AUTHOR: Courtney Lane
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: June 25, 2015
My name is Hanley Harper—for now—and I’m the anti-heroine of this story.
Revenge is my fuel; it energizes me when I’m running on empty.
Elias Cari is a tool for retribution and the beginning of the new start. Unbeknownst to him, there is more to me than I will ever show him. He will know exactly who I am when it’s too late—when I’m done with him.
I’m quickly closing in on the the perfect place to avenge the crimes committed against my family. The place where Elias is least likely to expect an enemy to be.
A problem hits me unexpectedly.
Elias has become a welcome addiction, and I’ve become his obsession. He won’t stop exerting control over me until I’ve become his exclusive possession.
How can so many things go wrong and feel so right?
My plan is damned…or is it?
Content contains violence, graphic sex, coarse language, and scenes that some readers may find objectionable. Reader discretion is advised.
KFF’s 5 ★ REVIEW by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
We have two leading characters with extremely complex personalities in this book, and there is no doubt whatsoever the male protagonist had me screaming at him throughout. I also had trouble coming to terms the leading lady’s stance towards many issues, too. And a note to the faint-hearted; the escalating physiological structure in this story is overwhelming to put it mildly. As the crescendo of violence grows; hard-core scenes set in which are easily visualised. Taking all this into consideration, and the explicitly colourful language used means that I would appreciate you reading the synopsis before one-clicking. Normally I would leave my recommendation until the end of my review; saying that, if you enjoy a mind-blowing dark read, this is a must!
As always, this author has a genius way of hanging the carrot in front of one’s nose. I tried my hardest to outguess the outcome and believe you me, when the crux of the matter unfolds, she deftly bamboozled me!
Hanley loves her father and will do anything for him. They have a pact of vengeance which must to be carried out regardless; however, the complexity of it wasn’t made clear to me until I was well into the book. Their revenge for the wrongdoings of an influential family is utmost. It consumes them, it also consumed me. How they would go about it involves the member of a very influential family and had be sitting on the edge of my seat.
Hanley’s father ~ “I was always the one to say you should never show anyone how you really feel inside. I guess I don’t ever want you to wind up like me.”
Hanley’s first day starting a new job in an elite lingerie boutique is not without its unexpected surprises. She’d been talking to her new co-worker, Skylar, who she instantly got on with when she had crossed paths with someone who rattled her cage. She had no idea who this person was. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t take too long before she puts two and two together. Talking about his good manners is laughable too, because he who criticises her for her bad language, had me enthralled with his dirty mouth. The story snowballs into a web of deceit, hate, and comeuppance. I felt like I was being led on a wild-goose chase in every instance, and when I assumed who was going to pay the price, I was wrong. Hanley’s provocative to the point that certainly brought out the best and the worst emotions in Elias. Is she flippantly goading him and does she realise she’s playing with fire? Interesting questions that can only be answered by reading their story.
Hanley ~ “I wouldn’t get excited if I were you. With the game you’re playing, I’m going to prolong your wait for as long as I possibly can. I will never be anyone’s puppet, not even yours.”
Elias. He really, really, has a screw loose! The fact that has a twisted mind and has no compunction when it comes to Hanley… or anyone else that crosses him for that matter, made me want to drown my Kindle in hot boiling water… and that is saying something ‘cause I love my Kindle! I damn well lost sleep over him. Call it obsession if you like! I love to hate the baddy and Elias is no exception! The high price his adversaries have to pay for their supposed sins was absolutely horrendous. The author described his traits and his gorgeous physique in such a way that I was sickened to admit that I wanted him to want Hanley for what she really was! I pleaded with him to see through her. Bloody hell, he damn well misled me! I still connected with this S.O.B and I hated myself because there were unbearably suffocating moments when I would have jumped into the story and throttled him.
Elias ~ “I’m fully aware of my actions and whether they are right or wrong. I act against morals and socially accepted norms when it’s need.”
I don’t honestly think I can ever remember reading a book where the attraction for two individual’s burning passion goes beyond the boundaries of obsessional eroticism. Obviously, I can’t say what I really want as this review would never be published! HEA? I’m also a cruel soul! As I’d love you fans who appreciate this kind of genre to read it, I shall let you make your own opinion. So here we go with the sum up. Ms Lane, your style of writing is unique and not to be taken lightly. One has to absorb every word, every sentence, and every chapter you have written for all its worth. This must be one of the most difficult reviews I’ve written as I simply didn’t want to add one spoiler to this consumingly brilliant read. You lady, had me fooled. So, so fooled! So what can I say except BRAVO!
COURTNEY LANE has been creating her own little world since she was very young. When she was eight years old, she began to bring her worlds to life with a pen and paper.