'Til Death ('Til Death, #1)
by Bella Jewel
They say there's a fine line between love and hate.
I married a douchebag.
I didn't know it at the time.
He came in like a handsome stranger and blew me off my feet.
I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.
Then he left me high and dry.
Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire playboy, Marcus Tandem.
He needed to be married in order to obtain his grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path.
I believed in what we had, until the truth reared its ugly head.
I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.
With my world spinning on its axis, the girl I once was has long since died.
Instead he left me as this empty, emotionless shell.
I may have made a vow before God to love and cherish him ‘Til Death do we part, but it’s time for me to give back to Marcus, exactly what he gave me.
He has to pay.
And pay he will.
Emma - 5 Crowns
Book 1 in the new 'Til Death series. This is unrelated to any other of her series' but we did meet the main characters Marcus and Katia in Melancoly, book 3 of the Joker's Wrath series. This is not an MC romance.
Marcus Tandem is a business man who is faced with losing everything he has worked towards for the last 10 years. Following the death of his Grandfather, Marcus is told that either he finds a wife, one he hasn't paid for, within 12 months or lose the business that should be his. This is his worst nightmare. He is a total player and he doesn't form attachments. Unwilling to let his Grandfather win and pass the family business to Walter a friend and a man Marcus despises, he sets out to find the perfect wife. This is a contract that he needs to fill but he doesn't bank on the force of nature that is Katia. Life will change for Marcus, but will he be able to handle the emotions that these changes will bring?
Katia is struggling to make ends meet. Her mother who she adores has been left in a wheechair and faces years of costs related to her care, she works 50+ hours a week and she has little or no social life. She doesn't have time for a man, but she does however have time for a one night stand. That is how she first meets Marcus. from the outset she recognises the danger he could bring into her well ordered life. Marcus won't take no for an answer when she rebuffs his advances and she soon finds herself sucked into his life and falling for a man that she knows could ruin her. When they end up marrying, she hopes that his feelings will reflect hers; yes they have great sex but he never says the 3 little words she longs to hear. Why does her heart love him so much when her head is telling her to run away as fast as she can? and when truths come to light, how will she deal with the man who holds her heart in his hand.
Wow guys, Bella Jewell strikes again. I am a huge fan of Bella's books, although I admit that I have only ever read her MC romance books. This is a complete departure. Okay, so Marcus doesn't sit on the right side of the law but he isn't a thug either; he is his own person, but one that has commitment issues, in fact issues with giving and receiving love. He thinks Katia is beautiful and the chemistry they have in the bedroom is off the chart but he needs to remain unattached and that becomes harder as the story develops. Katia is just the most sweet and honest person. The feelings she has for Marcus are true and real and she loves him with a passion. Throughout the book she has a nagging doubt and your heart will break for her knowing that she has been lied to.
This book has a great storyline with 2 fantastic protagonists. I am not usually a fan of shifting time lines but I have to say that it really works in this book. It would have been to wordy if she hadn't been clever about the way she told their story and I applaud her for seeing that. It is also told in dual POV which I think is a must in this type of storyline. I am really looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here, I think we may see a real role reversal in book 2. The ending well all I can say is..... SERIOUSLY!! Bella how could you leave us hanging like that, I beg that we wont be waiting to long for book 2.
If you love Bella Jewell's easy writing style, her talent of twisting a story and the hot and steamy sex scenes that she is famous for - this is a MUST READ!