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Series: Lawless #3
Published by: Berkley
on June 20, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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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.
I have truly LOVED every single book I have ever read from Lexi Blake! Her talent knows no bounds and I just feel so ecstatic and honored to have witnessed such greatness! Over and over again Ms. Blake thrills me with her sexy and suspenseful stories, her amazing and unforgettable characters, and her flawless and vivid writing. I cannot and will not ever get enough of her brand of storytelling. REVENGE is another example of her ability to bring her readers to whole other world, where we can escape our realities and take a seductive, passionate, and thrilling journey. It feels like I’ve been waiting for Drew Lawless’ story for a long time, and let me just tell you…it was SO worth the wait!
“I want to be the one who makes you feel good. Let me do that for you. For however long it lasts, I’ll be your man. I’ll take care of you.”
Ok, so Lexi Blake has brought to life some incredible heroes, but there is something so enduring about the eldest Lawless brother. He may be the oldest, but he is the most lost and it just broke my heart. And Shelby Gates? Well, she is my hero! I absolutely LOVED her style. I loved how she approached life and I adore how she approaches Drew. She knows how to handle him. She understands him, and it just makes the fireworks between them, that much more brilliant!
“I want you more than my next breath.”
A contracted business arrangement turns into so much more in Ms. Blake’s third installment of the INCREDIBLE Lawless Series. Both Drew and Shelby need something from each other, and while Drew puts it under the guise of a ‘contract’, deep down, he wants something more, something he is too afraid to ask for, but Shelby catches on quick and is determined to heal him, no matter what. And like every suspenseful Lexi Blake romance, there is danger around every corner, and even though Drew has his demons, he will do whatever it takes to keep his family and Shelby safe, even if that means sacrificing himself to do it.
If you are an avid follower of my reviews, you probably know how much I LOVE Lexi Blake’s stories, but until you pick one up yourself, you will not fully understand my addiction. So I challenge you to pick up a Lexi Blake romance and not fall in love the minute you turn the first page, because that’s how it started for me, and there was never any going back from there.
And if you are a follower, then you know that I would not end this review without a dose of Big Tag. So, here you go and ENJOY!
“…if anyone asks me questions about why I’m here, I intend to answer I’m here because I love my family and because Andrew Lawless, while clueless in the real world, is the greatest lover on the planet.”
“No, he’s not,” Big Tag shot back. “I have the T-shirt. Does he have the T-shirt? Charlie told me there was only one made.”
“I suppose we’re going to be seeing Carly and Bran while we’re in Dallas next week.”
She had one week to get comfortable around Drew. One week to figure out if she could actually sell this cover to his family.
“It would seem odd if I didn’t pay them a visit. Bran knows I have a meeting with Taggart scheduled. We’ll be in Dallas for two days. Dinner with Bran and Carly and Mia and Case has already been planned.”
“Exactly. And you don’t want to raise a bunch of questions. So I was thinking it might be smarter for me to get my own hotel room. I can lay low and they don’t have to know I’m in town.” She’d sat up for a good portion of the night doing two things: thinking about how much she’d wanted to kiss Drew Lawless and then freaking out about it because that was a bad idea. Beware of billionaires with six-pack abs. It was her new mantra. Yes, she’d signed the contract last night, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t reason with her new . . . boss . . . partner . . . whatever he was.
“I told Bran you’re coming with me.”
This was exactly what she’d worried about. “You told him? I thought I would have more time. How am I going to explain this to Carly? I think she’ll wonder why one of her closest friends didn’t mention she was dating her future brother-in-law.”
“I’ve already explained it. We wanted to make sure it was real before we went public. It’s that simple. We met in Los Angeles. I contacted you. We went on a few dates and we’ve been talking a lot. You’ve come out to Austin because we’re contemplating moving in together. This is a trial run,” he said calmly, as though he hadn’t upended her entire life. “Also, I asked Bran not to mention it to Carly because you would rather tell her yourself. It was a safe bet Bran wouldn’t ask too many questions, but Carly will want to know everything. It’s why we need to get our stories straight.”
She focused on the words that messed with her life. “Moving in together? You told them we’re thinking of moving in together?”
“How else was I supposed to explain it when all your belongings arrive here?”
“What?” She winced because the words had come out in a screech. “I’m having your things packed up as we speak. They’ll be here in a few days.”
“Why the hell would you do that?” How was she going to get everything back to LA?
Drew relaxed again as though he’d already gone over this argument in his mind and knew he would win. “I wanted you to be comfortable. This is going to be a full-time job, and not a quick one. I suspect we’ll have to keep up our ruse for at least six months. Potentially a year. Also, that apartment you were living in was incredibly dangerous. Did you know it was recently condemned? The movers told me about it when they explained they were charging me extra for how fast they had to move. It’s scheduled to be demolished in two weeks.”
“What?” She stared at him. He expected her to live with him for six months to a year? Somewhere in the back of her head she’d been thinking a week or two tops, and then she’d go back to LA and work from there. Her apartment building was shitty and she was fairly certain someone cooked meth in part of it, but it was all she could afford. And it was solidly built. There had been no hint that anyone was planning on building in her part of LA. Gentrification had not reared its upscale, hipster head yet, so that left her with one very manipulative bastard. “Tell me you did not buy my apartment building and schedule it for demolition in an attempt to leave me with nowhere to go.”
He managed to look almost angelic in the soft light of morning. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”