Review: From Dirt to Diamonds by Julia James

from dirt to diamondsHero: Angelos Petrakos lives for revenge. The elegant woman before him is a fraud. He knows her true identity as a smartass street-wise witch. She stole from him and then made a fool of him. For those offences he plans to make her pay… again… and first up on the chopping block is her current beau. He’s got to go.

Heroine: Thea Dauntry transformed herself after that incident. She changed her name, appearance, and character and then clawed her way to the top to become a successful supermodel. Angelos’ reappearance in her life spells disaster and comes at the worst possible time. Giles is a viscount and represents the last step on Thea’s road to safety and happiness… if only Angelos would leave her alone!

Review: Angelos is a classic Harlequin hero who is not only at turns overbearing and arrogant, he is also guarded, deeply distrusting, and quick to assumptions. He’s positively beastly to Thea at times, and yet despite knowing this, he’s a great hero just because he’s perfectly willing to be an unreasonable ass and tell the rest of the world to go to the devil. He’s also willing to unbend, admit mistakes (give him time, this isn’t an every day occurrence), and has eyes only for the heroine. The reason he works is because of the format of the romance – it’s built on angst and if you love angst – this novel has it in spades. For instance, Thea’s background is a dark one with a drug-addicted mother and grandmother, both prostitutes. She vows to never become like them… is it any wonder that an indecent proposal five years ago sparked such a tempest in her?

Rating: ★★★★☆

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