This shot off and just never slowed down. Look, I didn't put it down until I finished. Great characters and great storyline. Read it, absorb it and enjoy it.
Gritty and in your face with domestic violence issues and low self worth. The lead couple was a good pairing because it was so easy to imagine these characters (easy to imagine their interactions). Sloan is strong and solid male lead and Alexis is the perfect scared female lead. There are many good elements to this story but I just had a bit of trouble with the author's writing style. No matter what, the evolution of the scarred and scared heroine is communicated well. As well as the emotional scars that the hero carries.
Great read, great read ... bottom line this was a great read with characters and situations that kept me on the edge of my seat or checking over my shoulder to make sure that no one was watching the drool drip down my chin.
Let's start with the characters, Beast is a feast for readers who love that strong, silent, let's get it done type of guy. Character isn't too complicated but he is a joy to read. Tilly is sheltered, trapped, low self confidence and eager to please. At times was contrary just to be contrary and this can work a readers nerves. Were the two leading characters a good match? Well, yes absolutely! In this wasn't a need for two alpha characters. Now, secondary characters were just as appealing as the main characters. There is Liv the over controlling society mom who I swore had a thing for her stepson (Beast). As the reader, I wanted to jump through the pages and smack mommy Liv a good one. Even by the end of the book when everything is made right and forgiven; I was ready to forgive this chick. The dynamic between these three characters (Beast, Tilly and Liv) is just awesome and really pull the reader in. Then there is aunt Meg and her partner Kate who takes part in making Tilly's life hell. Image your mom steals your baby, gives the baby to your aunt without your knowledge and your aunt parades the baby around as her newly adopted son. That's a tail whippin' as far as I'm concerned. Lastly, let's not for the self centered best friend who believes she's the best thing walking.
Now, this story seemed to be two separate stories meshed together. Where the home life and the action sequences never really connected. I don't know if the secondary plot is really needed considering the stuff with the family was so darn juicy on its own. Regardless, I couldn't put it down.
Lisa Renee Jones delivers with Damage Control and the reader is body slammed right back into the drama surrounding Shane and Emily. The romance is heating up and the reader can definitely feel the heat between the sexy leading couple but there is just so much more yummy goodness going on here ... oh my ... no words ... just read it.
There is conflict coming at Shane and Emily from all angles. Will their fall come from Shane's sexy brother Derek who is in deep with the cartels and is determined to take over the family's business interests. Will it be Mr. Brandon (calculating bastard) who is determined to maneuver everyone exactly where he wants them. Maybe, the matriarch of the family is working behind the scenes in order to steer the Brandon family's interests. It will be interesting to see who actually comes out on top. Not to mention, the not so sweet Emily has her own demons following close behind her that will add another level of danger for this leading couple.
This second installment to the series was an exciting read and I wish I had the next installment now. Damage Control is fast paced and will keep any readers eyes glued to the page. This series has that conniving family dynamic with villains you to love and hate at the same time. The book also has heroes that you want to pull right out of the pages into reality. As always, Happy Reading Everyone!
Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!