Series: Rocktown Ink #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also by this author: Beautiful Killer
My best friend's sister is back in town, and while she’s here, she's under my protection. Quinn Parker had her heart broken, and I'll make sure no one hurts her again.
But when she starts looking around for a hot, no-strings distraction, I can’t stand back and do nothing. No one is touching this vibrant beauty...but me.
She’s the woman of my dreams, but Quinn wants a good time, not a long time. We play by her rules: no one finds out, no one gets hurt.
I have to keep it casual because an ex-con like me can't offer her forever…even if I want so much more.
Sin for You combines small towns and brother’s best friend romances to create a sizzling hot story! Quinn and “Bull” have known each other for years, but when Quinn comes back to Rocktown, things have changed.
Let me first say there were things that annoyed me to no end. I say that because despite these annoyances, I still cared about Quinn and Bull and wanted to see what would happen. These two suck at talking to each other honestly. Neither could say what they actually meant and it led to so many issues. These are things I expect in a YA or NA romance, but Quinn and Bull are in their late twenties, so it was just immature.
Lack of adult communication aside, Sin for You does deliver a very hot romance. Quinn and Bull begin as a “sex buddies” only relationship. Both of them have more baggage than anyone is permitted on a flight. Like, they would both have to pay hundreds of dollars for all the extra baggage they are dragging. Female readers will empathize with Quinn and her insecurities. She has been cheated on and has the fear that she isn’t good enough. She also worries that Bull is only there because he has some sort of white knight complex. I really understood her fear and confusion, so I was able to have compassion for Quinn. I also understood that Bull’s love language is acts of service. While Quinn misunderstood them, in his brain, he was telling her he loved her. Its very “As you wish”.
Sin for You may have some damaged characters, but Quinn and Bull did NOT struggle to connect in the bedroom. There are plenty of steamy scenes that really light the pages on fire. Overall, if you like internal angst, brother’s best friend, and a no strings relationship turned real, Sin for You is a good pick!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: brother’s best friend, small town
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, with epilogue « Hide Spoiler
I turned the handle and let the heavy wood swing open. Bull looked up from whatever he was working on, and, yeah, he looked surprised to see me at his door. He hadn’t expected me to seek him out today, definitely wasn’t expecting me to apologize or try and make things right between us. And didn’t that just make me feel like the biggest jerk in existence.
I stepped over the threshold. “You got a minute?”
“Kinda busy,” he muttered.
Yep, he was pissed with me. “This won’t take long.”
He sighed, dropped his pen, and sat back in his seat, all big and gorgeous—and surly. I wanted to climb in his lap and wrap myself around him.
“Look, Bull…what I said last night…” What?How could I make it right? I hadn’t really planned this out, I just knew I hated the way we’d left things. Yes, I needed distance from him, but I never wanted to hurt his feelings. Or make him feel shitty for being protective of me, no matter how misguided at times. It was the last thing I wanted. God, I’d felt sick about it since he walked out of the gallery. “I shouldn’t have said what I did, not like that.”
“All good, Quinn. Message received,” he said, expression going utterly blank.
I hated that look on his face. Hated it. I closed the door behind me and stepped farther into the room. I had to be honest with him, to make him understand. I couldn’t bring myself to leave things as they were, and I couldn’t bear to have him think badly of me.
I took a steadying breath. “Look, it’s no secret that I’ve had some…well, shitty luck where men and relationships are concerned. Like really shitty.” Luck had nothing to do with it, but I didn’t want to dig up all my dark, painful truths right then, not with Bull, not with anyone. I crossed my arms. “I’m done with relationships, with finding that perfect someone crap. Like, so done.” I made myself meet his gaze. “But I’m the kind of girl who likes affection, being close with another person.” I shrugged. “I like sex.”
Bull shifted in his seat, his frown deepening.
“Yes, I’m extremely…attracted to you, obviously.” I lifted my hands, stopping him before he could say anything, before he could reject me all over again. “It’s fine. I know you don’t feel that way about me. But you need to know that eventually, I will find someone to meet my…needs.” I motioned to him. “I’m sure you have women lined up when you need…that.” Yep, this was awkward as hell. “Well, I’m a one-man kind of woman, even if it’s just a sexual thing, you know? Even if it’s just some fun. The reason I’m telling you this is I respect you, as a friend, but I will meet someone, and I need you to be okay with it because you’re important to me.”
His graze had grown insanely intense, but I pushed on.
“So I guess I’m asking you to trust me to take care of myself, and to trust that if I’m in over my head, or need help, I will come to you. Are you cool with that?”
Bull made a weird sound and stood suddenly, his chair scraping on the wooden floor. That’s when I noticed how heavily his chest was rising and falling.
His nostrils flared, and he shook his head just once.
I blinked at him. What now?“No?”
“No,” he repeated on a near snarl. “I’m not fucking cool with that.”
“What do you mean no?” I said, shock clear in my voice.
“Come here,” he said instead of answering my question. “Now.”
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