have a perfect Scottish accent. I love that. I'm a big fan of movies of this genre and found myself thinking of Goodfellas and Bella Mafia more than once. This author is definitely one to keep an eye on as she demonstrates mastery of the thriller in addition to her previous triumph in romance.
*** Small Spoiler Alert ***
Stella Bleu Lawrence was a typical little girl growing up. She loved to spend time with her mom and bake chocolate chip cookies, play with her friends, love on her German Shepherd and just be a kid. But her world gets brought to a spiraling collapse when someone -a man- comes to their apartment. Her mother makes her stay in her room under the bed, telling her not to come out no matter what she hears. Blue does as she is told. She hears a loud bang but stays put. The man then enters her room, killing her dog as he attacks him and he comes for Blue. He doesn’t shoot her though. He pulls her out and its a voice she recognizes. A man she has heard in the apartment many times before when her mom thought she was sleeping. Thane Breckenridge. A Scotsman. He grabs a pillow and smothers Blue until she stops struggling. Leaving her for dead.
Years later we are face to face with a grown up, very capable 25 year old woman who was trained by the best of the best and is now a ‘former’ FBI agent. Trained to be a chameleon she can blend into any situation, into any place be as ordinary as anyone else despite her being drop dead gorgeous. She is on a mission. One that started the day her mother was killed. There was an off duty FBI agent, Harry MacAllister in her building and heard the gun shots over the loud music and came to investigate. He found Bleu not breathing and administered CPR until EMT’s arrived. Thus saving the little girls life. When Bleu was 12 she told her father -Harry- that she wanted to exact revenge on Thane Breckenridge. She wanted to put a bullet in his head. Harry had a choice train her, to make sure she was ready for it or.. she would possibly get herself killed trying to get the job done. This was why when she was of age he got her into the FBI. She would need all the training she could get so in a few years after many hours of experience under her belt she could go after the Scotsman.
Then -as it does most times- life gets in her way. After losing her adopted mother, Julia of cancer a few years ago now her father has it. Its pushed her revenge time table up to the next level. She now has to go and get herself into the hands of the “Fellowship” so she can worm her way into the hands of the hands of Sinclair Breckenridge, son of the man that killed her mother. What better way to get to him than through his son. As she starts her train to murderville all goes as planned. She has a solid story, all the searching they could do of Bleu MacAllister will show them only what has been planted. Nothing could ruin her story. She has had many years to prepare herself for what is going to happen. Step by step on the path she has chosen has been mapped out. Reexamined and planned over again. No way to fail.
With one exception, Sinclair “Sin” Breckenridge himself. When she set out to woo him and get him to take her in -so to speak- she never had a clue she would fall for this man. He was the son of the man, the monster that murdered her mother. How could she. Bu she set herself up. She gave him herself and that is a deal breaker I bet she will never forget. There are skeptics, as with any organized crime organization, that think Bleu is a spy for the competition. She is up to something why would this American all of a sudden be in way of getting a god at Duncan’s bar where the Fellowship happen to partake in. Good question. And the sad thing is they think she works for someone else but she is there for herself. No one would come looking for her really. Only her father knows where she is and what she is doing.
Their times together are good and when they are bad, they are bad. Sinclair is an enforcer, which means he takes people within the fellowship to be punished for crimes against the Fellowship. This is not an easy task. He gets shot one night and that one bullet hole turns septic. He ends up in the hospital, dying -literally- and Bleu is left aching and hoping like hell he makes it. This gives her a chance. Maybe one in a lifetime.. she can go after Thane, while she is staying in his home. But given the chance to take out Thane Breckenridge is given to her and with a flick of a switch it doesn’t happen. Seems Thane loved her mother. But why did he kill her? (I asked myself that a hundred times and I am not sure it was him.. but who really knows. Georgia keeps us on our toes here.)
As her time in the home of Sinclair grows to be longer day sand into weeks she gets closer to him as he does her. To the point where she needs to dodge threats, Sin’s uncle throwing shit at her from all sides because he doesn’t trust her. Finally a plan is derived to make it so no one can harm Bleu in anyway. She will be made a member of the Fellowship. But in order to do that she must pass an endurance test. That really means she would have the shit beat out of her -to which she may not survive- and Sinclair is not having that. He takes her place in the endurance test that night. Bleu meantime is with his mom at her home when she gets a text and a video. When they see the video Bleu freaks out. When he makes it back to his flat -being carried of course- he is a mess from head to toe.
Even with her now being a full fledged member of the Fellowship, there is doubt from some. Its to the point of no return when Abram (the uncle) reveals just who Bleu is to Sinclair. Now he is left with only one recourse. He must stand by his word and kill the only woman he has ever loved. The only one capable of his love. He has to do it tonight because she is leaving for a two week trip back to America to get her stuff and see her family before coming back to him. Things don’t always seem to go as planned with those two. Tables are turned and Bleu gets out the house. Running to save her ass. But Sinclair vows to find her.
What will come of it? I guess we will wait and see in book 2 “The Next Sin’ due out on February 9, 2015…. ugh what a long ass wait.. (laughs and sulks)
I think this is the shortest review we have done in a long time because.. really there is so much action packed into this book at for us to tell more would ruin it and we won’t do that. But we can promise if you like suspense, romance and some good ol' fashion love you will love this novel. Fantastic doesn’t do it justice but its as close as I can think to get it.
The Next Installment of the Trilogy is almost here!!!
One Last Sin, Book 3 in The Sin Trilogy, will release March 23, 2015.
About the Author
Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.
When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.
Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.