The Blame Game
by Tracie Delaney
Series: The Brook Brothers #1
Genre: Standalone Contemporary RomanceRelease Date: July 19th, 2018
Their paths were destined to cross.
First she’ll make him hers.
Then she’ll ruin him.
To save his dream, Jax Brook needs a loan—fast.
And the gorgeous, seductive Indie Monroe holds the key to his success.
At first she’s supportive, enticingly so, but as Jax falls deeper under Indie’s spell, he can’t help but wonder at the secrets she won’t share.
Indie hasn’t a mean bone in her body, but family must come first.
For the sins of his father, Jax will pay.
Except Jax isn’t the sinner, she is. And she’s fallen for him.
As their lives collide, Indie begins to have second thoughts about the path she’s destined to walk. However, she isn’t alone in her desire for vengeance. Someone is pulling her strings. And no matter how hard she tugs, they won’t let go.
If he can’t forgive her, will he at least try and save her?
Love is supposed to be strong. Isn’t it?
The Blame Game is the first in a new series that follows four brothers through their lives and loves, trials and triumphs.
Each can be read as a stand-alone.
Tracie Delaney writes contemporary romance novels that centre around strong characters and real life problem with, of course, a perfect Happy Ever After ending.
When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match, especially those involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.
Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband and her two crazy Westie puppies, Cooper and Murphy. Any tips on stopping them chewing the furniture would be gratefully received.
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A great story that showed so perfectly how poisonous the feeling of revenge can be and what it can do to a person, how it can eat at you and destroy you if you let it.
Although Jax only needed financial help, he got a lot more than what he planned when Indie came into the picture. With instant attraction on both sides, what's more to wish for? Well, there's a tiny thing called revenge that made everything a lot more complicated. Until real feelings got involved, because that's where it became a whole lot messier.
'Jax had to pay for what his father had done.'
There was only a little background info on Jax and his brothers but with more books to come in this series I'm sure we will learn more about them. I feel like I know only a handful of facts about Jax whereas Indie gave some more insight into her past, though I'm not sure how accurate those were because it felt a bit like her view had been manipulated by the things planted in her head by a certain someone.
There's honestly nothing negative to say about this book. It was a great story that was well written. I loved the author's previous books and I truly enjoyed this read as well. The only thing preventing me from a full star rating was my lack of connection and liking of the characters, mainly the heroine. It just kept me from being sucked into the story and fully loving it. I also didn't buy into the instant attraction. Everything happened so fast and I just didn't feel the spark.
Finally at Chapter 16, at around 60%, did I start to like the characters more. I can’t explain why but from then on I had a better feeling of it altogether. Maybe it was because Indie had played this game all along and didn't fully show her true self until this point which made it hard for me to like her, and that's a tough thing for a story if I don't much like the heroine.
'She was making him want something he hadn't thought possible – a life for himself.'
The third person involved in this story was like a black shadow looming over Indie and Jax. I felt sorry for what Indie had been through in her youth and I felt really bad for Jax not knowing what came to him. But mainly I was mad at Indie for playing this game, no matter how ridden by guilt she was.
At the end of the story was a little peek into what's coming next in this series and I'm really excited for the other brother's book.
-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by the author. --
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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