I was provided with an advance reader copy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin Presents on June 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
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TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?
Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?
Avenge Me is the first in the new Harlequin Presents trilogy, Fifth Avenue. While I don’t often read Harlequin Presents, I do like the three authors involved and when I saw these books up for me to review on NetGalley, I snapped them up.
A dark and deliciously sexy tale of revenge and an attraction that burns hotter than the sun, Avenge Me is a fantastic way to kick off this new series. It sure doesn’t hurt that the guy on the cover has the sexy, either.
So, here are my thoughts on Avenge Me:
While this story does have a dominant billionaire-type hero and a virginal heroine, it is most definitely not a typical example. It is most certainly on the darker side of the Harlequin Presents rainbow, with some rather sorrowful back stories for our hero and heroine, Austin and Katy, and the sexytimes are pretty freaking steamy.
Austin has some serious demons – he is so afraid of becoming his father, that he has denied a big part of his life and his desires. His need for control is a sexual need, not a sign that he has his father’s darkness in him, even if he is yet to see it – and I love the job that Maisey Yates does of weaving this into Austin’s character. He’s dark, conflicted and, let’s face it, pretty damn sexy.
Katy’s life has been opposite in many ways to Austin’s, growing up in the home of two feckless addicts with only her siblings for support. I can see so easily how her need to see things right for Sarah, her sister, has driven her to this point. I generally shrink away when the heroine is virginal and suddenly, wham, she’s orgasmic! For whatever reason, and I suspect it is the fabulous writing of Maisey Yates, I didn’t recoil when it happened with Katy. I got that all the energy that’s gone into denying herself to this point manisfested itself like that.
Oh dear lordy, was the chemistry between these two white hot or what? It fairly leapt from the pages. There is, as I mentioned earlier, a theme of dominance and submission, but what goes on between Austin and Katy is not BDSM. It seems more to me like a mental need than a physical one – no whips, chains and racks to be found here. Each finds that something in the other that no other has been able to find.
The revenge against Austin’s father kicks off in Avenge Me, and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds through the next two stories in the trilogy (which I luckily have for review – stay tuned for them). The character of Jason most definitely deserves every thing that comes his way – I’m not going into too much detail, because you should read this.
Avenge Me is a fabulous start to what I expect to be an amazing series.