Taste of Greed, The Carnal Tower #3 by E.M. Lindsey

"I am so happy to be back in The Carnal Tower with these fallen angels." Angel read EM Lindsey's Taste of Greed.

From the blurb:

"If the present world go astray;
the cause is in you;
in you it is to be sought."
-Dante Alighieri

King doesn't speak about his past, and with good reason. Who wants waste time talking about their experience behind bars when there are sins to indulge in? King turns Greed into an art form, and his reputation for bringing people to their knees is unmatched.

While King has a protective streak a mile wide, he also keeps his distance from the other Sins, and everyone else at the Tower. After all, he can't lose anyone if he doesn't let himself get attached.

Then, King's resolve cracks when the Tower's beloved receptionist is attacked. Hen deserves better than to be kept at arm's length, and King will always live with the guilt that he wasn't fast enough to stop the events that night.

Although he'll never be good enough for his precious, glitter-wearing, lipstick loving friend, King does know one thing: he will do everything in his power to ensure nothing like that ever happens again. No matter what it takes, or who he has to hurt along the way.

Taste of Greed is the third book in the Carnal Tower series. It features a man with a fractured past, glitter that gets everywhere, necessary daytime naps, the importance of red lipstick, and lessons in Greed. Each book in the series can stand on their own, and all contain no cheating, and a happily ever after.

Angel's Review:

I have been eagerly awaiting the next addition to this glorious series about fallen angels and the sins they embody and represent. I have been so excited to get Hen's story. I loved his character in the previous books. So getting a book where he is now the main character? Yes, please!! I was all over it! 

When I first started reading this book I was so excited cause, it seemed as though Hen and King would get together without that much angst... It was just an illusion!! I should've known something would happen, and unfortunately something did. I hate that there are horrible people in this world who do horrible things to others. What that guy did to Hen was awful, and I'm glad that Hen had so much support from his found family. 

King also had his own trauma to try to deal with. King always felt that he was never enough, and that if he let himself get close to people, they would get hurt. Over time, his family helped him see just how untrue that thought was. 

The bond and relationship Hen and King have is just so beautiful. At times, you'll want to tell the characters to just communicate already! If these two would've just told each other how they felt, they wouldn't have had to go through the whole accidentally hurting each other fiasco. But! That's how people and characters grow. As does the plot! 

I loved seeing all of the other characters from the Tower. I've missed being in this world. Skye's tough love scene with King was such a turning point in the book. He made King understand that King could tell them anything and they wouldn't run away; or leave.

One of my favorite moments was when August had Hen paint with him. Painting and art is so therapeutic and the fact that it was written in here was so great. 

I'm so curious about Tomas's character, and I need to know more about him. What's going to happen between him and Flint? And how is their relationship going to work with a third person?? I have so many questions! 

I loved this, and I'm sure I'll keep loving this series. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Heather's Review:

Em Lindsey takes two of my favourite characters and adds so much angst that you have no idea if they're ever going to become lovers, or heck, if they're even going to be able to remain friends...

This story is equal parts tragic, uplifting, terrible and sweet, all while exploring the darkness and light that can come from Greed and I was there for all of it.

You're going to want to clear your schedule if you're taking on this book, which is best read as part of the Carnal Tower series, because the characters interact in the previous books and you'll want to understand the backstories of some of the side characters too...

Rating: 5 Stars

Reds Book Reads Review:

Everyone knows that I fell in love with E.M.’s inclusivity right away, and they deliver yet another educational opportunity with an intersex character. The depths of which they dive deeper into the emotional turmoil and trauma associated with their sexual orientation continue to amaze me and awe me with their ability to understand what the reader needs to comprehend the severity of these issues. 

“𝓘 𝔀𝓪𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓽𝓪𝓴𝓮 𝓶𝔂 𝓽𝓲𝓶𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓽𝓱 𝔂𝓸𝓾, 𝓼𝔀𝓮𝓮𝓽 𝓼𝓲𝓷𝓷𝓮𝓻, 𝓫𝓾𝓽 𝓘 𝓭𝓸𝓷’𝓽 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓲𝓯 𝓘 𝓬𝓪𝓷. 𝓘’𝓿𝓮 𝔀𝓪𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓭 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓽𝓸𝓸 𝓵𝓸𝓷𝓰.”

King and Hen’s relationship has been building over the past two installments, and when I tell you E.M. delivered, they were more than given! The intensity of emotions, the addition of Greed into their experience, the dive into Hen’s anatomy in a fashion meant not to exoticize (respect Lindsey for this route), finding worth in the individual they have become. Still, most importantly, the appropriate recovery time for traumatic events with a camaraderie of support behind both of these characters. 

I will safely say we will finally dive into Flint’s story, which will hopefully end happily as he deserves. 

Rating: 5 Stars

Taste of Greed is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.