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Series: The Billionaire Banker #2
January 24 2014
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (Adult)
Beyond the seductive power of immense wealth lies... Dark Secrets
Devastatingly handsome billionaire, Blake Law Barrington was Lana Blooms first and only love. From the moment they touched his power was overwhelming. Their arrangement quickly developed into a passionate romance that captivated her heart and took her on an incredible sexual journey she never wanted to end.
The future together looked bright until Lana made a terrible mistake. So, she did the only thing she could... she ran.
Away from her incredible life, away from the man of her dreams, but she should have known a man such as Blake Law Barrington was impossible to escape. Now, he’s back in her life and determined that she should taste the bitterness of his pain.
Shocked at how rough the sex has become and humiliated that she is actually participating so willingly in her punishment, she despairs if she will ever feel the warmth of his touch—the solidity of his trust again? And even if she can win his trust, loyalties are yet to be decided, and secrets to be revealed—secrets that will test them both to their limits.
Will Lana be able to tear down the walls that surround Blake’s heart, and break him free of the brutal power of immense wealth?
Can Blake hold on to Lana’s heart when she discovers the enormity of the dark secrets that inhabit the Barrington family?
Lana has always believed that love conquers all. She is about to test that belief…
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
When Lana ran, she expected never to see Blake again. But just as she’s beginning to get her life back together, he appears seemingly out of nowhere. He’s cold, angry, and bitter, and he wants the forty-two days she still owes from their original contract. Still in love with him and with a misplaced sense of responsibility, she agrees, knowing this just might break her.
Losing control isn’t something Blake allows himself to do, but it seems he can’t stop himself. Despite Lana’s betrayal, he can’t stay away from her, has been waiting for her, has been looking for her. The only weapon in his arsenal, though, is their unfinished contract, so he uses that to bring her back into his life. Only his life isn’t as privileged and easy as one would think, and when terrible, dark secrets emerge, he’ll have to choose between the legacy of his family and the woman he loves.
Damn. If you read my review of The Billionaire Banker, you know how desperate I was to get my hands on this sequel. But it was nothing like what I expected. The story starts out well enough, with Lana and Blake reconnecting, so to speak, even though he’s almost cruel in his bitterness and treatment of her. The fact that she allows it should have irked me more, but I was convinced that the end would justify the means. But then everything went horribly off track.
The fact is that I don’t much like dark stories, romance or not, so when Forty2 Days veered off into conspiracy and occult territory, I ended up pretty lost.
Years ago, I picked up a box of books at some church garage sale thing, and I remember being about 70% through one of the books when the font changed, the scenes seemed horribly out of place, and new characters were introduced like I should have already known who they were. I flipped a few pages, looked at the page headers, and realized that there’d been some crazy publishing mishap. As nutty as it sounds, an entire chapter of a completely different and unrelated book had somehow ended up smack dab in the middle of the one I’d been reading. The binding was perfect, and it was clearly a publishing error. So when Lana and Blake’s story took a turn for the strange, I stopped, glanced through a few more pages, and honestly thought there was a good chance the ebook I was reading had run into the same sort of issue. Granted, I’ve only ever seen that happen with that one book years ago, but it seemed that was the only logical explanation for what I was now reading. No such luck, though.
I suppose it’s not a bad story; it’s just so far outside my comfort zone that I stopped enjoying it when things got weird. I thought I was getting a romance with maybe some heavy angst and erotica… I’m not even sure how to describe what I ended up reading. The romance was there, the erotica was there, and the angst was there. But then there was this totally different, far-fetched piece in the mix that just made me uncomfortable. I think people who like dark romance, heavy drama, and wild conspiracies just might love it; it just wasn’t the right book for me.