Glossy, hard-nosed, sexy – was what I expected from this author. Hilarious? Excellent cast of side characters? Added bonuses to this book of enduring love, startling hate, revenge, secret identities and unstoppable passion.
We open the novel at a conference our heroine is hosting. Wait, I’m not sure she’d like to be called the heroine. Victoria is Queen Bitch of NYC and she’s a force to be reckoned with. What does she care for heroes and heroines? Nada.
After her first love broke her heart, Victoria changed her life, her face and body (with extensive plastic surgery) and fifteen years later is a highly successful author and motivational public speaker. Her topic? Empowering women against the tyranny of the world of men. Oh yeah, she’s one powerful mofo. (Or fafo? IDK.)
Except there’s a chink in her armor, and one that’s going to bring her carefully constructed world crashing down around her.
One evening, whilst attending dinner with Darcy, her best friend and a restaurant critic (Darcy’s a hoot – large, proud and an outrageous flirt), she sees a ghost from her past. Parker. He’s egotistical, successful, sexy AF, and the man who broke her heart.
The heat from the kitchen isn’t the only thing burning as they eye each other across the floor. But Parker doesn’t recognize the girl whose virginity he took, who he loved with desperation. Who he ruined and left behind.
Turns out he owns the restaurant, and several others, and is considering becoming a politician. Victoria sees an opportunity and, without telling him who she is, dates him.
Sparks fly as these two alphas push and pull in a battle for dominance, as irresistible as they ever were to one another with the heat now turned up to ten.
But there’s a subtext. Victoria is after revenge. Not just to break Parker’s heart, but to break him the same way he did her.
“Here’s a tip, darling, I think, batting my eyelashes at Parker. I put the hot in psychotic.”
Which is a great (evil) plan, except Victoria fell in love with Parker for good reasons, all of which are qualities still present in the man.
And Parker (dual perspective, so we hear his side) can’t quite place where he knows this woman from. He only knows how she makes him feel, despite the fire she spits 99% of the time.
There’s hacking (courtesy of Tabby, Victoria’s IT expert), manipulation, clever conversations and glittering locations.
Does the story go the way I hoped? Yes. Was it hot AF and had me on the edge of my seat? Absolutely. Am I going on to read the next in the series based on the two hot / crazy hackers from the supporting cast? You got it.
I already bought it.
Click to purchase: Amazon
by J.T. Geissinger
Release Date: July 12, 2016