Review: Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Leigh (Wages of Sin #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Aislinn Granville is supposed to be an entertaining diversion. A vice that won't corrupt my body or mind. 
I am already corrupt. In this city, I am the goddamn king of corruption. 
But she is corrupting me further—in ways I didn't expect and don't want.

This! This novel is, hands down, Tara Leigh at her best! Cruel Sanctuary finds the author venturing into the darker side of romance, and I'm sure I'm not the only who thought to themselves her stepping out of the box is now paying off. This first book in the Wages of Sin series fantastically blends together a darker brand of romance with suspense. It pits a twenty-eight-year-old publicity specialist and daughter to the District Attorney of Manhattan against a thirty-something man whose dark reputation precedes him. There's push and pull and this constant thrum of anticipation that had me with a perma-hold on my tablet from the moment I started reading the story of Aislinn Granville and Damon King, one of lust, trust, lies, and danger.

There are some harsh truths that Aislinn Granville learns and when she's forced into the protection of a man known in New York for his ruthlessness, she's desperate to get as far away from him as possible. How is she supposed to trust someone like Damon King, but then she once trusted two men who she was quite close to only to have their stellar reputations threatened to be dimmed by possible revelations. What she doesn't know is that Damon has had his eye on her for years, and now that he has her within very close proximity, he's ready to lay his claim on her. Except Aislinn isn't going to sit idly by and have the men in her life dictate what happens next. Damon may have provided her sanctuary but she's about to test his control.

This wasn't my first Tara Leigh read, and I've certainly enjoyed her books before, but this felt like Leigh's writing was at a whole new level, and I for one, am glad she took the risk to go darker. The fact that this book is as impeccable as it is sets itself up for a slew of expectations and high ones at that. That evil cliffhanger also had me THIS close to wanting to fling my tablet in frustration, but it's still fairly new so buying a new one was a no-no. I loved that, initially, Aislinn needed but did not want Damon and Damon wanted but did not need Aislinn. As the layers between and around them were peeled back, it was clear that that was no longer the case. Major book hangover! Cruel Sanctuary snags five-plus stars. Is it May yet? ♥

Date Read: 27 March 2019

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