Alexi Steele is no wilting flower.
Sheís a tough-as-nails agent with the Recovery Enforcement
Division (RED), a clandestine branch of the NSA. Right now,
all of Lexiís attention is focused on an operation to
uncover a sex slave ring that is kidnapping young women in
Boston and auctioning them off. To bring down the bad guys,
Lexi has to infiltrate the inner circle of an elite group of
BDSM clubs. And she has to do so as a sub for her sexy new
For Nicholas Donovan, this isnít just
another op Ė itís personal. His sister has been kidnapped
and will be sold as a sex slave to the highest bidder.
Nickís prepared to do whatever it takes to rescue Kristin.
What he doesnít count on is the attraction he feels for Lexi.
As he and Lexi are pulled farther into their mission, desire
takes hold of both agents. But their newfound relationship
may not last, as their mission takes a deadly turn and a
criminal mastermind closes in on the pair.
Readers be warned: this book is not for
the faint of heart. The First Sin is a dark
and dangerous ride with heroes who command your respect as
they work to bring down the lowest of the low.
Lexi is one of the toughest heroines
Iíve ever encountered and I loved her for it. Sheís
brilliant and strong, and Cheyenne McCray doesnít just pay
lip service to these attributes, she shows Lexi proving them
again and again. Nick is Lexiís match on every level. He
possesses the same intelligence and strength, along with a
heightened protectiveness because of the personal nature of
this mission. Iím not above saying I appreciated Nickís
innate sexuality; that was a definite plus. But what really
got me is his respect for Lexi and her abilities. They
worked together perfectly, both as RED agents and as
lovers. I canít wait to watch both their personal and
professional relationships grow as the series continues.
The villains in this story are truly
vile, sadistic b*******, and Ms. McCray doesnít hold her
punches. However, The First Sin is the
stronger for this, as the importance and urgency of Lexi and
Nickís mission is driven home. Whatís more, not only are
the RED agentsí excellence highlighted by taking readers
through the situations Lexi and Nick encounter on their
mission, by taking readers through Kristinís captivity, Ms.
McCray emphasizes Kristinís strength of character. My heart
broke for all the storyís protagonists, and I also hope to
see Kristin again in the series as she heals from what was
done to her.
While The First Sin is
not a ďhappyĒ book, it does have its lighter moments. Nick
and Lexi are also sensual, sexual people and it would be a
sin indeed to not mention the heat these two generate. One
thing thatís a bit different about The First Sin
is that the book is mostly, but not entirely written in the
first person. The majority of the story is told from Lexiís
point of view, and those sections are written in the first
person. The parts of the book from Nick and Kristinís
perspectives, however, are written in the third person.
This took a bit of getting used to, but didnít impact
reading experience. I truly enjoyed The First Sin.
Itís not a light read, but it is entirely captivating and
Iím looking forward to reading the next Lexi Steele novel,
The Second Betrayal.