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Author: J.L. Drake
Series: Devil’s Reach
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release: October 30
Tess was under the Devil’s watch while I suffered behind bars with my demons…
The ace in my pocket brings power, and the temptation to flip overwhelms me.
I’m playing chicken with the reaper, and it’s only feeding his thirst.
The smell of blood is a drug. It fuels me. Consumes me.
I am lost.
The Devil stole me, but I refuse to belong to someone else.
I’m a fighter.
I will do whatever it takes to get back to my family.
Treachery and betrayal surround us.
The only way out is to turn the greatest loss into the greatest victory.
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~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~
Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.
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Unfortunately, my tastes have changed a lot since I read book one and two. I am just not a fan of stories featuring one couple being drug out over several books anymore. I also have ZERO patience for pointless other women drama. And like I said, this one had an abundance of your typical cliché type of OW drama. From Peggy, the club whore who (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) came THISCLOSE to having his dick in her mouth and who for some reason was still around when she should have been kicked out the first time she caused issues. Then we had Melissa with the oh so original (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) “Trigger is the father of my baby.” plot twist. If that wasn’t enough we then get a random he was hard for at 67% and thinks to himself “She had plump lips, which could be used in my favor.” (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) this was AFTER he has already asked Tess to marry him mind you and had Tess not intervened I am guessing he would have dropped his pants for her, and the (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) implication he cheated on Tess even later in the book that was never really cleared up. <– Just for the record I don’t THINK he did, but as I said, it is never made 100% clear he didn’t either. Which annoyed me because it needed to be made clear because I finished this book not really believing 100% in Trigger’s ability to stay faithful. It was seriously all so unnecessary and eye-rolling to me.
If I set those issues aside, the rest of the book was OK. Obviously, it was my least favorite of the three, but I was still connected enough with the “mole” plot and whatnot to stay engaged. I found the pace kind of dragged in parts. It also didn’t have the same energy as the first two had. However, the secondary characters remained intriguing. Denton and Fin were adorable, and Tess was BADASS. Last, it was all wrapped up in a satisfactory, but lackluster ending considering all the buildup with Allen and whatnot through three entire books.
So yea, a bit of a mixed bag I guess with this one. The other women drama just felt like filler to drag out the story and create more unneeded drama. There was already enough drama with the mole storyline that would have carried the story forward all on its own. The OW stuff could have been dropped with no effect on the overall plot at all. After two books I was expecting this couple to be more solid and be a team working to expose the mole. All the relationship drama (not to mention all of Triggers hot and cold weird ass moods) took away from the overall story and slowed the pace. Maybe it is my mood today, or as I said above my tastes have changed, whatever it is I am sure I will be in the minority, and that is fine. So please do read other reviews before deciding on whether to read this one or not.