Whenever I see a new release for Natasha Knight, the black heart stops for a few minutes. Every book that she has written I have read and loved. She has a way with sucking you into these dark and sexy worlds! Her latest release, Devil’s Bargain is no different. Her writing is on point and her talent is endless.
As usually, Natasha has created characters that I was instantly connected/attracted to. Our main characters Melissa Doe and Hawk MacLeod are probably one of my favourite couples that Natasha has written.
I was drawn to Melissa’s character straight away. This beautifully broken woman just doesn’t know her own strength. Prepared to pay for her sister’s sins was a sacrifice that she was prepaid to pay. She had a kind and caring nature, one that I sure would be taken advantage off by Hawk, but while she is soft at heart, she is no ones fool and will fight for what matters.
Now Hawk MacLeod was the ultimate alpha asshole but once you peel back a layer or two, you start seeing a man who has been abandoned by his loved ones. He touched my heart and certainly got my pulse racing. For me, he was the character that I saw the most growth in, you see him have everything and then release that its not actually what he wants his life to be. His journey was what ultimately stole the show for me.
Together the characters strengthened each other, and their chemistry was fantastic to see. Their relationship wasn’t rushed and while the story was spread over a long period of time, you could see their relationship go from strength to strength.
While this is a Natasha Knight novel, the storyline isn’t heavy in darkness and it’s a great addition to her collection. It was a book that I inhaled and just couldn’t but down. Maybe it was down to the characters or storyline or the combination of both, but Devil’s Bargain was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to see if the secondary characters that we meet are given their own books.
Devil’s Bargain is a fantastic addition to anyone’s TBR List and I would highly recommend this author and her work to everybody.
I reach out, place my hand inside his. It feels warm and rough and when he closes his fingers over mine, his grip is firm.
Because I know what I must do. I know why he brought me here.
You owe her nothing.
I manage to get to my feet, and he’s got to be a good foot taller than me. Even with my pumps, the top of my head barely reaches his chin.
Heads turn as Hawk, his presence at my back enough to guide me, leads me toward a door at the back of the room where a man stands sentry. He opens it at our approach.
“Go on,” Hawk says from behind me. He’s standing closer than I realize and a shudder runs through me at the feel of his breath on the back of my neck.
I hear the faint hint of his accent. I heard it throughout our conversation, stronger sometimes than others.
I walk inside and the lights go on. I realize I’m in his office. I don’t want to be impressed or amazed, but this is spectacular.
“This way,” he says, beckoning for me to come. He looks down at me and I think how strange his eyes are. Different colors. One is a mossy-green, the other half green and half crystal-blue. The green is warm, the blue ice-cold.
But I know any warmth I think I see is in my head. This man, he’s all sharp edges. It’s like someone took a beast out of the wild and put him in a thousand-dollar suit thinking it would somehow tame the animal inside. Somehow contain it.
“Melissa?” he says my name and I realize I’m staring.
“She was going to do that? Let you sell her? To pay you back?”
“You want me to do that in her place?”
“I’m merely giving you an option. It’s your choice entirely.”
“You want to strip me, put me on that stage and sell me to pay a debt that’s not my own?”
He cocks his head to the side like he’s annoyed. “Like I said, I’m giving you an option. Don’t push me, Melissa. My kindness only goes so far.”
“Yes, kindness. Besides,” he pauses as his gaze drops to my mouth, my chest. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you drew more than what’s owed.”
“Is that supposed to make me feel better? To make this sound somehow more appealing? Not like what it is?” My voice is quaking, it’s as unsteady as I feel.
He shrugs a shoulder like he couldn’t care less and checks his watch. “Your answer.”
I’ve never been in a world like this before. A world of money where a quarter of a million dollars is something you loan out. Where men like Hawk rule and women are put on auction blocks to be sold to the highest bidder.
Hawk. Is that his first name or his last name? I don’t even know. But I do know that I don’t belong here. I don’t belong in his world.
“Melissa,” his voice is firmer. “What’s your answer?”
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance, Natasha Knight specializes in dark, tortured heroes. Happily-Ever-Afters are guaranteed, but she likes to put her characters through hell to get them there. She’s evil like that.
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