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#Review of Virtue & Vengeance #2 (an Empire Sevens novel) by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea @givemebooksblog @tabathavargo @melissa_andreaa

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Title: Virtue and Vengeance
Series: Empire Sevens Series #2
Authors: Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Blurb
A recovering sex addict should never be faced with such temptation. But there she was, working in my casino and teasing me to the edge of insanity. Thanks to her, I did the one thing I swore I wouldn’t do.
I relapsed.
Falling off the wagon and so deeply into her I thought I might never find my way back to sanity. Everything is different with Eden, and I’ll do anything to keep her. Even if it means risking everything I’ve worked my entire life for.

 

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Sue me.  I’m only human.  I read this book and totally forgot to post it.  *hangs head in shame*  Ms. Vargo and Ms. Andrea, my apologies.  On with the review.
I read the first book in the series and it was NOT what I expected.  It was better.  Recap of my thoughts on the first book.  Zander is such a great hero.  Yes, hero.  Did I like the ending?  No.  He ended up being a somewhat d-bag but I completely understood the why.  Eden could have been a very weak character and at times, she was.  But she was NO wallflower when it came to Zander.  The push and pull between them is realistic if not a bit over the top.  But then again, Zander is a bit over the top.  😉
Honestly, this book could stand alone.  Much is explained without re-telling of the first book.  But really?  You should read it.  Just because its a great read.  This book starts off immediately where the first one left off.  Eden has kicked Zander out and is licking her wounds.  Not understand how he can be such a bag, and now, not having a job, she grieves.  At this point, I really missed her aunt not being around.  But I understood later in the book, why she doesn’t need to be around that much.
Much of the book is showing us the great character growth that both Eden and Zander go through.  Separately and then as a couple.  The suspense element in the book is phenomenal.  Its just one of things in the book that took me by surprise and I loved how it ended.  There is a lot going on in the book but Ms. Vargo and Ms. Andrea’s pacing is perfect.  Together, they write a very fluid story that just grabs you and doesn’t let go.  Plus, we finally get some closure on Zander’s past that has really affected his future with Eden.  Wonderfully written and heartfelt.
If I had one complaint is the ending.  I wanted more but I’m greedy.  While their story arc is done, we still have more to go with the casino.  I can’t wait either.  Plus, I miss Zander and Eden.
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Tabatha Vargo
Tabatha Vargo is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for her sexy adult romance Little Black Book.
Tabatha writes in all genres, including adult and new adult, and isn’t afraid to venture into the dark side on occasion, as she proved with her dark, prison romance, Slammer.
She’s an avid reader of all things smutty and the writer of sexy stories featuring redeemable alpha bad boys and sweet, strong women.
Her other loves include her children, her loving, supportive husband, anything historical, and wind chimes. When she isn’t writing, she’s texting book ideas to herself.
Tabatha is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

 

Melissa Andrea
I find it hard to sum up my life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.
Reading has always been a passion for me and writing is as instinctive as breathing. Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation. Flutter, The Discover Series, was
my debut release and since then I have written a contemporary romance duet- The Edge of Darkness and The Grace in Darkness. I also co-wrote Little Black Book
and The Wrath Of Sin with Tabatha Vargo.
The only thing I do better than writing? Making beautiful, sassy, and independent girls. My daughters will always be my greatest accomplishment, my biggest fans, and my
every inspiration. I live, breath, and would die for them! I’ve been married to one of the greatest men in my life for eight years and I love him more than chocolate (you know shit just got real :), Justin Timberlake and Friday’s. Without him, my website would be a mess and I would probably be paying more taxes than I should be. He’s a jack of many trades, and this is just my opinion, but I like to think besides my daughters, I’m his second-biggest accomplishment. (Does anyone else hear a horn tooting?)
I was born in Denver, Colorado, but I will always think of sunny Arizona as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother & mom. My mom is my hero, my reality check, and I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing person to be raised by. She has supported me throughout this crazy adventure and I’m lucky to have her on my side!
6 things you should know about me:
1. I’m a tornado with lipstick! Translation: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty with the best of them.
2. I adore the color pink!
3. I love things that sparkle (including vampires!)
4. I like even numbers (hence 6 things about me, not 5)
5. I’m loyal to a fault, but I like to see the good in everybody. Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness though because my bark is not always bigger than my bite :))
6. I don’t like calling readers ‘fans’. When it comes down to it, I am all YOUR biggest fan! MWAH!
I will never be able to thank every reader, every blogger, or every author who has helped me in one or a million ways since I published, but I will try every chance I get. Y’all are the reason I’m here and every comment, every message, and every review makes me feel like I have a reason to be. So to the moon and back, THANK YOU! Mwah!
Okay, so this was a little longer than a paragraph.

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