New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers the unforgettable story of a woman whose new life has just begun—but may end in murder...
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent... her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.
Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.
The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia...
I usually LOVE anything by JLA but this one... maybe it has to do with me and my not really wanting to read this month but I just... couldn't really get into it. It's well written and the plot is solid but I just felt like this story was written to be a fantasy for women who feel trapped in their life/marriage and want an escape to somewhere 'better'. I just didn't connect with the story or the characters really which is odd for me when it comes to a JLA novel.
I loved Julia and thought that she was a pretty good character, on the whole... she seemed a lot weaker than other JLA female characters. Which isn't a bad thing at all. I found it refreshing, not every single woman out there is some badass. Plus, she'd been abused. It fit her character greatly.
Lucian was weird in like the first 3/4 of the novel to me. He can't take no for an answer. In the end though, he won me over. He's not the smartest guy in the world but he is loyal to those he loves and will do anything in the world for them.
I do wonder where this is going to go... will it shift into the paranormal realm or if the 'ghosts' are just that... a ghost story. Now, this isn't a bad novel by any means, it's just my least favorite of any of JLA's novels. The writing is great as always, the pacing is perfect, and the characters have a little JLA banter between them. I think most people are going to love this. If you've not read this yet, go for it!