Jack Dalton is given a chance to escape from prison and he takes it. He is driven by a need to kill the man who was responsible for his sister’s death. Nothing will stop him from completing his goal; it is all he has lived for since he was thrown into prison. His escape is thwarted by a group of people called Nemesis, Unlimited. They give Jack the offer of working with them to ruin Lord Rockley or they will offer him back up to the prison warders. Jack doesn’t see any immediate option but to humor them until he is able to escape and work on his own.
Nemesis, Unlimited is a covert group set up to take care of problems in society that most people would overlook. These problems are ones rich people would feel beneath them and wouldn’t make an effort to fix. Lord Rockley is known for taking innocent girls and ruining them and nobody seems to care enough to fix it. Nemesis has found a way to bring him down where it really counts- his money. That is a slightly different idea than what Jack was thinking as he won’t be satisfied with anything short of Rockley’s death.
Jack is willing to play along to see what they can accomplish in regards to Rockley. He works directly with Eva, one of the original members of Nemesis. Eva and Jack spend a lot of time together following Rockley and infiltrating certain areas of society in order to fulfill their goal without resorting to killing. Eventually, though, things start to heat up and when other people die they all realize it might not be enough to just bring Rockley down with money. They might have to resort to more serious methods.
One of my favorite types of heroes is the big bruiser because it is such a contrast to see them gentle with their heroines. Dalton is very much a large, rough, and uncultured individual that struggles to be something a little different for his love. We see several examples of how he might not be as smart or as learned as what Eva is used to especially considering she is a tutor. Eva is not of Society but she is still a completely different woman than Dalton would normally associate with. There is a huge gulf for them to gap for any relationship they would like to have.
Simon straightened, tugging on his coat. “I might have. But she rightly pointed out that people who work together oughtn’t mix the personal and professional.”
Jack snorted. “Maybe it’s on account of her type not being polished toffs. Maybe she needs someone a bit more rough around the edges.” He studied himself in the mirror, in his strange piecemeal evening clothes.
“Dalton, if you were any more rough, you’d be serrated.”
The romance here is slow to develop as most of the book is plot driven. It is definitely there and acts as a constant undercurrent to everything else that is going on. This wasn’t something that could quickly happen because Jack is just out of prison and Eva is mildly coercing him to work with Nemesis to take down Lord Rockley. The first half of the book is spent more on setting up the take down of Rockley and while that happens we watch Eva and Jack dance around each other in the most subtle of ways.
Their first kiss doesn’t come until almost the 60% mark and with that first kiss also came the Eva backing down and saying it wasn’t going to happen. I almost felt sorry for Jack at that point. Poor guy had been in prison and now he was being teased. But when they do finally come together the heat in the scene makes up for all the previous stops and starts.
Sweet Revenge is a book that has it all. It has a sweet, slow developing romance, a villainous bad guy, a fast-moving plot with great action and a happy ending. I really enjoyed every aspect of it. This is a new series from Ms. Archer I would encourage everyone to jump on-board! Final grade- B
“You go throwing out a challenge like that,” he rumbled, “I have to take it. Don’t forget, love, I broke out of prison. Getting into you bed won’t be as difficult.”