By Elisabeth Grace
But those two letters changed everything.
It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I’d ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in her ruin.
I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.
Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable.
I would fix this.
Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn’t the monster she thought I was.
Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.
“More than anything, what I want is your happiness. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, Emily.”
Sometimes writing a review really sucks, and that’s especially true in this case because all I want to do is talk about everything that happened, but I can’t because to do so would give away major spoilers. However, I’ll do my best to keep this review spoiler-free. If you’ve read HOOK, you’ll know that it ended with a doozy of a cliffhanger, one that left Marco and Emily shattered. Marco is wracked with guilt for his part in destroying Emily’s life and he vows to make those responsible pay. Emily is also hell-bent on revenge, but she goes it alone because she blames Marco for what happened.
Emily goes to a very dark place in this book and does things I wasn’t really a fan of. Yes, she’s an escort which means she has sex with multiple men, but what she puts herself through in the name of vengeance was a little difficult to read. Thankfully, when she learns the truth about what happened and starts to really heal, she becomes the likeable woman she was in HOOK. Marco solidifies his good-guy status in this book, for sure. I liked him in HOOK, even though he was obviously hiding something, and when we learn what that was, you can’t help but feel bad for him because he put his trust in people that ultimately let him and Emily down. His desire to seek out revenge was as cold as Emily’s, but more calculating. Is it wrong that it made him that much hotter?
What I’ve loved most about this series are the twists and turns. I spent the entire book trying to figure out the who and the why and the what was going to happen next. It’s rare that a book can keep me on my toes, so I’m absolutely thrilled when one does. Like HOOK, I did find BURN a little slow at times, especially when things started looking up for Marco and Emily. However it was those slow times that had me on the edge of my seat, because I just knew the other shoe was going to drop at some point; and just when things seem to be going well…BAM! Another twist that I didn’t see coming. BURN is told in dual POVs and is part of a duet, so it can’t be read as a stand-alone. The author has alluded that there may be another book, but I don’t know whether it will be about Marco and Emily, or another character from this duet. I’m going to assume it’ll be about another character because Marco and Emily get a very lovely HEA at the end of this book and the bad guys got everything they deserved.
Burn (Duplicity Duet # 2)
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