Perfect Betrayal by Season ViningPerfect Betrayal by Season Vining
Published August 2015
Genres: New Adult
two-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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To the outside world, Taylor Hudson has it all: beauty, money and social status. But Taylor’s privileged life is far lonelier than it appears.

Levi is the inside man on a job to steal fifteen million dollars from one of the town’s wealthiest families, putting him on a crash course with Taylor. Neither of them believe in love, but lust. . . that’s undeniable.

Now they’re locked in a wicked game of seduction and it’s unclear who is playing who. But neither of them expected the affair to lead to the deepest connection they’ve ever experienced. Because beneath Taylor’s perfect exterior lies a need for love that mirrors Levi’s own.

As the heist approaches, how can Levi protect Taylor from the truth?

Is he willing to give up everything to save the one girl who’s made him want to be a better man?

21-year old Levi Russo is the new Head of Maintenance at the Hudson mansion. But his new job is only a cover: in fact, he’s mapping out the whole house in search of a safe containing over $15m. When his mission turns out successful, he’ll be able to divvy up the money with his Boss and his 2 friends and partners, and make a run for it.

But he never expected Taylor Hudson to be a major distraction from the task at hand. The 18-year-old is spending summer at her parents’ mansion and quietly counting down the days until she finally joins Harvard. She has her eyes on the hot tattooed maintenance guy and can’t wait to seduce him. But what if this challenge turns to much more than she thought?

What I loved about this book:

  • Not much, unfortunately…

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The character’s backstory
  • The chemistry between the characters
  • The whole storyline and the “happy ending” which were unrealistic

This is my 3rd book from Season Vining, who is a fan of writing about bad boys and characters of two completely opposite words falling in love. Unfortunately, this book didn’t really do it for me.

While I enjoyed the storyline around the actual heist (and finding out exactly why it took place and who ordered it during the last 10% of the book), the whole main focus of the story – meaning the story between the 2 main characters – felt completely off.

I never really felt the chemistry between the characters, and it seemed all their relationship was based on lust: they hardly spend any time together (except for doing the deed) before they confess their undying love. I liked the fact that their story began with a huge sexual attraction that Levi was unwilling to give in to, but the transition that came with the moment his resolve finally snapped wasn’t all that spectacular.

By the way, I’d like to point out to the author that this book is completely irresponsible when it comes to protected sex. Although I did find one tiny little mention of a condom at their – hmmm what was it? – maybe at their 10th sexual encounter. Yup, how about the last times, and how about the characters not caring about it one bit or at least mentioning it?

What’s more, I couldn’t connect with Taylor at all. She’s your average popular high school rich girl who somehow made it into Harvard, and who is so jaded that she’s idly fooling around with a guy she doesn’t even love, but who is madly in love with her. Her chasing Levi was nothing but another challenge, and a welcome distraction to her summer boredom – until, of course, it became more. That’s just how shallow she came across in the book.

I didn’t understand how Levi, someone who had been raised by an honest and hard-working single-father, had become such a sweetheart and romantic person who still landed “on the bad side”. It just didn’t fit the general description the author gave of him, and it would have warranted more explanation on how Levi got himself into that kind of trouble along with two of his friends. I mean the guy is 21 and planning a huge heist with 2 of his friends, using high-tech equipment and acting like it’s no big deal and like they’d done this a thousand times. Completely unrealistic.

I also would have like to know why Levi was so discriminating against Taylor, or rather: against rich people. His hatred for them (and consequently: her) is evident throughout the book and doesn’t really suit him, not is it founded.

Last but not least, I feel the author could have given the characters a little bit more to talk about than their mommy/daddy issues and Shakespeare quotes.

And really, don’t get me started on the ending of the book. For one, there were no consequences for Levi’s actions: he never regretted going through with the heist; no one went after him although he was suspect #1; and there was certainly no heartbreak from Taylor over finding out that he “betrayed her”. And then, the way the whole story works out for the couple is just plain sappy and unrealistic, and just the prime example of two people wasting away their future.

So in summary, I really wasn’t wooed by this read as it is in dire need of a reality check. As you can tell, there are also no quotes from this book in this review, which is a pity because nothing struck me enough to deserve a highlight…

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
1.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: two-stars