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I absolutely LOVED reading this book. It was an edge of your seat, erotic, mind numbing and imaginative story and had anyone asked me to review it 3 chapters prior to completion, I would have said Fan freaking tastic. However, here is where the BUT comes into play. The book was fantastic until the complex web of deception, lies and deceit gets comically untangled, leaving the ending with something to be desired. What a disappointment Victoria ended up being too. I actually liked her character so much until she became what she becomes as the story comes to an end. Never expected Aleatha Romig to bring the character down to that level since the final act was not supported at all by ANY facts rather relied solely on her perception and insecurities. Disappointing indeed. Had it not been for the final 3 chapters, this book would have been a 7 out of 5. I feel those last chapters reduce the overall score to a 3.5. A complete shame.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
For me, this was a bit of a new take on millionaire man & financially needy girl getting together. It was a bit of yuck watching a man (Stewart) her (Victoria/Torri) parents' age seduce an 18 yr old, which was Torri's age at the start of her relationship with Stewart. But it also didn't seem impossible. I could buy it. But it's a similar tale to others in Torri's acclimating to her new access to wealth and her millionaire husband being controlling, though he's a bit more kinky. And Torri is definitely a different kind of 18 year old. So much so, that it wasn't believable that she was that young, even though most of the drama in the story occurs when she's older, in her 20s. At 18, she was especially sexually willing, which was also a bit disturbing considering her age. But maybe I'm just showing mine by my reaction to her in that way.
Listeners should be prepared for Stewart's very raunchy sex talk. I listen to plenty of hot romances and erotica, but even I thought at times that the raunchy sex language was a bit over-done, extreme at times. Or maybe it was too often. Or maybe both. In many ways, seemed to have only been chosen for sex, and there's enough of it for sure. Stewart, a widower, is demanding in multiple ways, but their life seems to be a façade based primarily in Miami. And the book moves between past and present, but does so effectively. The ending was surprising enough but also believable. It was nice to see one of the character's true colors. Ultimately, I think I liked the characters, even if I didn't agree with all of their actions. But Romig did a good job of explaining their actions and making them plausible in the world they lived in. As such, it really shows privilege and how some people can get away with some things due to their wealth, beauty, and place in society.
Overall, it's more like 3.75
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
A roller coaster of emotions ... a dark tale, something a little bit different
from Consequences series but we got Aleatha's style of writing.
Nevertheless the howevers... How she comes up with these unique stories?
So rich characters, this way of writing makes you keep guessing what is going to happen.
So many layers, twists, oh my!
Very creative and intriguing! Don't want to spoil the fun!
If you like dark and edgy stories, this is an awesome one!