Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Release: Revenge by Lexi Blake + Excerpt & Review



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.  



Shelby brushed her lips against his, her whole body seeming to come to life. His lips were soft, his hands tight. He was enveloping her and she was completely defenseless against him. She wrapped her arms around him as the kiss deepened, and suddenly she didn’t want to play it safe anymore. She’d been in her shell for so long and she wanted to come out of it, wanted to feel again. She dragged her tongue over his lower lip, and it seemed to awaken the beast in Drew. He took over, the kiss going from sweet to carnal in an instant. His mouth opened, tongue sliding over hers and dominating with strength and a sensuality she’d never come across before. He kissed her long and hard, his hands molding to the curves of her body. Over and over again his tongue danced with hers. Never before had a kiss seemed so effortless. It was like they’d been kissing forever. For a man who claimed he was socially awkward, he sure could kiss like a god. It was getting out of hand, but she didn’t care. Nothing mattered except getting more of him. She could feel his cock under her, hardening, lengthening, getting ready for what it was meant to do. He could ease her back against the table, pull off her jeans and panties. It would be incendiary, like a rocket going off, an explosion she couldn’t contain. She could feel herself getting soft and wet and ready for him, as though her body had recognized its natural mate and wasn’t taking no for an answer. “See, I told you we have chemistry.” His words rumbled along her lips. She couldn’t argue with him. The world around them seemed hazy and unreal. There was nothing except his touch and scent and the sight of his eyes looking at her like he could eat her up. She knew she should stop him, knew it was getting out of control, but she couldn’t find the will. It had been so damn long since she wanted something she could actually have. She wanted him. Shelby let her fingers sink into his hair, drawing him back down. Breakfast could wait. She needed more of him.  



4 stars

This was a good book! This is Drew and Shelby's book. At the end of the previous book in the series, Satisfaction, a bombshell rocked Drew Lawless and his plans for Revenge on the people who murdered his parents when he was a child.  Now Drew's quest for revenge has a new target and in order to keep his siblings safe, he must hide the truth from them. He decides to hire investigative journalist, Shelby, to help him investigate on the downlow, while posing as his girlfriend. Shelby's brother was murdered after investigating this same case, so Shelby has been investigating in on her own, with plans to write a book. Drew tells Shelby that she can write a book if she poses as his girlfriend. Both Drew and Shelby are attracted to each other, and as they work together, their relationship becomes real. But as the past comes back to threaten the Lawless family, Drew starts to fear for Shelby's safety and pushes her away. Shelby must decide to stay strong and loyal to Drew to help him overcome his past and get over his thirst for Revenge. 

I felt like this book started off very strong and really enjoyed it. But I did think that Drew's behavior started to get annoying after a while. I understood that he was damaged because of his past, but I really needed him to start to grow and communicate more. I wanted more groveling and apologizing from him for his behavior. Shelby was the one who had to compromise and say she'll stay no matter what he did. I wanted him to man up, express his love more, and say why he loved her. He definitely frustrated me, but I did like him in spite of his flaws. I really liked Shelby too, despite her tendency to let Drew treat her like a doormat at times. Otherwise, Shelby was strong and spunky, with a good heart. Drew was loyal and protective of his family. He was so used to being a rock for his orphaned siblings that it made it hard for him to let go and actually feel feelings for someone besides his siblings. Inside though, he was starving for love and he soaked up everything Shelby gave him. I was glad to see them happy together. Shelby healed his internal wounds and helped him see that revenge was not the most important part of life. 

I loved the way the ongoing series story arc concluded. I felt satisfied that everyone got what they deserved. I enjoyed catching up with the other Lawless couples, as well as the introduction of new characters and a cameo by my favorite Taggart, Ian. 

Overall, this book was a good suspenseful and sexy read! I have really enjoyed this series and look forward to more from Lexi Blake!

 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.


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