Club 22 by Tate James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“How had all three of my love interests grown balls big enough to rival my own?”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 🤐🤫
Narration Type: Duet Narration
The heroine: Hayden Darling Timber (a.k.a. Hades, a.k.a. Daria Wolfe, a.k.a. Dare) – She runs both legitimate businesses and a crime syndicate. She first took power after killing her father and instigating a massacre of the Lockwood family who was into sex trafficking of minors. That massacre included shooting her former abusive fiancée in the face.
The Heroes: Lucas (a.k.a. Gumdrop), Cass (a.k.a. Grumpy Cat), Zed (a.k.a. Zeddy Bear) – Lucas is model handsome and has a great heart but there are things in his past that are just coming to light, Cass is a former MMA fighter and current gang leader and is a growly monster of a man, Zed is the tough as nails, best friend to Hades and has been in love with her for years.
The Story: Now that Hades knows who it is that has been sabotaging her life and her businesses, she is determined to get him, though her and her men are always a step behind. So when she was betrayed by someone close to her, she had no choice but to take action. Now her and her men are dealing with the fallout and trying to get ahead of their foe.
You know what I hate about some romance books, especially ones with intrigue and dangerous situations? When something big happens and instead of the characters talking about what happened or what information they found, things get steamy and they get busy. I am always just waiting for the intimate scene to get over so they can get down to business. I don’t know why they can’t wait until after everything comes out to jump on each other.
This book had a good plot and I liked the plot about their nemesis trying to destroy their businesses and lives, though I kind of wished they would somehow be more prepared for what he does and playing a bit of offense instead of always playing defense when it came to the sabotage. It got a bit predictable and repetitive. Also the fact that Hades kept her bratty sister in the dark about everything for so long is annoying, to say the least. The fact that Persephone is so bratty and clueless despite what keeps happening around her got on my nerves to no end.
I am loving the duet narration by Noelle Bridges and Lucas Webley. Though after listening to this entire series in duet narration it will be hard to go back to books done in dual or solo narration. So few books are done in duet and I just hate when the female narrator does male voices and vice versa. I am getting a little spoiled listening to these audiobooks.
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