*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
“Greed is a strange, strange sin.”
Yes it is! When I think of greed my mind goes straight to money. How having too much of it can prove to be evil if placed in the wrong hands, and how needy some people become once they know you have it. In this book you see just how cruel money can be, and that greed is not one dimensional. Love can also make us do greedy things, but what this book captures is how even the greediest of people have the most humble of hearts… It just takes some good people and open eyes in order to discover that.
Spencer Blackwell is a young man of privilege who hides behind the glowing façade of his horrible money hungry father. His father uses Spencer in disgusting business antics that would make anybody cringe! Spencer knows that what he’s doing is wrong, yet he still does full knowing the impact his actions will have on people’s lives. This is where the whole meaning of the word greed comes into play.
“I was certain there was nothing that could cleanse me, to launder my poisoned blood. This was who I was. Hopeless personified.”
Spencer feels trapped in the claws of his father, and almost like a blessing in disguise something happens forcing him and his sister Bridge to flee and stay safe out of the all encompassing grasp of the evil one known as Dad. This proves to be no easy task, and not only does Spencer have to hide himself and Bridge– but the money as well. Spencer’s college roommate sets them up on a ranch in Montana where they will be safe from dear old Dad. This in turn brings on a whole new way of living for Spencer and Bridge. With people who work hard for a living, and treasure everything they have. Including each other. This is where Spencer meets Cricket, who he is immediately smitten with. His whole body goes haywire for her anytime she’s around. There’s just one problem and his name is Ethan, Cricket’s boyfriend. And he’s not going anywhere
anytime soon. Despite Cricket’s unavailability, the chemistry between her and Spencer is undeniable and I found myself pulling so hard for them.
“My god, I was so attracted to this chick. I couldn’t even pin it down to one thing. If you took everything I’d ever found hot, beautiful in a girl and piled them into a corner, you’d get Cricket Hunt… Standing in a corner.”
I REALLY loved Spencer in this book, As much as he wanted Cricket he tried his hardest to stay away from her and vice-versa. Although they obviously found it more and more difficult throughout the story. This story by the way is told in Spencer’s POV which I loved! There is also a great cast of secondary characters including Cricket’s sweet dog Eugie who I obviously fell in love with. And Jonah who is Crickets cousin and probably one of the sweetest stand up dudes I’ve read in a long time. I adored his character and so will you!
As the story progresses I really had no clue where Fisher was going with it. I knew something was coming but I couldn’t predict it or even come remotely close to pin pointing anything! The one thing I will say that I’ve found myself repeating is that the writing is absolutely beautiful. Fisher takes you on such a journey that you find yourself enjoying mundane things such as the way a bucket is placed in a barn or something. As I was reading I actually felt like I could be watching a movie, I really truly transported myself into the story without even realizing it. And the emotions I felt where all over the place! I went from crying, to WHAAAT??? Back to crying, and then of course OOOHing and AAAHing at the ending. Fisher takes you for a spin for sure!
I love how in this series there is a life lesson to be learned. As in Vain, I felt that even though we know right from wrong, it’s always nice to be reminded especially by way of beautiful books and even more beautiful story telling. I would recommend this book to everyone! If not to just give someone a nice nudge into humanity. It doesn’t hurt that Spencer is quite the smooth talker as well…
“I’ve never met anyone as astounding as you. You’re so fair it almost hurts if I stare too long. But—but I can’t help it. If you’re near, I have to watch every single movement, memorize every step, every gesture. You captivate me.”