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 #2
Published by Harlequin Presents on June 24, 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.
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!
Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret—she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!
Caitlin Crews’ Scandalize Me continues the dark and sexy new Harlequin Presents trilogy, Fifth Avenue, ably kicked off by Maisey Yates with Avenge Me.
Much like its predecessor, Scandalize Me is a deliciously sexy read that gets into some very non-standard territory for even Harlequin Presents. Now, it is not as starkly dark as Avenge Me, but there is still some very shadowy themes running through it.
So, here are my thoughts on Scandalize Me:
Zoe’s past mirrors that of Sarah, the one person who connects in some way all three books in the series. While Zoe is still alive, she still suffers from the memories of what was done to her and others like her. If you have read the first book, you will know what Zoe was dragged int0 – after you know this, it is totally understandable that she wishes to see this monster destroyed.
Hunter’s guilt at not paying heed to Sarah’s plea for help has led to him virtually destroying his life. He may live a life of profligate wealth and excess, but he is driven by the sadness and shame he feels over Sarah’s death. There are hints of the old Hunter beneath his bad-man exterior, and it is only when Zoe comes into his life to rehab his image, that more of that begins to emerge.
There is an incendiary chemistry between Hunter and Zoe, which quickly becomes more than just sex, despite neither wanting or expecting to lose control.
While this begins as a revengeful, means-to-an end involvement between them, it is eminently apparent that Hunter and Zoe begin to break free from the chains of their past and grow as people, because of the connection and love that they find in each other.
The more I read about the ever-hideous Jason Treffen, the more I hope his comeuppance is totally and thoroughly epic.
This series has continued as it started, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with it. I have the third book, Alex’s story, set for review next month, and I am waiting on baited breath to see how this series is brought to a conclusion.
Caitlin Crews has done a fantastic job of creating a couple, so damaged by the same events, who find something in each other that neither thought they ever would again.