Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Revenge, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
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Someone had to make him pay...
Faith Rochambeau is horrified to learn she was conceived during a rape. She's determined to make her biological father, Victor Telemann, pay for his crimes. Using her computer skills to dig into his life, she searches for the powerful man's Achilles Heel and a way to extract retribution. She'll do whatever it takes to get a conviction, even it if means infiltrating his Fortune 500 company.
She fails to plan on falling in love with her father's smooth-talking stepson, Kent Telemann, who suspects she is a corporate spy. Faith is drawn to Kent, even though she's not sure she can trust him. If her heart is wrong, he can put her life in danger.
Meanwhile, her father is playing a lethal game he's determined to win.
I have to admit I had some serious mixed feelings about this book, I wanted to like it a whole lot more then I did. I really loved the premise of the book, that our heroine is the product of a rape, and after her mother dies she finds out about it. So what does she do, she seeks out to get revenge on the man who raped her mother. Of course, once she gets there things never go exactly to plan do they? Like I said, I liked the premise of the story.
So our heroine is Faith, and I didn’t really bond with her. I don’t know if it was because of the character, or because I felt like early on in the book, when I was first getting to know her the writing kind of dragged for me. I could understand her motivations behind wanted to make sure her biological father paid for his crimes. It seems like growing up with her mother was not exactly the ordinary upbringing most people have, her mother was really damaged by the rape and because of that had strong views about sexuality and how to dress and act, which is understandable given her trauma. And of course this new information gives Faith a whole new insight into her mother. I just had a hard time with Faith, she really didn’t have the right personality type for her agenda of revenge/confrontation, and she was really kind of bad about hiding her emotional state when it came to the plot, which may have made things more dramatic for the story, but made me not really like her all that much.
As for her bio-dad’s stepson, Kent, it was hard for me to get a really good read on him. The thing about this book, is that both of the main characters are trying to deceive each other (and sometimes other people), so it’s really sometimes hard to separate the difference between what is real and what is fake. Yes, it does help that the book is told from both of the point of views, but there is so much going on under the surface with all the lies and deceit that it is hard to like them. Also I thought that Kent was more self-centered then I was ready for, so that also made him a bit unlikable for me.
Ultimately the issues I had with this book were more about the writing then the story. The pacing was so hit and miss for me. I thought the book starts off slow, the writing started off a little bit stiff, which made it hard for me to get involved. And then it picks up a little bit, and the really slows down in the middle. But then when we get to the ending, the pacing picks way up, almost so much so that it feels rushed. I think the storyline was interesting, but I think a little smoothing out with the pacing would have made a big difference in how much I liked the book.