Scandalize Me, Caitlin Crews
Scandalize Me, Caitlin Crews
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
Interesting trilogy where each book is based around one person from the group of three friends who’ve grown up in the past ten years, and now circumstances are forcing them to look back on one devastating night where death roamed, and they ignored it. Now they want and need to make amends, and be certain that no-one else will get caught in that same trap.
I read Austin’s story and enjoyed it but with reservations. Now having read Hunters episode I understand much more, and I’m thinking this is going to be one of those trilogies where reading it a second time when I know the whole story, and understand more of the subtle clues and events described, that I’ll get far more from it. Certainly Austin’s book helped me understand much of this one.
Characters, well Hunter – we can see just how his guilt at so much has lead him down this trail of devastation of a brilliant career, but can he redeem it with Zoe’s help? That’s a tough task for her, not least because she needs to persuade him that he wants his career revived. He’s just killing time the way he is, turning a head in the sand approach to his guilt, and yet until he faces it I feel he can’t move on. He’s a good example of the Edmund Burke quote “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” – he did nothing, and the guilt has haunted him and shaped his life ever since. Zoe needs him though – he’s essential to her plans to bring down Jason Treffen. She was another young girl who he lured into his wicked practices, she escaped, but even now his reach covers her and she’s out to stop it, and prevent any more girls getting sucked into his evil games.
Its an interesting read, I enjoyed it more for understanding the back story after reading part one. I loved Zoe, she’s worked hard, been putting pieces into place for many years. It would be easy to just accept Treffen’s control and just work within it – but she won’t, and she wants to do the right thing and bring him down and end the debauchery. The heat between Zoe and Hunter was searing from the first, but neither wanted to give in. Hunter because he sticks to one off sex, is just apathetic and doesn’t do relationships any more…and Zoe, well, he’s everything she hates about what she sees as the wealthy, entitled, moneyed group. She’s worked up from nothing and fiercely independent, and not willing to loose control as she knows she will if she gives in to her desires. Still, despite their best efforts the passions and intensity is too deep to be ignored. I haven’t price or length info but from reading it I’d guess its around 250 or so pages, certainly long enough to get into the characters fully, explore the story and provide an interesting read.
Stars: four, and I think if I went back to Avenge Me now having read this I’d get more from it. Its definitely one I want to re read once I’ve all three parts.
ARC received via Netgalley .