Sin: Devil’s Den #3 by Violetta Rand with Excerpt

Sin: Devil's Den #3 by Violetta Rand with Excerpt

Welcome to my stop for book 3 in the Devil’s Den new adult romance series from Violetta Rand. Please be sure to check out the other tour stops, read the excerpt and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Loveswept Mug, Flirt Mug and Ebook Bundle

I’ve read each of the books in this series, waiting for Macey’s story. Sin by Violetta Rand manages to frustrate and confuse me, but I can’t stop reading!

Sin

Macey has returned from a short vacation where she discovered her boyfriend was cheating. She’s not too heartbroken over it, at least not enough to miss the instant reaction to the new manager, Joshua.  Everyone at the club is chafing at the turnover in management, and Joshua is trying to learn all he can, while juggling the personalities and already-solid relationships within the staff.

Macey is described as smart: I’m not entirely sold. Perhaps it’s her age, or issues, or the fact that this is solidly NA and characters still haven’t really developed any common sense. But, she is funny and headstrong and loyal to the other girls, even as she is only a hairsbreadth away from a train wreck.  And, she is FUN to read about – that guilty pleasure that you shouldn’t enjoy but do.

Joshua is an Ivy League grad, a major juxtaposition, the good boy testing the waters and he believes that Macey may be his key to learning all there is to know.  Still reeling from his own bad breakup and issues he hadn’t yet resolved, he wants Macey on his side to help ease the acceptance of his rules, but he just can’t fight that attraction.

Similar in plotting arc to the earlier books in the series, Rand uses the banter and attraction, mixes in some angst and unresolved feelings, a dash of insta-lust that morphs into love and shakes it all up.  The conflict that drove much of the miscommunication and dramatics was a typical ‘everyone in your business’ sort of moment, with both Joshua and Macey too headstrong and unable to pull their own heads out of their own personal dramas to see the manipulations for what they were. Talking TO one another, rather than assuming the worst would have helped; and then I remembered that they are working in the sex trade, where both would have seen duplicity and manipulation consistently. I just hoped for a sharper angle for growth for both of them individually, before they decided that they were meant to be.

A bit of a roller coaster ride for me, this series has its frustrating moments in story construct and character development – but the emotional context and the heat are always a high point and almost sizzle off the pages.  Violetta Rand can write sexy, with a great build up and an even more explosive ending, and this series has all of those moments.

Sin: Devil’s Den #3 by Violetta Rand with Excerpt

Title: Sin
Author: Violetta Rand
Series: Devil's Den #3
Also in this series: Surrender, Surrender
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Loveswept
ISBN: B00N6PEWH8
Published on: 12 May 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 231
Rated: three-stars
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Sin proves that passion goes beyond smoldering desire when hearts dance to their own special beat. 

Every woman at the Devil’s Den strip club has a story to tell, and Macey Taylor is no exception. Smart and self-reliant, she’s got a chip on her shoulder, a broken heart, and no patience for a sexy new manager with an Ivy League pedigree and a strict set of rules. Macey prefers to break rules, something she lets Joshua Camden know from the start—even as he ignites a fire in her that goes beyond the hottest club in town.

Joshua is working the Devil’s Den for all it’s worth, learning everything he can about the adult-entertainment game before investing in a place of his own. Macey is a surprise: a woman as strong-willed as she is gorgeous. Joshua wants to get inside her world, to see through her eyes. But he soon discovers that seduction is a two-way street—and expecting redemption without risking his heart may be the greatest sin of all.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.


Tasty Excerpt

 

I’m standing at the bar on Wednesday night, having a drink with one of our regular customers, when Macey arrives. She’s wearing a dress that reminds me of something I’d see in Paris or in a classic film; it’s red and clings to her curves. I can’t help staring. She has to walk by me to check in with the DJ. We haven’t talked since Monday night.

As soon as she’s nearby, I smile.

“Good evening, Ms. Taylor.”


Without glancing my way, she flips me off and keeps moving.


“What’d you do to Macey?” Glenda calls from behind the bar.


I turn halfway, resting my elbow on the counter. “Couldn’t say.”

“Really?” She throws me the you’re full of shit look. “I’ve known that girl for over fifteen years, before she ever popped her pretty head in this place.”


I can’t imagine Macey as a little girl.


“And you want to know something?” Glenda leans over the bar, her large breasts

brushing against my arm. “I’ve never seen her act that way before, never.”


“I’m obligated to agree,” Gilbert adds, before sucking down the last of his rum and Coke. “Macey always has a smile . . .”


“Yeah,” I say, holding up my hand to silence Macey’s fan club. “I get it. You’re the resident historian.” I smile at Glenda. “And you . . .” I slap Gilbert’s shoulder. “I haven’t quite decided what you are yet.”

“Just sayin’.” Glenda laughs.

The woman can see right through me. I am curious about her connection with Macey, though. She’s only twenty-four, and well, Glenda is older than dirt. I smile. “How’d you meet?”

She clicks her tongue. “See, Gilbert,” she comments. “The boy’s curiosity goes beyond the workplace.”

“Maybe,” I admit.

“Neighbors,” she says. “Let’s just say her father was a regular customer—a professional gambler. Sometimes Darren would host after-hours parties. A little poker, a few dancers . . . Long before the city cracked down on strip joints.”

“And?”

“Her mother died when she was very young. And her daddy wasn’t exactly father-of-the- year material. Some nights, the poor thing would end up sleeping in Darren’s office. I used to check in on her.”

Reads like a tragedy and pisses me off for some reason. Somehow I’m not surprised. That’s the dark side of this business; the women often come from unstable backgrounds. “Thanks for the history lesson, darlin’.” I throw a ten on the bar and leave my empty glass.

I walk to the DJ booth, hoping to catch Macey alone. She’s just stepping out when I turn the corner. She stares, those sapphire eyes sweeping over me.

“Macey . . .”


“Save your breath, Ivy League.”


She starts to step around me, but I latch onto her wrist. “Not so fast.”


“Anything we had to say should have been said on Monday.”


“You’re right,” I admit, loving the feel of her slim wrist in my hand. I keep my gaze fixed on her. “Didn’t you feel good?”


She shakes her head, then stares at the floor. “That’s not the point.”


I tip her chin up. “I just wanted you to feel good.” The corner of my mouth lifts into a smirk. “The least I could do after . . .”


“No.” She places her finger on my lips to shush me. “You don’t get the satisfaction of saying you made me horny.”

I arch a brow. “No?”

“Not that it’s any of your business, but that’s been building for a long time.” She looks completely serious. “A really long time.”

Another piece of vital information I’ll keep tucked away. She’s sexually frustrated. I can help her with that—hell, I’ll provide a long-term cure if she’ll let me. “Meet me in my office in fifteen minutes, Ms. Taylor.”

“For what?” She steps back. “I need to get ready for my first set.”


Coincidentally, Dave sticks his head outside the booth. “You’re up soon, Macey.”


“See?” She waves her hands.


“Take her off the list,” I say. “She’ll check in after she’s read the employee handbook.”

Dave shrugs, then disappears.


She eyes me with skepticism. “Is everything a game to you?”


Is that what she thinks? “I don’t play games, Ms. Taylor. That’s something I think you’ll learn fairly quick. I expect you to follow the rules like all the other entertainers have agreed to do.”

 

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About Violetta Rand

Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, Violetta Rand spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.

Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.

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