Deceptive Innocence, Part 2
February 18/Pocket Star/$1.99
A beautiful young woman is out for revenge—only to find the man she’s targeting has secrets as dangerous as her own, and a passion she cannot resist.
Ever since her mother died while serving time for a murder she didn’t commit, Bell has been focused on one thing: revenge. She knows her mother was set up by the head of the powerful Gable family, international bankers who will crush anyone for profit, or amusement. Now she’s determined to take the Gables down—from the inside.
Seducing her way into the life—and bed—of the family’s rebellious youngest son, Lander, she figures it should be easy to uncover the secrets she needs to destroy the Gables. But Lander turns out to be much more complicated than Bell ever could have imagined. He’s enticing, intelligent, mysterious—and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Lander is still the target, but when he touches her, he starts seeming much less like an enemy…
In the second installment of this e-serial, Bell’s plot for revenge kicks into high gear. She is now working for Travis, spending time in the inner sanctum of HGVB bank. She has now played it exactly right, and both Gable brothers are asking her to spy on the other.
There are times when her bravery pushes the limits of plausibility. For example, Travis sends her on an “errand” that seems like a total set-up to get her busted for trafficking. She puts herself in an extremely vulnerable position with a guy who is clearly bad news, and her actions her border on reckless.
Interestingly, it becomes clear that until she was seventeen, Bell had not believed in her mother’s innocence. “I trusted the world of strangers over my own mother’s pleas. I was just as guilty as Lander and Travis and Edmund.” It seems as though this guilt drives her risk-taking: She believes she deserves punishment.
And yet she seeks pleasure – in the arms of Lander, her sworn enemy. “When he holds me in his arms, it feels like something else. I wanted, just for a moment, for it to be something else. I keep trying to pretend that the only thing on my mind is revenge and how I can overcome Lander’s suspicions in order to achieve that goal…But that’s simply not the case.”
Fortunately, with Travis, it’s easy to keep her mind on vengeance: “The brothers look so much alike, but while Lander makes me want to throw him on the bed, Travis makes me want to throw him down a flight of stairs.” He is so despicable, he makes rooting for Bell all the more enjoyable.
We end on a another cliffhanger, with Bell in peril from an unexpected villain.
To be continued March 13, with Part Three.