Review by DMac: His Heart’s Revenge, by Jenny Holiday

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His Heart’s Revenge, by Jenny Holiday
Series:49th Floor Series #4
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Release Date: June 20th, 2016

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
3-of-5

summary

Twenty years ago, I was too smart and too poor to be cool. Now I’m laughing my way to the bank—the bank I’m CEO of. Nothing can touch me.

Except maybe him.

We met at summer camp. We made out under the stars. Then he stabbed me in the back.

They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But I’m gonna go with hot.

Alexander Evangelista is a millionaire with all the trappings: houses all over the world and hot guys lined up whenever he’s in need of some no-strings-attached company. He’s on his way to world domination.

A CEO in his own right, Cary Bell is competing for a major client with his boyhood crush. He’s never forgiven himself for betraying Alex. But with his professional reputation on the line, he’s going to have to find his inner cutthroat if he wants his new company to succeed.

Alex isn’t about to let his nemesis steal a client out from under him. It’s time to break Cary’s company—and his heart.

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M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Revenge
Second Chance
Enemies to Lovers

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This is the fourth book and the first M/M book in the 49th Floor series by Holiday. You don’t need to have read the previous three to understand this one, but if you are curious you should know that they are not M/M.

This book was well written and you can tell that there is still chemistry between Cary and Alex, but for whatever reason I wasn’t really feeling this book. I think it is because I wasn’t into the characters.

Alex worked his way up to the top by getting his MBA and becoming ruthless after Cary broke his heart as a teenager. I theoretically get it, but it seems unrealistic to me that someone who became so successful would be holding on to a hurt from when they were a teen. I was bullied in school and I can’t even remember the clowns who did garbage like this to me, so maybe I am just not relating to that.

He ended up just seeming cold and never seemed to really soften up until the end and then it was pretty sudden and unbelievable. The book seemed to be rather forced at some points like the author wanted a certain plot and kind of forced the characters into it. 

Cary was kind of bland to me the whole book. I wanted to root for him but I never really felt that he was sincere about feeling bad about what happened. Even when he was competing with Alex he seemed to be kind of a pushover. It was pretty meh.

Despite that this book was still a decent read and had a lot of chemistry so I gave it three stars. I don’t hate it nor do I regret reading it, but it is just not something I would read again.

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Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny’s featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered.

From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format.

Learn more about Jenny and her books over at her website (click here).

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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