I am a voarcious reader who resents the time she spends sleeping and working as it leaves less time for my kindle
So I don't think the Amazon blurb does a very good job of describing the book because it refers to something that happens quite near the end as if it is the start of the story - very confusing.
So Alex is a fantastic driver and wants to drive formula 1 cars, but of course she is a girl and so no formula 1 team will give her a chance, even though she is winning every single formula 3 race she enters. At the start of the book she is giving driving lessons at a race track in performance cars - think stag day racing!
Rob has just inherited a formula 1 team, plus his father's toy factory (which apparently operates from inside the family home?). He has resigned his position as CEO (I think) of a lingerie company to come back and run the family businesses. To get a better feel for the formula 1 business he books a test drive with Alex's company. He drives badly, she mocks him (not realising that he could give her a dream job) and she drops him off in the village to get a cab. For some reason despite the mocking and anger between them Rob kisses Alex as he gets out of the car.
In order to shore up the failing formula 1 business the company decides to try to win new sponsors and gain publicity by hiring a female driver (a move suggested by Rob after his meeting with Alex). The catch? The driver must contribute £200,000 personally.
Then Alex's mother announces she has a rare form of cancer, treatment for which is only available privately for £80,000.
Alex's ultimate boss, MacCameron, is a creepy rich guy who keeps hitting on her. He offers her the money for her mother and the buy-in to the formula 1 team so long as Alex does what he asks. As they are agreeing the contract terms he slips a date-rape drug into her champagne and tries to molest her. Whilst under the influence of the drugs she signs the contract.
Most of the story concerns Alex's trials and tribulations as a racing driver with a management team who treat her like a bimbo and dress her in sexy revealing clothes rather than the safety clothing she should be dressed in. For one reason or another Alex spends a lot of time in press conferences apologising for her behaviour.
Rob and Alex become friends but she discovers MacCameron is even more sinister than she first believed. How can she and Rob become close when MacCameron is out to ruin Rob and his family?
MacCameron is killed and there are a whole host of suspects.
So, plot summary over (at last). I enjoyed the book. It did read a bit like a cross between an Agatha Christie whodunnit and a chicklit novel with a nod to Downton Abbey with ocassional nods at James Bond/the Bourne trilogy.
It was well-written and engaging, I would definitely read more from this author although the killer's identity was fairly predictable.
I'm hearing a lot of meh from other reviewers on GR which may have influenced my views...
But I rather liked it. It was lower key than the Demonica novels - set in a world that is more similar to our own, albeit with vampires. Somehow (and another reviewer made the point that this was highly unlikely), humans have subjugated the much stronger vampires and are using them as domestic slaves.
<blockquote><i><b>A WOMAN OUT FOR BLOOD</b>
Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories - along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there's one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .
<b>A VAMPIRE OUT FOR REVENGE</b>
A member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognises Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation - a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever. </i></blockquote>
Nicole and Riker are pleasant enough, she has been naïve about her family's business and the experiments they have been doing on vampires. She has also been labouring under a misapprehension about what really happened the day her nanny died and Riker's involvement in her death.
When Nicole is kidnapped she quickly realises that all her so-called specialist knowledge of vampires is woefully inadequate and that her belief that they are no better than animals is erroneous. Riker has spent the past 20 years mourning the death of his mate (Nicole's nanny) and has not let another female close to him so why would the first female he feels any interest in be the CEO of the company responsible for vampire slavery?
This is quite light and fluffy, Riker has issues with humans and Nicole has issues with vampires but they slowly move closer together and I felt that they both had a few moments where they got cold feet (understandably).
What I found most intriguing were the glimpses into the world-building that lay below the surface. Things like how did vampires get created – things that are vaguely alluded to and then a huge leap occurs close to the end – won't say more because I don't want to spoil.
Hmm, a vaguely unsatisfying book.
Over half the book was set 11,000 years ago - ok a little bit was 9,000 years ago but don't quibble. The trouble is we knew a good 80% of what had happened already and since none of it was written from Ash's POV I'm not sure we really got much more. And it was unrelentingly depressing.
Then when we FINALLY get to the present day it was all a bit hurried. Tory and Ash's initial sparks seemed really fun and just what Ash needed but all too soon things had moved on. Honestly the thing he liked most about her was that she didn't lust after him like the rest of the human race - for about 2 days! And maybe I'm not getting the "I'm a whore" angst but it seems he puts up with all and any humiliation (physical and mental) from a variety of sources yet he doesn't want anyone to know he was a prostitute? Except it was more of a sex-slave anyway!
And all the other Dark-Hunters are just merging into a big amorphous mess, I can't recall who is what anymore - strangely unless they haven't found their life partners, them I remember fine!
Guessing from other half-reviews I've seen (or is that reviews I've half-seen?) I'm not alone with the meh. So - on with the new, what's next? More Dark-Hunters or something completely different?
EDITED for typos - and I spell-checked! Also, I went on to Larissa Ione's new series
Gemma's parents have put enough rules around her relationship with Harrison that she feels like she's living on parole. But she wins one battle—a summer job working for Harrison's step-father. It is the perfect chance to spend the steamy, hot Florida days with her boyfriend. It's also a great distraction from the cellphone hiding in her underwear drawer—her only contact with Gabe, the mystery man who's stalking her.
When she confronts Gabe, he tells her that her parents are not who she thinks they are, and Harrison has the gall to believe him. Surrounded by conflict, Gemma doesn't know what to believe, and it takes a trip back in time for her to glimpse the sickening truth.
Thanks to her parents, she returns to the present to find the love of her life no longer exists. His family line was broken and now, so is she.
This betrayal forces her to seek out Gabe. Setting aside her fear of the truth, she must trust this man and learn what he can teach her... otherwise, she'll never get her boyfriend back.