THE DUET IS COMPLETE!
Delivered by Eva Charles is LIVE!!!
Gabrielle Duval belongs to me.
I’ve made sure of that.
Now it’s time to eliminate the man who kept us apart.
The devil himself.
His reign of terror ends here.
On my terms.
Delivered, Book 2 of The Devil’s Duet, is not a standalone. It should be read after reading Depraved. Those who are triggered by dark story lines, please proceed cautiously!
The author can write an entertaining story but for me this was just very much an ‘OK’ read. It wasn’t terribly bad, but nor was it terribly memorable. The writing style is fine and I found both the story and dialogue easy to follow, but it just didn’t capture me.
Delivered is the second book in a duet, with both books needing to be read in order. I was interested enough at the end of Depraved to continue the story. Sadly I have to say that I really, really struggled to connect to, or even like, JD/Julian. Whilst I love a domineering alpha male hero, I can’t stand one that is arrogant and shows the heroine very little respect. For me JD tipped over into this category, with his constant inability to trust Gabrielle or to tell her the truth.
“I’m staying,” she says calmly. “Because we’re partners, or we’re nothing.”
It felt like the latter to me, how many times do I need to hear that he avoids answering your questions? LACK OF RESPECT! However , I’ve read books with similar ‘heroes’ who also annoy the hell out of me, yet most readers swoon over, so don’t rule the book out on that count alone. I have to say that I much preferred Smith and would have picked him over JD any day of the week.
At times I had to push myself to finish this, which is a shame because over all it was a good romantic suspense. It just draaaaaaaged too many times. Honestly I think this could have had chunks cut out and been trimmed down to a longer novel or two novellas. The constant ‘I know he won’t tell me anyway‘ ‘I’m keeping it secret for her own good‘ got old very quickly.
“JD.” He stops in the closet doorway, one hand on the jamb. “Don’t do this. Don’t shut me out.”
The fact that DW, this great evil man who the whole plot rotates around barely makes an appearance was disappointing. It would have been much grittier and edge of seat if we’d actually had more than 2 phone conversations. Yes he’s the President of the USA but he could have at least had henchmen lurking menacingly, lots of implied threats etc. A case of too much tell and not enough show.
I didn’t really feel invested until we were past the 50% mark of this book. Then the last 20-25% felt rushed, with a far too easy resolution, no real explanation of what happened and leaving me feeling as though justice had most definitely NOT been served. It seemed as if it was approaching a word limit/target, so the author just quickly sketched out an ending to fit the space left.
Oh and who killed Georgina and, more importantly, why? That part of the story line disappeared into nothing. I guess it might be continued in future books but then leave it as a mystery rather than a dropped story line. I bought into this a duet, not a duet but with unfinished story line that continues in a third or possibly fourth book. Don’t make it a hot potato and then never mention it again. There was also the whole truth about Deliliah/Mae thing that came out of left field. Did I miss the truth of her employment in book #1, (I don’t think so) or was that a bit of a continuity error?
This review sounds really negative and for me that usually happens when I read a book that has the bones of a good story but that just misses the mark. It wouldn’t have taken many tweaks for me to rave about this book. It had a good plot, well written and consistent characters who inspired emotion (even if it was irritation!), some excellent twists and turns and in the first book, really good pace.
A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into steamy love stories.
A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume, Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends, live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.
Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find their way into her books.
When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
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