Review: Tempting Sin by Amber Kell

Tempting Sin by Amber Kell
Series: Mercenary Love (# 1)
Release Date: February 18, 2013
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Pages: 103
Source: book provided by publisher for review

When ex-mercenary Sinclair Alverston spots celebrity chef Callum Turner at a bar, he has no idea how the encounter will completely change his life. Certainly one slim blond with green eyes and a lot of attitude shouldn’t be able to twist Sinclair completely around his finger.

Callum doesn’t know what to think about Sin’s overprotective, domineering behaviour, but the man is hot, so he succumbs to his attraction. When Sinclair tries to take over all aspects of his life, Callum is forced to take a stand and explain to his bossy lover that, although protective instincts are good, obsession will get his ass kicked to the curb.

However, when a fan turns into a stalker, Callum has no choice but to let his lover take over his security to keep him safe. All he can hope is, in the long run, their relationship will thrive and Callum can continue tempting Sin.


Review: Sinclair (Sin) Alverston has become bored with life as he knows it. He wants to find that special someone to come home to but he hasn’t found anyone who gives him the feeling he needs before he will let down his guard enough to even consider staying overnight. From the beginning I liked Sin’s strong character and his need to keep people safe. He had his flaws like everyone but I was immediately drawn to him. Callum Turner struck me right away as a sweet man with a spirit of fire. He possessed a great sense of self and a fantastic sense of humor. Callum is so willing to look for the good in people and Sin is always so willing to look for danger it can be a perfect match or way too many episodes of opposites clashing.

I really liked the way they meet and how they interact from the first moment on. It sets the tone of the whole relationship and stays relatively true throughout. I enjoyed the storyline very much even though it seemed a bit predictable at times. There needs to be something to write the story around and this fits the characters, it also sets up the series and introduces people for books to come. They have this instant sexual attraction that can’t be ignored but it quickly becomes more than that. Sin’s protective alpha instinct kicks in and he has gone from lone wolf to guard dog in a heartbeat. Callum isn’t happy about all of the alpha behavior but some of the perks are not so bad.

Throughout the story there is a constant give and take with them as they struggle to figure out how they will find a place in each other’s life. I particularly enjoyed that Callum was a chef and they use his career to interact with many of the secondary characters throughout the story to build strong relationships. Sin’s personality is more abrasive and therefore is more difficult to cozy up to but once a friendship is formed it is strong. This feeds his characters ability to have a great base of friends he can trust.

This is the first book in the Mercenary Love series and the first story from Amber Kell that I have read but I am already planning on getting the rest of the series. The others titles are Testing Arthur and Teasing Jonathan. If the other titles are as hot as this one, I will be a very happy reader. This is going in my re-read pile. Tempting Sin is going on my recommended reading list for my fellow readers.