Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Devil's Bedpost--Review
He had it all…
Good looks. Thriving business. Beautiful fiancée. Life for casino owner David Carrone and his sweetheart Athena Lewis is at its peak—until a scandal of lies, a secret from his past, and an unspeakable tragedy tears a wide rift between them.
He lost it all…
With his reputation in question, his business in ruins, and his world crumbling around him, David struggles to protect all he holds dear. But when the most important person in his life is met with danger, he can no longer play by the rules.
He risked it all…
Desperate to get back the woman he loves, David recruits the help of some unlikely allies—and become the monster many believe him to be. Because when risking it all for the one you love, sometimes you have to face the devil with a demon...
Disclaimer: this story includes explicit sex, violence, strong language, and sensitive topics. For mature audiences.
A little while back I was given an advanced reader copy of a book by Lena Hart in exchange for an honest review. I had never heard of the author and the book was part 3 of her Queens Quartette series. I loved it! I not only was able to read it as a standalone book but I was hooked from the first page. So naturally when option to review this newest book came up I leaped at the chance. This is actually the final chapter in a trilogy featuring David Carrone and Athena Lewis. I, once again have not read the first 2 books, but I was aware of the characters since they were carried over from the other series I read.
Let's just talk about the cover for a minute.....if the model on the front doesn't catch your eye then I don't know what will. He is beautiful! I hate when you read a book and form a picture in your mind of what the characters look like and then the actual cover ( or movie version sometimes) has a completely different image. This was not the case here. Mr. "Dark, Broody, and Italian" fit the bill perfectly.
The story had me from page 1. Yes, it is packed full of steamy, sexy bits but even if you stripped all of those parts out the plot would still have held my attention. This has a lot of tough issues that are tackled (note the disclaimer up above in the description) and some readers may not be comfortable with them. There are some pretty violent scenes but they come with the organized crime sort of life that lies beneath the surface of this love story. I actually yelled at the couple (aka my kindle) during one particular fight they were having about being "open and honest" because they were both lying. That is when I knew this would be a 5 star review on Goodreads and Amazon.
I am now and forever a fan of Ms. Hart's writing. I will include all the links to learn more about her below. Random side note....Here characters in this and other books tend to be interracial couples which resonates with me on a personal level. The best part about it is the simple fact that it is a background theme, never the focus, in her stories. The books are about the quality of the characters not the superficial outward appearance differences. The guys are hot and all alpha-like, the women are all smart, tough, and gorgeous, and the stories are captivating.