– ABOUT REVENGE –
Passion and danger collide in the latest contemporary romance featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.
When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.
Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.
As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.
– EXCERPT –
Shelby brushed her lips against his, her whole body seeming to come to life. His lips were soft, his hands tight. He was enveloping her and she was completely defenseless against him.
She wrapped her arms around him as the kiss deepened, and suddenly she didn’t want to play it safe anymore. She’d been in her shell for so long and she wanted to come out of it, wanted to feel again. She dragged her tongue over his lower lip, and it seemed to awaken the beast in Drew.
He took over, the kiss going from sweet to carnal in an instant. His mouth opened, tongue sliding over hers and dominating with strength and a sensuality she’d never come across before. He kissed her long and hard, his hands molding to the curves of her body. Over and over again his tongue danced with hers. Never before had a kiss seemed so effortless. It was like they’d been kissing forever.
For a man who claimed he was socially awkward, he sure could kiss like a god.
It was getting out of hand, but she didn’t care. Nothing mattered except getting more of him. She could feel his cock under her, hardening, lengthening, getting ready for what it was meant to do. He could ease her back against the table, pull off her jeans and panties. It would be incendiary, like a rocket going off, an explosion she couldn’t contain. She could feel herself getting soft and wet and ready for him, as though her body had recognized its natural mate and wasn’t taking no for an answer.
“See, I told you we have chemistry.” His words rumbled along her lips.
She couldn’t argue with him. The world around them seemed hazy and unreal. There was nothing except his touch and scent and the sight of his eyes looking at her like he could eat her up. She knew she should stop him, knew it was getting out of control, but she couldn’t find the will. It had been so damn long since she wanted something she could actually have.
She wanted him.
Shelby let her fingers sink into his hair, drawing him back down. Breakfast could wait. She needed more of him.
– REVIEW –
“Baby, if all I wanted to do was sleep with you, I would have come at you in the beginning. I do have some charm when I want to call it up. I don’t want to use charm with you. I want you to like me for the nasty bastard I am.”
Drew Lawless to Shelby Gates
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To anyone other than his family, Drew Lawless is a cold, aloof, nasty bastard — a persona born out of the apparent murder/suicide of his parents two decades ago and reinforced by years in the foster care system. It was a fourteen year old Drew who saved his three siblings from the fire that engulfed their home that horrible night — a fire that was meant to kill them all. Knowing that the killer escaped the scene, Drew has never given up in his determination to discover who wanted his entire family dead, nor has he shed the mantle of being responsible for his siblings — Riley, Bran and Mia. Twenty years after the fact, Drew Lawless is know to the world as an isolated, ruthless billionaire, owner of the tech giant, 4L — a company he built based upon software designed by his late father, Benedict. Determined to clear his late father’s name and driven to exact revenge on the people who conspired to destroy his family, Drew has finally discovered the shattering truth of that horrific night. Needing to protect his siblings from the pain of a most profound betrayal, Drew hires investigative journalist Shelby Gates to quietly track down the evidence needed to bring the murderer to justice. Shelby, a gorgeous and strong woman agrees to enter into a faux relationship with Drew — they both need a cover story as to why she’s now in the picture. But the faked romance is quickly revealed to be a facade, and hiding behind it is a genuine longing for comfort and love. Is Drew Lawless capable of letting his guard down for Shelby Gates? Or has his need for revenge forever destroyed his ability to entrust his heart with another woman?
Revenge is the final book in Lexi Blake’s masterful Lawless Trilogy, and it blew my doors off! I’ve been wanting to read Drew Lawless’s story since reading Ruthless, and it was so worth the wait. In some of her finest writing to date, author Lexi Blake weaves a suspenseful tale of love, lust, betrayal and survival. Every character is written with depth and care. The plot is nothing short of superb — Blake’s manipulation of the reader via her characters is masterful. I was glued to this story — every twist, every turn more shocking and unexpected as the story evolved. And make no mistake, while Shelby Gates is a strong, sympathetic character in this book, Revenge is about Drew Lawless. Blake is flawless in her construction of a man who, by all outwardly appearances is brilliantly successful and in control of every situation, while inwardly living with the soul of a screaming teenager in panic of losing the people he loves.
Revenge is read best following Ruthless and Satisfaction, but by my estimation, a reader unfamiliar with the Lawless trilogy can put the characters and plot in place within the first two chapters of the novel — it’s that well written.
One of this best books I’ve read this year, I give Lexi Blake’s Revenge my highest recommendation.
*ARC received courtesy of Berkley Romance, an imprint of Penguin Random House via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
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– ABOUT LEXI BLAKE –
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.
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