Wednesday, 15 April 2020

#BookReview: From Enemy's Daughter to Expectant Bride by Olivia Gates



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Revenge and love collide in this Billionaires of Black Castle novel by USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Gates

Rafael Salazar came back to Rio to destroy the man who stole his childhood. Then he spies the beauty across the ballroom…and passion overwhelms him. Even after the shock of discovering who she really is, he vows to make her his.

Eliana Ferreira has never met a man like Rafael—powerful, irresistible, unstoppable. She knows something dark drives the self-made billionaire, yet she can't deny him anything…until she discovers his terrible purpose. She is expecting his baby and is days away from becoming his bride, but will his revenge tear them apart forever?


MY REVIEW

I love Olivia Gates' and the high stakes plots of her novels. The premise of this story promised the same, although it turned out not to be what I expected.

This book is filled with passion pretty much from chapter one, even though sex doesn't happen until about 70 percent into the story. And it doesn't stop (I see some of you 1-clicking).
The entire book is mostly about the physical intimacy between Rafael and Ellie. Despite the passage of time, the reader is only exposed to them in that way. I would have liked to see more of how their love grew outside the bedroom/study/kitchen (you get the point). A lot of that is skipped and treated in retrospect. In the early pages of the story, the heroine is really propped up--gaining her undergrad degree at a young age and having 2 masters' degrees etc. However, we do not get to see her in a professional setting at all to experience her brilliant brain. Also, the prologue sets up an intriguing revenge plot, which was the hero's driving force. The resolution was a little too simple for my liking.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but it could have been so much more...



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