Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EVIL STEPSISTER by Scarlett Jade

Series:  Love Series #1
Author:  Scarlett Jade
Publish Date:   02.25.15
Publisher:  Love Kissed Books
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Trigger warning:  Rape scene
Received from:  Scarlett Jade (Amazon gift)
Goodreads link: Evil Stepsister
Date completed: 02.27.15

Description from the publisher:
Brielle Harper was the perfect woman. Gorgeous. Talented. Sensual.
And my step-sister.

I had loved Brielle Harper since I was a little boy. I was her protector. Both her parents and mine divorced within months of each other and suddenly--her mom and my dad were engaged. She tormented me my every waking moment. I was too infatuated to care. 

A tragedy sent her into my arms for just one night. She taught me about love and I helped her to forget in those few hours. The next morning, she was gone. I was left cleaning up the mess we’d made. My future was in shambles while she was now a rising star.

For five years, she was gone from my life-- a famous pop star who was burned out from living too fast for too long. And now she wanted back into my life, AND my heart.

Even though she was my evil stepsister, I had always loved her. I always would. I just didn’t know if I could bank on forever with someone I couldn’t trust to stay.

This is the first book in the Love series.  They will need to be read in order.

Carter has been in love with Brielle since they were very small children.  No matter what she does, he loves her – even when he doesn’t like her.  His father marries her mother and the emotional torment she gives him increases to a fever pitch.  When she moves away, breaking his heart, and then returns, he is left to wonder if her demons can ever be put to rest.  Can they ever have the HEA he wishes to have?

 I’m not sure what I expected, but this story idea surpassed my imagination.  I didn’t realize “I love my step-brother/sister” was a modern trope, especially since it’s near to life in my family. (My sister married our foster-brother.)  Now, I’m curious what other authors may invent with this concept.

At 50%, I couldn’t keep it to myself and had to gift a copy to a friend.

Brielle reminds me of every mean girl I ever met in high school.  Her favorite target is the one boy she knows will love her and protect her no matter what.  It’s such a horrible way to repay such dedication and devotion.  Here is an example of their interaction:
Text Box: “Why can’t you just leave me alone?”

“Because I don’t want anyone else to have you just in case I decide I want you later on.”

That pretty much sums up Brielle’s attitude.  Even with that, I still love her just as much as Carter.  As always, Scarlett Jade creates characters who are beautifully flawed, lovable, and relatable.

I can’t wait to read Good Stepbrother.  We’re going to find out WHY Brielle acts that way.  Knowing Jade, this is not just a simple case of narcissism.  Good God, where might she lead us next?! 

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

The Love Series:
1.      Evil Stepsister
2.      Good Stepbrother (coming April 2015)
Other Books from Scarlett Jade:
·         The Mistletoe Bride
·         Cherry Tart
·         Beautiful Downfall
Wild Rose Series:
1.      Saving Grace
2.      Finding Christina
3.      Raising Cain
Rhythm of the Heart Series:
1.      September Tango
2.      November Foxtrot
3.      February Waltz
Just a Little Taste Series:
1.      Love at First Bite
2.      Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Book Club Series:
1.      Kiss a Frog
2.      Roping Two Frogs
3.      Entice a Frog (coming soon)
4.      Pursue a Frog (coming soon)

“Carter, are you here on a date with your little girlfriend?”

She leaned across me and held out her hand to Gabby. Her tits swung inches from my face.

“She’s not my girlfriend. Yet.” I added for good measure, pushing her back. “This is Gabby.”

“Hi, Brielle,” Gabby smiled tightly. “We have geometry together.”

“That’s right!” Brielle grinned. “You’re the girl who chews her braids. Wow, Carter, you aimed high, didn’t you?”

“Excuse me?” Mindy squealed, and Kirby had to restrain her to keep her from climbing over our sodas and ripping blonde hair out of Brielle’s pretty head.

“That’s uncalled for, Brielle.”

“What? I’m just shocked you got a girl to go out with you. I mean, you do know he’s in love with me, right, honey? And if you give him your cherry, he’ll be thinking about me the whole time,” Brielle tossed her hair over her shoulder and smiled again.

I jumped up from the booth. “Excuse us.” I grabbed her elbow and jerked her out of the parlor. We ended up in the alleyway behind the restaurant. “What the fuck’s wrong with you?” I yelled.

“Ooh, I like this side of you. You pissed off is moderately hot. Are you going to hit me?”
“Why would I hit you?”

“And just like that, you’re no longer appealing,” she sighed and leaned up against the slimy brick wall.

“Why are you ruining my date?” I ran my hand through my hair and then jammed both hands in the pockets of my jeans. Truthfully, I did want to strangle her.

“Because I can.”

“I don’t want you. I want to go on my date with Gabby, a girl who might actually want to get to know me and might actually care.”

“You’re such a liar,” Brielle whispered, pushing away from the wall. She moved slowly toward me and the flickering streetlight made her look almost angelic.

“I’m not a liar,” I insisted. I was powerless against her charms and the bitch knew it. “I don’t want you.”

“You protest too much.” she murmured, rubbing her breasts against my chest. I kept my hands in my pockets.

“Leave me alone.”

“She’ll never make you hot like I do.”

“Why can’t you just leave me alone?”

“Because I don’t want anyone else to have you just in case I decide I want you later on.”
She twined her arms around my neck and gazed into my eyes. “I just might, you know.”
“Who says I’ll be waiting on you?”

Her eyes lit up and she smiled slowly. “You will be.” Her fingers trailed against my hardened dick. “You will be.”

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