This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Beltway Betrayers by Taylor Marsh
Series: The Beltway Series #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Publisher: MM Press
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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Beltway Betrayers (Book 2):
This time the threat is LETHAL.
When Alex meets handsome and mysterious T.J. Gale, she’s drawn like a magnet to him. Unable to resist, she follows her fate. Opening the doors to a passionate LOVE TRIANGLE that renders this edgy romantic thriller a compelling read even for the most demanding readers.
To what extremes is Brian willing to go to get what he wants?
In the pages of this seductive book you can join the characters in their intertwining adventures, and share their intense moments like you were standing right there with them, witnessing the unraveling of the mystery first-hand.
Walk into an alluring world filled with fierce battles, love, power, passion and ruthless wealth as you travel all the way from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles in order to unveil the truth!
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Beltway Betrayers is the second installment in The Beltway series. This is the kind of book that can be read as a stand-alone even though it is in a series. The Author provides enough information to give you the backstory information needed in order to enjoy this book. As always reading the series starter would give you more in-depth information but it is not necessary.
Alex and T.J are trying to make a fresh new start after the collapse of both of their previous relationships. Brian, Alex’s ex, seems to have finally taken the hint and left her alone. The same can’t be said for T.J.’s ex as the book starts off with her character rearing her head. She truly is a vile piece of work. All Alex and T.J. are trying to do is explore their new-found love and move on with their lives.
Unfortunately, Alex stumbles onto something that she just can’t ignore and comes to the attention of some very powerful people. T.J. realizes that Alex needs to just leave the situation alone because of who it involves but even he had no idea how far down the rabbit hole this situation would go. To make matters worse there are other parties who are invested into destroying what Alex and T.J. are trying to build. They will sink to whole new levels of low to right the wrong that they feel has been done. Alex and T.J. will have to work together and with others to stop the wheels that have been set in motion as well as trying to trust in each other to survive.
This writing style may not be for everyone as the characters hold nothing back. This story is gritty, edgy, and filled with action, drama, and a bit of romance. The story is written with multiple voices being represented together. Like you are listening to the characters having a conversation. It was a little disconcerting at first but I quickly became used to the back and forth between the characters. I also liked being inside everyone’s heads. Gave me real insight to the emotional heartbeat of the book.
Some of the thoughts of the characters surprised me but it was only because they were developed not to hold anything back. If Alex was thinking about having sex with another man even though she was with T.J., it was expressed. It is not that often that you would read about characters (especially female characters) who are comfortable with their own sexuality to desire someone and admit to themselves that they do desire them but not act upon it. Usually there is an instant monogamy and everyone else becomes a Ken doll. I was a bit surprised by that but I also did find it refreshing.
This is a high action, high suspense thriller that really shows the underbelly of the Beltway. There are plenty of twists throughout and the story and plenty of psychological situations. There is also rape, beating of women, and general Neanderthal behavior of some of the characters. I will say that the story is written in a way there is no graphic imagery (blow by blow details) of the worst stuff but it is there and may affect those sensitive to such situations. Overall, I feel that this story will resound with readers who enjoy a psychological thriller that has a sweet little star crossed lovers romance.
*Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and Taylor Marsh for this complimentary copy of Beltway Betrayers*