If you haven’t read Book 1 or 2 there are possible spoilers ahead.
I just finished the third book in the Lust, Money & Murder series and I am absolutely hooked. Although I swear to God all the twists and turns in these novels will give me a heart attack by the end of the series.
We aren’t even halfway through the 7 published books and Elaine has already been framed twice, possibly a third time, with her seed of hatred and revenge growing in every chapter sooner or later she is going to explode. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
We continue to follow Elaine, but this time into her new life of crime with the Cattoretti’s. She begins to enjoy the lavish lifestyle and most of the time the consequences of her actions don’t bother her as they are hurting the man that framed her; Gene. However, as the story progresses we see that Giorgio Cattoretti is apparently developing emotional feelings for Elaine, but she is still in love with Nick, and is desperately trying to find out what has happened to him. She keeps him at an arm’s length, but still within reach, because in some ways she is dependent on him to learn and to grow as a character, and also to understand her enemies, or who she thinks is her enemy.
By the time we are only four chapters in we begin to see there is something far bigger afoot and our reading pace picks up tenfold to find out what it is. The first thing we find out is Elaine is pretending all along to help Giorgio, as she is deliberately holding back information on the fake notes that will get them caught, although it is her pride and moral judgement make her do this, she ultimately knows that these actions could possibly lead to her death. This doesn’t matter to her, as she believes Nick is imprisoned and she has no one else. Though this soon changes after Gene robbed the Cattoretti Castle robbing the 8 million euros he believes belongs to him and his beloved; Gypsy.
As we delve deeper into Elaine life of crime we see her strong exterior begin to fracture, and crumble, as she desperately tries to claw her life together. Giorgio’s romantic advances frighten her and she wants to leave. Even though Giorgio has promised her a passport, she can’t wait to leave.
The plot twists in almost every chapter keeping us on the edge of our seats the entire time.
In the final chapters so much happens. There’s action, romance, stunning twists, and a massive cliff hanger to top it all off. The novel ends with a great sense of foreboding, which means I have to read the next one as soon as possible.
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