Published by Avon Books on 3/26/2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
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Revenge never tasted so sweet…
When Clayton Campbell shows up on her doorstep, Olivia Swift is stunned. For long ago, Clayton was the boy who stole her heart. He’s also the man her betrayal had sent to the gallows. A man she believed dead, now standing before her, looking leaner, harder, more powerful than ever, his haunted eyes filled with a lust she had never seen—for vengeance…
Or burned so hot…
He’s a Crown spy who once faced death and escaped unscathed. Yet Clayton Campbell cannot deny that the sight of Olivia rouses in him something more than a thirst for revenge. Or that the bold beauty would lure him once more into a dangerous game. Only this time, Clayton plans to be the victor—with the tempting Olivia in his bed as his prize. But once passion ignites between them, the hard-hearted agent will face his greatest battle yet—for his heart…
This is the second book in the Sinners Trilogy. These follow a group of spies formally know as the Trio. Now out in the world we are getting their stories of love. The first one in the series was Madeline ‘s story, Sins of a Virgin. In this one we get Clayton’s story. Part of his childhood was hinted at in the preview book, but we get the full story in this one. The great thing about this book was that it works really well as a standalone rather than part of a series. Don’t feel that you need to read the first one in order to get what is going on in this one. There is enough back story for everything to make sense.
Like the previous book, I really enjoyed this one more for the mystery part than the romance. Though the romance part was much better than the first book in this series. Randol does a great job throwing in twists towards the end that you just don’t see coming. While I had figured out the who did it sooner in this one, there were still some shocking surprises. I really want to make a bad analogy of Russian nesting dolls and this book, but I think I will spare you that… 🙂
Clayton has returned to his childhood town to seek revenge against the man that ruined him. There he ends up meeting up with his childhood sweetheart, Olivia. Olivia also happens to be the daughter of the man he hates. A case of mistaken identity with Madeline sees Olivia being kidnapped and shipped away to Russia. This is where the majority of the book takes place. It’s a wild sleigh ride through a snow covered St. Petersburg as they try to help stop an assassination among the Russian royalty.
Since this was a romance I should talk about that part as well. Unlike in Virgin, I really enjoyed the romance part as much as the mystery. I loved seeing the love bloom again between Clayton and Olivia . The flashbacks to their childhood love were great as it really gave depth to their story. It was nice to see that they had to learn to love and trust again in order to make their relationship work.
I also really like that all of the heroines in these books are strong. They hold their own against the men and don’t fall into the “save me” mentality that so many romance writers put their women in. It wasn’t just Olivia in this book either that was strongly written. There is Kate who I really liked and would love to see her story written out in a future book. Her’s has an open ending in this one that would leave the doorway open for that option in the future. Though I’m not going to get to much into her as this wouldn’t be fair to you readers as it would give to much away!
Randol is quickly becoming an author that is on a list of authors I stalk. I’m looking forward to Ian’s story as well as where her writing will take her after she finishes up this trilogy.
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