From the Blurb:
You think you know me.That’s the way I want it.Making you feel like we know each other—like we could go grab a beer sometime—is part of my job. Maybe the most vital part.
It doesn’t hurt that I’m easy on the eyes, single at 35, and born richer than sin. My aesthetic matters much more than it should, but all the better for my worthy cause.
And it’s a worthy cause.
I’ve made an art out of making you feel good, and my influence makes you want to be good. Good like me.You think you know me, but you don’t.Everyone has secrets. Mine could cost me everything.So I’m a fortress. No one’s ever even gotten close.Until tonight.
See that man, the tall guy dripping on the bow of my yacht? The one I just pulled from the ocean?He’s the one who’s going to cost me everything.
"Worship" is the first book in this duology. I don't understand why the story wasn't told in just one book but that's not for me to decide.
In "Worship", Luke and Vance meet on Luke's boat and they spend a night together against everything that Luke expected. The next day they part ways and they don't have any contact again for months. The connection that was made that single night though was so strong they both kept thinking of the other. They don't contact each other but they find a way to keep up with the other's life through social media.
That goes on for the majority of the book. They are both obsessed with each other but neither is making a move, they just long from afar. There are a few attempts at communication but nothing comes out of them.
And then one of Luke's friends, who's also his assistant, makes a decision that puts them in close proximity.
Even though the first move wasn't made by either of them, it's their decision to stay in close contact for the next few months.
The characters had some contradictory reactions, especially Luke. Many times I thought he behaved like two different people. There was no continuation to his actions. One minute he was dominant, sure of himself, strong and the next minute he was subdued, uncertain, self-conscious. He went back and forth A LOT. He couldn't make up his mind, some of which I can understand considering his upbringing and his position, but there was so much inconsistency to his actions.
This first book ends in a cliffhanger, which is to be expected, and at the end there are a lot of threads that remain unfolded. There are scenes and conversations that don't make much sense or leave you wondering about what happened. By the end of the book I was feeling confused and disappointed about some scenes, I thought that the author had maybe forgotten there was supposed to be an explanation about a reaction, or that maybe there was the explanation but I somehow missed it. Everything is revealed in the second book though and that's the main reason I thought this would have worked better as a single book.
I was glad that I was able to read them back-to-back and I didn't have to wait. I think that's the right way to read this duet, otherwise you'll just get frustrated by the loose ends.
It's an intense story that is worth reading.
*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *
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