Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Blog Tour & Book Review: The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

The Evolution of Man
by Skye Warren
Series: Trust Fund Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 25th, 2018


Ambitious. Intense. Irresistible.

I never wanted to fall for man.
And definitely not two men.

They tear me apart until I don’t know how I’ll ever be whole again.
Until I’m not sure I want to be. How can I choose between two halves of myself?

THE EVOLUTION OF MAN is the second novel in the USA Today bestselling duet, which begins with Survival of the Richest.

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Survival of the Richest
by Skye Warren
Trust Fund Duet #1
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“Good evening,” he says, as casually as if he saw me last week instead of six months ago.
“Christopher,” I say, in case he hasn’t noticed. A table like this is reserved for VIPs or very special guests. Or ones with deep pockets. “This is the chef’s table. We’re sitting at the chef’s table in Koi.”
“Is that good? I thought they just ran out of regular tables.”
“Did you just make a joke. Oh my God. You did.”
The chef chooses that moment to introduce himself, a rather effusive man with a comforting smile and a thick Japanese accent. He says he’ll forgive that we drink champagne as long as we try the sake pairing he sends with every course. And he personally serves the amuse bouche, a tuna sashimi lollie on a fennel cilantro salad with ponzu dressing that makes me moan despite myself.
“Dear God,” I say when we’re alone again, my eyes still closed with the wonder of that single bite. There’s salt and citrus, and basically this is what heaven tastes like. “Did you spend all two billion dollars to get this table? Because it’s worth it.”
When I open my eyes Christopher is watching me, a strange expression on his face. He hasn’t touched the plate in front of him. He seems more interested in the way that I dip my finger in the ponzu dressing and lime foam to savor the last drops. I’m not sure that love is on the table, but if the glitter in his eyes is anything to go by, sex is definitely an option.
“One billion,” he says, almost absently.
I blink. “What?”
“Only one billion is mine. The other half belongs to Sutton.”
It’s like a bucket of cold water dumped over my head. “Why did you bring me here?”
One dark eyebrow rises. “You’re the one who insisted we meet in person.”
“And you’re the one who brought me here.”
The long pause that follows isn’t filled with hearts and roses. He does not secretly love me, and I feel like a fool for even considering the possibility. Because he took me out to dinner? It’s really a good thing I don’t date much, because I’m terrible at it.
“I invested in the restaurant,” he says finally. “It helps to have your take.”
“Because I have such a refined palate?”
“Because you were born rich,” he says, his voice flat. “You know what rich people like.”
It takes my breath away, and I’m left staring at him with the most incredible taste on my tongue. That’s all I am to him? A rich girl with nothing better to do with my time than give him advice on his new restaurant? Meanwhile I was gullible enough to think he actually wanted to spend time with me. It isn’t right. It isn’t fair, but then Christopher Bardot has never played fair. 
Excerpt of The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

About the author: 
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat. 

My review:

I anxiously awaited this sequel because I desperately wanted to know how this love triangle was going to end. Survival of the Richest was the first book I’d read by this author and I loved it so much that I was a little disappointed that book #2 had lost some of the magic from the first one although it was still captivating at times. I was especially intrigued by Sutton and couldn’t wait to find out who Harper was going to choose in the end and hoped that there wasn't a bad outcome.
'Money comes easy, but love is the elusive dream, the one thing always out of reach.'
Although there were some very emotional parts that broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes, I couldn't give this book a higher rating. The story was turning in a circle and dragging for most parts of it. The last 20% were the ones that had my heart, although the ending was very sudden und not satisfying enough for me. It’s not that there was an open ending but it just happened so quickly without any explanation or confession of anybody. That's not how a love triangle should end for me. Not if it doesn't want to leave me frustrated.
'I don't know how to love someone without the taint of money. I don't know how to have a relationship with a man where I'm not waiting for him to leave.'
I was slightly annoyed at Harper that she acted so selfish because she wanted Christopher but kept Sutton close all the same. She obviously would have acted differently with Sutton if Christopher wasn't in the picture and I believe that she wouldn't have looked twice at Sutton then. This really saddened me because he was my favorite person out of those three.
And the icing of the cake was that Christopher was never nice to Harper and even said something horrible and mean, although he had the decency to apologize afterwards, but she only had eyes for him, whereas Sutton was nothing but a good man compared to Christopher. Still, Harper couldn't understand that the only 'bad' thing Sutton did was only meant to keep her from hurting. So, why couldn't she forgive him? She was only ever angry at him and had her eyes set on Christopher. This wasn’t even anything new as the same was true in the first book but it annoyed me nonetheless. Harper was desperate for attention no matter from whom. This woman was insincere and selfish through and through.
'PS. You are the most self-centered, arrogant bastard I've ever met.'
This book wasn’t much of a romance story though it was well written and the characters were intriguing, but they still didn't know what they wanted. The author obviously knows how to write push and pull scenes and the sex scenes were very hot!! There was a lot of physical attraction but lacking in emotions as the characters were all rather closed up. I have to admit that I understood the pent up emotions, that there were feelings locked up and hidden, anger and sorrow, unrequited love, the pain of love and loss. The hurt of life. But the ending was too sudden and I did not know where the love suddenly came from because there was none in the entire book.
'That's how I can clear a room, ladies and gentleman. Welcome to the Harper St. Claire show.'
-- I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book given by Social Butterfly PR. --

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
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