He’s arrogant. Intolerable. Cruel.
From the moment we exchanged our first glance, Lennox Lincoln-Ward has been out to destroy me. So I keep my head down at Pembroke Prep, and I stay out of the Hellfire Club’s way. Even so, Lennox finds me, seeks me out until he pins me in his beautiful, withering gaze—the same gaze that sends a chill down my spine and an undeniable tingle to other places.
Lennox is royalty with a dark past. One that I intend to investigate. I’ll find his secrets and expose every lie that rolls off his tongue. But getting close to Lennox has particular dangers—including his mouth, his golden eyes, and the brutally soft touch of his fingers.
I intend to unravel him, but in the end, I may be the one who comes apart, broken in the hands of a callous prince.
Series: Hell Fire Club #2
My Rating: ★★★
I have to admit, I’m quite partial to an enemy to lovers and/or bully to lovers’ book. So obviously the blurb just sucked me in. So I’m a bit underwhelmed because I feel a bit mislead by the blurb and I feel like the book didn’t really live up to what the blurb promised it to be.
The premise of the book is basically that Lennox Lincoln-Ward is a prince on his mothers’ side, who has suffered great shame and humiliation after his father was discovered to have embezzled billions of dollars from people in a Ponzi scheme, and was later arrested in a hotel with his mistress by an agent, who happens to be Sloane Lauder’s father. He is therefore seeking revenge on him by using his daughter in order to hurt him for the humiliation his mother, especially suffered due the very public way his father was arrested.
Sloane, however, is no pussy. Black belt martial arts vigilante and with future INTERPOL aspirations, he gives it back to Lennox as hard as he gives it. He can’t deny that he feels something for her though, much to his horror; he did ruin his family afterall. With a little nudge from his best friend, Lennox finally pursues Sloane. By this point, however, Sloane is keeping a secret that could ruin them forever.
I have to admit, my curiosity as to how Sloane will untangle herself from her secrets and the clutches of her father had me fascinated. But I was not really convinced of their chemistry. I mean we didn’t even witness the bullying or payback. There wasn’t even an attempt on Lennox’ part to get back at Sloane’s father. We were simply told that was the intention and that it had been happening for 3 years. I don’t know about you, but you tell me there’s going to be some bullying, I want to read about all the torment, the tears. Everything. So I felt like he rather quickly moved from “I want to ruin her” to “I want to fuck her and put babies in her” in a blink of an eye. Don’t get me wrong, I live for the “I’m going to be forever macking” kind of guy falling in love with a girl despite their best efforts not to. While the book illuded to that, it just seemed too quick and with very little effort to resist.
The blurb implies that Lennox is a very deceitful, secretive guy, who potentially dabbles in some illegal activities and lies his way through life. Sloane didn’t even have a conversation with Lennox about anything that could potentially give her any reason to believe he was lying about anything. In the end, the guy was just keeping in touch with a secret half-brother and writing the wrongs of his father.
Having said that, this was my first book by this author, and I believe it’s only the second book they’ve published, so ill cut them some slack. Did I enjoy it? yes. Could it have been better fleshed out? Absolutely? Will I read this author’s future books? Why yes, I will despite my little quibbles about it.