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Blacklist (The Rivals, #1) – Geneva Lee

RATING: ★★★☆☆
TITLE: Blacklist (The Rivals, #1)
AUTHOR: Geneva Lee
RELEASE DATE: June 30, 2020
SETTING: Tennessee
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
GENRE(S): Contemporary Romance, Enemies to Lovers


Adair MacLaine was sunshine and the storm. Emerald-green eyes and attitude, I fell for her the moment we met and hated her just as quickly. From New York Times bestselling author Geneva Lee comes the first chapter in an emotional, breathtaking love story that will leave you obsessed and begging for more.

Five years ago, tragedy brought her to my door and sparked a love that consumed us like wildfire—hot, unpredictable, and impossible to control. We raged together until her father made her choose between me and the family name.

I left. She stayed.

I’m no longer the poor kid that lost her. I’ve made myself into a man that won’t be ignored.

Now her father is dead, the MacLaine empire is crumbling, and Adair’s inheritance depends on the company’s largest investor: me.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My whole life changed the night I met Sterling Ford. Brilliant and intense, he came to Valmont with nothing but a scholarship and a chip on his shoulder. He was a grenade and I wanted to pull the pin.

We were doomed from the first kiss.

I’ve waited for my chance to seize my freedom and now it’s finally in reach—until the last person I ever wanted to see again walks into my father’s funeral: him.

What I liked about this book:

Sterling. He was intense and cold, but strangely kind at some of the strangest times. He is a guy from the wrong side of the tracks who got in with the rich kids during college. For reasons unknown to the reader until the end, he leaves town, but not before falling hard for rich girl Adair. Years later, he comes back but he is no longer the outsider. He has made a name for himself and a fortune to match.

I didn’t like Adair… at all! From beginning to end, she is rude and spoiled. I tried to get over it but she proved her selfishness at every turn.

I’m not sure if I get the bigger picture in Backlash, but there were some things that were fuzzy in this book, some things that were unexplained or slightly glossed over that made my enjoyment of this book falter some. For example, both Sterling and Adair talk about how terrible Adair’s father was but it’s never really explained what he’s done to earn the title of a$$hole.

Other tidbits of info are given about other characters in the story too that aren’t clarified, like the relationship between Poppy and Cyrus, like why Ginny is such a b***h when it’s said she wasn’t always like that… it’s little things that are left clouded over that left me unsatisfied.


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