Laid Bare is an action-filled tale filled with sex, heartbreak, revenge, lust and moments that makes you want to re-read a chapter several times because you are still shock for what happened. Laid Bare was just as fantastic and powerful as the first two. I love how V. E. Campudoni writes. He can pull a scene together like no other. I say "scene" because that was what they were. Steamy yes, erotic yes, but done with such taste and style and passion. Even the pace of the book with the mafia side story has me convinced who is the series antagonist, Lochlan McKenna. The man is smart, dangerous and spells trouble for everyone in the series. There's even a mentioned within the book about his daughter and if my suspicion is correct, would make him the most hated character in any BDSM book series I had read so far.
Now, I'm going to say something a little weird for me. If I have any complaint about the book, it's that I wished he would do a spinoff on the O'Shea's and the syndicate. There's gold in that side story! In this book we get to see Raul's 'family' and I love Jamie & Donnie O'Shea and their relationship with him. The Square itself seemed to be a living, breathing character like the Looking Glass and I just want more of the two.
Now for the sensitive readers, there might be... well... too much sex. Now don't get me wrong - the smut is SERIOUSLY top-notch. I mean, panting-while-reading-smokin'-hot. But there's a LOT of it and in ways that some may feel that it don't necessarily add to the story. However, it does. Without giving spoilers, there's several scenes that is hot and heavy and dark and scary and amazing and definitely adds to the plot. Our lovers are wounded in the worst possible way and in order to heal some of those wounds, they have to go to some scary places. That means that the sex is an important part of the story.
Then there's the many twists within this story. Without giving away spoilers, I must say that I found myself screaming at my tablet as well as being left in a state of shock and for the first time so far in this intense series. No cliffhanger! Our characters have a HFN, but it's obvious that it's going to be short lived, thanks to Joslin's aka Claudette's stepbrother Duke.
I looked at past reviews on this series and I found it funny how they kept comparing Enzio with Gideon Cross and Christian Grey, when I see no comparison. Cross maybe better than Grey, but he is nothing in comparison to Enzio. If anything, the two of them would be members of the Looking Glass whom Enzio would have to teach a 'lesson' to. Enzio Salazar is no longer my book boyfriend, he's my book husband and V. E. Campudoni, you have made a serious fan out of me and inspired me to review books once again! It's books like yours that makes this all worth wild and I cannot wait for your fourth installment! - Donna Leary - GoodReads.com