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Cruel Sanctuary

(The Wages of Sin #1)

4.79  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  68 reviews
They say New York City is the Devil’s Playground.
They’re wrong.
This city belongs to me.
And so does Aislinn Granville.

She is a pampered politician’s daughter.
A decorative ornament,
raised to smile and nod and do what she’s told.

Except… she doesn’t. Not with me. Ever.

In this city full of thugs and thieves, I’ve kept Aislinn safe.
From my enemies.
From me.

Until now.
300 pages
Expected publication: March 25th 2019

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    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Cruel Sanctuary is book one in The Wages of Sin duet by Tara Leigh. Book two, the final book, Corrupt Savior, is due out in May. This is one of those books that you just sit in awe. How did Tara’s mind conjure these words? This book took over my mind while I was reading it. I couldn’t think of anything else. I highlighted practically half the book in quotes and now I have to choose which ones to share with you. I need to somehow come up with the right words to convey how I feel about this book a
    ❤️ Paulette
    Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc
    Title: ➳ Cruel Sanctuary
    Series ➳The Wages of Sin Series 1#
    Author: ➳ Tara Leigh
    Publication: ➳March 25th 2019
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐

    ➳Aislinn Granville, most would think me to be pampered politician’s daughter. Untouched by real tragedy, Lil do most know my secrets
    I use to work for a cushy political consulting firm, until my father (James Granville) the Manhattan district attorney told me he would be running in the next election for mayor. I decided to go work for my father, even though we aren’t very close
    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: Cruel Sanctuary
    AUTHOR: Tara Leigh
    SERIES Wages of Sin #1
    GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
    FORMAT: ebook
    STAR RATING: ★★★★★

    I'm not going to tell you a lot about the plot of CRUEL SANCTUARY. I think picking this up only knowing about the story what the blurb tells you is (intriguing) enough. Instead I'll tell you about the characters that drive this story to its cliffhanger end.

    I love a good anti-hero. The one shrouded in darkness that gets cracks when he meets hi
    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    ❤❤ 5 STARS❤❤

    This was a fantastic read, from page one till the end!I fall in love with the characters and the story was brilliant.Damon and Aislinn rocked the story.They have a great chemistry.So much tension and passion and angst!


    Aislinn is so strong and sassy, I loved her and I could easily relate to her.Damon is dark,sexy and so swoon worthy!He wants to protect her and omg my heart is so full with him!I loved their moments together!!

    "Damon my dark knight, took my night-mare and turned it into
    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★


    Book 1 in duet
    Release: March 25, 2019
    They say New York City is the Devil’s Playground.
    They’re wrong.
    This city belongs to me.
    And so does Aislinn Granville.
    She is a pampered politician’s daughter.
    A decorative ornament,
    raised to smile and nod and do what she’s told.
    Except… she doesn’t. Not with me. Ever.
    In this city full of thugs and thieves, I’ve kept Aislinn safe.
    From my enemies.
    From me.
    Until now.

    Book 1: Cruel Sanctuary
    Book 2: Corrupt Savior
    Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    Title: Cruel Sanctuary (The Wages of Sin #1)
    Author: Tara Leigh
    Publication Date: March 25, 2019


    Can this woman do no wrong?!
    Cruel Sanctuary was brilliant!

    My copy of the book is highlighted like nobody's business.... just proves to show how much I enjoyed it.

    I have loved every book written by Tara and I was genuinely really excited and intrigued when she said that she was planning on writing a book that is very different from the ones she has written in the past.
    Cruel Sanctuary is absolutely se
    Karen Mc
    Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Tara Leigh makes one spectacular splash of a dark romance debut in Cruel Sanctuary! Deliciously dark, seductively sexy, and passionately poignant, this riveting roller coaster of a romance hits all the feels. You’ll be left begging for mercy and screaming for more!
    Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars
    “Who am I? Hacker. Criminal. Murderer. A thug in a ten-thousand-dollar suit. I am all of those things. And I’m also the man who will keep Aislinn Granville alive.”

    With Cruel Sanctuary Tara Leigh dips her feet into the dark romance, suspense romance genre and she did this so well, that this book should definitely come with a warning:
    It’s so sinful and sexy that your glasses and windows fog over as soon as you open it. Grabbing, no … demanding your attention from the first page to the ve
    Rochelle | Rochelle Reads ♡
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, favourite

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    Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book has everything!
    Hot Alpha✔
    Sassy Heroine✔
    Off the chart chemistry✔
    Fire Hot Steam to burn your kindles ✔✔
    Damon will eat you up and spit you out...and you’ll want to say thank you!

    They’re perfect, she’s headstrong and stubborn and he’s a bulldozer that won’t let anyone get in the way of what he wants!
    I love him!
    And most importantly I loved them! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.5, I need to know what happens next, Stars!!

    I'm not gonna lie, I was super excited to hear that author Tara Leigh was going to dive into the dark romance genre. And let me tell you, I was definitely impressed. Cruel Sanctuary had just the right amount of dark without being too dark. It was sexy. It was downright sinful. And the added suspense element will keep you glued to the pages.

    Full review to come!
    Tara Leigh
    Jan 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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    Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 5-star
    All I have to say is, WOAH!! What the hell did I just read!! Hands down one of my top reads this year!!
    Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc, dark

    Talk about twists and turns, violence and romance, this story had it all. Damon King is your quintessential bad boy who uses his criminal activities for the greater good.


    The darling daughter of a politician who is determined to bring one particular Mexican cartel under control, Aislinn's father he does what he does whether Aislinn likes it or not. When her father's recent dealings are about to become public and are likely to put an end to his mayoral ambitions, Aislinn decides that she can no l
    Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I am BREATHLESS  and SPEECHLESS and ENRAGED and SCARED! These are all my feelings at reading the last page of Cruel Sanctuary. I don't know how Tara does it, a perfect balance of intense grit, corruption, betrayal and violence all merged with a beautiful broken man, and a strong and determined angel willing to clip her wings to be with her devil.

     "Greed. You won’t find it listed on any coroner’s report, but in my world, it’s by far the most common cause-of-death."

    Damon King in my opinion is mul
    Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    Rate: ++5/ 5 stars

    I may say this a lot. But if there’s a writer I’ve followed from the start and have noticed how much their writing has gotten better with every book? Then Tara is definitely it! Her writing is more astonishing with every release, her words more beautiful and poetic even. And if I loved her past characters, you best be sure I’m gonna love the news ones even more. Damon and Ash, my god these were so different from each other and from the characters Tara usually writes but they
    Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Wow!! What a fascinating story about two characters full of depth and contradictions. Aislinn and Damon are amazing and I fell in love with both of them.

    Aislinn has strong moral character, helps others without recognition and yet has a career making public figures look good to the media. She presents herself as a strong and confident woman, yet has hidden fears and insecurities. Damon is the “devil of NYC” a bad man who controls many people. Yet he also protects some of the most vulnerable, inc
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was so good, Damon King is a dark prince to Manhattan underground criminal network, he is brutally honest, and most people fear just his name. Aislinn is an independent, hard working woman who has come to be under the protection of Damon. Damon is fierce and has a presence about him but when it comes to Aislinn he has a hard time maintaining that persona and Aislinn has a difficult time trying to not be attracted to him. The push and pull between these two is so hot and the storyline keeps ...more
    Nicole Westmoreland
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Holy hell! When author Tara Leigh decides she wants to go dark with her new series…she isn’t doing it half-assed! Cruel Sanctuary, the first book in the Wages of Sin Duet, is INCREDIBLE!

    When Aislinn Granville is thrown into the middle of her father’s dirty actions while running for Mayor of New York, she refuses to be a part of it…however…the Cruz family and their cartel want to make sure she is.

    “New York City isn’t the devil’s playground-it’s mine.”

    Damon King has worked hard to be where he
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    WOW! This was so amazing! Dark, sexy, suspenseful. I was captivated from the beginning. I love Aislinn and Damon. They are great characters with amazingly hot chemistry. I can’t wait for more! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
    Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Tara Leigh is one of my favourite romance writers. Dark romance is my catnip. It is no surprise I was all over The Wages of Sin books the moment I heard about them, they screamed out to me and I was happy to devour.

    Before I go deep into a review, I wish to prefix it with a quick nod to my view of dark romance. As I’ve said, dark romance is my catnip. However, very few writers actually write what I consider dark. Books I consider dark are usually those viewed as too much by other readers. Due to
    Nicole Dykes
    Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh wow!!! If you want action and a hot alpha male, here you go!! I liked the writing style and really enjoyed this book! This is my first Tara Leigh book, but it won't be my last!!!
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book and these headstrong characters are intriguing, passionate, powerful and so much more! I love them and their gripping story. I was hooked from the first page! Aislinn Granville is feisty, strong-willed, a political strategist and her world is shaken...Enter Damon King, “a fixer the same way the devil is”, contracted to protect Aislinn. The verbal sparring between these two as well as their chemistry and all the layers of mystery and intrigue kept me enthralled. There are secrets, tensi ...more
    Kristy Odom
    Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    OMG! This book had off the charts chemistry and a plot that was amazing. I felt the characters were so real. Each story different but also a lot alike. It also had surprises that I never saw coming. I was screaming at the end! You don’t want to miss this one!
    Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    His Name is DAMON KING... and believe me you want him in your life.
    Cruel Sanctuary by Tara Leigh is a fantastic, and delicious read, I devoured it greedily not wanting it to end. I am loving this side of Tara's writing her dark side is Glorious, I cannot praise this book enough. Phenomenal is just one word to describe this story
    Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle
    Beta- review to come
    Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    5 “Captor and Savior” stars

    *ARC kindly provided by the author and I’m leaving an honest review*

    Dark romance✔
    Off the charts chemistry✔
    Hot damaged alpha✔
    Sassy Heroine✔
    Amazing and unconventional love story✔

    This book (and series) should read every dark romance and romantic suspense lover. I liked everything about this book and writing which just flowed and had me engrossed to the story from start to finish wanting to find out what
    Vanessa When Vane Reads
    Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc
    English/spanish version

    Wow, I just can not get enough of this story, it obsessed me, it captivated me, ruined me, a dark romance that has everything to keep you completely hooked from start to finish. It's raw, sexy, hot, full of secrets, violence and lies that keep you breathless.

    The author does a masterful job bringing to life these characters and story. Damon, ** sighs **, is arrogant, sexy, hot alpha, dominant, my new book boyfriend. Our Aislinn is brave, stubborn and sassy, she faces what s
    Sheila Jenkins
    Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Cruel Sanctuary
    ARC from author - Tara Leigh

    This book is “deliciously dark” & so well written ! Great job TARA LEIGH love you on the dark side !!! Damon King totally delivers ....

    Cruel Sanctuary does end on a cliffhanger so warn your heart at the get go - but you will be counting the days to the second release Corrupt Savior.

    One of my favorite genres - Good Girl & Dangerously BAD BAD Boy - although Damon is far from a boy & wickedly wicked where Aislinn ( LOVE
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    The Wages of Sin (2 books)
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