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The First Sin: A Lexi Steele Novel
     

The First Sin: A Lexi Steele Novel

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by Cheyenne McCray
 

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Alexi Steele is determined, relentless, and driven to protect the innocent. She's a top agent of the NSA's clandestine Recovery Enforcement Division, specializing in human trafficking and sex crimes. Her current mission: To infiltrate the inner circle of Boston's exclusive S&M clubs in order to save thirteen young women who are about to be auctioned off to the

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Alexi Steele is determined, relentless, and driven to protect the innocent. She's a top agent of the NSA's clandestine Recovery Enforcement Division, specializing in human trafficking and sex crimes. Her current mission: To infiltrate the inner circle of Boston's exclusive S&M clubs in order to save thirteen young women who are about to be auctioned off to the highest bidders. But Lexi's only way in is under the "control" of her new partner in crime, Nicholas Donovan.

Nick will do whatever it takes to bring down the billionaire sex-ring mastermind who's kidnapped his sister. But the games he must play as Lexi's "dominant" are burning away his icy control, and blurring the lines between partners. Meanwhile, their enemies are closing in as they enter a devastating race against time...bringing them dangerously close to THE FIRST SIN.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429966290
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Series:
Lexi Steele Series , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
581,573
File size:
383 KB

Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheyenne McCray writes the Night Tracker novels and the Armed and Dangerous series, among others. She grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona. She has been writing ever since she can remember, back to her kindergarten days when she penned her first poem. She always knew one day she would write novels—she wanted to create worlds that readers would get lost in, just as she had always gotten lost in her favorite books. "Growing up I read, read, and read," she says, "and grew up to write, write, write." She has three sons and two dogs. A true Arizona native, she loves the desert and all of the sunshine and beautiful sunsets that go along with it.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheyenne McCray writes the Night Tracker novels and the Armed and Dangerous series, among others. She grew up on a ranch in southeastern Arizona. She has been writing ever since she can remember, back to her kindergarten days when she penned her first poem. She always knew one day she would write novels—she wanted to create worlds that readers would get lost in, just as she had always gotten lost in her favorite books. “Growing up I read, read, and read,” she says, “and grew up to write, write, write.” She has three sons and two dogs. A true Arizona native, she loves the desert and all of the sunshine and beautiful sunsets that go along with it.

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The First Sin (Lexi Steele Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
jjmachshev More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Feb09
Four stars for the story, three for the violence
Whoa. ¿The First Sin¿ by Cheyenne McCray was a very hard book for me to read. Those who regularly read my reviews know I enjoy just about anything that¿s written, including erotica. My `line¿ so to speak, is drawn at the point where events and sexual acts veer from mutually consensual. When one or more persons performs sexual acts (not just penetration) against another person¿s will¿that¿s rape¿and that¿s NEVER sexy. If harsh scenes of strong sexual violence and torture bother you¿stop reading now.

Alexi Steele is as hard as her name and it¿s the life she¿s lived that made her that way. She¿s proficient at fighting, whether hand-to-hand or with weapons. She¿s also a crack shot at just about anything that can be fired. All these talents make her a good weapon and she¿s grateful that these days she works for an NSA clandestine organization called RED that stands for Recovery Enforcement Division. RED is super secret and pretty much operates outside the rules. That¿s necessary because they go after the baddest of the bad and Lexi¿s department in particular deals with Human Trafficking and Sex Crimes. Her latest mission involves infiltrating a ring that drugs, kidnaps, and auctions women as sex slaves. But just as Lexi is ready to go undercover, she gets a new `partner¿ Nick. Now, instead of Lexi as Master, it will be Lexi as slave¿too bad Lexi really doesn¿t have a submissive bone in her body.

Nick¿s sister is one of the women sold as a sex slave by this ring. There¿s absolutely NOTHING he won¿t do to find his sister and shut down the operation. When he sees Lexi, he quickly realizes just how attracted he is to her. But of course, that should come in handy seeing as how they¿ll have to be together in every sense of the word in order to make their cover real. Nick just didn¿t realize how much he would enjoy `having¿ Lexi.

This story was hot enough to singe my eyebrows. But, I just couldn¿t ever get past the pain and violence involved. Lexi is a woman who has undergone torture at the hands of not one, but two groups during her military stint in the past. Now in this story, she¿s humiliated, whipped, stripped, caned, carved and tattooed, beaten several times, drugged, starved, and `clamped¿ with needle sharp-toothed rings through her feminine bits as part of one torture scene. And the story of Nick¿s sister Kirsten as a sex slave was just as hard to read about. It was all I could do to force myself to keep reading without skipping pages to escape these painful scenes. Maybe I¿m too sensitive to this subject or maybe I¿m too much of a prude, but this book zoomed right past my comfort zone before I¿d read one third of it!

The story is suspenseful and tight. The action kicks off at the first page and doesn¿t let up until the last one. Short chapters with date stamps and insight into different character¿s thoughts only ramp up the tension. Even time swaps and voice changes didn¿t interrupt the smooth flow of the overall story. If it hadn¿t been for the continuing torture scenes, I¿d have loved the whole book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. 
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Absolutely a great read from beginning to end.
frosty1 More than 1 year ago
Holy Cow, is the first thing I thought of when describing this book. Romantic Suspense, BDSM and craziness all wrapped up in one book. When I was almost done, all I could think was what else can this poor girl go through? Lexi is a strong, sassy, intelligent RED agent. She is leading her own team and refuses to take failure as an option. Her professional life has been what nightmares are made of and she is determined to be good at her newest job as a team leader. I enjoyed watching her realizes her strengths and her weaknesses. This book is not for the faint of heart. It takes you in to the deep dark world of human trafficking and BDSM clubs. I describe it as being very disturbing while being super hot at the same time. The author knows exactly how to make you "feel" for and with the characters. There is someone in this book that you will relate to, no matter who you are. I highly recommend this one.
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nookiminluv More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line and the characters. The heros were heroic and the bad guys were truly evil. If you like adventure and mystery with some hot romance mixed in then The First Sin is for you. I could not put it down. I went on to read more from this author and I have not been disappointed yet.
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Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
As I began reading this novel, it was extremely interesting, full of espionage, special ops, and secret undercover agencies, bringing forth justice to those deranged, terrorizing, masterminded criminals in our diversified country. The terminology used by Ms. McCray, when describing in full detail what the "RED" agency consist of, and their different divisions were on point. I immensely enjoyed the romance element between Alexi Steele & Nick Donovan, even though they were enrolled into "RED," for different reasons, they still had a common goal. To capture the evil-doers, and recover as many men & women who were being sold as property to the highest bidder. Especially for Nick, because it was a personal mission more than anything else. And above all, they were able to discover LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, and a sense of SECURITY, within each other. At times, I'm going to admit it was difficult to read, because of the derogatory way the women were being treated during captivity. Tortured, beaten, raped or gang-raped, drugged to the point you had no control over your own body, it was all hard to swallow and accept. Unfortunately using a pleasurable act of BDSM, for the gain of something sinister, is demoralizing to those people who actually enjoy the fantasy behind it all. Ms. McCray was able to uncover the reality that is occurring everyday behind the façade of normal locations where single men and women gather to find company, a relationship with the other, upon opening our eyes to the hidden dangers surrounding us. When I used to attend a club/bar, my mother would always warn my friends & I, to never accept a drink from a person we didn't know or if we left an unfinished beverage at our table, never drink from it again. Order a new on by going to the bar & watching the bartender mix the beverage. She was terrified if someone would slip something in our drink to either rob us, attack us, or God forbid rape us. But never in a million years would I ever imagine being SOLD. I've heard it being done in other countries, but NOT here in the USA. Was this a romance novel? No, it should not be considered under romance. But a definite HELL YEAH, to being a SUSPENSE/THILLER, KICK-A** ADVENTURE!! WELL DONE Ms. McCray THIS NOVEL DESERVES WELL BEYOND A 5 STAR RATING IN SUSPENSE/THILLER!!!
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wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
Alexi Steel is an agent for a Special Op Force; she specializes in human trafficing. Nick Dononvan is an ex Seal. Nick's sister is kidnapped from a Boston Night Club and has been sold on the black market as a sex slave. Nick comes to Boston and joins the RED Op Force to find his sister and falls for Alexi. Together they work to bring down the organized sex slave operation. During their operation they go undercover as a couple into S&M. Some of the chapters are pretty graphic and gross in my opinion. The things Lexi has to endure as a "sub" are horrible. If you don't like reading about this kind of stuff, I don't recommend this book. I skipped over a lot because I hate that stuff. I got the general idea after the first club they attended. Anyways they work together to bring down the bad guys and develop a sexy relationship. The book ends as there is more of the story to tell. Maybe there will be a sequel to the book.
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Sapharia More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I had enjoyed the author's Magic series and was sad when it ended. This is pretty heavy with BDSM scenes that relate to the plot but not for the faint of heart. You need to be prepared for the scenes.