Published by: Avon Books
Released on: January 30th, 2018
Series: de Vincent #1
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Rating: 4 stars
Thank you to Avon Books for provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
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...
Southern goth, romance, and plenty of mystery. Armentrout's newest release has all the makings her adult readers have come to except. This time around things are heating up in a setting that is just as much as a character in the story as Julian and Lucian are. The Louisiana Bayou definitely has it's charm, romance, and some deadly mysterious of it's own.
The southern gothic vibe created an atmospheric setting that was equal parts intrigue, danger, and mystery. All three tied together to create the part of the story I liked the most. There's definitely something sinister that is happening in this story, and it is partly what ties the de Vincent brothers to their house. While I ended up figuring out what the mystery was and how the secrets tied together, it still didn't ruin when everything came to light in the story. There are definitely more little pieces to this story that kept me invested.
Julian was a strong character with a fiesty independent side I admired. She can definitely hold her own when it comes to Lucian and her brothers. Lucian was interesting. I'm torn on him. The romance, and chemistry between he and Julia is definitely sizzling. However he also creeped me out how often he threw in the "Ms. Hughes" which had me feeling like he was referring to an elderly character. Which, don't get me wrong, I know the who southern manners, but after they really get to know each other, that whole "Ms." comment just felt creepy.
When it comes to the brothers, there's so much more I wanted to know! Devlin may be the most gruff and standoffish, but that makes me want to know his story even more so. I'm looking forward to reading Gabe's story next. I have a feeling Armentrout has only given just a glimpse of what's to come with the brothers, and how their individual stories all tie into this series. I'm looking forward to reading them.