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Title: Revenge
Series: Lawless #3
Author: Lexi Blake
Publisher: Berkley Romance
Publication Date: 20 June 2017
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Passion and danger collide in the latest contemporary romance featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he’d promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.

Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.

As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.


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Revenge is a really hard story to review without spoilers, especially due to the nature of the MAJOR cliffhanger at the end of Satisfaction. Lexi Blake spins one hell of a tantalising web with each thread crossing over and taking you in different routes.

Drew – resident tech genius and head of the Lawless clan – carries the weight of responsibility on his shoulders, he selflessly takes care of his siblings and is determined to uncover clear his fathers name in the process. Unexpected revelations at the end of Satisfaction leave Drew reeling and more determined to seek vengeance while protecting his siblings. In Drew’s mind this means keeping his siblings in the dark as to the truth he has uncovered. Although there is one person he is willing to let into his inner circle, the gorgeous and perceptive Shelby. Drew is a very complex character, although he pretends to be unemotional/logical/stoic there is an air of vulnerability to him.

Shelby is intrinsically woven into the events involving the Lawless family due to her own brothers death while investigating the very crime they are trying to clear their father of. Shelby is a fantastic investigative reporter, she is able to pick up on elements that others have missed or overlooked.

Drew and Shelby are attracted to each other but more than that they instinctively understand each other on a deep level. Shelby, especially, is intuitive to Drew’s emotions even when he himself is unable to process them.

Drew always like to have a plan, he doesn’t process spontaneity well and his lack of a normal teenage life often translates itself as a disconnection to his emotions and those of others, Drew feels it necessary to control all of the aspects in the lives of the people around him even at the expense of his own happiness. I found Drew to be utterly adorable in his obviousness and honesty. Although his actions often contradict his own desires he truly believes he is doing what is best for everyone else.

Shelby might truly be the only woman that is able to deal with Drew ♥

Revenge is fast paced with more than a few surprises in store, all of the Lawless siblings feature in revenge and is was fantastic to see their group dynamics as well as the progression of their individual relationships.

Lexi Blake’s portrayal of sociopathic tendencies within Revenge was truly chilling. I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to confront such a person.

Revenge is a fabulous conclusion to the Lawless series, although I am sad to say goodbye to the characters I have come to love.