REVENGE: Excerpt and Review

Passion and danger collide in the latest contemporary romance featuring the Lawless siblings—from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake.

When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.

Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.

As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.




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Shelby brushed her lips against his, her whole body seeming to come to life. His lips were soft, his hands tight. He was enveloping her and she was completely defenseless against him.

She wrapped her arms around him as the kiss deepened, and suddenly she didn’t want to play it safe anymore. She’d been in her shell for so long and she wanted to come out of it, wanted to feel again. She dragged her tongue over his lower lip, and it seemed to awaken the beast in Drew.

He took over, the kiss going from sweet to carnal in an instant. His mouth opened, tongue sliding over hers and dominating with strength and a sensuality she’d never come across before. He kissed her long and hard, his hands molding to the curves of her body. Over and over again his tongue danced with hers. Never before had a kiss seemed so effortless. It was like they’d been kissing forever.

For a man who claimed he was socially awkward, he sure could kiss like a god.

It was getting out of hand, but she didn’t care. Nothing mattered except getting more of him. She could feel his cock under her, hardening, lengthening, getting ready for what it was meant to do. He could ease her back against the table, pull off her jeans and panties. It would be incendiary, like a rocket going off, an explosion she couldn’t contain. She could feel herself getting soft and wet and ready for him, as though her body had recognized its natural mate and wasn’t taking no for an answer.

“See, I told you we have chemistry.” His words rumbled along her lips.

She couldn’t argue with him. The world around them seemed hazy and unreal. There was nothing except his touch and scent and the sight of his eyes looking at her like he could eat her up. She knew she should stop him, knew it was getting out of control, but she couldn’t find the will. It had been so damn long since she wanted something she could actually have.

She wanted him.

Shelby let her fingers sink into his hair, drawing him back down. Breakfast could wait. She needed more of him.



Since the day his parents died and he pulled his siblings out of the fire to safety, Drew Lawless has lived his life with single minded purpose: keep his family safe and bring down those responsible for the murder of his parents. That focus drove him to grow up much sooner than he should have and it shows in the man he is today. Although he is a billionaire with a hugely successful company, he can relate far better to lines of code than he can to other human beings. He is socially awkward and a bit robotic at times, but his loyalty and devotion to his family is proof that his heart beats strongly under the hard exterior even if he doesn’t always know how to show it.

The first time he saw Shelby after months of corresponding with her, he finally understood a bit about why his brothers and sister all paired off with their significant others recently. Drew needs Shelby to help him get to the bottom of information he recently discovered without involving his siblings but he wants her on a personal level too. So Drew does what he does best: he approaches it as a business deal with a side of manipulation to stack the deck in his favor while shielding his family.

Shelby knows exactly how ruthless and how much of an ass Drew can be to anyone who gets in the way of his quest for vengeance. As she spends more time with him and gets to know him better, she gets glimpses of the lost little boy who never had a chance to grow up the way he should have and she comes to understand his limitations.  He needs her to help him break through the walls around his heart and to learn how to live for himself for a change. They definitely get hot and heavy but there is always a looming threat hanging over them in the forms of the contract Drew conned her into signing and the lengths the murderer is willing to go to in order to keep their secret hidden forever.

As they race to bring the truth to light once and for all, it is far from a smooth ride! Lingering questions that I have harbored around Hatch’s involvement in the murders are finally answered, the Lawless siblings find out they have another family member floating around out there in the world, and years of manipulation and lies are finally unraveled. Through it all, Shelby has to decide if she is willing to fight for herself and Drew since he doesn’t know how to do it himself, and choosing him will mean notoriety that will compromise her anonymity in her undercover investigations.

Drew’s story was everything I could have hoped for! Revenge was a great conclusion to this story arc and I am hopefully that we will still see glimpses of this family in future stories from the author especially since Mia is part of the Taggart clan as well.  And perhaps we may see that new family member in a story all their own in the future- at least I am hoping so!


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.