Saturday, September 24, 2016
Tall, Dark and Damaged
His Life Changed in a Heartbeat
Disinherited as a teen, Devon Ashby returns home twelve years later as a ruthless CEO, brilliant at negotiating deals, but emotionally stunted. In an instant all he’s struggled to build implodes. Amid the turmoil of saving his company from a hostile takeover, his engagement to a business partner’s high-society daughter hits the rocks. Compounding his troubles, he encounters his high school sweetheart, whose heart he smashed. The vulnerability she awakens leaves him at greater risk than all the crises he faces.
Her Dream Job May Get Her Killed
While restoring art in a billionaire’s private gallery, Hannah Moore is unwittingly drawn into the dysfunctional family’s confidences. When she discovers the rich developer behind her and her sick aunt’s eviction is the family’s black-sheep son—the lover she’s never gotten over—her desire turns to fury. Always one to avoid conflict, Hannah must stand up to Devon and the growing menace of someone who thinks she knows too much.
A Decades-Old Secret Turns Deadly
When a family member is murdered, Devon and Hannah become ensnared in sibling greed, festering jealousy, and a tragic secret that’s divided the family. Amid their reigniting passion they race to expose the killer before they become the next victims in this cat-and-mouse game of survival.
I had some trouble getting into this story. It took me a long while to warm up to Devon and Hannah. Not only as individuals but as a couple as well. I did not really know their history at first and yet in the beginning all I knew is that Devon and Hannah had a great love and could not stop thinking about each other. So, I had a hard time believing that they shared this great love; especially when it seemed like they did not interact a lot with each other for a while in the story. The conversation was fine but not a lot else happened either for about half way. Then the story of the investigation started being revealed slowly piece by piece. It was not until the last third of the book when I would say that the story really came together and it got interesting and picked up speed. This book may not have won me over but I would read another book by this author.
You can read the first 4 chapters of this book here