Conceited by T.L. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I hate it when the heroine is a journalist!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏
Character development: 😳🤬😏
The heroine: Ariel (a.k.a. Raven) – all through high school she was in love with her best friends brother, Falcon. Falcon gets with all the girls but on the night Ariel puts herself out their, he turns her down flat and she is humiliated and has hated him since.
The Hero(s): Falcon – part owner of The Crimson Elite, a super secret sex club for the rich and famous which has one rule, nobody talks about what goes on there. It isn’t just a rule, it is enforced and those who break it get broken.
The Story: Falcon meets Ariel years after high school and becomes obsessed with her. She hates him and won’t give him the time of day, but he is persistent. He wants her body and nothing more and she is well aware of that fact plus she is a journalist. When a disgruntled high profile prospective member goes to Ariel and starts talking about the club things get messy.
This was a weird one for me. I just wasn’t connecting to the characters I guess. I think because Falcon was such a unabashed man-whore and it seemed his change came too fast and it seems his change was only from a love of being intimate with a different woman every night to a love of being intimate with just one woman every night, not so much a love of that one woman. Though maybe it was just me.
Though the story was good and there were things about Falcon that were redeemable in that he loves his sister and does something huge for her. He also is great with his friends, their wives and the Creed’s little baby. Then just when I really start liking Falcon, it’s Ariel that I started to dislike. As a reporter she wants to write a story about the Crimson Elite that will rocket her into the big time and damn the consequences. Not to mention the fact that she is so stupid, when they tell her not to publish an article, she basically gives them the finger, just asking them to hurt or kill her.
The narration was great though. It was dual POV and dual narration done by Ava Erickson and Alexander Cendese and I really enjoy both of these narrators. Their voices were perfect for these characters. I still plan on listening to the next book Insolence about Darby who is a bit of a dark horse.
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