Author: J.T. Baroni
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Jack Trotter and Amber Fontana enjoy a platonic relationship; that is until one fateful evening when they dine at Jimmie’s Crab Shack, a tiny bistro lying in seclusion off the coastal highway outside of Santa Monica. An out of the way place, Jimmie’s legendary seafood is as notorious as the movie stars and gangsters who have wined and dined here since the Roaring Twenties. It is here, in the aura of secrecy where clandestine meetings amongst lovers; deceitful schemes; and revenge riddled plots, have abounded for decades, where Amber reveals her intimacy problem, and Trotter finds courage to reveal his own disturbing dilemma.
Together, Jack and Amber overcome their sexual inhibitions and learn how to love. Then the two lovers mastermind a plan to take what they feel is rightfully Amber’s…forty million dollars from her greedy twin sister who became a sensational singing diva due mainly to Amber’s writing her twin’s hit songs, for little pay and no recognition.
Born of Greed is a fascinating epic fictional biography where greed, love, and revenge collide with sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Born of Greed was an amazing read. The book has a healthy dose of romance, but also plenty of action and suspense. Main character Jack starts out as being a bit of a superficial, self-obsessed man, but quickly redeems himself once you get to know him. From the moment he meets Amber, when they become friends, and later fall for each other, he turns into a likeable, enjoyable person. Which just shows, if you find the right partner, you may end up becoming an entirely different, way better, person.
The plot was okay, although it vaguely reminded me of a movie I’d seen God knows how many years ago. It’s not that original idea-wise, but the execution was original. Amber and Jack team up to get money from Amber’s rich, evil twin sister, basically acting like two con-artists, which was kind of fun, and of course added to the tension.
The romance scenes were really well-written, and since there wasn’t any insta-love, I was a happy cookie (I hate insta-love). The author has a great writing style, with plenty of descriptions but without getting lost in details.
Excellent for contemporary romance fans.