Sin with Me
Johnathan McClain & JA Huss
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Two broken people in a city fueled by sin.
Maddie isn’t looking to be saved. She knows the only person you can count on is yourself. Her moral compass might not point true North these days—but at least she’s still standing.
The Military taught Tyler about loyalty. Being there for your brothers is the only thing that matters—but when it mattered most, he wasn’t.
She’s got a ticket straight to Hell. He’s already been there and back.
She needs to win. He just needs to stop fighting.
Some sins scar your soul so deeply, you'll never be the same.
But this Devil in disguise might just be the angel he needs to forgive himself.
Loving these characters!
To be honest, when I first started it, it felt a little slow. But that's okay! It gave you some of the background into the characters. Because once I got into a few chapters, I couldn't put it down. I love Tyler. When you are reading from his POV, you can tell that he is a broken man. A funny, lost man that I couldn't help but want to take care of. And Maddie... she might possibly have a little ADHD but she is just trying to find her place in life and what she is meant to do. They are lost souls just traveling around trying to find a spot to land. And when they cross paths, it is dynamite. This couple is a force to be reckoned with. This book is so sexy. And the underlying plot is so unpredictable and crazy, that I can't wait for more.
An intense beginning to an explosive new series!
If you follow my reviews it is no secret to you that I read a lot of JA Huss. Her stories, her writing style, her world building all just resonate with me and I feel like I've found a kindred spirit in this author and maybe she really "gets me". I don't think I'm alone with these thoughts, I think a lot of her readers feel the same way, and she's created a small (12,000 member) Facebook group for her avid readers who devour her books. It feels like a family in there. Well, Julie has introduced a new member into the family. Her writing partner, Johnathan McClain. They've paired up to write a four book series together. I was of course curious to see how these two were going to collaborate and craft these stories. Would it still feel like a Julie book? What was Johnathan going to bring to the table?
I needn't have worried at all. This is classic Julie, with an added dash of supreme wit that is Johnathan McClain. Tyler and Maddie are two very damaged people who are just trying to keep going each and every day. Tyler by losing himself in booze and sex, and Maddie visualizing she's climbing a never-ending mountain. Neither one in a place they thought they would be. But time and circumstances have beaten them down. Throw in some pretty devastating life events, and you're left with two shells of their former selves.
Told in dual point of view, Julie and Johnathan craft such an intensely layered story that I felt like I was a fly on the wall, living and breathing alongside these people. Tyler Morgan, he is probably the most refreshing character I've read about in a long time. This dude lives half his life inside his head! Internal monologue can sometimes be a tricky thing in a book. If it's too long or tedious, it can detract from the story, but let me just say, it totally works in this one! The thoughts that run through Tyler's head at any given time are completely hilarious!
<b> I'm super effing witty. Everybody says so. </b>
I agree!! He is super effing witty. And interesting. He's more interesting than The Most Interesting Man in the World. By far. But Tyler has a lot of demons he is fighting, ones that have had ahold of him for way too long. The only thing that seems to be a saving grace for him is Maddie. Maddie has been pushing through each day for the past seven years. Nothing seems to work out for her, and she just keeps making one mistake after another with her life. No matter how much she keeps climbing that mountain, she never makes any progress. But when she's with Tyler she finds a peace she hasn't felt in a very long time.
Put these two together, and they are explosive.
<i> We are fire. We are combustion. We are the raging inferno of purifying flame that will singe away all our pain and leave us barren and ready to begin again. In the punishing passion that we share, we can torture away whatever nightmares plague us and both wake born anew. </i>
With three more books to go and just a few hints so far as to what is coming, Maddie and Tyler have a long road ahead of them. The question in my head at this point is, will they be taking that road together or will they continue to struggle through alone? I sure hope not because together, I think they are a force to be reckoned with.
<i> She is a fallen angel and I am sin itself. </i>
I can't wait to see what this angel and this devil have in store for us!
GIVE ME MORE!!!
What. A. Ride! And to think, this is only just the beginning. We’ve barely scratched the surface of Tyler and Maddie’s story, which also means—there’s going to be so much more juicer, hotter, dirtier and more heart-stopping things coming up in the next books in the series than what we just witnessed here!
In SIN WITH ME, we’re introduced to Tyler Morgan and Maddie Clayton who are two characters so utterly broken, damaged and trapped in their own nightmares. You’ll feel deep in your bones just how shattered these two are. How grief-stricken and lonely they are. They weren’t even living anymore; they were merely coasting through life, coping in their own way. And it HURT. That sadness truly came across loud and clear to me in this book because even I started to feel the pain and loneliness these characters were feeling. It was surely overwhelming, feeling all these kinds of emotions while being driven to the point of insanity, but in an oddly good way. Because it made me connect with them more. Feel for them and be with them in every single moment.
This book was certainly all kinds of hot and it was immensely seductive, but I guess what drew me even more to this story was how much Tyler and Maddie’s brokenness, that state of feeling lost and despair that they share, pulled them even closer to each other. It was that brokenness that made them find solace in each other’s presence and arms and bodies, and made them... whole.
Midway through, I started to have my own hunch on where things could lead up to, but that didn’t even take an inch away from the intensity levels this book showed me. The build up was that strong in this one. You just get more and more sucked into what you’re reading the farther you go.
SIN WITH ME was undoubtedly dark and twisted and unlike any other I’ve read before. Just the tone of writing, especially with Tyler’s inner ramblings, was enough to pull me into the craziness and uniqueness of this story. I honestly love a book that drives me nuts—like legit batcrap crazy, and Ms. Huss has never failed to take me there. But now with Mr. McClain—an equally brilliant and talented actor and narrator—everything was brought to heights I couldn’t have imagined when reading a J. A. Huss book. But it’s here—this book is solid proof. And it was FIRE. My heart and wits were just completely blown to smithereens and I couldn’t get enough.
Let me tell you, this brand new writing duo is beyond a match made in heaven. I couldn’t even distinguish who wrote what in this book. Their voices, those precious writing hands, just blended so seamlessly well. And regardless of the insanity and the heart-pounding moments that surrounded Tyler and Maddie’s tale, these two authors were still able to inject a great amount of humor that will make you crack up, balancing out the heavy tone of the book.
JH & JM might be the new kids on the block in this co-authoring world, but you’ll soon realize, once you read this book, what a knockout of a GEM they are together. Like they’ve actually been doing this for YEARS. Because it was just. That. Flawless. This series is gearing up to be one of my greats—I just know it. And I’m already bursting at the seams for ANGELS FALL, what with the ending and cliffhanger we were left with. I’m ready to get thrown back into the flames. My body is ready. My mind is ready. My heart is ready. Bring. It. On.