Oh Gregory Ryans, you are a bastard!
When we meet again with Gregory Ryans and Scarlett Heath, the pair are dealing with the fallout of the death of Gregory's father. Gregory lives in fear that he's dragged Scarlett down into to the hellish depths that he lives in daily, but there's nothing that Scarlett won't do for love. And she does love Gregory, with a fierce obsession that scares her, since not only will her man not say the words back to her, but he's also keeping some very very dark secrets. With the threat of a murder conviction looming and the extreme roller coaster of emotions Scarlett experiences due to Gregory's manic moods, the relationship between the two of them may be doomed before it even has a chance.
VENGEFUL LOVE: DECEPTION is the second book in a trilogy and it's a doozy! I couldn't tear my eyes away from this read, it was sensually erotic, emotionally fraught, mentally frustrating and utterly captivating. I'm just as obsessed with Gregory and Scarlett as they are with each other,and while her neediness in this book could've been a turn off, instead it made the characters seem real, with a depth not often present in erotic romance. Witness:
That feels like the life of an entirely different person and right now I don't know which Scarlet is best. Old Scarlet had a father, a career she could be proud of, morals. New Scarlet is confused, up and down on a daily basis, a liar, a murderer. But she has a man she adores. A man she is so utterly infatuated with she's about to throw away a huge opportunity at work because she can't stand the thought of leaving him.
The thing is, I am addicted. I'm addicted to the adrenalin rush, the thrill of being with him. Bad days, in fact, utterly shit days, like today, make the high days like Monday at Primrose Hill and Wednesday's kinky home–working day seems even higher. He's in my veins, he's in my blood and I'm starting to think he might be the only thing keeping my heart beating.
Damn this book is deep and punishing and had me utterly captivated and furious. Scarlett's friends are concerned about her, she's flaking at work, she becomes clingy and jealous and needy and obsessed with sex and all things Gregory, and it's completely unlike her strong, independent persona we met in the first book. The sex in this book is raw and passionate and crazy and erotic and one seriously wild ride from the first page to the infuriating last! I know this review is vague, but I don't want to give anything away, as you deserve to feel the gut punches with Scarlett.
Bottom Line: This book pushed my emotional buttons and left me panting for more. The 3rd book, Vengeful Love: Black Diamonds is burning a hole in my kindle as I write this, and my need to find out the culmination of this toxic love affair is all-consuming.