Well… this was on track to be a 4-star (at least) read for me, until the cheating began. It starts off emotional then moves into physical, and that’s where I draw the line. Which is unfortunate, because I was enjoying the book quite a bit up until that point.
Not wasting any time, the book starts right in on the action, with Ben and Livy having a rather memorable and suspenseful meet cute. Ben is immediately taken by Livy but his life is pretty complicated… and Livy has a boyfriend. Livy continues to have a boyfriend (one who is so obviously a loser) thoughout the book, so her growing attraction to Ben – her new boss – becomes an issue. Add in secrets, suspense, and mysteries, and this has an intriguing storyline.
This is the first book in a trilogy and, cheating aside, it’s a solid start. I was confused about the storyline for the first 20% or so because it jumps right in, but I got over that pretty quickly. Had it not been for the cheating, I wouldn’t have hesitated to rate this higher – and it’s a testament to how much I was enjoying it that I actually skimmed through to the end post-cheating. However, I won’t be continuing with the series (and, yes, it DOES end in a major cliffhanger). This loses a full star because of the cheating, and it’s only one because I liked the book so much before it happened. I really didn’t appreciate how it was handled either, but don’t get me started. If it’s not a dealbreaker for you, then the series is certainly worth a try but this one’s not for me. I received an ARC and am voluntarily leaving a review of this suspenseful read.
Author: Nana Malone
Secrets or the Oaths of Blood.
wasn’t mine to possess.
above all. Private matters stay private. Secrets whispered are never revealed.
Enemies and friends are of the same coin. And power is king.
them pay. And before it’s over, I’ll bend all the rules of morality,
decency and legality. I will borrow and steal to set the scales right. But
begging–begging, you can forget about.
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even I know that’s not a good idea.”
Stop looking at her mouth.
breath. Each press of her palm was stoking the flame, playing with fire. “Um,
better situational awareness. Have a clue as to what was happening around me.
with myself about touching her, about what was appropriate. All the blood rushed south, and I clenched my teeth, trying to fight against my growing erection. She chose that moment to glance down.
things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she
borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious
thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner
Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own
characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime
works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as
sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.
The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle
and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books
list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.
Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working
hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances
for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding
in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and
puppy in sunny San Diego.
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