Black Sheep

Black SheepIn a family of cold-hearted black sheep,
I, Axel Rutherford, am the blackest.
My father has hated me since the day I was born. The feeling was mutual. In the shady underworld that was my legacy, Cleo McCarthy became my light. She was beautiful, passionate, and my whole world. So naturally my father had to destroy us. First he sent me away. Next he claimed Cleo as his own. But now I’ve returned, and nothing will stop me from taking back everything that is rightfully mine.

He was the love of my life – when my life was still my own.
We were young enough to believe we would last forever, Axel and I. But neither of us realized how cruel life – and our families – could be. Now I’m trapped in a gilded cage: desired by Axel, who must never know the full truth, and controlled by his father, who would sooner see me dead than free. And I wouldn’t even care, except that it’s no longer only my life at stake.



Axel Rutherford is a war hero and a billionaire night club owner.  One would think that he has it all.  Instead, he has revenge on his mind and a broken heart that eight long years has not been able to heal.  When Cleo, the love of his life, starts frequenting one of his nightclubs, he knows there is an ulterior motive and he knows his father is involved.

Cleo McCarthy appears to be a pawn in Axel’s father’s game, but is she really?  She has her own agenda, protecting the people that she cares about from Axel’s father and avenging her own father’s death are at the top of her list.

Axel and Cleo have a shot at reclaiming the love from their youth, but family secrets and the right kind of interference can take its toll on the strongest of loves.  Untangling the web of lies created by Axel’x father is a must, but can it be done?

Zara Cox crafted a fast paced novel filled with manipulation, steamy scenes and suspense.  Sexy, dangerous characters and a dark plot captured my attention from the beginning and kept me intrigued throughout this novel.  This is the second book in this series and my first Zara Cox read.  I don’t feel like I missed out on anything by not reading the first novel but am definitely interested in picking it up.

4/5 stars


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