Today I have the opportunity to bring you a new and unique series concept with the Fifth Avenue Trilogy. The first book in this 3 installment, 3 author trilogy starts with an introduction to the concept: the suicide of Sarah will bring all of the players together, some for revenge, others for answers and everyone for some serious mind games. Additionally, I have a blog exclusive giveaway where one US winner can get the Fifth Avenue Summer Essentials Kit – with LOTS of wonderful goodies: A Copy of Avenge Me by Maisey Yates, Stem Cellular CC Repair Cream from Juice Beauty, Cinnamint Kissing Elixirs from Gold Grenade (Breath spray), Vanilla Mint Lip Balm from Gold Grenade, NYX Cosmetics (a package with an eyeshadow palette, eye liner and lipstick), Evian Facial Spray, Not Your Mother’s Hair Thermal Shield Spray. See the photo for a visual!
In the first book from Maisey Yates, Katy is Rachel’s sister and she is bent on avenging her sister’s death. Austin was Sarah’s friend, and believes that his father was a major player in Sarah’s death. Unaware of their connection to Sarah, the two meet and share an intense attraction, fueled by their resemblance to personal fantasies. A hot and steamy encounter that allows both to feed their secret fantasy in a one-off has some erotically charged BDSM play, and they both leave thinking that is the end.
Life doesn’t always play out like that- and the two are reacquainted and discover their common bonds of Sarah and Revenge. Deciding to combine forces – they are now battling their own personal demons as they team to bring down Austin’s father.
This story is most easily described as a great premise with far too much interior wobbly happening: the reader isn’t given a ton of action until the sexually charged scenes, and no real clear plan of action is implemented. Additionally only part of the horrors that Sarah endured are revealed, as the whole oddly satisfying sexual tension and fantasies take over the story. Not enough to build a relationship on, and that is probably where I had the most difficulty with the story: these are people all old enough to have some life experience and sense- but it seems to go out the window in lieu of the sexual fantasies or the driving need for revenge.
Other than the weakness in the story, it was a quick and pleasant read: different from the usual line of Harlequin Presents stories that I have read. and I am curious to see just how they manage to bring themselves a sense of justice in the end.
Title: Avenge Me
Author: Maisey Yates
Published by: Harlequin
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
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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?
A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.