Synopsis from Goodreads
The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance Hero.
Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal – a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.
Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.
When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.
An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.
After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…
Nadia and Henry’s story crosses over with the time-frame within Hero and provides insight into the depth of loyalty Henry shows towards his friends and the pressure he endures from his family especially his mother.
Nadia has a lot of emotional barriers stemming from an incident in her past that altered her future and her perspective of herself, sinking into a deep depression. With the help of her best (and only) friend, Nadia rises from the ashes of her old life when she relocates with her current job. However, the underlying problems still linger in the background.
Henry’s womanising reputation does little to dispel Nadia’s fears, understandable when her background is revealed. Unfortunately, Henry’s naturally flirty nature is ingrained in his personality adding fuel to Nadia’s insecurities. I loved Henry’s development through Villain and his acceptance and patience with his relationship with Nadia.
There are thriller elements to the plot linking Nadia’s past to the present, adding an aspect of doubt to who we think Nadia is.
I loved the cameo appearance of Lexie and Caine within Villain adding to the connection to both the characters and the parallel plots.
While Villain is a novella there is a lot of information packed into the plot alongside phenomenal character development. Remember there are always two sides to every story!!!!