Early Review: Made for Sin by Stacia Kane

Made for SinMade for Sin by Stacia Kane
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A lot of bad hands get dealt in Vegas, but E. L. Speare may be holding one of the worst: He’s cursed with the need to commit sins, and if he misses his daily quota, there’s hell to pay—literally. Fortunately, his hometown affords him plenty of chances to behave badly.

But Speare’s newest case really has him going out on a limb. The right-hand man of a notorious crime boss has been found dead in a Dumpster—minus his right hand, not to mention the rest of his arm. What catches Speare’s attention, however, is that the missing appendage was severed clean by a demon-sword, a frighteningly powerful tool of the underworld.

Speare’s out of his element, so he turns to a specialist: Ardeth Coyle, master thief, dealer in occult artifacts, and bona fide temptress. Ardeth’s hotter than a Las Vegas sidewalk on the Fourth of July, but she’s one sin Speare has to resist.

The dismembered corpses are piling up, unimaginable evil lurks in the shadows, and if this odd couple hopes to beat the odds, Speare needs to keep his hands off Ardeth, and his head in the game.

Wendy’s Review

Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series is in my top 3 Urban Fantasy series of all time.  When anyone asks me for recommendations it’s always one of the first series/books I mention because Chess and Terrible are simply incredible together.  One of the best series ever, one of the best couples ever. No contest.  Even though it’s been years since I finished the 5th book in the Downside series, I’m still painfully hungry for the next installment.  When I heard that Kane was releasing another book first I was equal parts grumbly and excited.  I was grumbly because it wasn’t Downside, and excited because it was Stacia Kane.

I should point out that other than Downside Ghosts I haven’t actually read anything else by Kane.  I had no idea if it was the series or the author.  After finishing Made for Sin I still don’t know.

Made for Sin started off rough.  For the first 40% I was plodding along, depressed because I was sure it would be a mediocre review because I wasn’t inspired.  Speare was only sort of interesting, Ardeth was your usual blah heroine… the plot was kind of interesting, but some of it felt like regurgitated stuff from another series that I love.  However, somewhere between 45% and the half way mark I found myself finally getting invested.  I’m still not sure about the plot, but I started to really care about Speare.  I finally started feeling the want.  I wanted him to fix his curse.  I wanted him to be free of his burden.  I wanted him to have a chance at a real future, the one he’d always hoped for.

That want was enough.  It was what made me keep clicking next on my kindle.  While I do still think that some of the concepts have been done before, Stacia Kane brought a new spin.  A spin less romantic and more dangerous and violent.  There isn’t a rosy picture for Speare.  His curse is truly nasty, without a silver lining.

And now, with that said, I really really hope that Stacia Kane isn’t done with this character.  It seriously cannot end the way it did.  Does anyone know if this will be ongoing?

Thank you to Loveswept via Netgalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 Stars = B

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