Release Day Blitz {Review} Instigation (Clandestine Affairs #1) by Tessa Teevan

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Breaking up is hard to do. 

Three years after her life changed forever, Gabriella Latham finally has it all. Killer job [if working for her boyfriend counts]. Killer closet [even if she doesn’t technically own any of it]. Killer boyfriend [who refuses to let her leave him, even when she tries]. Unfortunately for her, the last part isn’t hyperbole. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Adrian Morningstar was a dream come true. No one had ever loved her more, and for the first time, in longer than she could remember, she was no longer alone. He was the Prince Charming to her Cinderella, until suddenly he became the Beast from whom she could not escape.

Until him.

When Rafe Matthews is hired to oversee the guest home construction of one of the most powerful businessmen in the country, he finally has his in. Nothing will get in the way of what he sets out to do.

Until her.

Watching from the shadows, he’s drawn to the beautiful, isolated woman of the house. His curiosity is piqued and he has to have her. She may be taken by the boss, but that’s not enough to stop him. Or her.

Nothing is quite as it seems,  and this is only the beginning.

Passions ignite. Tempers flare. Secrets kill.

My Review

One of the things that attracted me to this book was this statement in the blurb…”Nothing is quite as it seems,  and this is only the beginning.” I knew this book is going to play with my head and my emotions and I was right because at the end of this book, I had more questions than answers.

The book opens with heart-stopping prologue, which opens a whole slew of questions. Chapter one goes back to the time when Gabriella meets Adrian. A handsome and wealthy patron of the coffee shops where she works. They strike up a conversation and sparks fly between them. Their attraction and coming together was inevitable. Slowly but surely, Gabriella became dependent on Adrian for everything–her shelter, food, to the clothes she wears–basically, every aspect of her life became controlled by Adrian. Then the relationship started to go sour. Gabriella wanted to leave him but she had no means to do so.

Enter Rafe Matthews, a contractor that Adrian hired to do some additions to their house. Rafe is immediately attracted to Gabriella and wanted to protect her form Adrian. Gabriella for her part became entranced with Rafe. He was clearly forbidden and with Adrian being away and acting like an ass, Gabriella had the perfect excuse to pursue something with Rafe. So they start a physical relationship which is quickly becoming dangerous as secrets that Adrian is hiding came to the fore.

This was my favorite part of the book. I like the ambiguity, the secrets that the readers and Gabriella isn’t yet privy to. Adrian is painted as the bad guy and Rafe is the savior but as the book moves along, things started to get muddy. I wasn’t quite sure who was telling the truth the anymore. I have my theories but at this point, only Tessa Teevan knows. Which brings me to my biggest with the book…Gabriella.

I wish she was more self aware. I wish she played an active role in her own life. First, she allowed Adrian to completely control her life. And just when I thought she was finally going to be smart about her life choices, she went in, head first, into another relationship with a guy she barely knows even though Adrian told her he has eyes and ears everywhere. I wanted her to take charge of her life but it didn’t happen. She didn’t even question Rafe. She just accepted his word for it. Their relationship had no build-up. She didn’t even fight it. So that was a let down since I do like my stories with more build up, more tension.

On the other hand, the suspense aspect of the story is killing me especially after that last chapter. I need the next book now. I want to know what happened. And oh my gosh, the questions…who is Rafe? Who is Adrian? What is their connection to Gabriella and her past? So many questions that I hope we’ll have the answers to in the next book.



ARC provided by the author via Love Between the Sheets in exchange for an honest review…

Author Bio

I’m a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.


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