Greed and lies bound them together, but will the truth tear their love apart?
When Elena Bardot suffers the backlash of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by her father, she retreats to the abandoned estate of his partners in crime. Wolfe Manor is lush and private, a perfect place to lick her wounds – until the notorious prodigal son returns. Disgraced billionaire Alex Wolfe is aloof, imposing, and sexy as hell. Elena knows she shouldn’t want him, but attraction overrules her head.
Life behind bars has changed Alex. He doesn’t have time for the complication of a gorgeous little brunette – especially one with her name – but the tension between them escalates. Lust overwhelms their resistance, and the sex is hot and cathartic. They’ve both been betrayed by family, hurt by society, and cast as villains. Alone together, they take solace in slow kisses and sensual nights. Yet while Elena may be content to hide from the world, Alex is driven to reclaim his place on top of it. This time, he’s determined to take her with him.
Solace in Scandal captivated me from beginning to end. From the very first scene, readers are swept up in Elena's story as the pacing easily takes you along her struggle to regain her life. With that sweet edge of angst and the air of intrigue and mystery surrounding the romance, it was a delicious story that I ate right up.
Elena and Alex are multi-dimensional and empathetic characters with colorful backgrounds. Though not obvious to them at first, they are truly meant for each other. Readers watch their relationship evolve as their attraction pulls them closer despite the shady history of their family's business associations. They are both hiding out on the heels of a public scandal and, as the title suggests, they find refuge and solace in one another.
And holy hotness, their sex scenes left me panting! There was a nice blend of sexiness and plot so that the evolution of their physical relationship was shaped by the growth in their emotional relationship. Nothing was overdone or written for the sake of sex alone. It was beautiful to see these two characters find what they needed from each other.
Everything was well wrapped up at the end and made me feel as if it were simply perfect. The author wrote a story with a tight plot, smooth pacing and passionate characters. What more could we ask for? Oh, the happy ending which left me smiling.
This is a definite recommended read, a true indulgence.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
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