Thursday, January 4, 2018

4 stars-- Make Me Sin (Bad Habit #2) by J.T. Geissinger

Yall! I've found a new favorite series! Geissinger has totally blown me away with these. They've got so many layers and even though there's some dark elements there are some hilarious ones.

This had me chuckling. Chloe's late to a bridal fitting for one of her best friends...

“Hi! Sorry I’m late!”

Everyone turns to look at me. Kat smiles. Grace narrows her eyes. Kenji puts his hand on his hip, looks me up and down, and whistles. “Well, helllooo, white chocolate! Who’s been nibblin’ on your little ol’ Wonder Bread crusts?”

“I would answer that, but I don’t even know what language you’re speaking.” I toss my handbag onto a white leather chair. The salesgirl scowls at me.
“Allow me to translate,” says Grace, eyeing me with one elegant brow arched. “What Kenji said was, ‘Hello, normally uptight white girl who suddenly has a mad, hip-shakin’ strut, you look like you’ve recently gobbled down a giant cock sandwich, and we’d all like to know whose it was.’”

I stare at Grace. “Honestly, dude. Sometimes I wonder about you.”

She smiles serenely. 

Yall. Make Me Sin was good! I enjoyed it a hell of a lot both times I listened to it.
The Gist: AJ and Chloe pretty much hate each other. Problematic when her best friend is marrying his band mate and they're both involved in the wedding. Finding out there may be more to one another than they expected? Damn inconvenient. Gah!
Chloe and AJ are a fantastic couple even if an unexpected one. Fiery but sweet. Incredible chemistry and depth. I loved how they interacted, snarked, started to care for one another, shared secrets and let their guard down. I really liked them individually, too. His honesty, mouth and how he overcame his past. Her strength, caring and resilience. That they were both vegetarians and that he cared for a 3 legged pup. They're great people even if they do flub up now and again. They just made me happy seeing them together. And, Sweet Mary. The heat. Yeah, they'll have you fanning yourself for sure. It's delicious.  Oh, oh. And he can see music as color. It was the first time I've read about synesthesia and it was...fascinating.

Honestly I just loved their story. The lighthearted moments, the heartbreaking, the soul shattering moments. These two made me feel. They pulled my emotions along on the ride with them as they dealt with the past, painful secrets and dangerous exes. It was an incredible ride, too. Had me laughing and bawling in turn and, man, I just wanted these two to find a safe place with one another. Incredible.

The Narration: 

I've listened to Make Me Sin twice now because I kind of forgot to write a full review the first time. I went in to edit the review and was met with...

'I do NOT like Sebastian York.'

And, erm, yeah. That was the whole review. ::snort:: York is NOT the narrator for me. This one is actually a dual narration and was so unnecessary. York came in for 4 or 5 chapters. Thankfully that's it. Because his narration is just awful. The hero is supposed to have a Russian accent and York was all fuck that! This asshole's gonna be a New Yorker! Horrid narration. I'll avoid his like the plague here on out.

Teri Clark Linden, though, was excellent. I loved her pacing, her accents, the distinction between characters. She did a fantastic job all the way around. I really wish she'd done the entire narration. Even with York, though, I listened to the entire 12 hour audiobook in... one day. Yeah. I have a hard time putting Linden down. lol I listened on 1.20x speed. I'd definitely say do the narration just suffer through the 10 or so minutes of York. lol

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? 

Amazon | Goodreads | Geissinger/Linden/York on HCBS
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