‘Make Me Sin’ by J.T. Geissinger triggers a whirlwind of feeling with a deeply emotional story of love, heartbreak, and hope. A follow up to ‘Sweet as Sin’ in her Bad Habit series, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after hearing how much it ‘wrecked’ her to write this book, and I could not imagine what she had in store for for A.J. Edwards and Chloe Carmichael with them having so much animosity between them. In ‘Make Me Sin,’ Geissinger has gifted their beautiful, achingly tender, and touching journey crafted with many unique layers of character depth and suspense.
Chloe Carmichael is a seemingly simple people pleaser who puts her heart and soul into building her successful floral business, and A.J. Edwards is a very tough and closed off yet talented musician who seems to detest Chloe and continuously throw insults at her. With their friends’ Kat and Nico’s wedding quickly approaching, they are constantly forced to be around each other being that they are Maid of Honor and Best Man. For some reason, A.J.’s aggression towards Chloe begins to ignite a certain fire (or misfire?) between the two of them, and she becomes determined to find out what his problem is with her. Although she sometimes gets small glimpses of a softer side to A.J., he continues to shut her out and push her away. Will she ever solve the puzzles that lie within him, and is it possible for them to build any type of civil relationship together?
Some of my favorite things in Geissinger’s books are her unique and creative story lines and her character depth…
Chloe had so much more determination and strong belief in A.J., and she was surprisingly undeterred in what others thought about her relationship with. him. He had such heart, tenderness, and passion in his soul, and it was very touching how he expressed it to Chloe in many unique ways through his words, the art of origami, and of course his music. It was so sad that deep within A.J. lay such an inner turmoil of self-loathing and hatred for himself stemming from his haunting past and resulted in his feelings of not deserving any happiness.
Their story was so poetically written as it transformed from his troubled past and pain to the possibility of finding hope and having something beautiful. There was such an uncertainty in whether their love for each other could ever come to fruition and if A.J. would be able to get over the fears of his past and be able to take a chance on Chloe. It was absolutely impossible not to feel and be all encompassed with them in their struggle – it was so heart breaking!
Honestly, I was completely unprepared for the unexpected relationship between Chloe and A.J. Geissinger completely drew me in and kept me turning page after page with suspense and yearning for the answers. Just when I thought I was getting them, I was completely thrown off course with yet another unexpected turn. ‘Make Me Sin’ had me on pins and needles throughout, and I must say that it definitely touched my heart. I am so looking forward to her next book in this series not only to see if there will be a HEA for Chloe and A.J. but also what lies ahead for Grace and Brody!
Absolutely a 5-Star read for ‘Make Me Sin’, and I definitely recommended reading the Bad Habit Series!
‘Make Me Sin’ (Bad Habit #2)
‘Sweet as Sin’ (Bad Habit #1)
***ARC kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***