Good morning and welcome to this installment of In the Books, featuring Expectations: Bitter Sweet by Andrew Wilkes.
About the Book: Almost dying to Orvin had afforded her some insight into her vulnerabilities. Her reliance on that little red flower and her inability to fight had been too easily exploited. Five years seemed a fair trade-off for a better toolset, and now she felt ready. Her vengeance had rested long enough, it was time to reawaken it and destroy the men that had slighted her.
My Review: First off, I have to admit that this is the first book in the series I’ve read, so I came into it with a complete ignorance of what had happened previously. While that gave me an unspoiled and unexpected viewpoint, it also took me a couple of chapters to familiarize myself with the characters. It’s no different than reading any novel, and to me, it meant that this can be read on its own as well. If nothing else, it’s a fun introduction to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next, and before. Lol
The characters were interesting and engaging. The contrast between how Sal views her friends and family and her desire to torture and kill those that wronged her is fun. I enjoyed how the author separated the two views while referencing the other. It’s not easy to do and keep the reader and characters in the moment, but it was successful here.
The sex scenes were fun, but not too extensive and remained organic, keeping the story flowing. It’s an interesting balance to achieve, and I think it was done well.
I don’t give out spoilers, but I have to say the ending surprised me. It was the one I expected the least, and for that, my hat’s off to the author. It’ll be fun to see where it goes from here.