Friday, 19 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #148
For Revenge... Or Pleasure? - Trish Morey
Mills and Boon Modern
Reprinted in 'Bedded for Revenge' Mills and Boon Special Releases
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
Jade Ferraro is a cosmetic surgeon, and Loukas Demakis is certain she’s preying on the rich and beautiful of Beverly Hills, using her own – surely manufactured! – loveliness to attract celebrity clients…
So Loukas has no qualms about his plans to seduce top-secret information from Jade, and discard her when he’s done.
Loukas starts by buying Jade dinner – at a cost of one million dollars! Only then he uncovers the truth about Jade’s innocence…"
This is the second book in the Special Releases omnibus, as above. I enjoyed it.
The hero Loukas has immersed himself in the glitzy and rather seedy world of Beverly Hills in order to expose famous plastic surgeon Grace for what he believes are her fraudulent and dangerous practices. He meets the heroine Jade at a fundraiser held for the charity run by Grace and decides to use her to his advantage. Jade is a laser surgeon working with Grace, who she is very close to after Grace's surgery enabled her to lead a normal life. When Jade and Loukas meet they are both surprised by how much they desire one another. Loukas pursues Jade, for both his own pleasure and to try and get information out of her that will help him bring down Grace. When he reveals his true motives Jade is devastated that he used her, and angrily informs him he is wrong about Grace. Loukas is angry with Jade's refusal to believe him yet he manages to succeed in his task. But he comes to realise that his actions have hurt Jade deeply and caused her whole world to come crashing down and she will never forgive him.
The plot is very original and really draws you into the world the author has created. I love how daring Trish Morey is in actually writing, with relish, about the more sinister and harmful side of the celebrity culture. The story is gripping and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out who was telling the truth. However, I do think some of the hero's actions towards the heroine bordered on cruel at times and the ending really let this book down, it was too rushed.
An original plot and gripping story. Enjoyable.