Saturday, June 3, 2017

seriously romantic: exposed by rhonda pollero

exposed is the kind of thriller where you know exactly who the bad guy is and all you are waiting for is for the heroes to catch a break and finally outsmart him. darby hayes grisom is hanging on by a thread. after a whirlwind courtship and marriage, the truth behind her husband's charming facade has become too apparent for her to ignore. when he attacks her after a dinner gone wrong she decides she wants out.

but he's one step ahead of her. he kills her parents. cuts her off at every turn. taunts her with the truth of what he's done but claims that she is responsible for all of it. the terror, the brutality of it is suffocating. darby trusts no one. how can she? and how can she raise her daughter in a home with a sociopath? so she concocts the craziest plan.

and if her husband weren't one step ahead of her all the time, it might work. but he is and everything falls apart. luckily before things go sideways she'd connected with jack kavanaugh. he's a lawyer who has a soft spot for abused women. and how can he resist darby?

he believes her. that simple fact means more to darby than he'll ever know. he believes her that her husband is crazy and will hurt her in any way possible and because he knows this he will help her. he will help her through this mess. and if she wants him to, he'll stick around to help her because even though the timing is terrible and wrong, he wants to. he wants her. and she wants him too.

the intensity of the plot lets you forgive how quickly darby and jack fall into a relationship. the fact that darby's husband is an actual monster pushes aside any squeamishness about adultery. it shouldn't work as a romance, but it does, and that is due to the pure chemistry between darby and jack.

**exposed published on february 7, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/grand central publishing (forever yours) in exchange for my honest review.

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