★★★★ 5 Vengeful Stars ★★★★
I received an arc of this novel via the author A. Zavarelli in exchange for an honest review.
How far would you go to save someone you love? Would you give up your body? Your mind? Your heart?
I did and it cost me everything.
He says he owns me. And it’s true.
I’ve signed over complete control of my body and life for six months to a man I don’t know. Five years he’s been planning this. They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But my blackmailer serves it up white hot. He’s addicted to my innocence, and I’m addicted to him.
He likes to hurt me. I love to let him. He brings me to life. He sets me free. He makes my heart feel things it shouldn’t.
But he also scares me. He holds the fate of my brother’s life in his hands. A life behind bars for crimes I know he didn’t commit. My blackmailer can’t give up his revenge on my family, and I can’t be with him if he doesn’t. But I’m nothing more than a butterfly caught in his net. Do I really have a choice?
My Thoughts (Review)
Brighton’s life is turned upside down when her brother goes to prison for a crime he may not have committed. And when a dark stranger comes into her life right before her brother leaves, he leaves a mark in her heart that lasts.
5 years later Brighton begins to live again when she lands an amazing career. What’s even better if that fact that the dark stranger that touched her heart years ago works at the same place… he’s her boss. But when she receives a cryptic note from a stranger telling her
“I want complete control over your body and life for six months”
in exchange for exonerating her brother, her life is turned upside down once more. For weeks, Brighton has no idea who the man that has taken control of her life and body is until one day he is unmasked. Brighton wants to hate this man for what he is doing to her. But this hate turns into something else, something Brighton never expected. The very man she feared is the very man she has wanted for the last five years.
“His words scared and aroused me at the same time. I was certain it was a psychological effect to be flattered by someone wanting you so deeply. But at the same time, this was a man who held the power of my brother’s fate in his hands. And I could never forget that.”
As the months go by, Brighton begins to fall for the very man she used to fear. But she has no idea what kind of a mess she has gotten herself into. What secrets are Ryland hiding from her? How does he have evidence to exonerate her brother? And why, of all people, did he choose her?
This story is extremely well written. It is a dark romance that centers around a dominant man intent on seeking revenge. Add in some hot sex scenes, secrets, and revenge and you have yourself a fantastic novel. Fellow readers do be warned though. This story is very dark. It contains material that may disturb some. Also, it ends in a cliffhanger leaving you hanging off the edge of your seats because you need the next book to see what happens. So, if your interested in a dark, action-packed but sexy novel, I would highly recommend this one. It is twisted, raw, and gritty. A must read for fans of the dark romance genre! 2 thumbs up.