Why I read it
I read the first Lawless siblings novel, reckless, and I loved it!
What I rated it
What it’s about
The sizzling second novel in a sexy new contemporary romance series featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.
Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.
Lexi Blake is the master of sexy suspense! I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to Lexi Blake, but her writing is top notch! I am very picky about what Romantic Suspense I will read and review. For every 5 or 6 I start, one will be finished. Lexi is one of the few who has never let me down!
I was introduced to the Lawless family in Reckless, but this family and some of the characters are tie ins and crossovers from the Masters and Mercenaries series by Lexi. While I have not read all of that series yet, I might have to move them to the top of the reading list! I have been getting glimpses into the McKay-Taggart crew, and I am definitely intrigued.
I loved the love story between Brandon and Carly. I can enjoy a good insta-love story, but sometimes, I want something more believable a realistic. Their relationship didn’t explode overnight. There was a build-up of trust, conversation, and stolen kisses. Once they finally gave in to the building passion, it was explosive! I loved it!
Brandon may have been underestimated by his siblings, but he shouldn’t have been. He shows that he not only can pull his own weight with the family vengeance plan, but he can go above and beyond, making sacrifices for his family and loved ones. Fiercely loyal and driven.
Carly is a woman I can relate to well. Taken as a fool by a loved one, she has been burned in the past, but she refuses to give up or give in. She doesn’t trust easily, but she still is willing to take a risk on love. She is living a false life, forced to work for a cruel woman. Her strength of character through all that she has had to endure is inspiring.
There were quite a few surprises in this book, and I was caught unaware. There are few things in books that make me happier than when I can be caught off-guard, as I’ve been know to predict plots in the first few chapters, but I love that Lexi can surprise me, over and over again! I loved this book, and cannot wait for more from Lexi!