Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Daniel Hartmann and Emily Anderson have every reason to hate each other. Her father destroyed the lives of his parents and he in turn sent her father to jail. Now Daniel’s a successful billionaire and artsy Emily is his newest employee. Both of them intend to make the other pay for the sins of the past, but revenge has never been so sweet.
I was really excited about this book, I’m not sure why, but the whole revenge plot line really appealed to me. Maybe because I am not a person who really would ever be the type to go for revenge, so books are my only way to really experience it, plus they tend to be high drama and full or moral dilemmas.
Overall I liked the story, it was told from Emily’s POV so you had a really good chance to get to know her and her personality as well as her motivations. Emily comes across this opportunity to work for the man who put her dad in prison, and once she is there, she knows she wants revenge for her family, but at the same time, she really has no idea how to go about doing it. The two of them have any immediate attraction to each other, with both of them acknowledging that they shouldn’t get involved with each other but they do anyway.
The dynamic between the two of them is, well, interesting. It’s really had to get a read on Daniel. Since it’s never from his POV you really have to rely on his dialogue and his actions, and he isn’t much of a talker. In fact on more than one occasion he completely refuses to talk about anything in the past, so you really have no idea how he feels about anything. He is a take charge kind of guy though, he is demanding of Emily, especially in regards to their sex life, but never in a way that seems too over the top or jerk like. I think part of the appeal of Daniel is that he’s like 13 years older than her, so he is much more experienced, and I think she always enjoys that he is a bit on the demanding side.
The big plus for me when it came to Emily was that she wasn’t completely devoted to the revenge plot. Thankfully she never really came up with any kind of meaningful plot to get any revenge, and even if she had, it was clear early on that she had a heart and was more inclined to listen to what her heart wanted versus any need for revenge that she had. To say that Emily and Daniel have some twisted family history between the two of them, might be a bit of an understatement. But overall Emily was likable, and the family drama only enhanced her character development. My only dislike of Emily was that there were moments where she came off as a bit on the vain side, but thankfully they didn’t happen often enough to make me not like her.
The big downsides for me were that you getting get to really know Daniel all that well, and that the ending felt a bit on the rushed side for me. Overall I think it’s a solid romance story, that definitely had some steamy elements to it that pretty much anyone would appreciate.