Passion and danger collide in the latest contemporary romance featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.
When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he’d promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.
Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.
As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.
“I suppose we’re going to be seeing Carly and Bran while we’re in Dallas next week.”
She had one week to get comfortable around Drew. One week to figure out if she could actually sell this cover to his family.
“It would seem odd if I didn’t pay them a visit. Bran knows I have a meeting with Taggart scheduled. We’ll be in Dallas for two days. Dinner with Bran and Carly and Mia and Case has already been planned.”
“Exactly. And you don’t want to raise a bunch of questions. So I was thinking it might be smarter for me to get my own hotel room. I can lay low and they don’t have to know I’m in town.” She’d sat up for a good portion of the night doing two things: thinking about how much she’d wanted to kiss Drew Lawless and then freaking out about it because that was a bad idea. Beware of billionaires with six-pack abs. It was her new mantra. Yes, she’d signed the contract last night, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t reason with her new . . . boss . . . partner . . . whatever he was.
“I told Bran you’re coming with me.”
This was exactly what she’d worried about. “You told him? I thought I would have more time. How am I going to explain this to Carly? I think she’ll wonder why one of her closest friends didn’t mention she was dating her future brother-in-law.”
“I’ve already explained it. We wanted to make sure it was real before we went public. It’s that simple. We met in Los Angeles. I contacted you. We went on a few dates and we’ve been talking a lot. You’ve come out to Austin because we’re contemplating moving in together. This is a trial run,” he said calmly, as though he hadn’t upended her entire life. “Also, I asked Bran not to mention it to Carly because you would rather tell her yourself. It was a safe bet Bran wouldn’t ask too many questions, but Carly will want to know everything. It’s why we need to get our stories straight.”
She focused on the words that messed with her life. “Moving in together? You told them we’re thinking of moving in together?”
“How else was I supposed to explain it when all your belongings arrive here?”
“What?” She winced because the words had come out in a screech. “I’m having your things packed up as we speak. They’ll be here in a few days.”
“Why the hell would you do that?” How was she going to get everything back to LA?
Drew relaxed again as though he’d already gone over this argument in his mind and knew he would win. “I wanted you to be comfortable. This is going to be a full-time job, and not a quick one. I suspect we’ll have to keep up our ruse for at least six months. Potentially a year. Also, that apartment you were living in was incredibly dangerous. Did you know it was recently condemned? The movers told me about it when they explained they were charging me extra for how fast they had to move. It’s scheduled to be demolished in two weeks.”
“What?” She stared at him. He expected her to live with him for six months to a year? Somewhere in the back of her head she’d been thinking a week or two tops, and then she’d go back to LA and work from there. Her apartment building was shitty and she was fairly certain someone cooked meth in part of it, but it was all she could afford. And it was solidly built. There had been no hint that anyone was planning on building in her part of LA. Gentrification had not reared its upscale, hipster head yet, so that left her with one very manipulative bastard. “Tell me you did not buy my apartment building and schedule it for demolition in an attempt to leave me with nowhere to go.”
He managed to look almost angelic in the soft light of morning. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Things are hating up in the Lawless empire. Drew is facing a cruel realization that everything he thought he was doing to seek revenge for the death of his parents might be in vain. With so many thoughts and the fear of what will come if the ‘hunt’ continues, Drew lays a plan that he believes will keep his siblings safe. The only problem? All of his plotting leads him to pull Shelby into this twisted mess.
Everything since the night of the fire that forever changed life for the Lawless siblings has fueled Drew to uncover the secrets behind his parents death. No stone was unturned. Drew even sacrificed his own happiness so his siblings could find happiness. Now – Drew is facing the realization that Shelby Gates means more to him that anyone that has come into his life. Family comes first…so whatever he feels for Shelby must be pushed to the side. With Shelby’s fiery determination to write a book about his family, Drew knows keeping the reporter close by will ensure him control over what Shelby does. Or will it?
This book!!! I could not wait to get my hands on the latest saga for the Lawless siblings. So much has happened to the Lawless family. Drew has always been the glue that held them together. After creating 4L – plans were laid in place to uncover and seek retribution for those responsible for the death of their parents. Now – so many lies and secrets are unraveling. Some shaking up what it means to be a Lawless sibling. Drew knows that everything he does needs to be meticulously planned.
That’s easier said than done when Shelby is around. Did I mention that Drew has a plan for that too? One that involves a few maneuvers that might drive Shelby away in the end. The goal has always been clear…find those responsible and lay out punishment. The only problem now is how to do that when everything you think you knew leaves you questioning what was ’true’ all along.
I absolutely LOVED the secrets that were woven into this book!! Revelations that rattled Drew, and made him question just who was on his ’side’. There are tons of cross over characters from the Masters & Mercenaries series. Which is always a treat!! Riley, Drew, Mia, and Bran all are in for quite the surprise with the twists and turns that never seem to stop. Where will it all lead?
Page after page ….each moment in Revenge leaves you wondering if what you thought you knew is even ‘real’. I loved the crazy way that the secrets to this murder played out!! Little bread crumbs in the grand scheme of things that literally sucked me in until the last possible moment. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this book because you are not going to want to stop reading. A perfect ending to a series that has had me hook, line, and sinker the entire time!!