Lost Wages of Sin by Rosalie Stanton (Sinners and Saints #1)
April 11. 2011
Liquid Silver Books
Reviewed by Mandi
Ava is one of the Seven Deadly Sins – her and her six siblings report directly to Lucifer. Ava likes who she is – but then she met an Angel, Sebastian and fell in love. Or so she thought. Ready to give up everything for him, her Angel finds out who she really is and flees back up to Big J. Now Lucifer thinks she is a traitor and Ava runs, afraid of what the consequences will be.
Not sure where to go or what to do, she runs into long-time friend, and vampire, Dante. Dante has always been there to listen to her, and for a long time Dante has lusted after Ava, but has never seen any feelings in return. Feeling lost and a bit desperate, Ava spills her secrets to Dante. They form a bond of trust, as Ava decides she must summon Sebastian back to finish their business. But there are others demons working for Lucifer that want a chance to prove themselves sinful.
What I like most about Lost Wages of Sin is the banter between Dante and Ava.They love to give each other a hard time and be very sarcastic. Dante falls fast and hard for Ava, and once he convinces Ava to move past her sorrow over Sebastian and into his bed, the reader is treated to very numerous and long erotic scenes. Although Ava is very, very old, she has only had Sebastian as a lover – so Dante takes his time to teach her things. Although they both have a wicked tongue, he turns out to be a very sweet guy.
I really enjoyed their relationship and subsequent romance in this one. I did have a problem with the world building. Honestly, I was confused for quite awhile. It was hard for me to grasp onto exactly onto all the rules of the world. There are many details about what Ava is, and why she is now an outcast to Lucifer, and how Sebastian betrayed her and the role of other demons and her six siblings. It was all a little too much for me to take. It hampered down my reading experience somewhat.
Otherwise, the dialogue in this one is entertaining and the romance is very hot.