A beautiful young woman is out for revenge—only to find the man she’s targeting has secrets as dangerous as her own, and a passion she cannot resist.
Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell has been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the head of the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she’s determined to take the Gables down—from the inside.
Seducing her way into the life—and bed—of the family’s rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy the Gables. But Lander turns out to be much more complicated than Bell ever could have imagined. He’s enticing, intelligent, mysterious—and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Lander is still the target, but when he touches her, he starts seeming much less like an enemy…
Which is why her anger is so necessary: memories of her mother must help fuel her quest for justice to the very end.
Worldbuilding: Upper East/West Side world of the rich and screwed up returns, with a dash of shady business and some serious kickass action.
Characters: I loved Bell’s evolution from Part 1. As her relationship with Lander evolves, I feel we get to see a few more glimpses of the real woman. Plus we get to meet new characters that reveal more about her character, but too much, lol. She’s shrouded in mystery, which is – I’ll admit openly – a large part of the appeal for me.
I’m loving Lander all the more, as you might have expected. He’s totally alpha, beautifully broken yet functional in that ruthless way that makes me swoon. I’m dying to see how their relationship goes in the third part, because these guys are like surreal hotness together – and that’s putting it mildly.
Plot: While the story moves forward on the romance tangent, the mystery surrounding Bell’s mom and the people involved in the story way back when (and also now) only thickens. And this part ends on a cliffy, of course, because that’s part of the fun with serials.
Writing: First person narrative from Bell’s POV, as before. Still taken with her voice, and totally into the whole vein of mystery.
Curb Appeal: Great cover, hooking blurb – and stellar author name equal compulsive buy material, for the win.
All in all, I felt this part developed the plot & characters nicely, and left me hanging there at the end, lol – but that’s okay, it’s part of the fun. If you haven’t picked this up to read yet, I say do so. Maybe wait until the third part is out, so you won’t feel frustrated while you wait lol. But still, definitely read this baby.