Review: VENDETTA by Autumn Karr & Sienna Lane

Please note: this is not dark romance.

I am not a good man.

I have lied and cheated and stolen. I've decided between life or death, like it was my due. None of it matters, not anymore. These are not my sins.

I see her raise her hands, the dark metal she's clutching reflecting the moonlight. Her finger trembles as she cocks the gun pointed at me. Her eyes are cold, determined, but I know.

I know her.

My name is Devon Andre and I confess my sin. I am not a good man because this is the woman I love.

She pulls the trigger.

* Standalone contemporary romance.
* Mature reader advised due to sexual content and strong language.

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REVIEW

Leighton and Devon’s families have been enemies for years. The two have lived in constant awareness of each other their whole lives, but are forbidden to actually “know” one another. Until one night when everything goes a little off course….

“It was a moment that started a hurricane that would sweep us away into the world of imperfect love and vicious hate. Insatiable lust. Excruciating pain. Guilt, and temptation.”

Devon takes Leighton as his prisoner, a piece of the family he blames for the death of his own. The only problem is he has a hard time convincing himself to stay away from her, and she him.

“At least when she wasn’t here I could avoid her, and focus on things that were important. But knowing that she’s just three flights of stairs above me makes it impossible for me to think straight.”
—Devon

The attraction between the two is very apparent, even when they are both doing their best to pretend it doesn’t exist. The tension was thick, especially given that you didn’t know if Devon was gonna kill her or kiss her half of the time.

Leighton was feisty and even though she was scared for her life, she did her best to remain strong and in control of the situation. And Devon, despite his inner turmoil over what to do with his princess prisoner, was caring and filled with blind loyalty. He was also sometimes sweet and always sexy as hell—I would not mind meeting him in a dark alley!

This story was like a cross between Romeo and Juliet and Sempre. Organized crime princess held hostage—check. Star crossed lovers—check, check. Disloyalty, desire, and danger—check, check, check!

I really enjoyed the dual first person perspectives in this book. I love getting glimpses into both main characters’ minds because it usually helps me to guess what is coming. I must say that even though I had a good idea where things were headed, a couple of things still surprised me!

Vendetta is a standalone but the ending left a lot of room for more. I really liked it a lot, so I cannot help but wish that we might see more of these families and characters someday!

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