PJV Quickie: The Fifth Avenue Trilogy is an interesting concept in storytelling: 3 books, 3 authors, 1 story arc spanning the length of the 3 books. I liked how each book had a different “feel” to it, not just a different couple as main characters.
I received this book for free from Provided by Publicist in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Caitlin Crews, Kate Hewitt, Maisey Yates Series: Fifth Avenue Trilogy
Published by Harlequin, Presents Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romantic Suspense
Source: Provided by Publicist
Also by this author: The Billionaire's Innocent - Part 2 (Mills & Boon M&B) (The Forbidden Series - Book 3), Breaking All Her Rules, The Billionaire's Intern
TEN YEARS AGO ONE DEVASTATING NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR AUSTIN, HUNTER AND ALEX. NOW THEY MUST EACH PLAY THEIR PART IN THE REVENGE AGAINST THE ONE MAN WHO RUINED IT ALL.
Book 1: Avenge Me by Maisey Yates
Austin Treffen was born into a world of privilege, but behind its gilded doors lies a corruption so sordid New York's elite would never believe it—especially as his infamous philanthropic father is at its core! With everything he believed in shattered, how can Austin take down his father—risking his family name and those he loves—without any proof?
Until one earth-shattering night with Katy Michaels unlocks not only their deepest, most passionate desires but also the key to bringing Jason Treffen's reign to an end. But with an intense sexual attraction that combines a heady mix of exquisite pleasure and sublime pain, will they satiate their thirst for revenge and each other…or lose themselves forever in the darkness?
Book 2: Scandalize Me by Caitlin Crews
Hunter Talbot Grant III, sports figure du jour, wealthy beyond measure and disreputable by choice, has cultivated a reputation that masks the shadows of his past. When the opportunity to ensure financial destruction for Jason Treffen arises, he can't refuse. But first he must shake off the woman sent to tame him!
Zoe Brook, PR agent extraordinaire, never fails to transform a tarnished star. And Hunter's no different. Except there's a catch. Beneath their scorching mutual attraction, Zoe has a secret, she's also been on the wrong side of Jason Treffen, and she has as much of a taste for revenge as Hunter does!
Book 3: Expose Me by Kate Hewitt
The third and final step to revenge in the fifth avenue trilogy. Alex has the power…
With ruthless determination, Alex Diaz has risen up from his deprived roots to become the head of a global media empire. But he has one last thing to achieve…avenge his friend by destroying the man responsible for her death, Jason Treffen. With stunning talk-show host Chelsea Maxwell about to interview Treffen live on TV, this is Alex’s chance.
He’ll use her show to exact a very public revenge—and seducing Chelsea, if needed, would certainly be no hardship. But he underestimates Chelsea and the attraction between them, and as their relationship deepens, Alex realizes that to annihilate Treffen could also shatter the life that Chelsea has built to protect herself….
Review: This trilogy is the story of 3 friends, Austin, Hunter, and Alex, who want to avenge the death of their good friend, Sarah, who committed suicide 10 years ago. Each book is told from the POV of one of the men, and they are told in a (mostly) continuous timeline, with each main character accomplishing one part of the plot to bring down the man responsible for Sarah’s suicide.
I had a hard time getting into the first book, Avenge Me, mostly because I didn’t feel like the main characters, Austin and Katy, had any chemistry. I don’t know if this is because Ms. Yates had the burden of setting up the back-story, or if I just truly didn’t like the characters. I felt like some of Austin’s actions were almost the same as his father’s actions, arranging things so that she had no choice but to move in with him; it didn’t sit well with me and I don’t think the end justified the means. I will say that Ms. Yates set up Austin’s father, Jason, as a truly skeevy, detestable villain.
The second book, Scandalize Me, I think is my favorite of the three books. Hunter is an ex-football star who used to date Sarah and feels responsible for not seeing what was happening to her before she killed herself. Zoe was one of Jason’s victims, but she was able to buy her freedom, such as it is. She’s planning revenge and Hunter is part of her plan. I really liked Zoe and Hunter; they were both so broken from the events in their past and their growth together was sad at times but also hopeful. By the time I got to the end I was waiting almost gleefully for Jason Treffen’s comeuppance.
Expose Me, the last book in the trilogy, provided a solid ending to the story. I liked Alex and Chelsea: their romance was not pretty – it was fearful and hesitant but ultimately, strong enough to overcome all the obstacles they each had put in place to avoid being hurt. I knew how things were going to play out with Chelsea and Jason Treffen, but it was so satisfying to read it happen. My only complaint is that there wasn’t an epilogue to tell us what happened long-term.
Ultimately, even though it got off to a slow start for me, I thought the Fifth Avenue Trilogy was an engaging read and I’m hoping Harlequin will do another series using this 3-book/3-author set up.
Recommendations: Each couple in this series is so different, I think the series will appear to many readers. They do all have this in common though: if you like your heroes alpha, your heroines tough, and a romance-focused story, I’d recommend picking these up.