His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny Holiday

Posted in Contemporary Romance/ Reviews 23rd July 2016
His Heart’s Revenge by Jenny HolidayHis Heart's Revenge by Jenny Holiday
Series: 49th Floor #4
Published by Entangled: Indulgence on June 20th 2016
Pages: 210
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four-stars

Alexander Evangelista is a millionaire with all the trappings: houses all over the world and hot guys lined up whenever he’s in need of some no-strings-attached company. He's on his way to world domination.
A CEO in his own right, Cary Bell is competing for a major client with his boyhood crush. He’s never forgiven himself for betraying Alex. But with his professional reputation on the line, he’s going to have to find his inner cutthroat if he wants his new company to succeed.
Alex isn’t about to let his nemesis steal a client out from under him. It’s time to break Cary’s company—and his heart.

‘His Heart’s Revenge’ revolves around a thoughtless act two decades ago set two people on very different paths that forked then converged again in a high-stakes meeting. Alex’s and Cary’s tenuous friendship was shattered during a summer camp and since then, both have suffered in their own way. Their reunion – as somewhat laughable as it is to think that they never quite forgot their 2-decade old love – is hostile, yet fraught with tension as they inevitably slip into enjoying the chemistry that they’ve always had together.

The draw of this book really, was Jenny Holiday’s characters who circled each other like sharks and then went down like wildly, complete with metaphors and awful innuendos that had me laughing at the most inappropriate times. Alex’s journey from quiet teen to ruthless corporate banker is charted out with so much sensitivity that I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him; at the same time, Cary’s genuineness is just as appealing when it becomes clear that he simply made a stupid but monumental mistake with Alex when they were teens. It’s simply unfortunate that his words had such power to change the course of Alex’s life drastically.

Picky as I am about M/M romance, there are times when I stumble across one that’s a keeper and ‘His Heart’s Revenge’ is probably one of those, even as a standalone when it’s clear that this is part of a series with. Holiday’s assured and persuasive writing simply reminds me of the primary element that I find compelling about this specific genre of fiction and strangely enough, it doesn’t have anything to do with the sex scenes at all: the way men behave with each other as they struggle with their emotions because it’s always enjoyable to have something so different from the push/pull elements of M/F romance. And because I felt as though I couldn’t say goodbye to Alex and Cary by the end of the book, that was when I knew Holiday had done it right.

four-stars

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