Friday, June 12, 2015

ARC Review: Revenge Best Served Hot by Jackie Braun (Men of the Zodiac, #6)

Revenge Best Served Hot
Title:  Revenge Best Served Hot (Men of the Zodiac, #6)
Author:  Jackie Braun
Publisher/Publication Date: Entangled Indulgence; June 9, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format/Source: E-ARC, Publisher/NetGalley

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Book Summary

Sign: Virgo

He’s all business…until he’s all hers

Brody Flynn waited years to get revenge on Douglass Shipping for his parents’ accidental deaths. Now the company is fumbling, profits are down, and it’s the perfect time for a hostile takeover. Vengeance. But the former CEO’s daughter Kate Douglass has other plans…

Kate’s been waiting for her chance to take on a real role at Douglass and prove to her family that she’s not the fragile piece of glass they all think she is. There’s no way she’ll give up without a fight. All she has to do is convince the gorgeous new CEO to hire her…and not fall for him.

But Brody was never supposed to feel attracted to the daughter of his enemy. He was never supposed to want her as hard as he does. And the only thing stronger than his hunger for revenge is his hunger for her…

My Thoughts

“Revenge is a hollow victory” (p. 224).

It took some time for Revenge Best Served Hot by Jackie Braun to become engaging; however, the slow start worked beautifully given the conflict that was introduced early on. The story started as Brody took over Douglass Shipping. Kate Douglass was the daughter of the previous CEO and she was set on continued employment with the company. Initially, it seemed that Kate’s actions were unrealistic as she agreed to work for the very person who had screwed her family over, but they were understandable as Braun revealed more about Kate’s motivation. Brody was all business and was set on revenge for what happened to his parents. I loved the transformation of his character as he had to do some serious introspection after meeting Kate. As Kate and Brody cozied up to one another, Braun did a good job of keeping the business take over at the forefront and adding elements that raised constant questions regarding whether they would ever be able to trust each other enough to be anything other than two people vying for control.

Revenge Best Served Hot is the first book I’ve read by Braun. I loved the execution of the story and the characters’ growth. As such, I would recommend this book as that next summer read for contemporary romance fanatics who also love a dose of competitive tension added in the mix.

Rating 4/5

I received an E-ARC of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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