Tate Brothers #2
by Jackie Ashenden
Published on October 3, 2017 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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The Tate Brothers were once orphans and they have been raised to do one thing only: protect what is theirs.
As a trained sniper and Navy SEAL, Lucas Tate found the courage to distance himself from the wealthy, wicked patriarch who adopted him. Instead, he’s devoted his life to the elite band of brothers from his unit. So when the widow of one of his former comrades finds herself in apparent danger, Lucas makes it his job to protect her against all enemies. . .and not let her out of his sights.
Grace Riley feels overwhelmed by Lucas's presence, but the cold-eyed marksman will do anything to keep her safe. Soon the special attention he pays her becomes a wild romantic distraction―one that troubles Grace, since Lucas was so close to her deceased husband. Still, how can she resist Lucas’s intense, ice-blue stare? All she knows is that a life without strong, passionate Lucas is one not worth living. Can Lucas can find a way to honor his former brother-in-arms by saving Grace. . .and loving her, too?
I was a bit hesitant to pick up The Wicked Billionaire after finding The Dangerous Billionaire to just not be my cup of tea. But I’m a firm believer that sequels CAN be better. . . on occasion. . . so I gave it a go. Overall, an improvement on The Dangerous Billionaire but I’m still not sold on romantic suspense novel.
Grace was. . . well, she was supposed to be strong but I’m not sure how I felt about the way that was shown. Her flat out refusal of help when her life was in danger seemed a bit too much. It’s one thing if the person telling you is just a close friend but someone with military connections who probably knows a bit more about what’s going on? Come on, Grace. That aside, I still liked that strength because she wasn’t a pushover ready to let Lucas walk all over her.
Speaking of Lucas, he appeared in the last novel, the aloof sniper who’s good at what he does and has no plans on getting attached to anyone or anything. I found him interesting before and that didn’t change in The Wicked Billionaire though I think part of it was pity, to be quite honest. He’s a lonely figure and I felt bad for him except in the way he considered Grace, making a point to mention her apparent lack of attractiveness which got on my nerves.
But once again my main problem is with the romance. Ashenden is able to craft decent characters but when it comes to connecting them romantically I just don’t feel it. Rather than throwing them into lusty scenes over and over, this time the potential relationship is soured by both characters constantly doubting themselves.
Better than the first book but still not quite what I look for in a romance, I would recommend The Wicked Billionaire to those of you who do like romantic suspense novels even if you weren’t a fan of the first book!