Sweet Vengeance

Nicole Morgan
Sweet Vengeance
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Siren Bookstrand
Release Date
February 2011
Book 3 of Sweet Awakenings
Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Adam Collins is just beginning to put his life back together when he meets Chelsea, his sweet and beautiful next door neighbor. As the two spend more time together, an attraction between them builds.

A nightmare from Adam's past, that he thought was long ago dead and buried, comes back to life and places him and Chelsea in danger. Enlisting the help of two of his former Navy SEALs team members, Adam must find a way to keep them both safe.

As the danger mounts and passions ignite, one question will remain. Who will be left standing after Sweet Vengeance is served?

Book Review by Rebecca
Mar 03, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
206 people found the following review helpful
Hot and fast, that's how it starts and that's how it finishes. Nicole Morgan's SWEET VENGEANCE is the third in her series, and though I haven't had the chance to read the first two, I had no problem jumping right into the story of Adam and Chelsea. My only problem was with Adam.

Described by several others in the book, including his own friends, Adam is an asshole. Politely, I would offer that he was simply an unsympathetic character. Adam is still coming to terms with the loss of his fiancé when he meets his new neighbor, Chelsea. When Chelsea comes to his front door to confront him about his unsafe driving, readers will be drawn to Chelsea's strength and spunk as much as Adam was. Captivated by her spirit, Adam doesn't know if he's coming or going. Yet blaming himself for his fiancé's death, he still believes himself unworthy to love while unable to deny the overwhelming desire for her.

The sexual tension is another one of those things in the book that is hot and fast. Adam and Chelsea come together at first just for the release, consumed by the carnal desire they feel. The sex was rough – consensual, but rough – and it confused me a bit that Chelsea, having just escaped an abusive relationship, would be so willing to engage in this type of sexual relationship. And because I found it difficult to connect with Adam, I was secretly hoping she might find Cullen more charming.

Their relationship takes a turn when Adam finally shares his story with Chelsea, including the loss he experienced the year before and his continued focus on finding the killer and taking his revenge. But now that those watching him discover his feelings for Chelsea, they decide to use her against him. The action picks up here and is filled with tension. With Chelsea in danger, Adam enlists the help of his former Navy SEALs team members to rescue her (these are the men who star in the first two books of this series).

We meet several secondary characters in the book that had larger roles in the other books. The women Chelsea befriends added to the story – their banter was fun. Another great, but under-developed character, was Rico. More information about the undercover agent who was sent to kidnap Chelsea would've added a nice subplot. As it was, his sympathy for Chelsea's fate was confusing without some type of contextual background for the reader.

SWEET VENGEANCE has some interesting turns, kept my interest but left me considering the missing elements. Further character development, especially with Adam, may have caused him to be more sympathetic to the reader. As is, he's just too unlikeable for a good romance hero. This book is good but I can't help but think it could've been great with a few little tweaks.
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