Blurb: I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.
Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary–perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.
One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.
Review: It is incredibly difficult to rate a book that has good and bad things going on. This is absolutely one of those books.
Violet’s character started out as this terribly needy, insecure and desperate person and Ryder was basically a sociopath. Both pretty horrible characters. So much so that I came extremely close to just putting it down, they were that bad. It was also incredibly difficult to see how any chemistry at all would build between the two. I stuck with it and they got much better, though they still had horribly contradictory character traits, both fluctuating back to what we saw at the beginning.
When the chemistry did finally hit, it was pretty good. The middle to late part of the book got a little bit more emotionally intense and the steamy parts were pretty steamy, hence some of the good parts.
Then we kind of get tossed right back out and into the bad when the book ended. The only thing that got resolved was that Violet and Ryder end up together. Well, we kind of figured that would happen, but all of the things that were in their way? Didn’t actually get resolved. The drama and threat of Pilar, both with regard to her hold over Ryder and what she had going on behind the scenes, got totally dropped. Absolutely nothing happened with it. We get zero reaction from Zachary when Violet walks out of the party, with Ryder, after Zachary announces, in front of her father and other coworkers, that he will be marrying her. Again, that thread of the story just gets dropped. The build up about Violet’s past and her attacker is also another issue that gets dropped. We get no reaction from her supposedly uncaring and unsupportive father (who is another character that is extremely contradictory) about her relationship with Ryder. There are so many pieces to this story that just do not get addressed or dealt with at all. This all just kind of ends.
I get that there are pieces that are more than likely going to be addressed in the next book as the series follows the other sisters, but since so much of this was tied directly to Violet, it was beyond frustrating to not have any of that even remotely addressed, which turned what had gotten to be a much better story into one that I just was really annoyed and frustrated by. The whole thing felt like it wasn’t fully fleshed out and then it was left unfinished.