*I received a free copy of Seeking Vengeance from Selfpublished via Author. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Seeking Vengeance by Eden Summers
Series: Hunting #1
Published by Selfpublished on August 26, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Her lies are as sweet as his obsession.
He caught me spying on my enemies, but instead of betraying me, this dark-eyed stranger set his sights on seduction.
He breaks down my walls with smoothly spoken Italian.
Taunts me with his wicked promises.
He says he wants to help. To give me a future, freedom, and, most of all, vengeance.
Problem is, he has no idea who I really am.
I’m not someone he should fall for.
I’m a liability.
He just doesn’t know it yet.
I’m infatuated. She’s a pretty little liar who wrapped me around her finger.
I’ll stop at nothing to learn her secrets.
I’ll deceive. Manipulate. Scheme.
Walking away isn’t an option, even though I’m not someone she should succumb to.
I’m a predator.
I’ll give her the revenge she craves. I’ll do whatever it takes.
But this woman is mine.
I won’t give her up.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Seeking Vengeance was a steamy, emotional thrill-ride! I was immediately drawn into the story. And to say I’ll be impatiently awaiting the next installment might just be the understatement of 2021 so far. (as it relates to my reading anyway ;))
Layla wants to be enough. As the daughter of a crime lord, she feels tainted by her family’s business. Then there’s the guilt she feels over a family betrayal that shouldn’t be held against her, yet is. And she’s paid the unthinkable price. Her family despises her and she’s seeking vengeance as well as redemption.
Matthew is rather an enigma. He holds his cards close to his chest – except for his feelings for Layla. His life experiences have shown him no mercy so he knows what a gift Layla is. From the moment he sets eyes on her he’s determined to make her believe in herself.
Their romance seems destined for trouble from the beginning seeing as Layla doesn’t want to trust Matthew with details about herself, her family, or her heart. Matthew also is reluctant to be transparent. But they seem to know the important things about each other. Is it enough? Matthew seems hell-bent on being seems as who he see himself being – trustworthy, loyal, and loving. Layla wants to believe in him but she fears making yet another mistake that her family would make atone for.
Seeking Vengeance was deftly executed, drawing me in, ensuring I was invested in the characters, their lives, and their relationship dynamics. The mafia element was subtle until it wasn’t but it was well done. And ESummers threw so many curve balls at me I was gasping and flipping through the pages as quickly as I could.
That ending was also unexpected and definitely jaw-dropping. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next installment. Seriously. However, I know ESummers will make it worth the wait.
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Great review, Brandee! I love good mafia related contemporary romance. It’s been too long since I read one.
I like this one, schemes within schemes. Makes me rub my hands with glee
I love the sound of this book. I haven’t heard about this author before.
The author is new to me, but I am sure I would enjoy the story. It sounds right up my alley.