Author Zoe Archer, begins a brand new series with Sweet Revenge and while Revenge might steer the boat it's passion that fills the sails (yeah I know.. *rolls eyes* cheesy). Nope this isn't about ships... Nemesis is an organization that has been created to help those that can not help themselves. Those that are left to suffer the injustice of being poor.. they can not fight the upper class and do their best to just survive.
"When you need justice, and no one is willing to help, Nemesis, Unlimited delivers vengeance—at any cost."
Jack Dalton is a thug, there is really no other way to put it. He was raised in grueling poverty and he raised himself out of it by using his muscles. So although he is a thug, he is to be commended . until his sister was killed by his employer and all Jack wanted was revenge. Which of course when you try to joke a Lord to death in front of witnesses you are pretty much assured a trip to hell. Five years in an English prison and Jack finds a way to escape.. thinking his for is staying in the next town over he is committed to die. As long as he takes Lord Rockley with him. With little time to plan and plenty of bravado Jack escapes Dunmoor Prison and is on his way.. Only when he gets there something totally unexpected is waiting for him.
Eva Warrick is the daughter of missionaries, she has spent her entire life in service to the poor. When Nemesis came calling she saw it as the perfect opportunity to further her beliefs. A way to serve the poor in a way that truly matters.. She stands alone when it comes to her personal life and no one from Nemesis crosses those boundaries.. Until she meets a bruiser named Jack Dalton. From the beginning she knew there was way more to this man than just brawn..
This book makes you think.. It is not an easy read but it is an excellent one. Some books no matter how large can be zoomed through this is not one of those. Be ready to take your time.. and be enthralled.
Nemesis is on a mission to take down Lord Rockley and they need someone who knows him well to help. Jack Dalton is the ONLY employee that has left Rockley's service alive.. and that was just luck. The team plants the seed that Rockley will be nearby and waits to see what Jack would do. When he shows up in the dead of the night ready for revenge they know they have their man.
This is a great story of growth.. Jack is so much more than a thug but it takes time and the respect of Eva to bring out more in him. He slowly realizes that there is much much more to life than just revenge, there is justice.. and with the team he finds a better man as they work together to bring down evil.
The male members of the team do not like Jack initially he is crass, vulgar, blunt, brash, etc.. but over time they too realize that there is just so much more to him and slowly ever so slowly friendships develop.
I liked Jack's heart.. he truly cares for women and it show in the way he deals with them. He loved his sister and was devastated when she turned to prostitution and when she was murdered he honestly felt his death was worth it if he was able to avenge hers. Seeing how he interacts with other women is a true joy..
This is the first book in this series and honestly, you want to get in on the series now it is going to be one of the best ones out there..
This review is based on the ARC of Sweet Revengeprovided by netgalley and scheduled for release on June 4, 2013