I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a new-to-me author. When I saw this book on NetGalley and read its blurb, I got really interested in the story. The heroine is a product of rape. She only learned this when she got hold of her mother’s diary as she was packing her mother’s things after the latter’s funeral. All her life, she was told that her father was a firefighter who died saving other people. She always saw her father as a hero. I cannot imagine how devastating it must feel to learn that the man you idolized wasn’t real, and in his place was a rapist, a criminal, a cruel man who took what was not offered to him.

This began the tale of revenge and deception and romance. I really liked the heroine. She was very brave for coming to work for her biological father’s company with the intent to expose him for the criminal that he was. The hero, on the other hand, didn’t impress me much. I found him to be weak and self-centered. They got their HEA, so yehey! However, I felt like he was a spectator to his stepfather’s cruelty for a long time, and he never did anything at all.

I couldn’t put this book down the moment I started it. There was a suspenseful thrill that made me want to know how the heroine was going to beat her father’s cruel games and who and what roles the other secondary characters played. All in all, it is a very good book. There were some parts that didn’t impress me, but I will still recommend this book without question.

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