Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Something I Can Never Have - Release Day Review of GREED by Fisher Amelie

It's finally here.  You can now get your very own copy of Fisher Amelie's Mature Young Adult/ New Adult Contemporary novel, GREED (The Seven Deadly #2)

(Goodreads Blurb)

Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, it’s every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours…because that’s what I do. I want.

My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.

I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Thank you to the author and the publisher for providing and ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Greed is the second book in The Seven Deadly Series by Fisher Amelie.  You can see my review of the first book, Vain, HERE.

The Story...

Spencer Blackwell has lived his life getting anything he wants.  All the girls he can stand, the best cars, and more money than most people could spend in a year.  So why does he suddenly want out?

After being called home from college to once again do his father's dirty work, Spencer feels dirty and despicable and vows to save enough money to finally be able to get out from under his father's rule.  It's funny how when we make plans, life suddenly changes the game. 

When Spencer's younger sister, Bridget, reveals that she is pregnant, their father threatens her life if she doesn't get rid of the baby.  Spencer's life has suddenly changed and his escape plan now includes Bridge and the unborn child.

Bridget and Spencer are invited to stay at the Emmett and Ellie Hunt's ranch in Montana.  They make plans and escape their parent's home in the night leaving no trace of where they are going.  Bridget immediately finds a caretaker in Ellie Hunt and, much to Spencer's chagrin, her grandson, Jonah.  But Spencer has his hands full with Ellie's feisty granddaughter, Cricket Hunt.  And then there is the fact that she is unavailable.  Ethan Moonsong, longtime ranch hand and Cricket's childhood sweetheart stand in the way of what Spencer now wants most.

This book has a theme and that theme is YEARNING.  There is such a deep longing between Spencer and Cricket.  Each time they are together you can feel the emotions and the craving that they have for each other.  It tugs and pulls and makes you want to read more and more.

What Worked...

Cricket and Spencer didn't immediately fall into love, but they do share sparks from the beginning.  As Spencer helps out at the ranch and learns how to take care of the cattle, Emmett Hunt often pairs Spencer with his granddaughter.  They grow comfortable and close as they help birth calves and mend fences.  Spencer sees a side of Cricket that others overlook and underestimate.  Just being near Cricket makes Spencer regret everything he ever did for his father.  She makes him strive to be a better person.

But what about a future together?  She is planning to marry someone else.  And what does it matter if Spencer doesn't even plan on staying in Montana?

What Didn't...

Not that this didn't work, but more that I cannot comprehend the world that Bridget and Spencer come from.  Their affluence and disregard for people and money just baffles me. It's hard for me to read about their world because I do not want to imagine that there are people that actually live there daily.

4.5 out of 5 stars

If that wasn't enough to convince you, here is an excerpt to whet your appetite.


Greed is a strange, strange sin.  

All you want to do is acquire. Acquire money, acquire material, acquire time, acquire energy, acquire attention. The running mantra is “I want, I want, I want” but that quickly turns to “I need, I need, I need.” friends, for family, for anyone. Your goal is to acquire and to make sure what you acquire stays acquired. Your life depends on it. You don’t see truth because the truth is shadowed by enormous homes, incredibly fast cars, in lavish spending. Your life no longer belongs to you, but you are blind to it all because those around you are seeking the same.

So you shuffle along at an impossible rate, and you pass the real world around you.

But what you’ll come to realize, altogether too late, is that it’s never enough. It’s simply never enough.

Chapter One

“It’s confirmed. Peter Knight of Evergreen won’t approve the acquisition. You know what to do,” my snake of a father told me, not two steps into his front door.

“I just got off a seven-hour flight. You can’t let me settle in? Possibly say hello?”

He stood, watching me, a slight tick in his square jaw. He tucked his hands into his Italian silk pants. His six-foot frame followed the steps up to the foyer and stopped a few inches away from my own. We were face to face. Although I fell an inch shorter, he no longer intimidated me. I knew if I had to, I could kick his ass.

“Hello, Spencer,” he said, a serpent’s smile spread wide across his mouth before falling flat. “Get to work. I don’t pay you to sit around. I don’t care if it is your Christmas break.”

We stayed where we were, each waiting on the other to back down. The tension was palpable. In the end, his face relaxed and he began to chuckle, stepping aside and making way for me. I picked up my bags and headed for my room, giving myself plenty of space to pass him without touching him.When I got to the bottom of the stairs, I changed my mind and threw my bags on the second to last step, intending to pick them up later. I stretched my muscles, loving the feel of my back popping, and started for the kitchen.

“Where the hell do you think you’re going?” he asked, still standing in the foyer, watching my every move.

“If I don’t say hi to Mom and Bridge, they’ll think something’s up,” I told him and continued on.

He didn’t respond, but I felt his stare burning into the back of my head.
About Fisher Amelie:

Fisher Amelie is the author of The Leaving Series, Callum & Harper and Thomas & January. She began her writing career as a copywriter for an internet marketing company wherein one of their client's said, 'Hey! You're funny. You should write books'. Which in turn she said, 'Hey, get out of here! This is the lady's restroom.' While washing her hands and the embarrassment from her face, she thought they may have had a valid point. So, she took the thousands of hours of writing stories growing up, tucked them into her pocket and began writing and writing and writing.



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