I received Sweet Revenge by Olivier Lafont as a review copy courtesy, The Book Club and the author. This is the first book from the author, and I must say, I am not disappointed.
The Blurb (from Goodreads):
If revenge was a dish best served cold, then French Adonis Guy Leguerec knew exactly what to serve treacherous and desirable Eve Watson…
Seven years after Louisiana, where Eve devastated his heart and ruthlessly wiped out his future, Guy finds her in Boston opening her first art showing. Now a wealthy and powerful shipping magnate, Guy lures Eve into his trap of seduction and opulence, intent on one thing only: getting revenge for her crimes.
When American artist Eve Watson sees the only man she ever loved enter the art gallery, and re-enter her life, she feels helpless terror and frenzied desire. Seven years ago Guy Leguerec had seduced her heart, exploited her body, and then discarded her. Against her better judgment she accepts his invitation, and once again they spiral into a maelstrom of irresistible passion, divinely rampant sex, and the brutal politics of unknown intentions…
Violently sundered by their volatile misconceptions, Eve flees Boston in emotional tatters, and Guy grudgingly lets her vanish, his revenge thwarted.
But destiny has planned otherwise: Eve has taken an art job in Paris, ignorant of the fact that the company is one of many subsidiary businesses belonging to Guy. Flung together again in an even more precarious position, Eve and Guy must war with each other and themselves, and confront seven years of misapprehension and malign manipulation. Greed, family vendetta, and deception have eaten away at the intimacy they once shared —
But is the truth enough to save their desperate, shipwrecked love?
Seven years ago, when Guy’s grandmother, Petite Maman, as he fondly called her, had sent him to Rhoneville to try and find a distant branch of his family that had settled in America, he had met Eve. And he then became the best friend she had never known, a soul mate.
Now, Eve is holding her first art exhibition, Nineteen Mysteries, at Three Mimosas Art Gallery in Boston. Her boss cum friend, Joan, receives a call from a lady representing someone anonymous, asking her to sell all of Eve’s paintings at double the price. Eve thinks and agrees. Suddenly, Guy, the person who is the subject of all the paintings, walks into the exhibition and asks Joan if he could talk to Eve, ALONE.
Eve is surprised to see him after seven years. Yet, she agrees to have dinner with him. He is reluctant to talk about his past.
He feels she had betrayed him and he wants to take revenge. She feels he betrayed her.
The story is interesting and fast paced making the book unputdownable. The characters have been developed in such a way that it was not difficult for me to picturise them. The language is simple and the flow is good.
My favourite character was Petite Maman, the most understanding of all.
The author has described the feelings of both the characters and I could feel the sparks coming off my ipad, the sparks of romance of the two characters.
The book is a nice read especially in the winters when you can cuddle up in the quilt and read it. I enjoyed reading it immensely.