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Title: Billionaire Blackmail
Author: Alison Aimes
Publisher: Entangled Indulgence, Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication: July 11th, 2016
The need for trust as well as love is fundamental in this second chance romance. Both billionaire Nik Valenti and his ex girlfriend, Sara Turner, find it difficult to believe in others and to trust them – this effectively forced them apart very early on in their relationship, despite their mutual attraction. Now, however, Nik is forcing his way back into her life after her brother was badly beaten and ended up in hospital. Nik’s not coming to protect her but in an attempt to recoup the $5million dollars he believes she and her brother have stolen from his company. He’s out for revenge, felling that he’s been conned by Sara and won’t listen when she denies any knowledge or involvement with the crime. Nik suggests a deal, one which will keep her under his watchful eye, put her brother into rehab but will either of them be able to resist the temptation to explore their potential relationship further? Will either of them learn to trust the other and be honest with them? With so many lies, deception and so much attraction between them, is there any possibility of a HEA for them?
There are some great secondary characters in this story – I really liked both Nik’s chief of security and his PA. Although Nik is a wealthy, powerful man, these two really know him and are not reticent at saying what they like to Nik, forcing him to see their point of view at times. They did, however, confuse me at one point as they had a total change in attitude towards Sara and I missed whatever was the trigger for the about turn. Neither of the main characters have had happy childhoods, both have struggled because of the actions of their parents and both have strived to succeed in their own right despite this. This causes serious problems for them both as they are used to hiding their feelings and are reluctant to openly communicate with each other – hence the ‘interference’ of Nik’s staff at various points in the story.
Overall, this has a great plot, with plenty of action, some suspense, mystery and an easy to escape into writing style that makes it a lovely read. I’ll certainly look out for other books by this author in future!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.
After a childhood spent on the streets, ruthless billionaire Nik Valenti has had his share of dealing with crooks. He thought that was behind him. Until the woman he’s been casually dating turns out to be the biggest con artist of them all. Now, with pride, money, and his company’s survival at stake, he won’t rest until she’s experienced his own brand of justice.
Sara Turner knows she’s no angel, but a few deliberate omissions…well, compared to the rest of her family, that’s choir girl behavior. But now the one man whose heart she’d hoped to steal is accusing her of embezzling from his company. Worse, he wants answers. And he’s come up with a foolproof way to ensure he gets them. One Sara must accept if she doesn’t want to end up in jail.
Nik might be trying to save his company, but he has a tough time ignoring the way Sara makes him burn. The passion between them is all-consuming, and each time he peels away a layer, he discovers there’s more to her than first meets the eye, but he can’t give in to his need. Nik will put everything on the line to find the truth…except his heart.
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