Invidious Betrayal by Shea Swain
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Adult, Paranormal, Romance
When Aria Cole turned eighteen, she wanted nothing more than to trade childish balloons and sugary confetti cake for Dirty Martinis and dancing all night. Determined to shed her Perfect Princess image and surround herself with guys who didn’t know she was the daughter of an overly protective small town Sheriff, Aria decided a fun-filled night in the big city was the answer. Being assaulted and marked for death was not what Aria had envisioned. At twenty-one, former child prodigy Ian Howl finally agreed to work for his uncle at Howl Industries. Independently wealthy, he needed a change from his idle playboy lifestyle and wanted a challenge. To celebrate his new position, a lavish party was thrown in his honor. However, Ian’s version of fun didn’t include being drugged and mixed up in a murder plot. A chance meeting had brought Aria and Ian together but what they endured that evening linked them forever. Ian wanted answers and revenge. Aria wanted to forget that awful night. But forgetting is not an option when you know too much. Hunted and terrified, Aria must rely on and trust a stranger with her life. Haunted by guilt, Ian’s primary concern was Aria’s safety and if he had to unleash hell to achieve it, then so be it. Neither of them could have anticipated the events that brought them together but once their mutual passion and power is realized…many lives are forever changed. Book contains scenes of graphic violence. Reader discretion is advised.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
This book is amazing! It's dark and horrific in places, although it doesn't go overboard with detail. The author gives you just enough so you feel the terror and pain, without glorifying it. It is also full of love, hope and the closeness that family can bring.
Aria and Ian both meet under "exceptional" circumstances which I won't go into. Suffice it to say, that they are both innocent and naive before this time, but their innocence is ripped away from them both. They lean on each other to start with, until Aria goes back to her family. Ian can't just leave it like that though, and needs to know that she is safe. It is a good thing that he sticks around as Aria is indeed threatened, as are her family. Ian and Aria go on the run (with her father's blessing) until they can figure out just what is going on and why.
This book is exceptionally well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors to distract from the read. It is gripping and a complete page turner. You will not want to put this book down once you have started it. Although it is a complete story in and of itself, I would love to know just what happens next!
For a book with the hero's name being Howl, there is not a traditional shifter in sight, although lots of other 'unexplainables' are there! Interesting, quirky, painful, hopeful, I can highly recommend Invidious Betrayal.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Shea is a woman in love with the idea of love, so it's no wonder she writes Romance Novels. The East Coast native is a romantic to her core, reads and watches anything with a love story. She especially likes binging on the Hallmark Channel around Christmas. She enjoys meeting people and chatting, collecting Barbie dolls, toys, and is addicted to The Sims games. Shea also loves music and has mentioned that she writes better when she has movie scores playing as white noise in the background. This new and exciting author writes Adult Romance in the sub-genres of Contemporary, New Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, and Erotica. Come...Taste A Sample.
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