When Jack Dalton escapes from Dunmoor Prison, he has only one thing in mind - finding the nobleman who murdered his sister and making him pay. But when he reaches the inn where the Lord Rockley is rumored to be staying, three well-dressed strangers are there to meet him instead. And the pretty blonde is aiming a pistol right at his head. Joining Nemesis, Unlimited has made Eva Warrick much more than the well-mannered lady she appears to be-one who can shoot, fight, and outsmart any man in the quest to right the injustices so often suffered by the innocent. She's not afraid of the burly escaped convict, but she is startled by their shared attraction. She and her partners need Jack's help to get to Rockley, but Eva finds she wants Jack for scandalous reasons all her own...
This is the first Zoe Archer book I have read. I really enjoyed her captivating writing style. She has interesting, unconventional characters that complicated and kind. I love the idea behind this series, which is a group of regular working people banding together to right wrongs that can't be handled by conventional means. Not to kill, but to serve justice. They carefully confirm the crime then the punishment fits it. The romance in this book was really wonderful. I loved the tension and passion and I was crying in the end about the choices that were made...then I had happy tears (yea for a HEA!)
This was an audiobook. I can't find the rest of the series on audiobook, so I guess I have to sit for a minute and read . It's ok because I am not totally in love with this performance. Goodness knows I have heard worse, but maybe this should have been read by a man. Jack is such a strong character and I was slightly disappointed that his voice wasn't deeper.
Overall, this book was a huge surprise for me and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this series!
This story was slow to build to a good all-around story, where the romance took a backseat to the revenge tale. I bought it for the romance, so it took longer for me to really get into the story. But it was written well throughout, especially if romance is secondary for you. Having the romance be sort of secondary was a plus because the romance between Eva and Jack, two mature and experienced people, then seemed understandable, slow-moving, and based on, not only lust but also understanding and respect. Prior to the actual act of sex, which didn’t occur until after the 9hour mark, there were looks and longing and finally a little touching and some kissing. Altogether, I think there was really only 1 full sex scene, maybe 2. Whatever the amount, it was sensual and romantic. But it all took a bit and was spaced out, but in a very appropriate way. The appropriateness stemmed from the fact that the two main characters, Eva & Jack, were unlikely romantic partners, which made their getting together great. And love was not spoken of until it made sense, until it was believable and not in the heat of sex.
The only negative—though mild—was that the author was redundant at times. More than I like she included the statement, “her heart contracted,” when referencing Eva’s reaction to varying aspects or behaviors of Jack.
The narrator did a very good job, and the ending of the story has no cliffhanger. Whether there’s a HEA can only be revealed if you get the story. I will be looking for other books by this author.
Set in the back-streets of late Victorian London Nemesis is a group of people dedicated to avenge the poor and achieve justice for all the wrongs that have been committed by the Upper Classes and for their next case they need Jack. He's a hulk of a man who grew up in the slums of London, never knew his Father, his Mother was a Whore, he became a Boxer, then a Bodyguard but is now a Prisoner having served 5 years of a 42 year hard labour sentence for attempted murder.
So they give him an incentive to escape.... revenge - but instead they capture him and intend to use him as a pawn in their plans to ruin an evil villain who has murdered, cheated, gambled, robbed, threatened, raped and ruined many women. But he's also Jack's ex Boss who he tried to kill 5 years previously and who outwardly appears to be a handsome, respectable member of the ton. So they've got their work cut out for them as he's surrounded by Bodyguards, is very sneaky and is extremely dangerous.
Amongst Nemesis' interesting and charming members is dedicated Eva, who possesses a dry sarcastic sense of humor, is a crack shot, smart and has been taught how to fight dirty and the instant attraction along with sizzling chemistry between her and Jack is there from the start but Jack has trouble trusting people, feels unworthy and they're from two different classes. However, with Eva's kind, trusting and understanding nature she empowers Jack and slowly we witness his character growth and transformation as his confidence grows and he realises he's got much more to offer her and their romance begins.
Don't expect Ballrooms, blushing Ladies, Rakes or Waltzes because you'll be disappointed but instead you'll get a refreshing change as you hear of the dark, depressing, gritty and seedy side of life for the lower classes of the era. This well-written romantic tale has action, suspense, drama, twists, sex and passion as the H/H both deserve a HEA ending but can they, and do they even want to, overcome their differences.
Worth a credit? This enjoyable, tense, addictive listen packs a lot in and sets the scene nicely for the next thrilling mission for the great characters who make up Nemesis - so, wiv a cor blimey Gov well it ain't gonna be a naaa is it - so flash ya cash n spend ya dosh yous ain't gonna be bovered coz it ain't arf gota tasty HEA ending (YES credit-worthy) but different.
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What a wonderful beginning to a series. Loved Jack and Eva, as well as Simon, Marco, Harriet and Lazarus. Storyline was great. Rockley was horrible. Adventure, love, romance and sex, perfect.
However, the narrator left a lot to be desired. I read along with the audio but the narrator really didn't read it right. She made the hero sound like a big dumb oaf during the entire book. And sometimes she made him sound just like Eva. She'd already done a terrible job on his voice and I think she lost track of who was talking. I've listened to Veida Dehmlow before and she did alright but in this one she just stunk. Sorry..
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