Feature book: The Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge
The Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge by Annie West
Raffaele Petri wants revenge and he has waited a long time to get it. He has managed to amass a fortune and he will use it to break the man he believes led to his sister’s death.
Raffaele is a loner. He has his business and is friendly with his staff but he is still the boss. He has done some things in his past he regrets from time to time, but it gets him in a position where he can have his revenge. His favour is coveted by businesses and women, and he accepts this reality. When he sees the man who played a part in his sister’s death, he puts his plan into action. Enter Lily Nolan.
Raffaele has bullied Lily into accepting a position in his team. He threatened her with no more work from his company, or in fact any company by using his influence. He needs someone who is top of their field to research information, and Lily is the best. But Lily doesn’t want to go to New York. She wants to stay in her perfect world in Australia. She manages to negotiate quadruple the salary for the job. And finds herself in his guest room in the penthouse. Raffaele has many questions about the unattainable Lilly, not least is how she managed to get the scar on her face.
One night, in the dark of night, there are some confessions between Raffaele and Lily. Raffaele finds he is becoming attracted to Lily, and Lily to him, although neither will acknowledge their mutual attraction. Lily doesn’t believe she is attractive with her scar, and her experiences have confirmed it. This has almost turned her into a recluse. Raffaele is the first person to challenge her on how she hides herself from everyone.
This is a Beauty and the Beast story. In this case with is a role reversal. Raffaele is the one with model looks, and Lily is the one with the scar. How Lily gets her scar is a story of jealousy from when she was younger. Lily calls herself the collateral damage, but her best friend died in the incident. So it is understandable that Lily is hesitant to have her scaring visible to all. Raffaele is able to make her see that nobody cares about her scar, and that he thinks she is special. Raffaele in helping Lily to heal, is also able to heal. He bears the internal scar of his sister’s death. It is a comment from Lily that really changes how he thinks.
I enjoy Ms West’s books, but this one goes into the special range. There is a tenderness between Lily and Raffaele as they come to understand each other’s background and how they have both been able to rise above their beginnings to make something of themselves. I like that they also make a dynamic pairing.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 14 September 2016 will go into the draw to win the book.