French Retribution (French Romance Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Evie’s heart was broken on the night, ten years ago, when Raph, the love of her life, abandoned her inexplicably and her heirloom necklace was stolen in a mugging that nearly killed her. When Evie has finally regained her necklace – through a bit of thievery – and bumps into Raph in the marketplace making her escape, is it any wonder she believes this is more than coincidence? Raph abandoned her the night her necklace was stolen and now that she has recovered it, he’s the first person she meets?
Raph has his own reasons for distrusting Evie – believing that it was she who abandoned him that night ten years ago.
Now, thrown together again for a suspenseful cat-and-mouse game where Evie and the necklace are targets, can they trust each other enough to work together? Old feelings are rekindled in each of them despite their lack of confidence in each other as they run from whoever has trashed Evie’s hotel room, tried to run her over in the street and made an attempt at poisoning…
Raph and Evie were believable characters as was the relatively small cast of secondary characters. Though I did want to shake both Evie and Raph at different points because of their hard-headed refusal to give up their mistrust! The plot picks up with break neck speed toward the end, and the culprit was a surprise to me and yet was completely plausible.
This was an enjoyable romance with some well-portrayed sex scenes that were not too graphic. And naturally, being a romantic at heart, I enjoyed the ending. :)
“A decade of mistrust lay in between. Yet interwoven in the waves of tension was a frisson of longing she couldn’t deny… but now out here in the silence of the night it had a beguiling power of its own… The years fell away. Her body knew what it wanted and her mind wasn’t capable of resisting… The growl of his satisfaction at her submission was a balm to her anxiety. `I’ve missed how you turn my blood to fire’.”
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I like the author’s frequent use French words and idioms. It adds a sense of place and ambiance, but a Glossary of French terms would provide added comprehension.
The book was well edited (loved the cover), but it could benefit from a more logical and convincing plot, particularly the climactic ending.
This story felt more like a second-chances in romance where after ten years Raph and Evie unknowingly crossed each other’s path in the backdrop of a small Spanish town.
The author has created a fairy tale world—Spain, Coastal France, and enough of the male hormones to make any woman’s imagination run wild.
I really liked the author’s writing style. There’s enough sprinkling of French words in the book but they blended beautifully with the English prose.
The chemistry between the lead couple was mind-blowing and the minty moments between them kept me turning the pages. Both the characters were well rounded and believable. However, I wanted to explore Raph’s character a bit more.
There’s enough suspense and romance and the love scenes were portrayed just too beautiful, not explicit, not too graphic, yet sensuous and erotic.
Anyone who’s looking for an intriguing suspenseful read with a sizzling chemistry and mind-blowing love should go for the book.
Evie is in France stealing what she thinks is just her grandmother's necklace back when she runs into an old flame. Things ended badly between the two of them, but they are still drawn to each other and come to a business arrangement.
Business arrangements when you still have feelings for each other never quite work out the way you think they will when you come up with the idea for one. No one should TECHNICALLY know Evie has stolen her grandmother's necklace back, but someone is hunting her for it.
The book was a fast paced read and didn't shy away from the steamy scenes, the passion, or anger from certain characters. The bad guy is the bad guy you may suspect if you're paying close enough attention, but it's nice to have it confirmed towards the end as there are several feints to the left and other possible characters that could be the villain.
It was an excited read and I'd be interested in reading the first two books in the series