Author: Sullivan Lee
Format: eBook, 289 pg
Source: Author, Requested Review
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A Criminal Love Story
Edgar and Mallory Battle are on the run after a spectacularly violent escape. Now, with a trail of bodies behind them, they need a hostage against the inevitable standoff with the police. Their first doesn’t last long, thanks to sociopathic Mallory. Edgar has been hiding his brother's crimes since they were kids. Now he’s torn between family loyalty and self-preservation.
They carjack Lucy Brightwing, a criminal fresh from her own heist, with a fortune of uncut gems hidden in her vehicle. She could escape – but she won’t abandon her millions. She could kill the Battle brothers, but she has to be careful. For one thing, if the law investigates, they’ll find her ill-gotten loot. For another, her own life is sacred. She’s the last member of a Florida paleoindian tribe thought to be extinct – the Tequesta. With her share of the money she plans to buy, bribe and blackmail her way into her own ancestral tribal lands in the heart of the Everglades: a Tequesta nation.
Lucy leads the brothers into her beloved swamp, determined to kill them. But when she falls for Edgar she must decide whether to risk her heritage and the future of her tribe to save the doomed brothers. Brightwing is a thrilling, action-packed story of love and adventure.
Warning: This Review May Contain Spoilers
It took me a couple chapters to actually get into this story. But after I got the hang of the characters and what has happening in the story I got attached to them. When I would have to put the book down I often found myself wondering what would happen next in the book. I liked how the two stories wove into one. Lucy was on a mission and the Battle Brothers were trying to escape the police. Then they decide to take (another) hostage, and to their surprise Lucy can hold her own. I was really excited Lucy could handle herself. You find most often the girl just accepts her fate.
Through most of the book I was hoping Lucy would just kill off Mallory. He was so annoying to me. I understand he wasn't all there but every time things cooled down he killed another person. In the end I'm glad she didn't, as he proved to be useful..
I really liked the romance that blossomed between Lucy and Edgar. It wasn't your full on, "Oh, I love you. Nothing mattered before you." but you could tell they made each other comfortable.
Overall I really liked this book. The only thing that bothered me was a few points in the story where it was difficult understanding which character was talking. But other than that it was a very good read. Lots of twists and things to keep you interested!