Beyond the seductive power of immense wealth lies... Dark SecretsDevastatingly handsome billionaire, Blake Law Barrington was Lana Blooms first and only love. From the moment they touched his power was overwhelming. Their arrangement quickly developed into a passionate romance that captivated her heart and took her on an incredible sexual journey she never wanted to end.The future together looked bright until Lana made a terrible mistake. So, she did the only thing she could... she ran.Away from her incredible life, away from the man of her dreams, but she should have known a man such as Blake Law Barrington was impossible to escape. Now, he’s back in her life and determined that she should taste the bitterness of his pain.Shocked at how rough the sex has become and humiliated that she is actually participating so willingly in her punishment, she despairs if she will ever feel the warmth of his touch—the solidity of his trust again? And even if she can win his trust, loyalties are yet to be decided, and secrets to be revealed—secrets that will test them both to their limits.Will Lana be able to tear down the walls that surround Blake’s heart, and break him free of the brutal power of immense wealth?Can Blake hold on to Lana’s heart when she discovers the enormity of the dark secrets that inhabit the Barrington family?Lana has always believed that love conquers all. She is about to test that belief…
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The finale of The Billionaire Banker saw pregnant Lana Bloom running from Blake Law Barrington and seeking solace and safety in her homeland of Iran. Forty 2 Days opens roughly a year later with Lana back in England looking to make a new life for herself and her son Sorab.
The pursuit of a small business loan puts Lana right where she doesn’t want to be, directly in the cross-hairs of Blake. Gone is the man who showed her dying mother kindness. In his place is something darker, something close to a monster.
“The change, the extent of his anger, is impossible to comprehend. He is different. There is no longing. Only an intense desire to hurt and have his revenge. This is not the same man. My actions have unleashed something uncontrollable. Something that wants to hurt me.”
Blake was broken physically and emotionally when Lana left him. Unaware of the threats Lana faced and the baby she carried, when Blake sees his opportunity to regain control over Lana and make her suffer, he grabs it with both hands.
“My beautiful whore. Once I was good to you and you kicked me when I was down; now you get what you deserve.”
As Lana struggles to hide Sorab’s paternity and fulfill Blake’s humiliating demands, Blake struggles to maintain his rage at Lana. Surrounded by enemies and nursing countless past hurts, the dark and twisted love the two feel for each other may be the only thing that can save them both.
“You must believe me when I tell you, you are my sustenance, my oxygen. In fact, right now, what I feel for you is the only part of me that feels human.”
When I first read The Billionaire Banker I wasn’t 100% sold on the story but there was something about heroine Lana Bloom that caught my attention. That something told me I needed to come back and revisit her in Forty 2 Days. I am honestly glad that I did. Author Le Carre created a fast paced story with scenes that were both shocking and emotional. I enjoyed the constant power struggle between Lana and Blake, each character so hurt and in pain that they can’t help but lash out at each other as they fall back in love. Blake does some awful things to Lana but in doing them he undergoes some major growth. As Blake begins to own the damage he’s done and man up, I found I was as willing to forgive him as Lana was.
If you’re looking for an easy romance full of endearments, Forty 2 Days and its predecessor The Billionaire Banker may not be for you. If you like a little bite and edge in your love stories, I recommend checking out both books. Forty 2 Days should not be read as a stand-alone, you will need to check out The Billionaire Banker first.
Forty 2 Days does not end on a cliff-hanger but is open for a continuation of the story. If Le Carre revisits Lana and Blake, I’ll definitely be back for more.
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