REVIEW: A Beautiful Sin – Terri E. Laine & A.M. Hargrove

a beautiful sinTitle: A Beautiful Sin
Author: Terri E. Laine & A.M. Hargrove
Series: standalone
Genre: drama/forbidden romance
Rating: ****

This is a beautiful story, with the forbidden romance aspect largely on the back-burner for the majority. Instead, the focus is on overcoming abuse, learning to accept the past and overcoming it, alongside finding solace in one another. It’s hard at times to read, but absolutely worth it.

Despite its beauty, it was in no means perfect. I found that it was lacking slightly in emotional impact despite its subject matter, leaving me a little colder throughout that I would have liked. Similarly, there was a lot of telling, rather than showing, in the narrative. Yet this pales in comparison to the actual storyline, which was absolutely gripping. I needed to know how it was resolved, and although it uses some typical romance tropes (no spoilers here, don’t worry), it did it in a way that felt natural and important to the story and the growth of these two characters, rather than an extra bit of drama to mix into the pot for the sake of it.

A very strong, beautiful story about overcoming the demons of the past.

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