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(Sin Duet #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  171 reviews
I’m a bodyguard. I walk softly and carry a big...stick.

Too bad I have no idea how to use it.

I know what you’re thinking. How the hell do you end up a virgin when you live in a city known for easy access?
But my focus is protecting the women of New York...not fulfilling my every desire.

Then I meet her.

*** The epic saga Shameless fans have been waiting for!!

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Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published May 26th 2018 by Malone Squared
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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)



description I enjoyed this one for the most part. I am a big fan of these two author's writing, and I am have been enjoying this series so far. Usually, I am not a fan of virgins, but at least the two main characters in this one were only 21 (or 22), so them both being virgins was at least somewhat believable.


The writing was great. It was fast paced and a fairly quick read. The plot was engaging, but I found it kind of similar to the plot of Rafe's book. Plus, I am not a fan of one party keeping huge secr
Karlie (cozyreadsandtea)
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I kindly received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

I was really excited and intrigued by this book! I didn’t read the prequel, which I feel like I should have because it would have added more. This was also a ‘new to me author’ which I’m always wary about because I’m super picky. I ended up really loving this one. It was a fun, suspense, and a mysterious fast paced book that had me wanting more.

I loved the writing style, and plot. I was never confused with all the characters an
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***clutches chest**** Someone warn a girl! This was absolutely AMAZING!!

I was literally on the edge of my seat!! Heart beating fast, eyes WIDE the f*ck open and jaw on my kindle! I've NEVER read something quite like this. I was dropped into this intensely volatile, violent and mysterious world filled with assassins turned security!? WHAAAAAAAAT!?

Matthias had a terrible childhood. I mean, a nightmare! Seeing and doing things no child should ever have to see. Now as an adult he's trying to rebui
Isha Coleman
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Mathias knows how to be unpredictable, he just hasn't figured out how to be vulnerable. Danger haunts him, emotions scare him, but love hides beneath the beast in his soul. He's a good man with a complicated past and a heavy heart, struggling to bury his demons. What happens when the darkness is unleashed and the past invades his present? Sin idles at red alert. The depth of emotions are hard to fight your way through. Gemma and Mathias are cool to the touch, but hot to the senses. SIN burns as ...more
Vivi Chatzikiriakou
" Ladies the time has come... Matthias's story is here and...OMG! It's intense, it's powerful, it's very special. M. Malone and Nana Malone are back and ready to blow your mind."

Book rates: 5stars
Plot: 5stars
Characters: 5starts
Writing: 5stars
Pacing: 5stars
Cover: 5+stars

Hero: Matthias (Mat) Weller
Heroine: Gemma (Gigi) Boyd

"I received a complimentary copy of this book and have volunteered to leave a review."

Their team has been created under extreme circumstances. Each one of them more deadly fro
Kathy Rouchelle
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exceptional read that will have you picking your jaw up from the ground! In one brief moment, everything comes to a full heart-pounding stop as Matthias' monster comes unleashed and it appears that no one can reach they young man that everyone loves, especially the man who is like a brother to him. An extremely well written story that will bring out more of Matthias' past, but not all of his secrets, as Gemma (Gigi), has become a little more entwined into his life. He still feels like somethi ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I've been waiting for Matthias' story for a while now, and I'm so happy the time has come. My instinct is to read the Blake Security books as soon as they hit my kindle, since I get the ARCs, but I wanted to wait as long as I could for this one so I could read both of his books as close together as I could. I'm still on the edge of my seat waiting for the conclusion... so I don't know how much it helped. :-)

I think the thing about Matthias is how mysterious he's been through the series. He keeps
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read the previous books featuring the Blake security men so I’d already met the enigma that is Matthias. Matthias has always been the dark, dangerous, mysterious one out of the Blake security team and the one that has intrigued me the most. I’m obsessively, head over heels for Matthias so it’s no surprise that I wasn’t completely won over by the female lead in this book. I wanted to like her but seeing as she’s been sent to take down Matthias (or is it to protect him?) that just wasn’t goin ...more
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ex-ORUS agent turned bodyguard Matthias Weller has been slowly dismantling the Family's empire ever since they sold him to ORUS and now they want him dead. ORUS agent Gemma Boyd is working undercover with the Family and has to carry out one last job, kill a target, before getting to Father and rescuing her friend Sabine. Gemma's assignment becomes complicated when she realises her target is Matt, the boy she loved and lost. Matthias is overcome when he finds out Gemma is Gigi, the only person he ...more
Naughty Mom Story Time
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how this book intrigued me from the start. The characters, their story...everything.

Review to follow.
Cindy Fong
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What did I just read? My heart is pounding and I need to know how this story ends! Matthias's past is catching up with him and Gemma might just be collateral damage. That she can affect him in a way no one has ever been able to scares him and all it takes is one little push for his inner monster to appear. Can the monster be contained long enough to fight what is coming for him? I found myself rooting for this couple, even if I secretly wanted Matthias to get with Ariel from the Cheeky duet book ...more
Melony Hobgood
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books I wish I could give half stars to because it need a 4.5. The only reason I went with a 4 is because parts of the story are hard to follow. Some people had different names when they were part of ......... so it makes it hard to keep up throughout part of the book. However it's still a great all around read.

Gemma is everyth Gigi wasn't. She's strong and doesn't need anyone to protect her. She's has a job and she plans to do it even if it kills her.  Matthias had a new f
annette kraft
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC as an honest read for an honest review. This is the continuing story of Matthias and Gemma. These two are agents from the dark side, they are assassins. Matthias never really thought he'd get out and Gemma was Gigi who Matthias thought was gone. When these two come together sparks fly and the complex plot and secrets start coming out.
This story doesn't end, Sinful is the next addition to this story. This story has steamy sex, secrets, deceit, love, loss, and A lot of more g
Kristina Montigny
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

These authors are fairly new to me, as I've only read one Nana Malone series (Royals Undercover) and I absolutely loved it. This one I freaking loved just as much. It took me a minute to realize that those two series are actually slightly interconnected, (there's mention of the Security team in those books). Of course, then I had to do a little stalking and I found that there are more books/series for the other guys of Blake Security! Umm... hells yea!! I'm definitely getting those books!
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars! That ending! OMG! My heart!

I have been loving this series, but Mathias I have been waiting for! I need the next book now! Loved it!
Mary Clark
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent, well-written story that had me gripped from start to finish, but there is more to come and I am intrigued to see how the story develops after such a dramatic ending; it left a lot to the imagination and some unanswered questions. This is certainly a book I would have no hesitation in recommending.

The story centers around Matthias and Gemma (previously known as Gigi). Living with the Family, Matthias has seen things a child never should. When Gigi arrives, Matthias tries to
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sin continues with Matthias's story that started in the prequel, Before Sin. Plus, we're finally introduced to the heroine, Gemma, a double agent for the government organization ORUS and The Family, an organization that specializes in human/drugs/weapons trafficking. Like Matthias, Gemma has history with the deranged "Family", and although she wants to bring them down, her main objective is to save her friend, Sabine. She agrees to infiltrate the organization while reporting back to ORUS, but th ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

Sin is the first book in the Sin Duet from M. Malone and Nana Malone. However there is a prequel for this series that you need to read first from background information. Before Sin is available now and free.

I am a bodyguard. I walk softly and carry a big....stick. Too bad I have no idea how to use it. I know what your're thinking. How the hell do you end up a virgin when you live in a city know for e
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another 4 1/2-star for M. Malone and Nana Malone. These ladies and their ability to craft such original, suspenseful and action-packed stories that are also romantic and contained some of the wittiest dialogue astonishes me every time I open up one of their books. I was so happy to be back in the world of Blake Security and to finally be reading Matthias' story. Matthias is the quiet and secretive hacker extraordinaire for Blake Security, but he also has a very dark side to him, which he tries t ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
❤❤❤❤ out of 5
After reading the blurb I thought this book was going to be a light, fun read- instead I got an intense, action packed romance that kicked butt (quite literally).
The story revolves around our heroine, an assassin for a shadowy organisation sent to infiltrate a crime family and she had one job to prove herself- kill the target no questions asked. The kill does not go off with smoothly with the target giving as good as he gets and they both walk away black and blue. Next day she pose
Sassy Southern
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This review is hard for me to write, not because the book was not good just the opposite. This book was so good! M. Malone and Nana Malone will grab hold of you from page 1 and will not let go. Matthias is working as a body guard, he could totalloy be my body guard. This man protects those around him something fierce. He definitely takes his job serious and because of this he has out all of his energy protecting those around him. We learn that he is still a virgin but when a certain woman c ...more
Viper Spaulding
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story for Matthias and Gemma!

Matthias's back story has been a long time coming, and more than worth the wait. Gemma has the same background, but finds herself on assignment to take out a target not knowing that he's the same guy she knew as a kid. Matthias knows the threat is coming and thinks he knows who is doing the sending, but he has no idea - and is in no way prepared - for who is sent to bring him in.

The romance between these two is so raw, so honest, it almost brought m
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a cliffhanger but man worth the read to start.
Matthias has lost the one thing he loved years ago and is now a different person inside and out but has never forgotten her the one he lost. Matthias became a killer for an organization and now they want him dead so they send in an operative to take him out.
Gemma has a mission and a target to get and to fake their death, but has no information on the target just that it is a he. She herself is an operative of the same organization as Matthias
Anne Z.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings....
The beginning didn't gel. The story didn't match the blurb at all to start and the writing was lucking.
It got a LOT better half way through. My two stars are for that. About half way the book blurb actually unfolds in the story and it's super darn cute 💖 Those middle pages were great and I was really enjoying it.
Those characters have been through a lot and see their paths cross like that was adorable.
But.. than we go back to the beginning where it sounds like he has an
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I loved Sin!!!! M. Malone and Nana Malone know how to write a book with love, lust, crazy, and intrigue. Matthias and Gemma come from a world that I would be scared off. They are forced to do things they don't want to do in order to live. When the crap hits the fan these two people don't know what the truth is. Matthias is a ticking time bomb waiting to go off. He's doing his best to protect his new family. Now the one person he never though
Kathy Wideman
The is the first full length book in this series. I have read several books by these ladies and I always love them. This book pulled me in right from the start. Matthias did not have the best childhood. His past is coming back for him. He always knew it would it was just a matter of time. He just never expected this particular person from his past to make a reappearance. The monster he keeps tightly leashed is in danger of getting loose. Matthias has been keeping something things from the guys. ...more
Yvonne V (Naughty Professora)
OMG. What a story!

I'm new to the Blake Security boys but what a way to start the introduction. Mathias (Matt) is a monster ready to release his rage, and nearly does when he's attacked in his penthouse. When he realizes that his attacker is a woman, and then later discovers exactly who that woman is -- wow!

This was suspenseful and HOT! I'm ready to run and pick up the previous books in this series just so I can get more of these Blake boys!
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know what to say other than WOW, but here goes. This book has me on the edge of my seat and left me with my mouth hanging open. Not to mention the "Noooo" I yelled at the end of the book.

I have been waiting for Matthias' story, and it was well worth the wait. I do have to say, under full disclosure, this is a cliffhanger. I hate cliffhangers. But, I can't wait for the next book.

The transformations in Matthias' personality and his thought processes are enough to hold your attention.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW! An intense and powerful love story! Ashley @White Hot Reads

The team at Blake Security is not just a work group but a family. I have not read any of the other Blake Security books but I am going to now. Each member of the family has a skill and a past that are there to protect those who can’t protect themselves. Matthias who’s past is even darker than the others which had me wanting to know more from the first page. When Matthias past shows up as Gemma who is looking for protection there is
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great read that I enjoyed from page one! Matthias and Gemma were well written characters that I did not expect. I am used to reads where one of the characters were virgins (the cliché usual heroine) but I did not expect both characters to be but given the troubled upbringing that they had it made sense. I also liked the return of the characters from the previous books as well. There were a few other twists in their story that I did not see but I also can not wait to see where the ...more
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NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY Bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her three favorite guys, her husband and their two sons. She likes dramatic opera music, staid old men wearing suspenders, claw-foot bathtubs and unexpected surprises.

The thing she likes best is getting to make up stuff for a living.


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Sin Duet (3 books)
  • Before Sin (The Sin Duet Book 1)
  • Sinful (The Sin Duet Book 3)