Series: Lawless #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Satisfaction
Also by this author: Seduction in Session, Satisfaction, At Your Service, Small Town Siren, Siren in the City, Close Cover, Order of Protection , Evidence of Desire, Lost and Found, Enchanted, Butterfly Bayou
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.
Revenge is the 3rd book about the Lawless brothers and focuses on Drew. Drew is the mastermind of the family. He kind of gives off the evil genius vibe and to say he is ruthless is a bit mild. His plan is to use Shelby to do the dirty work of finding the information he needs and then cut her loose.
Drew has never been my favorite brother. Bran was a serious whore, but he was at least likable. Riley is the best (even if he had his own douchy moments). But Drew…Revenge has been his life’s mission and it has made him cold and calculating. Shelby is a brilliant reporter who had already uncovered some anomalies in the Lawless family case. She was also a great ally to Carly in book 2 (and I loved Carly!). Really, Drew was going to be the biggest hurdle to my enjoyment of this book. Could I ever really believe he would change and not be a cutthroat dick? I just wasn’t sure it could happen.
You get to peek in on the lives of the other Lawless siblings and their spouses which creates a really well rounded supporting cast of characters. Hatch is still around as well. He reminds me of Haymitch from the Hunger Games. A drunken fool until forced to sober up and help guide some youngsters in their revenge plot. Even their names were similar enough that I kept mixing them up! Plus, there is a new character who comes out of nowhere and will make you question things! Drew is his typical, skeptical self, and Shelby is more trusting, which describes them pretty much in everything they do. As the reader, I found myself agreeing more with Shelby, but also thinking “Maybe I’m an idiot who is getting played!”. The mystery keeps you turning pages and unable to put the book down.
By the end, I did see character development in Drew and I enjoyed him more than I expected. Nerdy boy has a wild side for sure!
Revenge is an extremely well crafted story with twists and surprises that will engage and enthrall you. Blake has created a masterfully written tale of family drama, betrayal, and Revenge!
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- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: revenge, fake relationship
- Triggers: View Spoiler »spoiler « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: Series (must be read in order)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »No, this is the final book in the series and there is resolution « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
Books by Maya Banks, Laura Kaye, Chanel Cleeton …then you will probably like Revenge!
I haven’t read any of Lexi Blake’s books, but these definitely pique my interest. I love it when an author can win you over to a character you aren’t sure you can possibly like.
This series is so full of deception and mystery that I was totally sucked in from the beginning. But, it is always great when an author can win me over with a character!
I’m glad to see that you enjoyed Drew more than you thought. He’s a frustrating character for sure but I thought Lexi Blake did a great job of showing us why he was the way that he was. I also really liked that Shelby loved him the way that he was and that he didn’t have to make such drastic changes for her to love him.
Do you think we’ll get a book for Noah?
Great review, Samantha!
Oh I hope we get Noah’s book!!!! That would be awesome! I did eventually really like Drew. I always loved Shelby. She is the bomb!
I haven’t read anything by this author and surprisingly, haven’t heard much of her. I do love a story with twists. And yay for nerdy boy with a fun side! I love that!
Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews
I have really enjoyed this series a great deal! Its very twisty with all the deception and betrayal plus romance!
I kind of like the sound of Drew lol
For What It’s Worth
I haven’t read this author before but this sounds like a good series!
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Thank’s for your review.
LOL glad to see he ended up not being a *total* cutthroat dick. I still need to get book 2 finished. It ended up landing on my blogger shame pile and not getting done for it’s release. Ack! I’ll have to get to it soon so I can do this one 🙂
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