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Young woman bought by rich man - ends in a cliffhanger
November 4, 2018
Warning - this book ends on a cliffhanger. This wasn't advertised in the description, so I assumed I was purchasing a stand alone in a banker series. It's not, so there isn't any closure to the book. I would have liked to have known this before I started reading it.
I'd give this 3.5 stars. The plot isn't anything groundbreaking, but it was an okay read. Young and naive Lana is desperate for money as her mother is sick and she wants to send her to the States for trial treatment. She offers to sell herself to her super creepy boss, who likes consensual sexual assault, in order to get the money. As she's out for dinner setting up the arrangement, she meets eyes with an enigmatic man who invites them to an exclusive party. They attend and Blake offers her double to spend 3 months at his sexual beck and call. Lana is exposed to Blake's world where a select group of uber-rich families control the world. It gets a bit ridiculous in parts as you can probably tell from the description. There's one part where he takes her to a party attended by the elite of society. There were cloaks and masks. It was brief and went absolutely nowhere so I'm assuming it was in there to either stretch out the book or show us how rich and exclusive Blake is. If so, it was still unnecessary because this was stated more or less in every second chapter. There was also the token cold family, jealous predetermined fiancee and Lana's hard knock life.
I didn't mind the plot and characters. Lana wasn't too whiny, which makes a nice change for this sort of book. Blake is predictably cold and arrogant but, of course, soft at his core for Lana, who he sets up in an apartment and showers with his wealth (drivers, clothes, fancy dinners, etc.). He's comes across as a snob, though, telling Lana not to try and understand his life and world. As someone well educated to rule the plebs, he also has a terrible understanding of the poor and the general population. I wasn't fussed on the writing. It was a bit too stilted for me to rate it higher, but the dialogue itself wasn't terrible. There were random quotes and sayings brought up throughout the book - this became a bit weird.
I'll give the next book at go, mainly because I'm hoping for a bit of closure, but this installment kept me on the hook enough to rate it a bit higher than average.