44/100 Books:WICKED GENTLEMEN

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WICKED GENTLEMEN by Ginn Hale

What the heck is it about? The Goodreads summary:

Belimai Sykes is many things: a Prodigal, the descendant of ancient demons, a creature of dark temptations and rare powers. He is also a man with a brutal past and a dangerous addiction.
And Belimai Sykes is the only man Captain William Harper can turn to when faced with a series of grisly murders.
But Mr. Sykes does not work for free and the price of Belimai’s company will cost Captain Harper far more than his reputation.
From the ornate mansions of noblemen, where vivisection and sorcery are hidden beneath a veneer of gold, to the steaming slums of Hells Below, Captain Harper must fight for justice and for his life.
His enemies are many and his only ally is a devil he knows too well. Such are the dangers of dealing with the wicked.

My rating: 2/5 stars

This book started off strong but spiraled downward about a third of the way in. I had high hopes for it, since it has so many 4- and 5-star ratings, but all the sexual tension between the two leads fizzles out pretty quickly, and the way the narrative deals with Belimai’s drug addiction is dangerously simplistic. (He just decides to stop and after the withdrawals never even wants to use again.)

The romantic arc was underwhelming for me, but I can’t stand insta-love or narratives where the leads hook up within the fist few pages. The writing wasn’t terrible, but it sure wasn’t the book for me.

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