Friday, 19 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #147
Purchased for Revenge - Julia James
Mills and Boon Modern
Reprinted in 'Bedded for Revenge' Mills and Boon Special Releases
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Powerful business tycoon Alexei Constantin has only one thing on his mind - to destroy the Hawkwood family empire.
But Alexei doesn't realise he's just shared a passionate kiss with one of the people he is determined to ruin. Eve Hawkwood - the beautiful but innocent daughter of Alexei's bitter enemy...!
Alexei wants Eve, but he must determine whether she's as corrupt as her father. He'll offer her a place in his bed in return for money.. he'll increase the pleasure he gives her to new heights, to see just how far she'll go..."
I read this in the Special Realease omnibus, as above. Another Julia James book, and another enjoyable one.
The hero Alexei is finally ready to get is revenge on a man called Giles Hawkwood. He is on his way to confront his enemy when he is captivated by a stunning woman. He follows her and they have a brief interaction and share a kiss before she runs away. The heroine Eve is shocked by the instant attraction she felt towards the mysterious man, but she leaves him fearing the wrath from her father if she is not by his side as he ordered. When Alexei arrives to confront Hawkwood he is crushed to discover that she is the daughter of the man he wants to destroy. He is also angry as he believes she deliberately set out to entice him as a sort of powerplay by her father. Nevertheless, he does what he set out to do and Hawkwood disappears. When Eve hears of her fathers disappearance she and her mother are relieved and finally feel free, however now she must approach Alexei to try and convince him to sell back a property to her. Alexei sees this as his chance to find out what type of woman she really is. He tells Eve he will sell the property if she spends the night with him. Eve agrees knowing that she needs to make this sacrifice to save her mother. But she is devastated and ashamed when Alexei changes his mind the next morning. Alexei also feels ashamed by his behaviour and can't stop thinking about Eve, and when he discovers the reasons behind Eve's sacrifice he realises how wrong he was and must try and make amends.
This book is dark with a capital D. It had me hooked from the start and reading it is like a roller-coaster of different emotions. The author touches on some very hard hitting issues, which are handled well. The reactions of the characters are spectacular, especially the heroine's breakdown to the hero. This is not really a book for character interaction, they don't really 'talk' much, but it doesn't hinder the story at all and in my opinion this makes the book even more explosive. I do think the ending and the heroine's forgiveness are too rushed and don't really do justice to the rest of the book.
This is an intense and emotion packed book, and a great example of Julia James's style.