Heartbreak You by T.L. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars.
Craziness, suspense and intrigue!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌎🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: The city and Atlas’s private Island
The Hero: Atlas – owner of a bunch of businesses, some legal, most illegal, including a Casino. He also has extremely high stakes games at his private island. His father is in prison, his father was good at what he did until he got lazy and was eventually arrested. Atlas is much better than him.
The heroine: Theodora – a good girl who always does things for others before herself. She kept enabling and helping her sister Lucy even though Lucy doesn’t care for anyone but herself. In Heartbreak Me, the first book, Thea was abducted by Atlas and forced to work off money Lucy stole from him.
The love story: Atlas and Thea were falling for each other by the end of Heartbreak Me. Their romance began while Thea was working off Lucy’s debt. Thea did jobs for him, like romanced high stakes gamblers to get their minds off the game so they would lose.
I really enjoyed the first book because I liked the fact that Atlas was a strong character and the fact that Thea was working off her sister’s debt doing actual jobs. In a lot of books the heroine gets kidnapped and has to work off a debt in bed. That doesn’t seem very realistic as the Hero is usually a great looking millionaire so he could get any girl he wanted. It seems more realistic to want someone to work off debt doing something that would make the guy some money and that is what happened in the first book
I am going to give away this little bit of information since I had to read back in the first book to remember it (though I do have a bad memory). When Thea was sent to work on Atlas’s island, she got to know a millionaire named Nicholas. He was a nice guy who didn’t really want to gamble too much and went for a walk with Thea on the beach. I forgot who he was at the beginning of this book so that is all I am saying about him. Thea also was working off the debt in her old job running a fashionable clothing store. Since the owners of the store also owed Atlas money and there was some exchange that went on regarding that in the first book.
Like the first book, this was hot and steamy but not as steamy as some books. Though I did like the chemistry between Atlas and Theodora. I liked some of the things Atlas does and how he goes about trying to win her. Though I wasn’t to fond of his attitude and the way he tended to blame her for things that were not her fault. But overall, he was a great guy and super hot!
The story about Thea’s sister Lucy was a good one. If you read Heartbreak Me, you know that despite the fact Lucy was married to Atlas’s cousin Benji, she still is determined to get Altas to fall in love with her. She is obviously using Benji and she keeps saying that Thea is trying to steal Atlas from her, though she never actually had Atlas.
The character development is great in this book and we find out more about the side characters as well, like Thea’s best friend Tina, the girl she works with, Marissa and Sydney, the woman who works for Atlas. I read this book straight through in one sitting and really enjoyed it.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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