Exciting and Romantic!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 😳☺️🤫😍🥰
NOTE: This review has spoilers from the end of The Damaged, so if you haven’t finished that book, you may not want to read the next three paragraphs.
The heroine: Bailey Hayes – She’d been nearly kidnapped more than once because she is the illegitimate daughter of one of the biggest tech billionaire’s in the world. Her family has gone through some huge changes but things had been looking up for a minute there. Until everything fell all around her when the cabin they were in was bombed.
The Hero: Kashton Colello – He is the grandson and only living relative of Calhoun Bastien, one of the richest and most powerful men in the world with ties to the mafia. Calhoun had wanted to get to know Cash, but on finding out that Kash was not interested, Calhoun decided to destroy him instead. He did something seriously bad hoping that Bailey would blame Kash and start to hate him.
The Story: The last book not only ended in a huge cliffhanger, but also introduced a new character. Just who is Chase Bastian and what is he going to do in this book? Obviously he has the same last name as Calhoun. Was he raised by Calhoun or does Calhoun not know about him? Is he Kash’s uncle or brother? Who kept him hidden all this time? I certainly won’t be telling.
Tijan did a great job giving an overview of the first two books at the beginning of this one for those of us that read them more than a few months ago. I love that, since I read a book a day or more which puts well over 100 books between the time I read The Damaged and the time I started this one. I hate it when I am struggling to figure things out in a book because unlike Bailey, I don’t have photographic memory.
I really enjoyed Bailey’s story from the very beginning and I think her and Kash have a ton of chemistry. I liked Bailey as a person and just loved the relationships with her half siblings. There are so many great characters, in this series that it has been fun to read. I love Kash, he is an extremely wealthy man in his own right and such a manly man who can do almost anything. He is certainly a take charge kind of guy and is perfect for Bailey.
“Stay and love your woman or leave and kill your grandfather. What a choice to make.” He gave me some side-eye. “But you’re not infringing on Team Batt. We can do Team Katt or you can do Team Kailey. There’s no Team Bakatt.”
This book had a lot of action and intrigue. I loved the story and the fact that Bailey and Kash were a couple but didn’t get boring. I kind of hate it in books when the main couple finally gets together and admits that they love each other and everything is lovey dovey and boring after that. And absolutely loved how Kash was so supportive and kind to Bailey without being too over the top.
I enjoyed the fact that these two still had monsters to slay and things to do which kept the story interesting throughout. Also I was so glad that a question I had since the beginning of The Insiders was finally answered about halfway through this book.