Revenge by Lexi Blake
Published by Berkley Trade on June 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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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.
I was so excited to read the final book in the Lawless series. I just HAD to know how it would all play out! What starts out as a murder mystery, very quickly becomes a story about a boy forced to grow up and become the man of his family at the young at of fourteen. Andrew (Drew) Lawless didn’t really get to be a kid much less a teenager doing normal teenage boy stuff. It’s no wonder he’s a high functioning but socially immature billionaire.
There really is no better way to describe Drew. He had no choice but to protect himself but more importantly his siblings. He has one mission, find out who murdered his parents and he’ll stop at nothing to figure it all out. He is of a single mind. He will protect his family from monsters no matter what it takes. Even sacrificing his wants/needs. If you haven’t read the first books in the series please read no further.
Drew has entered into contract with investigative reporter, Shelby Gates. She’s smart, intuitive, fiercely independent, and strong willed. She’s Drew’s nemesis, and he finds her attractive. So why not use her to get what he wants? Shelby wants to find the truth about her brother’s murder and she knows it’s tied to the Lawless family. She also wants to write a book about the Lawless murders. So entering into a contract with the devil is the least of her issues.
I honestly don’t think either of them expected each other. She was the force he needed in his life and for her he was the stability she was looking for. They both were the missing pieces to each others puzzle. But the journey to love is never easy and in Revenge it comes with murder. Drew was a fun character to read. So many times he comes across all alpha billionaire and others he’s still that teenage boy who doesn’t play well with others. He definitely can’t handle his own feelings let alone others.
I will say I was hoping for more punch in this story. I wanted more twists and turns. It all just seemed a little too easy. That’s okay though because it’s still a great story and I’m perfectly okay with the ending. I just had hoped for a little bit more “holy cow did that just happen” moments. Lexi Blake tells a really good story her writing style is easy to get into, it’s hard to put down her books once you start. I always look forward to seeing what she has coming up next!
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *
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“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.”