Absolute Power by Jeana E. Mann
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
I’m not sure if I liked the Hero, but I liked the story!
The book itself was good, I just don’t know if I liked the Hero or not. The Hero, Cash Delacorte isn’t your average rich, successful businessman. He also is not really a mobster. He is a former gang member that has left gang life and moved up, so to speak. He is rich and owns a nightclub and a Jewelry store, among other businesses but he seems to make most of his money in jewelry heists and bribery schemes.
The heroine, Jagger Jones is the manager and part owner of a small Jewelry store/gallery where she designs her own custom Jewelry. Jagger’s sister, Callie used to work for Cash and was his girlfriend, but Callie betrayed Cash, stole $200,000 and skipped town to New York with her new Mobster boyfriend.
Cash tracked down Jagger because she stole a ring from him and was caught on video feed. She wanted to see if was good enough to make a fake that was good enough to fool people. She made replica of a ring just like a ring in Cash’s store, with fake stones. Jagger then went to the store to try on the real ring and while the jeweler wasn’t looking, she switched. However, Cash tracked her down and wants restitution.
Cash had already been dreaming about Jagger after seeing her on the video feed. Then when they meet the attraction between the two is hot. Cash is a powerful and dominant man and Jagger is a bit more innocent and naïve. The romance is steamy (Heat: 3 Flames out of 5 🔥🔥🔥). However, I guess I just didn’t understand Cash.
Cash demands that Jagger pay him the sister’s 200,000 in addition to the price of the ring she stole. He threatens to make her disappear if she doesn’t pay up and he doesn’t give her long. At first, I just thought he added on the sister’s debt because he wanted Jagger and would eventually forgive the debt, but even after he starts sort of dating her, he still demands the full amount.
Then there are other times where Cash protects Jagger and treats her very well. So I guess I didn’t get it. Also he knows that she is stressing about the money and putting herself in debt to pay it off and he seems to be very wealthy so why does he care about that money? He ends up saying he is doing it to push her to be better, but that just doesn’t hold water. How many of us in the world are deeply in debt and did that make us better?
Anyway, I did understand some of the motives Cash had by the end of the book and maybe we will understand him better in book 2. He was pretty mysterious and wouldn’t answer Jagger’s questions about his past. Overall I did like the book and will read the next one. I just wish this one was longer and had more background.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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