The Hale family is obsessed with status, power, and control. No problem is too big their money can’t solve.
Royce Hale manipulated me into giving him everything. My virginity. My hand in marriage. My heart.
And as soon as he got what he wanted, he callously sold me off for a cool ten million.
In the boardroom and the twisted game his family plays, he says the only rule is to win at all costs.
Yesterday I learned a painful lesson not to trust the prince of Cape Hill. Today I’ll destroy his carefully laid plans and show him just how badly he’s already lost.
All the money in the world won’t be able to stop me.
Series: Filthy Rich Americans #2
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥
Okay, y’all know how much I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since Royce made that deal with the devil in The Initiation. So obviously as soon as I got the obsession in my kindle I was on it. I loved it but the whole time I was reading it I had my “what the fuck” face on. I must admit I was a bit nervous about reading it because the Initiation was fantastic. I mean how do you out-fantastic fantastic? I bet you’re wondering too huh? I already told you, Nikki Sloane has lost her mind and this book is evidence of it. Only crazy people come up with shit like this. Nonetheless
When Marist Northcott agreed to marry the prince of Cape Hill, Royce Hale, she underestimated just how fucked up a situation she was agreeing to. Hell the initiation was bad; surely it can’t get any worse than that? Well, I’m glad you asked. When Macalister forces Marist to move into the Hale mansion, to Marist this is just a nuisance and an inconvenience, but the plans that Macalister has for her are all the way fucked up.
Okay let’s pause here for a minute. I get it Marist is facing the devil himself in Macalister. He’s all power, entitled, vindictive, and manipulative and holds the fate of her family in his hands. But
My God the emotional immaturity displayed by Marist started to piss me off. I get it Macalister has her under his thumb and she wants nothing more than to protect her family but fuck me. At what point do you draw the line? When the chess game proposal was made I thought okay, he’s asserting his dominance and shit, also maybe she’s picking her battles. A chess game, that can’t be a bad thing, right? WRONG!!
She’s understandably pissed off at Royce, so she’s reactive to her feelings and not thinking logically. So I cut her some slack when she did and said things just to piss Royce off and worry him. In a bid to show some defiance, home girl decides to go get a tattoo. But she’s going to need a ride to go get said tattoo. I’m thinking okay, I can see how that would piss Macalister off and make her feel like she’s in control of something.
But first she has to get to the tattoo parlour; alone and unnoticed – which means she needs her car keys back. So that means she has to get back to the negotiation table with Macalister.
Who the fuck does that shit for keys to a car just so they can go get a tattoo? I mean surely she has a bit of money; she couldn’t have just taken an uber or whatever the equivalent of that is for filthy rich people? She claims to have strong feelings for Royce and to detest Macalister; yet she allowed that shit to happen?
At this point I’m done with Marist. Really I am. But it gets worse. Macalister is really fucking with Royce and Marist for real. And Royce and Marist are really treading water trying to stay sane, out of Macalister’s way and find a way to each other’s arms. You know, stolen moments. So I would have thought Marist would realise that Macalister is fucking with them and at least lied about where she was going when he insisted on joining her in the maze where she was meeting Royce. Now Macalister has done some nasty things to these kids at this point, but the proposal, or shall I say the demand made in the maze
In my mind I thought no, this HAS GOT to be the point where she draws the line and says
But oh no. I mean I’m still trying to cut her some slack, and I’m not one to shame people but Marist at this point is exhibiting some
And while all this is happening, where the fuck is Royce? For a man of his status; one who exudes so much power and claim to care for his fiancé, he sure is a
Outraged, so angry that he tears his room up, I thought okay Royce, its time we got some emotion out of you and see you protect your woman for a change so
And you know what he did?
COME ON ROYCE
And then there’s Alice and that cliffhanger…AGAIN
The battle faced by Maris and Royce is so frustrating. I must admit, this book really pissed me off. Not the story per se that was dope. It’s the characters. I mean at the initiation I felt sorry for Marist. I thought she was a victim of circumstances and poor Royce was just as victim to his father’s deception. But fuck my life, were they infuriating in this book. What the hell is wrong with Macalister?
I really wish the book was written from dual POV so we can hear what Royce’s train of thought it about all the shit that’s happening. We spent all our time in Marist’s head and I’m over it. This book was basically about Marist and Macalister and the back and forth between them. After a while I was just over it to be honest. There wasn’t enough Royce featured and very little romance and a whole lot of fucked up shit. BUT