Title: Vengeance (Valentine Shepherd, #1)
Author: Shana Figueroa
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Expected Publishing Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense
Format: eBook, Paperback
Page Count: 304
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Not every Valentine is a saint . . .
Corruption. Greed. Illicit sex. Murder. Private investigator Valentine Shepherd thinks she’s seen it all, and her strange ability to glimpse the future gives her an edge no one else in the world has. But when her fiancé is killed trying to exonerate his client, billionaire Max Carressa, Val makes it her personal mission to bring the people responsible to justice, no matter the cost. Convinced the two men are linked by more than attorney-client privilege, she enlists Max’s help in her investigation and gets more than she bargained for.
On the run, Val and Max must uncover who wants them dead and why. The answer leads them to a conspiracy that has Val herself at its center. She doesn’t understand how or why, but time is running out to expose the truth and escape the danger she knows is coming . . .
♦ Personal Thought ♦
I think blurb of this book should come with caution that there were explicit contents of M/F, F/F, M/M, M/F/M and implied abuse inside. So those who might not feel comfortable with any of the above could really consider before picking this book.
Sex matters aside, Vengeance was quite an interesting story to read with thick plots and overflowed with actions …and body counts.
This book is a pilot of a new series of what I predict to be an intriguing one. No one and nothing were as they seem here. I applauded Shana Figueroa‘s weird take on a group led by a powerful Seer to mastermind matters to go and culminate to their arranged ends. At least she made those way-too-many-steamy-scenes bearable to go through (I’ve no qualm about graphic scenes, but trust me when I say way too many as …Oi!! A. Lot.).
The main puppets – I mean, characters – in this story were PI Valentine Shepherd and millionaire Maxwell Carressa, both with supernatural ability to look into the future, whenever they were on the verge of orgasm.
Max was an antihero character, really far from perfect despite being described as disgustingly gorgeous and rich. So push the thought that this male lead would charge riding the white horse saving his princess; Max was not that kind of MC. He had too many baggage to deal with.
Originally, I expected more from Val, considering her background as an ex Army Sergeant. She had a gun and she could shoot; on that issue I had no problem. But I really really wish her to be tougher on other matters, like hand-to-hand fighting or better sense of danger. She was said to be a crack PI, FGS! Yet sadly, here she seemed to depend on her supernatural capability to solve the puzzle, yet still manage to bungle the outcome!
I think, should I decide to continue to read this story, it would be because I’m intrigued with the general plot, and curious with what would happen next and whether the whole conspiracy and manipulation would be revealed. And if I happened to see Val and Max again in the story – which I believe I would, given the series title – I hoped Val would up her game a few level and Max to use his nerdiness to the fullest.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.