Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent… her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.
Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.
The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia…
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My first audiobook in a long time and it took me a few chapters to get into “reading” this way. Once I adjusted though, I was fully engrossed. This was sexy and suspenseful with great plot twists.
This is Lucian’s story and he is the youngest of the de Vincent brothers. The de Vincents are exceptionally wealthy and there is an air of mystery that surrounds the family with rumors of their mansion being haunted. The supposed belief of a curse on the family set in the backdrop of the Louisiana bayou create a suspenseful storyline that had me on the edge of my seat.
Lucian has a reputation as a playboy but Julia soon discovers that here is much more to him than meets the eye. He is certainly sexy and arrogant but he also has a great heart and cares very deeply for his family, especially his sister who Julia has been hired to care for. While Julia feels overwhelmed and at times out of place with the luxury and extravagance that surrounds the de Vincents, she cannot deny the deep seated attraction to Lucian. The chemistry with these two were scorching and the adult scenes were quite explicit.
The narrators did a great job. I forgot that there were only two narrators for the dual POVs even when they gave voice to the secondary characters. I think listening rather than reading gave an added element of scare to this story for me with all the strange occurrences and deaths that have occured on the estate.
This was a great adult suspense romance and I’m excited to get Gabe’s story in the next book.
Heat Level: Moderate to Hot