When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he'd promised he wouldn't touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.
Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.
As Drew's feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.
Author: Lexi Blake
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Ruthless, Satisfaction
Series: Lawless #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Ruthless, Satisfaction
Published by Berkley Source: Publisher
Published: June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Drew Lawless. What a complex man. He’s so smart, he’s built a huge empire. He’s so caring, he worked his tail off to provide for his siblings at a very young age. He’s so hot, every woman would want him. He’s so socially awkward, he’s difficult to be around. His awkwardness comes off as uncaring, abrasive and off-putting and he knows it. He’s so focused on his family and revenge against those who killed his father that ever finding a partner is not even on his radar. From the moment he meets the Shelby Gates there is a shift in Drew. He’s not will to change his life for her but he wants her. Never has a man with so much to offer a woman been so clueless about starting a relationship. It takes every bit of Shelby’s strength, and she’s got plenty, to help him understand that everything is not a negotiation. She really is likely the only woman who can deal with Drew and even she can’t always do it.
Shelby is so cool. She’s so smart, driven, she’s a good friend and a loyal advocate. She’s so perfect for Drew. She’s not afraid to call him on his craziness and stand up to him no matter how much he blusters. She’ll do what’s right for him no matter how much he resists.
The end of Satisfaction left us with the astonishing revelation that Iris Lawless was not the woman killed with Ben in the fire at the family’s home so many years ago. Drew, for ultraistic albeit misguided reasons, has kept this from his siblings. The secret gives him a great excuse to bring Shelby closer by hiring her. Of course, he wants to wrap them being a couple into the deal. Shelby is do drawn to Drew she’ll let him create these bizarre parameters.
There’s so much to this book beyond the romance. The intrigue that has been the basis of the entire series continues with life or death cat and mouse games. Lexi Blake creates clever scenarios of falsely accusations likely to be believed and others where you wonder if the characters can ever get themselves out of the trouble they’ve been plunged into. The extended casts of characters is back and as entertaining as ever.
I often want to smack a hero upside the head for being obtuse but none have risen to Drew’s level. He’s so aggravating and yet underneath he’s a great guy who deserves his happily ever after. I routed for Shelby throughout as she broke through each barrier. This couple is complex enough to fill more books because you know this relationship will require a lot of ongoing effort.