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.
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The more I read of this series, the more fun they are as you start to have an idea what happened, and the reasons behind the cover up and the lies of the events of their childhood.
Drew and Shelby start as a contract, as a way for her to investigate the situation without arousing suspicion. At least that is what Drew tells himself, and her. The reader quickly discovers that Drew wants something real with Shelby, he just has absolutely no idea how to achieve it. And, this is the interesting part of the story, as each of them are drawn to the other, and come to love one another, but their personalities and the things they need from one another are fighting against what they need to be happy.
It gets a little convoluted in the middle and a little tough to follow all of the players and all of the plots, although I am not sure the story is possible to be told without it.
I also had a small issue with something that was thought a lot but not verbalized. While as reader I knew what they were each thinking, it also needs to be something I know the characters are sure of. And, in this case, the lack of the verbalization (after a comment that it hadn't been) was an issue. I know this is vague, and I am trying not to put something into the mind of someone that may have not been a previous issue.
I think I just made that more, not less, confusing.
This is not a standalone, at least I don't think it is, as there is no way you will have enough of an idea of the characters and the past events for it to really make sense. I guess you could read it as a standalone, maybe, but I think there are parts that will be too confusing.
Kind of like this review. Trying to be vague, without spoilers and still get my opinion into words was not easy. I enjoyed the book. I liked Drew. He is the most compelling of the Lawless family as he is the one who sort of took on the leadership of the family and the responsibility of keeping them together. Watching him figure out how to balance that while falling in love with Shelby was a fun ride.
I thought Drew was a little more developed in this case than Shelby, but I also think this is because of the previous books. He is not a completely new character at the beginning of this book, and she is...so I think some of the seeming imbalance came from that.
I do recommend this title.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.