Review: Addicted to Sin by Monica James

Saturday 14 November 2015
Title: Addicted to Sin
Author: Monica James
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 8th October 2015
Pages: 360
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon
My name is Dixon Mathews, and I take great pleasure in listening to people unload their dirty little secrets because, let’s face facts, the best secrets are the ones best left untold.

My own addiction? Sex. It really is the best medicine. I’m smart, cocky and easy on the eyes, but I’m also a major bastard. I know I’m a lost cause. I don’t do relationships. I don’t even do the same woman twice. But that’s all about to change, thanks to two entirely different women – Juliet and Madison – who both awaken my deepest desires.

Who will I choose? I know who I should choose, but I never said I was the hero of this story, or even the good guy. And besides, who wants to be good, when it feels so good being bad? My tale isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you’re game, strap yourself in and expect the unexpected. But don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Books like Addicted to Sin are one of the reasons the Kindle was invented. I find there's an added excitement to reading something like this in public. The people around you not knowing what you are reading, oblivious to the thoughts and scenes playing out in your mind. You yourself oblivious to those around you because you are so caught up in what you are reading. That was certainly the case with me and Addicted to Sin. It was one of the most sexually explicit books that I've read, and I loved every single minute of it. Monica James is an incredibly imaginative and descriptive writer, that's all I'm saying.

Dixon Matthews. Where to start? There's plenty of authors out there who claim their main character is the next whoever. Well, Dixon Matthews isn't the next anybody. He's all Dixon and ladies should be prepared to fall in love (and hate), and men should be prepared to feel a little inferior. Dixon is such an intriguing character with a hell of a lot of depth to him for a genre which I often find to be pretty one dimensional in story and character. I love that most of the book was told from his point of view. Incredibly well and by a female author who wrote the part of a male character very believably indeed. Some of his thoughts are shocking. Some believable. Some ridiculous. All filthy. I loved reading his backstory and understanding what turned him into a rampant sex addict and then his journey as he had to choose between two very different women. I have recently started watching One Tree Hill from the beginning again (aka one of the best shows ever) and so I did find myself picturing Dixon Matthews as a kind of James Lafferty/Chad Michael Murray hybrid, albeit a little more bulked up.

Dixon meets Juliet one day in his doctor's office and his life from that moment changes forever. I don't even know where to start with Juliet, she's such a bad and addictive character to read about. And on the other hand we have the somewhat quiet and timid Madison. So very different but equally intriguing to Dixon. He has an idea of what path he wants to go down, but his mind dick is making that choice difficult. One path appears more exciting than the other. More dangerous. This book is excitement and suspense the whole way through. The reader left as torn as Dixon and it was so much fun and refreshing to actually read a book with the male as the lead rather than some pathetic female character simpering over a man the whole way through. As said earlier there's so much depth to the story, helped along by some brilliant secondary characters. Especially Dixon's friends who I loved reading about and I would enjoy a story with them featured more prominently in the future.

There's one moment in Addicted to Sin which in TV is that killer moment where Twitter goes into meltdown with viewers expressing outrage and shock and that's something I feel is missing in the world of books. There's a bombshell in Addicted to Sin which would result in that Twitter meltdown if this had been a TV show. Despite the fact it's something some readers will see coming, I still think there's a lot of readers that will not and it was absolutely brilliant! Say no more. The ending of this story literally left me dying for more and I can't wait to continue Dixon's story and see where Monica takes this series next. It was such an amazing read that I highly recommend.

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