Expose Me by Kate Hewitt (Fifth Avenue Trilogy #3)

Expose Me by Kate HewittAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Harlequin 

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.

With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.
He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself…

 

In the final book of the Fifth Avenue Trilogy we get to get into the head of Alex, a news mogul who is the last line in this trio’s attempt to take down Jason Treffen and out him to the world for what and who he truly is. In order to exact his revenge Alex needs to use Chelsea because she has an upcoming interview with Jason and he’ll do anything he can to convince her to take the man down…regardless of it possibly destroying her career in the process.

I found parts of this book to be really well done, specifically the connection between Alex and Chelsea. I loved how he “saw” her for who she was and realized his initial thoughts of her were totally wrong. The walls she hid behind were transparent to Alex after a while and their emotional response to each other grew as this happened. Even though he was a jerk a few times throughout, overall I found him to be an even keel character/hero who wasn’t surprising in any way. I did have one problem with Alex’s character towards the end of the book (I won’t spoil it). I wanted him to react a bit more to a huge occurrence and instead he’s easily subdued  by his friend. I wished that would have been a bigger issue for him.

I think what has bogged down this series for me is that when I read a romance that has a central theme of revenge I want something grittier, darker, more raw…and I didn’t get that, especially with the last two books.  Everything was glossed over. The trauma of the characters felt unfinished. If this would have been more pronounced  I would’ve become more invested in their plight. Even the big ending, the taking down of the big bad Jason Treffen felt, blah. I kept thinking “that’s it”? After three books it’s over that fast? That easily?

The mark gets missed with this series in my opinion. After book one, I just lost the connection I had with the story line. If you want something easy and light to read this might work for you. Had the revenge plot been left out I think I could have enjoyed it so much more.

I give Expose Me by Kate Hewitt 2.75 stars

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