Title: Rivalry (Slay Quartet #1)
Author: Laurelin Paige
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Type: Series. Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narration: Single POV
Primary Characters: Celia & Edward
I have only read Dirty Filthy Rich Duet Story of Laurelin Paige till date. I had liked that series and writing style. When I saw the teaser of Rivalry, I was intrigued but didn’t pick it as I wanted to read the entire series in one shot. Now, I just couldn’t wait any longer and finished both book 1 & 2 in one shot. I want Book 3 and 4 now, I can’t wait till then ☹. Since I haven’t read Fixed trilogy, I m curious enough to pick it up. Celia and Edward were totally new to me as I haven’t met either of them in previous books.
Celia Werner grew up as an only child and a trust fund baby. Over the years she’s been manipulative often exploiting the weaknesses of others and she called that “The Game”. Her past made her feel numb and emotionless and finds the pain and feeling outside of her world. She’s cold, calculating and spoiled rich girl. Edward Fasbender is powerful, ruthless, wickedly attractive for his age is a British businessman who owns a multimillion company. He was ambitious, calculating, arrogant, and irresistible. He would do anything to achieve what he wants.
Celia meets Edward and in their first meeting, Edward will be blunt and ask her to marry him. He will be upfront that he needs her fathers company shares. Her father is his business rival and competitor. Celia couldn’t resist that intriguing proposition and wants to play her Game and plans to destroy him. She’s strong and determined. She’s her own woman.
Now the tug between Edward and Celia starts. Both of them have their own agenda and doesn’t want to give up. Edward is complicated. She couldn’t read him like she always does with another man. He intrigues her. He makes her feel things. Something she doesn’t have all these years. But he only keeps pushing her. He puts Several rules in play and Celia comes up with her own rules and wants to play her Game and will do anything to win. Everything indicates that this influential and calculating man will be her downfall. In this push and pull will they discover more? Who would win the battle and war of wits?!
Plot moves in a faster pace and intrigues you all the way. There were no interesting secondary charters apart from Hudson. I was hooked and I read it so fast.
Edward is everything I wanted him to be and so much more! My mind was blown, and I loved every single minute of it! It definitely preceded my expectations and wasn’t in the slightest a story I thought it’d be. I cannot wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
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