Burn by Elisabeth Grace (Duplicity Duet #2)

Burn by Elisabeth GraceAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Sent

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

Love is just a word until someone enters your life and gives it meaning. The stunning conclusion to the Duplicity Duet from USA Today Bestselling Author Elisabeth Grace. “No”

One word.

Two letters.

But those two letters changed everything.

It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I’d ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in her ruin.

I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.

Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable.

I would fix this.

Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn’t the monster she thought I was.

Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.

If Hook brought two people together in love, Burn tore them apart in flames.

Elisabeth Grace killed us, just killed us at the end of Hook. Okay, at least she did me. That ending tore me apart. TORE ME TO PIECES. And Burn picks up right where it left off. Emily is devastated. She loved and trusted Marco. Believed in him and with one word he completely shattered her world.

One single uttered word took everything Marco loved and treasured away. His life is torn upside down. Those he promised to protect have been destroyed. Now he will do everything in his power to deliver vengeance, even if it turns him into the man he never wanted to be. She is worth everything.

Pain, destruction, sadness, and heartbreak. Burn will make you feel every single one of those emotions. The web behind this story will keep you guessing at every turn. Who can be trusted and how far will each person go to obtain their goal?

I loved the suspense in the story. I do not want to give too much away, but at every turn we are surprised and at times, left heartbroken. The choices made are sometimes done for the right reason for the individual, but the cost is at times too great. I felt my heart break so much, especially during the first half.

In Hook I found Emily to be a strong woman. She did what she needed to do in order to ensure she was able to care for her son. Never regretting her choices, she moved forward and never looked back. Damn everyone else and what they think of her. But now, devastated, she swears to never trust again. She will avenge her loss at any cost. ANY COST. No one will get in her way. But what will it cost her and what will she have to endure? The strong woman is now made of steal.

Marco on the other hand was a man who was always in control. And now he finds himself in the hands of others and without what matters most to him. I loved him in Hook, but in Burn we see a different side of him. It makes him more vulnerable, but also more determined than ever. He will break down barriers for those he loves and when he has nothing else to lose, everyone better be afraid.

As Marco and Emily go down different paths, they will each suffer more than they ever imagined. Will they be able to find their way back to each other? Can such an unforgiveable loss be forgiven?

I loved every minute of this book. Even the times I cursed and screamed. What a wild ride.

I give Burn by Elisabeth Grace 5-amazing stars!

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EXCERPT

Then the door swung open and there he was. For a brief moment I was taken by his handsome features—his olive skin and pronounced jaw, the sparkle in his dark eyes, his perfect, straight nose. More than anything, it was the pull that remained between us that surprised me. Like I was a planet still circling his sun.

There was a moment when we locked eyes that the gravity of all that had happened wasn’t weighing heavy between us, and it almost caused me to stumble back.

Then, after the moment of intimacy had passed, I was sure I saw dread slip over his expression. I wasn’t going to stay put and find out though.

I wouldn’t be standing on his doorstep begging for whatever scraps of information he deemed worthy of casting my way. No, I was here to demand what he, at the very least, owed me, and I wouldn’t leave until he gave it to me.

“We need to talk.” I pushed past him, careful not to make contact, and bolted down the hallway toward the living room.

“Emily, this isn’t a good time.” Marco’s footsteps followed quickly behind me.

“I don’t care. Put aside whatever it is you’re doing. I want answers.”

I came to an abrupt stop when I stepped into the living/dining area and found Alexa sprawled across the couch like she was a feast ready to be enjoyed.

Her blouse was half unbuttoned, her legs draped over the cushions, causing her skirt to ride up a bit on her thighs, and her lips slightly swollen. Her lipstick had been rubbed off her mouth and onto her skin. She wore a saccharine smile that I wanted to rip off her face.

I crossed my arms over my chest and turned back to Marco. “Oh, I see. Well, pardon me for interrupting.” There was no disguising the venom in my voice.

His tortured gazed darted from me to her and back a few times before he schooled his features and responded. “Can we have this conversation some other time?” he asked, his voice neutral.

“Marco, who’s this?” Alexa purred from behind me.

I spun to address her with a fake smile on my face. “I’m Emily. We met at the art show a few months ago when I was there with Marco. Back when we were still fucking. You can call me Brandi, though.” I turned to lock gazes with him before finishing. “Everyone who knows me intimately does.”

His fists clenched at his sides and his jaw tightened. Good. Some small part of me was pleased that I was still able to elicit a reaction like that from him.

I swung my attention back to the blonde on the couch. “I’m sorry to swing by unannounced like this and interrupt what was obviously going to be a good time for you both. I just need a few minutes with Marco, and then I’ll be out of your hair.”

Alexa’s eyes narrowed on me for a moment, and though she was playing nice with me—probably for Marco’s benefit—it was clear she wasn’t pleased with the interruption.

“Perhaps I should go,” she said.

“No!” Marco said, whip fast. “Emily should be the one to leave.”

Not going to lie.

That stung.

A lot.

No matter that everything between Marco and I had been based on lies, the fact that I was so easily tossed aside smarted.

“I’m not going anywhere until we speak.” I leveled him with a gaze that told him I was serious.

“Why don’t you use my bathroom to freshen up, Alexa? It’s that way through my bedroom.” He pointed toward the room that we’d spent many a night in. “I’ll meet you there in a few minutes.”

A victorious smile crept across her face, and her gaze swung to me as she rose from the couch. She brushed her fingers across Marco’s chest as she passed him. “Don’t be too long.”

He nodded but didn’t spare her a glance as she passed, his gaze still fixed on me.

As soon as the bedroom door closed, I spoke. “Sorry to interrupt your play time, Marco, but you owe me some answers and I’m ready to collect.”

 

elisabeth graceAbout The Author

USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a soft spot for romance novels with happily ever afters and a hot spot for alpha males! She currently lives outside Toronto, Canada with her hubby and two small children. Life is busy, but never to busy for a good story and to share her love of reading and writing with others.

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