Book #2 in the Fifth Avenue trilogy
TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can’t refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!
Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter’s no different. Except there’s a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret—she’s also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!
I get twitchy spelling Scandalise with a Z!
This is the second book in the Fifth Avenue trilogy. I think people should read them in order, because they are connected stories, all based on the suicide of an abused woman ten years ago.
With this trilogy, the Harlequin Presents line has done something really different. This line is defined by rich and powerful men, but instead of the standard (not particularly nice!) tycoons and sheikhs, these men are more realistic, more along the lines of powerful men you might actually find in real life. On top of that, the women are strong. In the case of the heroine of this book, she is also an extremely successful career woman in her own right.
I really like the style of these books. I’m not usually a reader who goes for the whole rich and powerful cliché in contemporary fiction, but these are much more approachable reads.
Caitlin Crews is an author I’ve read before. Her books tend to feel very “wordy”. Of course, the word length is no different to other books in the line, but they feel that way. There’s a great deal more in the way of internal monologues and thinking about emotions than there is dialogue. I know she’s a favourite author among many, but I found the first book in this series – by Maisey Yates – to be more interesting.
Overall, this is turning out to be a very interesting series. I’m glad the newer, less sleazy cover designs convinced me to take a chance on a type of story I usually run away from!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.