Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy #1
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Revenge, Romance, Thrillers
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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 book one in the Fifth Avenue trilogy, and I was definitely looking forward to reading this book because I love a romance that has grand designs on revenge, what can I say I love the suspense that comes with revenge. So each book in the trilogy is written by a different author, so my comments about Maisey’s writing style may not carry over to the other books since I am not sure how different the writing styles are (just a heads up).
So first I want to point out that I don’t particularly care for book with domination themes in them, it’s not cause I’m prudish or have some moral opposition to them, it’s just I find they are never written all that well, and they always make the woman out to be some kind of helpless flower. Maisey Yates is the absolute exception to this rule. She writes about control in a way that doesn’t make the woman out to be “just along for the ride” but rather an active participant in the experience, and I seriously appreciate that.
Austin a good looking man who is rolling in dough, but also rolling in a lot of self-hatred and family drama. His father is to blame for the death of a friend of Austin’s, and it’s because of that death that Austin finally has a real picture about the kind of man his father really is. Austin spends a lot of time in the book terrified that he is just like his father, and it results in a lot of self-loathing. There were times when I wanted to shake Austin and tell him that he wasn’t his father and he needed to buck up, but I totally understood where he was coming from within the plot line. Austin is also super steamy when it comes to the love scenes, so look out for those!
I really liked Katy, she’s out for revenge, her sister is the one who died, and she wants to make sure that Austin’s dad pays for what he did. A chance meeting between Austin and Katy find the two of them in let’s say an “intimate” position, and then of course they find out who each other are. Katy and Austin start living together to plot their revenge, and before you know it the two of them really start to see each other. They end up opening up to each other in a way they have never done with anyone else, and it leads to some great scenes, both steamy and non-steamy. Their relationship dynamic is pretty awesome. I think my favorite thing about Katy though is that she is not a wall-flower, she has no problem making it known where she stands on something, and I love that about her.
The first book in the trilogy was really good, and I have high hopes for the other two books. I had a hard time deciding if I should rate this book “Loved It” or “Liked it” cause it really was very good. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance with a vengeance theme, or anyone who likes control/domination themes (cause this book is again one of the best written in terms of that theme).