First Sin by Cheyenne McCray

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Lexi Steele is an agent for a top secret NSA recovery division specializing in sex crimes. When one of her agents working on a human trafficking case is found dead, Lexi goes undercover at some exclusive BDSM clubs to get revenge.

Her new partner, Nick Donovan has an emotional tie to the case. His sister was abducted and sold into sexual slavery and now he’s on Lexi’s team to get her back. Together, they must play dangerous games of Dominant and Slave in order to get Nick’s sister back and find the men who sold her.

This is my first book my Cheyenne McCray. She has built quite a reputation for herself as a paranormal author, and I was looking forward to reading her new series as she delved into a different genre.

Unfortunately, this really wasn’t my cup of tea. The writing was good, and the story was good, it was the subject matter that I didn’t enjoy. That was less the author’s fault and more a marketing issue and my naiveté at not reading between the lines as I read the book summary. I thought there would be more action involved when instead it was ¾ BDSM and sexually deviant behavior and ¼ kicking bad guy butt.

Lexi Steele is one of the strongest female characters I’ve encountered in a very long time. Female snipers in the military are so uncommon, that her wide array of skills felt farfetched, and the degree of believability was as struggle and took me out of the story. She was too tough to be real. When she wasn’t thinking about sex, which seemed to be every few paragraphs, she was killing men with her thighs or talking baseball. I wanted to like Lexi, and while I could admire her skills, she just had too much testosterone for me to relate to.

And while I expected some S&M as mentioned on the book jacket, I was surprised at the detailed amount of BDSM, and deviations of that sexual practice. While the BDSM lifestyle is consensual, nothing about the practice was about consent in FIRST SIN. The details of Lexi being tortured with claw clamps on her privates made me cringe and finally put me over the edge.

But I have to give the author credit. I was turning pages to find out what was going to happen next. I wanted Nick to find his sister and Lexi to make it out alive. I may not have enjoyed reading about the sexual practices, but the author wrote in such a compelling way, that I still wanted to follow the story.

If you’re not as squeamish as this reviewer, I’m sure you will enjoy FIRST SIN.

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