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'd 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.
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Review copy provided by publisher
Imagine Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, as an uber alpha billionaire hottie. That is Drew Lawless! Gah! I wanted his book so bad! From the moment I "met" him in The Masters and Mercenaries series, I knew he was going to be smokin' hot and a freakin' hoot! I was not disappointed.
Drew is the head of his family. He takes care of everyone. He also manipulates them for what he considers "for their own good". He's so focused on their safety and happiness that he's all but forgotten about himself. I could really sense his sadness and discontent under his steely exterior. It was sad.
Shelby is an awesome Heroine. She's spunky and she's ambitious. And she falls way too fast, and way too hard for Drew Lawless. They're working together to bring down the bad guys. Drew wants his revenge for the devastation that took place so many years ago. And Shelby is a pawn in all of that. Collateral damage. At least at first. Things change quickly.
The chemistry between Drew and Shelby smoulders on every page. Even when Drew is being all awkward and socially inept, his longing for Shelby is front and centre. The love scenes are wicked and spicy. I can always rely on Lexi Blake to make my heart flutter during the sexy times in her books!
I had so many laughs while reading this book! Every time Drew opened his mouth I braced myself for what was going to spew out of it. His social graces are seriously lacking. He says things that people think in their minds, but keep silent about. I loved it! He has absolutely no filter. Shelby embraces all his quirks though. She compliments him, and kinda keeps him in line.
The suspense story ARC in this book has spanned the series, and I feel like Ms. Blake did a great job at wrapping it up and answering all of my questions. I was surprised and shocked throughout this book, and the series as a whole. I don't want to give anything away. I think I would be robbing you of the chance to discover it all on your own. There was plenty of mystery and action to keep you constantly engaged. There was a ton of heart stopping romance that will make you all gooey inside. Those are the ingredients for a fantastic book. And Revenge is just that...fantastic!
I strongly advise that you start with book #1, Ruthless, to get the most enjoyment and the whole story.
Rating: 4 Stars (A)
REVENGE by Lexi Blake
“I suppose we’re going to be seeing Carly and Bran while we’re in Dallas next week.”
She had one week to get comfortable around Drew. One week to figure out if she could actually sell this cover to his family.
“It would seem odd if I didn’t pay them a visit. Bran knows I have a meeting with Taggart scheduled. We’ll be in Dallas for two days. Dinner with Bran and Carly and Mia and Case has already been planned.”
“Exactly. And you don’t want to raise a bunch of questions. So I was thinking it might be smarter for me to get my own hotel room. I can lay low and they don’t have to know I’m in town.” She’d sat up for a good portion of the night doing two things: thinking about how much she’d wanted to kiss Drew Lawless and then freaking out about it because that was a bad idea. Beware of billionaires with six-pack abs. It was her new mantra. Yes, she’d signed the contract last night, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t reason with her new . . . boss . . . partner . . . whatever he was.
“I told Bran you’re coming with me.”
This was exactly what she’d worried about. “You told him? I thought I would have more time. How am I going to explain this to Carly? I think she’ll wonder why one of her closest friends didn’t mention she was dating her future brother-in-law.”
“I’ve already explained it. We wanted to make sure it was real before we went public. It’s that simple. We met in Los Angeles. I contacted you. We went on a few dates and we’ve been talking a lot. You’ve come out to Austin because we’re contemplating moving in together. This is a trial run,” he said calmly, as though he hadn’t upended her entire life. “Also, I asked Bran not to mention it to Carly because you would rather tell her yourself. It was a safe bet Bran wouldn’t ask too many questions, but Carly will want to know everything. It’s why we need to get our stories straight.”
She focused on the words that messed with her life. “Moving in together? You told them we’re thinking of moving in together?”
“How else was I supposed to explain it when all your belongings arrive here?”
“What?” She winced because the words had come out in a screech. “I’m having your things packed up as we speak. They’ll be here in a few days.”
“Why the hell would you do that?” How was she going to get everything back to LA?
Drew relaxed again as though he’d already gone over this argument in his mind and knew he would win. “I wanted you to be comfortable. This is going to be a full-time job, and not a quick one. I suspect we’ll have to keep up our ruse for at least six months. Potentially a year. Also, that apartment you were living in was incredibly dangerous. Did you know it was recently condemned? The movers told me about it when they explained they were charging me extra for how fast they had to move. It’s scheduled to be demolished in two weeks.”
“What?” She stared at him. He expected her to live with him for six months to a year? Somewhere in the back of her head she’d been thinking a week or two tops, and then she’d go back to LA and work from there. Her apartment building was shitty and she was fairly certain someone cooked meth in part of it, but it was all she could afford. And it was solidly built. There had been no hint that anyone was planning on building in her part of LA. Gentrification had not reared its upscale, hipster head yet, so that left her with one very manipulative bastard. “Tell me you did not buy my apartment building and schedule it for demolition in an attempt to leave me with nowhere to go.”
He managed to look almost angelic in the soft light of morning. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”